The first British citizen to contract the deadly Ebola virus has been given the experimental drug ZMapp in London. Two US patients recovered after taking the drug, though an infected Liberian doctor died.
New cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are raising fears that the virus will spread further across Africa. Yet the variety found in Central Africa might be of a different kind.
Anyone convicted of hiding Ebola victims in Sierra Leone will go to jail for two years, after parliament passed legislation making the act a crime. The government says it's trying to prevent the virus from spreading.
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.