WHO: More Ebola cases in past week than any other
29 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The past week has seen the highest increase of Ebola cases since the outbreak in West Africa began, the World Health Organization said Friday, offering more evidence that the crisis is worsening.
Amla skippers South Africa against Zimbabwe
29 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
Somalia takes Kenya to U.N. court in oil rights row
29 Aug 2014 | 1:28 am
Somalia filed a suit against Kenya at the U.N.'s highest court, seeking to resolve a long-running dispute over lucrative oil reserves in the Indian Ocean. Somalia asked the International Court of Justice in The Hague to determine the maritime boundary between the coastal nations, which disagree about the rights for exploration and collect revenue from oil discoveries. Somalia asked the court to intervene, saying "diplomatic negotiations, in which their respective views have been fully exchanged, have failed to resolve this disagreement," a statement issued by the court early Friday said. Somalia has said the row risks deterring multinational oil companies from exploring for oil and gas offshore east Africa.
UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000
28 Aug 2014 | 10:08 pm
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine.
Madonsela: S.Africa's fearless public protector takes on Zuma
28 Aug 2014 | 6:06 pm
Named this year by Time magazine as one of the world's 100 most influential people, South Africa's Public Protector Thuli Madonsela would probably top the government's list of the most irritating. The softly-spoken 51-year-old mother of two has shown a steely resistance to political pressure in her role as government-appointed ombudswoman, clashing head-on with President Jacob Zuma. In South Africa and many other countries on the continent it is revolutionary. Madonsela has become the figurehead for a wave of outrage over the spending of $24 million (18 million euros) of taxpayers' money on so-called "security upgrades" at Zuma's private rural residence at Nkandla in the southeastern KwaZulu-Natal province.
Somalia sues Kenya at top UN court over maritime border
28 Aug 2014 | 5:59 pm
Somalia took its maritime border dispute with Kenya to the United Nations' top court on Thursday, which could decide the fate of potentially lucrative oil and gas reserves off east Africa. The dispute has been simmering for years, keeping investors away because of the lack of legal clarity over who owns potential offshore oil and gas reserves. The internationally-backed government in Mogadishu is seeking to claw back authority over Somalia's territorial waters, including the area bordering Kenya that is potentially rich in oil and gas deposits. Kenya, which has had troops in southern Somalia since 2011, first as an invading force and then as part of an African Union peacekeeping force, lays claim to a triangle of water stretching for more than 100,000 square kilometres (40,000 square miles) that Mogadishu also claims.
Scientists dig into Ebola's deadly genes for clues
28 Aug 2014 | 5:25 pm
Erdogan sworn in as Turkey president, opposition storms out
28 Aug 2014 | 4:46 pm
Turkey's outgoing premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as president on Thursday, extending his decade-long rule, as opponents who accuse him of authoritarianism stormed out of the ceremony. Erdogan, 60, took the oath in Ankara to begin a five-year mandate in which he has vowed to build a "new Turkey" by pushing through a new constitution and pushing forward with an ambitious development programme. "I am the first president elected by popular vote in our country's history as well as the Turkish nation's 2,000 year-old history," Erdogan said in a later ceremony where outgoing president Abdullah Gul handed him the Cankaya presidential palace.
WHO sounds alarm over Ebola infections as deaths top 1,500
28 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
The World Health Organization said on Thursday that the number of Ebola cases was increasing rapidly and could exceed 20,000 before the virus is brought under control, as the death toll topped 1,500. Bruce Aylward, the WHO's head of emergency programmes, said it could take six to nine months to bring Ebola under control, by which time the number of infections could have passed 20,000. As of August 26, 1,552 people had been confirmed dead from Ebola in four countries -- Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria -- while 3,062 had been infected. Liberia was the worst affected with 694 deaths;
S.Africa's Zuma faces relentless 'public protector'
28 Aug 2014 | 3:56 pm
South Africa's government-appointed public protector refused to back down on Thursday in the face of attacks from the ruling party over her allegations of corruption against President Jacob Zuma. Thuli Madonsela told a news conference she was seeking a meeting with Zuma to discuss the "hysteria" over her confrontation with him, which has sparked speculation of a constitutional crisis. Madonsela reported in March that Zuma had "benefited unduly" from $24 million (18 million euros) of taxpayers' money spent on so-called security upgrades at his rural home -- an amount which would buy several mansions in Johannesburg or on the beachfront in Cape Town. Zuma's failure to respond in time and in full to the allegations led to disruptions in parliament and a well-publicised struggle between the public protector's office and Zuma's ruling African National Congress.
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