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Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore has been toppled as the army took power after protesters staged an uprising against the leader's 27-year-rule.
The World Health Organisation has confirmed that the rate of Ebola infections appears to be slowing in hard-hit Liberia, but warns the crisis is far from over.
Zambian Vice President Guy Scott has been named acting leader following the death of President Michael Sata, making him Africa's first white head of state since South Africa's FW de Klerk.
The Red Cross has offered hope of a turning point in the battle against the deadly west African Ebola outbreak, saying it has seen a dramatic drop in bodies collected in Liberia's capital.
Seven people including a child have been trampled to death by rampaging elephants that strayed from Malawi's southern Liwonde National Park into a nearby village, police say.
The captain and goal keeper of the Orlando Pirates was shot dead after two men stormed into a house.
A group of Nigerian schoolgirls who were taken hostage by the militant group Boko Haram say they were forced to fight for them.
The app allows people in affected areas to send free text messages about Ebola to track problems and trends, with the program mapping the exact location from where it is sent.
South African state prosecutors will appeal the verdict and five-year jail term handed down to Oscar Pistorius over the killing of his girlfriend last year.
Around 30 adolescents - some of them girls aged as young as 11 - have been abducted in northeast Nigeria over the weekend by suspected Boko Haram rebels.
The WHO has warned the situation in Mali is an emergency and says the biggest Ebola outbreak on record has now killed nearly 5000 people.
Egypt has declared a state of emergency in the Sinai Peninsula following the deaths of 30 soldiers in a suspected jihadist suicide bombing.
A two-year-old girl has died of Ebola in Mali, in the first case of the disease in the west African nation.
An American nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for a Liberian patient in Texas has been declared free of the virus.
Another Nigerian kidnapping of women and girls blamed on Boko Haram has cast doubt on claims of a truce.
The number of people with Ebola is set to hit 10,000 in west Africa, the World Health Organisation says.
The Ebola epidemic will take at least four months to contain even if all necessary steps are taken.
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