The UN has warned of "grave food security concerns" due to trade restrictions and labor shortages in Ebola-afflicted countries. Food prices are on the rise, as is panic buying.
Ebola has lurked around African tropical rainforests for decades and can have a fatality rate up to 90 percent. But despite Ebola's deadly record, it remains a disease without a proven drug for economic reasons.
As the Ebola death toll surpasses 1,500, West African health ministers have met in Ghana for crisis talks. They are all united in the fear of the virus spreading; and yet, each country faces individual challenges.
South Africa's parliament is to appoint a special committee to investigate lawmakers of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The party disrupted parliamentary proceedings.
Kenyan police have confirmed that a German woman has been shot dead in Mombasa, bringing the number of foreign tourists killed in the town this month to two.
More rhinos were killed by poachers last year in Africa than ever before. In 2014 the dubious record looks set to be broken again. The black market price for rhino horn is now considerably higher than cocaine.
It is considered an act of terrorism to criticize King Mswati III. But as Swaziland's banned opposition continues to speak out, the international community turns a blind eye.
Nigerian Wole Soyinka - the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature - is turning 80. A recurring theme in his work is opposition to dictatorship and to the use of force, in his homeland and elsewhere.
Plans for an online encyclopedia of African traditions and culture were announced recently. The project, which has been dubbed the "Africa's Wikipedia" has potential, but still faces a lot of challenges.