UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) is seen taking a tour of a US medical facility in Monrovia, Liberia on Friday. Photograph: EPA

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon on Friday praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone (...)

A picture dated 22nd June 2013 shows Serge Lazarevic’s daughter, Diane (centre) holding a portrait of her father as she participates in a rally to demand release of hostages after 1,000 days of detention, in Paris, France. French President Francois Hollande announced the liberation of France’s last remaining hostage, Franco-Serbian Serge Lazarevic, who had been captured in Mali in November 2011 by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI). Photograph: Marlene Awaad/EPA

President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday that the last French citizen held hostage, a 50-year-old man seized in 2011 by Al Qaeda’s north African ar(...)

 A woman suspected of being infected with Ebola lies in an open sewer along a main thoroughfare in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photograph: Samuel Aranda/The New York Times

The United Nations Ebola emergency response mission will not fully meet its December 1st target for containing the virus due to escalating numbers (...)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to the media after the UN Chief Executive Board’s private session on the Ebola response in Washington. Photograph:Joshua Roberts/Reuters

International efforts to fight Ebola are helping to slow the rate of new infections in some areas but increased infections in others and fears of furt(...)

Yemeni anti-terrorism activists hold a banner reading in Arabic: ‘No to armed militias, No to terrorism, No to Violence’ during a rally against the control by Shiite Houthi fighters of the country’s main cities. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/Epa

The number of lives lost to terrorist attacks increased by 61 per cent in a single year, according to the second edition of the Global Terrorism Index(...)

Spokesperson for Mali’s Health Ministry Daou Markatie  speaks to journalists at a news conference in Bamako as authorities in Mali quarantined dozens of people on Wednesday at the home of a 25-year-old nurse who died from Ebola. Photograph: Joe Penney/Reuters

By Joe PenneyMore than 90 people were quarantined across the Mali capital on Wednesday after a 25-year-old nurse died of Ebola having treated a Guinea(...)

The transitional leader of Burkina Faso Lieut-Col Isaac Zida (R) meets with Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan (L) at the airport prior to a meeting of Ecowas leaders in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso today. Photograph: Legnan Koula/ EPA.

Three West African presidents have urged Burkina Faso to appoint a transitional government to guide the country to elections next year following th(...)

The Ebola epidemic
  • Health
  • November 3, 2014, 01:00

With the latest figures showing a total of 13,703 cases in eight countries and a reported death toll approaching 5,000, the Ebola epidemic continues t(...)

Culture of impunity

The last two years have been the deadliest for working journalists on record. In 2012 and 2013 a total respectively of 123 and 91 journalists and medi(...)

Last week Mali became the sixth West African country to report a case of Ebola. Photograph: Daniel Irungu/EPA

Liberia, the country worst hit by the Ebola epidemic, may be seeing a decline in the spread of the virus, although the battle to contain the outbreak (...)