Monthly Archives: March 2014

Ebola: Liberia confirms cases, Senegal shuts border

There is no known cure or vaccine against Ebola The first two cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Liberia, after spreading from neighbouring Guinea, where the deadly virus has killed 78 people. The two Liberian cases are sisters, one of whom had recently returned from Guinea, officials say. As concern grows over the outbreak, […]

Africa: Europe and Africa – Crocodiles With One Stomach

GUEST COLUMN Two heads, one stomach? This is how a former minister described Africa-Europe relations last month, using the West African metaphor of an Adinkra crocodile to say both continents are dependent on one another. As the European Union-African Union summit begins in Brussels on Wednesday, the two continents are at a crossroads, raising the question: will […]

UN: Over one million displaced by South Sudan conflict

A large number of South Sudanese have sought refuge in Ethopia since fighting broke out in December More than one million people have been forced from their homes by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, the UN says. Of these, 803,200 have been displaced within the country, and another 254,000 have fled to neighbouring countries, […]

Egypt presidential election set for late May

A cult of personality has grown up around the ex-army chief The first round of Egypt’s presidential poll has been set for 26-27 May, the electoral authorities say, days after army chief Gen Sisi resigned and announced his candidature. State TV said nominations would be accepted from Monday until 20 April. Abdul Fattah al-Sisi led […]

Ebola: Guinea outbreak reaches capital Conakry

With two million people and limited healthcare resources in the city, the virus’ appearance is worrying Guinea’s government has for the first time confirmed cases of the deadly Ebola virus in the capital Conakry. Until now, the 66 confirmed deaths have only been in rural areas, although there have been suspected cases, which have since proved […]

Central African Republic: Bangui grenade attack kills 11

African Union peacekeepers have been deployed in CAR in an effort to stem the violence A grenade attack on a funeral in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, has killed 11 people, the Red Cross says. A government minister earlier said 20 people were killed, but several sources told the BBC the number was […]

Sedki Sobhi sworn in as Egypt’s new military chief

Sedki Sobhi (right) was promoted to first lieutenant-general shortly before Abdul Fattah al-Sisi’s resignation Egypt’s new armed forces chief and defence minister has been sworn in, a day after Abdul Fattah al-Sisi resigned so he could stand for the presidency. Interim President Adly Mansour confirmed Gen Sedki Sobhi’s appointment at the weekly cabinet meeting in […]