Explains: Why Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak is worrying and risky

Africa 10/17/18, 12:29

The World Health Organization is announcing on Wednesday whether Congo's latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus should be declared a global health emergency. Some aid groups expressed alarm when the rate of new cases more than doubled this month. With the area compared to a war zone, resistance to ...

UN: Ebola outbreak is worrying but not a global emergency

Africa 10/17/18, 09:35

The World Health Organization says it is "deeply concerned" by the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo but the situation does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency.After convening an expert group to assess the epidemic on Wednesday, the U.N. health agency said "response activities need to be intensified and ...

US powerful airstrike wiped out al-Shabab camp, intel officials say

Africa 10/17/18, 06:14

Somali intelligence officials say the largest U.S. military airstrike against al-Shabab extremists in Somalia in nearly a year largely destroyed a training camp where recruits were preparing to graduate and killed more fighters than the U.S. announced.Two officials tell The Associated Press that several missiles were fired on Friday by ...

Madagascar reaches first African Cup, Egypt also qualifies

Africa 10/16/18, 08:41

Madagascar reached its first African Cup of Nations on Tuesday, also becoming the first team to qualify for next year's continental championship.Senegal and Egypt soon sealed their spots as well, despite playing without injured stars Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.This was Madagascar's 20th attempt at qualifying for the African Cup. ...

7 killed, almost 80 injured in Morocco train derailment

Africa 10/16/18, 05:36

At least seven people died and nearly 80 were injured after a shuttle train linking the Moroccan capital to a town farther north on the Atlantic coast derailed Tuesday, authorities at the accident site said.A man searches a derailed train Tuesday Oct.16, 2018 near Sidi Bouknadel, Morocco. A shuttle train ...

Kanye West meets Uganda’s president, gifts pair of sneakers

Africa 10/16/18, 04:00

Kanye West handed Uganda's president a pair of his autographed sneakers during a visit to the East African nation in which the rapper is said to be recording music in a tent.The 74-year-old President Yoweri Museveni said he and West held "fruitful discussions" on Monday about promoting tourism and arts. ...

Liberia investigates US-backed charity after alleged rapes

Africa 10/16/18, 01:36

Liberia's government on Tuesday announced is investigating a charity founded by a young American woman after allegations that a local staffer raped several girls in its care.A rape case has been re-opened in order to determine new evidence, the information ministry said, adding that the government is "greatly concerned."Liberians have ...

WHO convenes emergency meeting on Congo’s Ebola outbreak

Africa 10/15/18, 21:58

The World Health Organization says it is convening a meeting on Wednesday to determine whether Congo's latest Ebola outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. Aid organizations have expressed alarm as the rate of new cases has more than doubled this month and community resistance to Ebola containment efforts ...