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Liberia: Health System 'Collapsing' as Ebola Spreads

[Heritage]The health care system in Liberia is collapsing, hospitals closing down and medical workers fleeing from the Ebola epidemic, which is poised to worsen, Liberia’s foreign minister said last Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Central African Republic: Nation Gets First Muslim Prime Minister

[VOA]The Central African Republic has its first Muslim prime minister. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Ebola - Lagos Faces Medical Staff Shortage

[Deutsche Welle]Nigeria has appealed for volunteers to stop Ebola's spreading. On Friday, President Goodluck Jonathan declared a national emergency over Ebola, which has so far claimed two lives there. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Africa's Urban Planning Conundrum

[Africa In Fact]Foreign-born development fantasies will make African cities a nightmare (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Ebola - Anatomy of a Politicized Response

[African Arguments]In March, 2014, I set out to explore the relationship between borderland livelihood dynamics and state-building in post-war Liberia. I was working from the premise that borderlands, as epicenters of regional conflict complexes, hold clues to the precariousness or resilience of post-war state-building projects. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: 2015 - Momentum Swings Back Towards the Ruling Party

[ThinkAfricaPress]Through governorship elections and some clever politicking, the ruling People's Democratic Party seems to wresting the initiative back from the All Progressives Congress. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: Ethiopia's Game-Changing Abortion Law

[IRIN]Addis Ababa -After decades battling high maternal death rates - at least a third of which were due to botched abortions - Ethiopia took a stand: it prioritized newborn and maternal health, and in 2005 it relaxed its abortion law in an effort to save women's lives. (AllAfrica)

Somalia: Al Shabaab Commander Shot Dead in Mogadishu

[Shabelle]Somali National and inelegance security services has shot and killed a senior commander of Al Shabaab militant in Mogadishu's Hiliwaa district, according to Gov't officials. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Osun Governorship Election - Aregbesola Wins

[Leadership]The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) today declared incumbent Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola as the winner of Saturday's governorship poll in the state. (AllAfrica)

Cote d'Ivoire: Abidjan Emerges from the Shadow of War

[Africa In Fact]Côte d'Ivoire's economic capital emerges from the shadow of war (AllAfrica)

Sudan: Opposition Parties Agree on How To Topple Regime

[Radio Dabanga]Paris -The delegations of the National Umma Party (NUP) and the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF, an alliance of the main rebel movements) today announced the 'Paris Declaration': their statement to unite Sudan's opposition forces and their solution to a "democratic transformation in Sudan". (AllAfrica)

West Africa: New Ebola Precautions Ordered for West Africa

[Deutsche Welle]Nigeria has banned the transport of corpses over national and state borders. This comes a day after Guinea closed its borders to Sierra Leone and Liberia in a bid to halt an Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 900. (AllAfrica)

Somalia: Somaliland Opposition Call for Transitional Govt By Year End

[Garowe Online]Hargeisa -Justice and Welfare party (UCID), Wadani and forum for Consultation and Rectification on Sunday agreed on the need for transitional government by the end of the year, citing President Siilaanyo's reluctance, Garowe Online reports. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Sanral Clarifies Cape Town Toll Roads Reports

[]The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has dismissed as "grossly misleading" statements by the City of Cape Town, Right2Know and other interest groups that it will implement electronic tolling in Cape Town, as it has in Gauteng. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: PM Discourages Mixing Politics With Development

[Daily News]Mwanza -THE Prime Minister Mr Mizengo Pinda has strongly warned over what he termed as leaders entertaining politics when dealing with serious national issues especially now as the country invites investors. (AllAfrica)

South Sudan: Govt Dismisses Report On Atrocities

[VOA]Nairobi -The South Sudanese government has dismissed as "blanket blame" a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) that says acts of violence and cruelty that amount to war crimes have been committed by both sides in South Sudan's conflict. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Nigerians Hope to Complete Hajj Amid Ebola Outbreak

[VOA]Abuja -Nigeria confirmed two more Ebola cases Friday and said six other new patients are showing symptoms. Despite the outbreak, Nigerian officials are calling on Saudi Arabia to keep its borders open to Nigerian Muslims for this year's pilgrimage to Mecca, after the Kingdom suspended thousands of visas in other countries in West Africa. (AllAfrica)

