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18 dead in Burkina Faso restaurant attack

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The attack that began Sunday night in a Turkish restaurant popular with foreigners also left a dozen people injured, while two assailants were later killed

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (Aug. 14, 2017) — At least 18 people have been gunned down in a Turkish restaurant in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou, the government said Monday, August 14, the latest west African attack to target a spot popular with foreigners. Continue reading 18 dead in Burkina Faso restaurant attack

Togo’s battle with coastal erosion

Togo Lomé Küste Sandstrand (DW/N. Tadégnon)
Togo Lomé Küste Sandstrand (DW/N. Tadégnon)

Togo is seeking outside assistance to stop it losing territory to the sea. Houses and roads are disappearing. Physical defenses can help, but they, too, are open to attack from the elements

April 17, 2017 — Man-made coastal erosion has reached alarming proportions in Togo. It is threatening the future of two major cities, Lome and Aneho, the current and former capitals, as well as dozens of fishing villages. Continue reading Togo’s battle with coastal erosion

Climate change could curb malaria risk in West Africa

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Anopheles gambiae. Photo: Jim Gathany-CDC/AFPMB via Flickr.

A new study suggests that climate change could make West Africa less hospitable for mosquitoes by the end of the century, reducing the risk of malaria outbreaks.

July 18, 2016 — West Africa has the highest rates of malaria infection and deaths in the world. Approximately 340m people are at risk from being infected, and the disease causes hundreds of thousands of deaths each year.  Continue reading Climate change could curb malaria risk in West Africa

WHO says Sierra Leone Ebola flare-up over

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FLARE-UP OVER. A picture taken on November 7, 2014 shows people walking past a billboard with a message about Ebola in Freetown. File photo by Francisco Leong/AFP
The World Health Organization is careful to warn that a recurrence of cases of the deadly tropical disease remained possible in the 3 worst affected countries

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Mar. 18, 2016) — The latest flare-up of Ebola in Sierra Leone has ended, leaving no confirmed cases of the virus in West Africa, the United Nations said Thursday, March 17, hailing it as a “milestone.”

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Al-Qaeda claims deadly attack at Ivory Coast beach resort

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A general view of the Etoile du Sud hotel in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast March 13, 2016. Legnan Koula/EPA
The attack bears grim similarities to the Islamist gun and grenade assault on a Tunisian beach resort last June

GRAND-BASSAM, Ivory Coast (Mar. 14, 2016) — Heavily-armed men gunned down 16 people at an Ivory Coast resort Sunday, March 13, in an attack claimed by an Al-Qaeda affiliate, leaving bodies strewn on the beach as fears grow of a mounting jihadist threat in West Africa.

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WHO confirms new Ebola case in Sierra Leone a day after all clear

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NEW EBOLA CASE. The World Health Organization confirms a new death from Ebola virus, a day after it announced the world’s biggest Ebola outbreak was over. File photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA
‘We can confirm the Ebola case in Sierra Leone,’ the World Health Organization says after a 22-year-old female student near the Guinean border died 3 days ago

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Jan. 15, 2016) — The World Health Organization on Friday, January 15, confirmed a new death from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a day after West Africa celebrated halting the spread of the virus.

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Suspected Ebola death in Sierra Leone hours after WHO gives all-clear

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In this file photo, a woman walks past an Ebola awareness poster in Freetown, Sierra Leone, September 18, 2014. File photo by Tanya Bindra/EPA
A senior health ministry official says complete findings will be made known to the public on Friday, January 15

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Jan. 15, 2016) — A woman in Sierra Leone is thought to have died from Ebola, officials said Thursday, January 14 just hours after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to an epidemic of the disease.

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WHO declares world’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak over

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The World Health Organization stresses, however, that ‘the job is not over,’ warning ‘more flare-ups are expected’

GENEVA, Switzerland (Jan. 14, 2016) — The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Thursday, January 14, that the Ebola epidemic that has ravaged west Africa for two years was over after Liberia, the last affected country, received the all-clear.

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West Africa counts economic cost as Ebola outbreak ends

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ECONOMIC COST. A mother and her child walk past a mural about the Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia, August 1, 2015. The Ebola outbreak, set to be officially declared over on January 14, 2016, also led to economic losses in affected countries. Photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA
The mining, agriculture, and tourism industries are trying to recover from the effects of the epidemic

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Jan. 13, 2016) — Gold miner Dauda Kamanda has never been rich, but before Ebola hit Sierra Leone he was getting by selling the nuggets he unearthed to traders who exported them across Africa and the Middle East.

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WHO to declare Ebola outbreak over

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BEATING THE VIRUS. Liberian Ebola survivors, Nathan Gbotoe (2-L), and his son, Abraham Gbotoe (C), walk away during the discharging ceremony from the ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia, Liberia, December 3, 2015. Photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA
The World Health Organization’s announcement is expected on January 14, with Liberia in the clear

MONROVIA, Liberia (Jan. 13, 2016) — The two-year Ebola epidemic which laid waste to communities across West Africa and killed more than 11,000 people is due to be declared over Thursday, January 14, with Liberia expecting the all-clear.

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