Monthly Archives: October 2014

Libya turmoil: Benghazi hit by air strikes and clashes

Gunfire and air strikes have been reported in Libya’s second city, Benghazi, amid an offensive to drive out Islamist militias. The offensive is said to involve forces loyal to ex-general Khalifa Haftar, who is also reportedly backed by the army. Egypt has denied a report by the Associated Press news agency that its aircraft bombed […]

BBC launches WhatsApp Ebola service

The BBC has launched an Ebola public health information service on WhatsApp, aimed at users of the service in West Africa. The service will provide audio, text message alerts and images to help people get the latest public health information to combat the spread of Ebola in the region. Content will be limited to three […]

Shrien Dewani trial adjourned by prosecutor’s chicken pox

Shrien and Anni Dewani were on honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010 when she was killed The trial of a Bristol businessman charged with arranging his wife’s murder in South Africa has been adjourned because one of the prosecutors has chicken pox. Shrien Dewani, 34, denies any involvement in the killing of his bride, […]

Cameroon flies freed Boko Haram hostages to capital

Akaoua Babiana, the wife of Cameroon’s deputy PM, was among the hostages released Continue reading the main story Boko Haram ‘I saw my parents killed’ Army pride wounded Girl bombers City under siege Twenty-seven people including 10 Chinese workers held for months by suspected Boko Haram militants have arrived in Cameroon’s capital. The hostages were […]

UN: Ebola outbreak could be controlled in three months

More than 4,000 people have died from the Ebola outbreak Continue reading the main story Ebola outbreak How not to catch Ebola Living with Ebola Why so dangerous? Mapping the outbreak The UN special envoy on Ebola says he hopes that the outbreak can be brought under control within three months. David Nabarro told the […]

Nigeria’s President Jonathan ‘could sue’ over rich list

Mr Jonathan’s office has asked the website to retract the claim – or face libel proceedings Continue reading the main story Nigeria – Troubled Giant Where’s the money? Viewpoints on 100 years Bad luck party? Booming illegal oil refineries Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has threatened to sue a website that had listed him as one […]

Ghana World Cup cash row inspires Hollywood filmmakers

One of the most controversial stories from the 2014 World Cup is set for the big screen treatment. In June, the Ghana team refused to train just days before their final group match against Portugal because of a row over appearance fees. Ghana’s government stepped in and sent more than $3m (£1.8m) in cash by […]