The World Health Organization announced on Wednesday that in West Africa, more than 5,160 people have died from the largest Ebola outbreak in history, with a total of 14,098 reported cases. A separate Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has meanwhile killed 49 people.
"There is some evidence that case incidence is no longer increasing nationally in Guinea and Liberia, but steep increases persist in Sierra Leone," the health agency said.
"A mixed picture emerges at the district level. Transmission is consistently high in Conakry and Macenta in Guinea; Montserrado in Liberia; and in the western and northern areas of Sierra Leone. Declines in incidence continue in Lofa in Liberia; and Kenema and Kailahun in Sierra Leone. Cases and deaths continue to be under-reported in this outbreak." more >>
A baby elephant survived a lion attack at the Normar Carr Safaris Chinzomboa Camp in Zambia recently, and the entire ordeal was documented on film. The baby lion was somehow able to fend off 14 lions before being reunited with its herd.
The baby elephant that survived the lion attack had been separated from its herd while close to a creek. Soon, what looked like an entire pride of lions tried to bring him down.
Journalist Jesse Nash, Long Island University Art Professor Dan Christoffel, naturalist Steve Baker and Australian TV host Nina Karnikowski were on safari when they spotted the elephant and began recording. more >>
Uganda is preparing to introduce new anti-homosexuality legislation that will punish the promotion of unnatural acts, a government minister revealed. Gay activists are calling the proposed law even more draconian than the one that was annulled in August and condemned by human rights groups, because it imposed prison sentences for aggravated homosexuality, and having sex with a minor while HIV positive.
BBC News reported on Monday that the minister, who wasn't named, explained that although the proposed law will not explicitly refer to homosexuality, it will rely on a penal code that punishes "unnatural acts" with life sentences.
Same-sex relations in Uganda are illegal, but in 2013 there were significant attempts to pass a bill that punished repeated gay acts with the death penalty. more >>
Churches and other places of worship in Sierra Leone are some of the last public places relatively safe from the Ebola virus where people can gather, according to a new report. The infection rates in the West African country have meanwhile continued to rise, hitting record levels.
"We will overcome Ebola through the blood of Christ, with His help, and with prayer," pastor Olatunji Oseni told his congregation on Sunday at Winners Chapel megachurch in the Freetown, AFP reported.
Although most public gatherings in Sierra Leone, including sports games, concerts, schools and movies, are deemed off limits due to the Ebola threat, believers are still going to churches or mosques. According to the CIA World Factbook, 10 percent of the country's population are Christians, while another 60 percent are Muslims. more >>
A suicide bomber has killed at least 48 students in an explosion at a high school assembly in the northeastern Nigerian city of Potiskum on Monday. Terror group Boko Haram is suspected to be behind the attack, police have said.
"We were waiting for the principal to address us, around 7:30 a.m., when we heard a deafening sound and I was blown off my feet, people started screaming and running, I saw blood all over my body," said 17-year-old student Musa Ibrahim Yahaya, who is being treated in hospital for head wounds, according to The Associated Press.
The bomber was apparently dressed in a school uniform when he carried out the attack during the assembly, where close to 2,000 students had gathered. Potiskum's general hospital reported that another 79 students are being treated for injuries. more >>
Although Reuters reported Monday night that one of the most prominent jihadist groups in the Sinai Peninsula region of Egypt has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State caliphate, confusion remains as to the extent of the groups' connection as The Institute For the Study of War claims the reports of allegiance are false.
Reuters reported that the terrorist group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, or "Partisans of Jerusalem", issued a statement Monday night saying that the group is loyal to the Islamic State and also labeled ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the caliph (Muslim prince) of all nations.
"After entrusting God we decided to swear allegiance to the emir of the faithful Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, caliph of the Muslims in Syria and Iraq and in other countries," the statement said. more >>