Africa Headlines

Nigeria isolates hospital in Lagos as Obama briefed on Ebola outbreak


LAGOS - The Nigerian city of Lagos shut and quarantined a hospital on Monday where a Liberian man died of the Ebola virus, the first recorded case of the highly-infectious disease in Africa's most populous country.

Health, Africa 7:28pm EDT

Obama urges African nations not to make economic 'excuses'


WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday gave a preview of a summit he will hold with African leaders next week, saying African nations should look inward for solutions to economic woes and not make "excuses" based on a history of dependence and colonization.

Politics, Africa 4:59pm EDT

Obama briefed on Ebola outbreak as U.S. agencies provide support: U.S. official


WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is getting updates on the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, an administration official said on Monday, noting U.S. agencies had increased their assistance in the past several weeks.

Politics, Africa 3:40pm EDT

South Africa's NUMSA union agrees wage deal to end four-week strike


JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's main manufacturing union, NUMSA, has agreed to end a four-week strike after accepting a wage increase offer from employers, union leader Irvin Jim said on Monday.

World, Africa 1:15pm EDT

Nigeria isolates Lagos hospital where Ebola victim died


LAGOS - The Nigerian city of Lagos shut down and quarantined on Monday a hospital where a man died of Ebola, the first recorded case of the highly infectious disease in Africa's most populous country.

World, Health, Africa 12:53pm EDT

Female bombers target Nigeria trade show, petrol station, three dead


KANO Nigeria - Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at a trade show and a petrol station in northern Nigeria's biggest city of Kano on Monday, killing one other person and injuring at least six others, police and a military source said.

World, Africa 12:14pm EDT

Sun, Jul 27 2014

Liberia shuts border crossings, restricts gatherings to curb Ebola spreading


MONROVIA - The Liberian government on Sunday closed most of the West African nation's border crossings and introduced stringent health measures to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus that has killed at least 660 people across the region.

World, Health, Africa 27 Jul 2014

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies in ambulance


FREETOWN - A Sierra Leone Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer, died in an ambulance on the way to hospital, a health official said.

Health, World, Africa 27 Jul 2014

Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon's vice PM, kills at least three

YAOUNDE - Nigerian Boko Haram militants kidnapped the wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister and killed at least three people on Sunday in a cross-border attack involving more than 200 assailants in the northern town of Kolofata, Cameroon officials said.

World, Africa 27 Jul 2014

Bomb attack on church in Nigeria's Kano kills five

KANO - A bomb attack on a Catholic church in northern Nigeria's main city of Kano killed five people and wounded eight on Sunday, a senior police officer said.

World, Africa 27 Jul 2014

Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.