Africa: The Link Between Conflict and Urbanisation

[Africa In Fact]Post-conflict governments endanger reconciliation and reconstruction when they ignore or flatten their swollen cities (AllAfrica)

Africa: Call for Rich Nations to Crack Down On Money Laundering in Drive Against Illicit Flows

[AlertNet]Washington -The world's richest nations must toughen their laws against money laundering, tax havens and tax evasion if a global drive against corruption and illicit finance is to deliver results, senior African diplomats said on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: How Made-in-Lagos Car Defeated World Powers

[Daily Trust]Lagos -It might be unthinkable, yet it did happen. The University of Lagos community developed a racing car which beat many competitors at a global automobile competition (AllAfrica)

Uganda: First Gay Parade Held Since Law Overturned

[The Star]Scores of gays marched in Entebbe town, about 25 miles from the capital city of Kampala, on Saturday for the third annual Ugandan gay pride parade. (AllAfrica)

Tunisia: Combing Operations of Mounts and Heights Still Going On - Defence

[Tunis Afrique Presse]Tunis -Spokesman for the Defence Ministry Lieutenant-Colonel Belhassan Oueslati said to TAP, Saturday, that the combing operations carried out by the armed forces on mounts and heights are still going on. (AllAfrica)

Southern Africa: Lacking Political Will Compromises Strong Constitutional Frameworks

[Gender Links]Johannesburg -Gender equality and women's rights are guaranteed in most Southern African constitutions but these do not result in substantive equality for women. Among other struggles, women remain unequal, under-represented at all levels of decision-making and experience high levels of gender based violence (GBV). These conditions obstruct women from realising their human rights. (AllAfrica)

South Sudan: UNSC Expresses Concern Over "Substantial Deterioration" in South Sudan Situation

[Sudan Tribune]Khartoum -The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) issued a presidential statement on Friday expressing concern over the political, security and "humanitarian catastrophe" situation in South Sudan and called on rivals to adhere to terms of accord signed last May. (AllAfrica)

Sudan: Sudanese in Libya Plead to Be Evacuated

[Sudan Tribune]Khartoum -A committee calling itself representative of Sudanese stranded in Libya issued a statement today calling on the government to evacuate its citizens from areas witnessing clashes between armed groups. (AllAfrica)

Southern Africa: 50/50 By 2015 Remains an Elusive Dream

[Gender Links]Johannesburg -It may have been just a four percentage point drop in women's representation in parliament in the May 2014 South African elections. But that drop sent tremors across a region hoping to at least show some progress on this front by 2015, the deadline year for the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development, signed here in 2008. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Kenya to Hand Al-Shabaab Commander to Somalia, Minister

[Shabelle]A senior Al-Shabaab commander who was arrested in Kenya this week will be extradited to Mogadishu, Somalia's information minister said Saturday. (AllAfrica)

Gambia: Blacksmith Trading - a Source of Pride, Honour & Income

[Daily Observer]The art of making iron into valuable and useful products, such as cooking pots and other cooking utensils is still a source of pride, honour and income for those gifted with the talent. The blacksmith trade, a venture that involves the recycling and manufacturing of iron and used metals into useful products, is one important area in the skills industry that is serving as a major source of income for many local entrepreneurs. (AllAfrica)

South Sudan: 'Extraordinary Acts of Cruelty' Committed in South Sudan

[AlertNet]London -Warring parties in South Sudan's eight-month-old conflict have committed "extraordinary acts of cruelty" that amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch said. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Several Decry Hike in Transportation Fare - Want Gov't Set New Price Tag

[Heritage]Several Liberians have called on the Government of Liberia (GoL) to set a new price tag for transportation, as police continue the enforcement of the vehicle traffic law of Liberia. (AllAfrica)

CAR gets Muslim prime minister

The interim president of CAR chooses a Muslim prime minister to head a transitional government as part of efforts to end a year of religious conflict. (BBC News)