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Seven things you should know about this country’s largest Lassa fever outbreak

Nigeria's latest and largest epidemic has claimed almost 100 lives. Find out more about the virus.

Cobain ‘shooter’ homes in on Senegal

The death of Kurt Cobain shocked photographer Youri Lenquette, but he sees future in African music.

Ten years on, little justice in Senegal shipwreck disaster

A decade after the worst maritime disaster in recent history, relatives of those killed when a Senegalese ship sank in the Atlantic wait for justice.

Mali waits for junta to stand down after president resigns

Mali is waiting anxiously to see if the military junta would restore democracy after the toppled president formally resigned.

Consequences of coup falls on Mali’s interim leader

Mali's interim leader Dioncounda Traore has plenty to prepare for after ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure resigned as part of a deal with Ecowas.

Diplomats kidnapped in Mali as chaos continues

Islamists have stormed the Algerian embassy in Mali and abducted seven diplomats amid fears that fighters are turning the country into a rogue state.

Islamists gain ground in troubled Mali

Islamists are gaining ground in Mali, jostling with Tuareg rebels for control as the nation's military rulers face shortages from sanctions.

Website helps people living with HIV find love online

South African Ben Sassman admits his bid to help a lonely friend living with HIV/Aids started out as a ''feel-good project for myself'' but is now an online dating service reaching people around the globe. The Positive Connection, in its third year, can even claim success in the matchmaking game, having brought together a few solid partnerships.

Ballet catches on in South Africa’s townships

A famed South African former dancer and his ex-ballerina wife have opened up a new world and possible career prospects for children from Cape Town's poor slums through free dance lessons. The project launched by Philip Boyd and his wife, Phyllis Spira -- one of the country's top ballerinas in her heyday -- now encompasses about 600 children.

Illicit diamond trade: diminishing returns

Having been the best friends of some of the nastiest putschists and warmongers on the planet, diamonds are slowly but with considerable difficulty coming clean. African countries are relying on an international certification programme to open up new markets for legitimate diamonds, but it is impossible to know how many gems are still evading the controls.

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