The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is officially the worst the world has seen as the death toll breaches 600, says the World Health Organisation.
An outbreak of the disease has killed upwards of 330 people since February despite efforts by local health services and international experts.
An extraordinary Ecowas security summit has announced plans for a partnership with Central African states to fight "terrorism" in the region.
The World Health Organisation declared the situation "serious" when new cases surfaced after officials thought they had contained the virus.
African hip-hop rappers seem to be the setting standard of how the music should be made internationally.
As kings feud, ordinary people bear the brunt of Ghana's power vacuum, writes Afua Hirsch.
A robust growth forecast for the West African Economic and Monetary Union will likely be dampened by new political turmoil in the region.
A spate of ship hijackings off West Africa indicates the region could emerge as a new piracy "hotspot", a global maritime watchdog has warned.
West Africa has become the transit route for cigarettes, counterfeit medicines, arms and people in the wake of a declining cocaine traffic.