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Bird flu outbreak threatens West Africa

An avian influenza outbreak in five West African countries could affect the region and beyond unless “timely intervention” occurs.

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West Africa poised to experience “huge” agricultural growth

There are huge opportunities for agricultural growth in West Africa where a growing population and rising middle class have led to increased consumer demands for greater food diversity, convenience and affordability.

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Ghana ritual slavery abuse “unchallenged”

Child rights experts say a traditional form of ritual abuse of minors continues in Ghana despite a years-old pledge by authorities to tackle the problem.

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Successful elections in Côte d’Ivoire crucial to country’s stability

If elections go well in Côte d’Ivoire next October, it means that the country is back on the track of stability and development, according to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the West African nation.

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“50% chance” of Ebola returning to West Africa

The likelihood of the deadly Ebola virus re-emerging in West Africa has been put at around 50 per cent by the United Nations.

Over 11,000 people have died in an outbreak of the disease mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Ebola outbreak in West Africa “not yet over”, says UN envoy

The deadly Ebola outbreak which killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa is not yet over, according to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Ebola.

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Early detection sought for “zoonotic” diseases in Africa

Health experts across Africa should be able to better track and detect animal diseases that threaten humans as a result of a new project launched by the UN’s atomic energy agency, IAEA

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Senior UN official warns Security Council of ‘fragile political situation’ in West African countries

West Africa’s political landscape remains delicate as nations across the region continue to grapple with insecurity, terrorist threats and tensions ahead of a busy election cycle, the United Nations senior official there told the Security Council this afternoon.

Security Council voices concern over political, security challenges facing West Africa

While noting the progress made in addressing political and security issues in West Africa, the members of the United Nations Security Council today voiced concern over challenges such as transnational organized crime, drug trafficking, terrorism and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

West Africa: UN envoy cites region’s daunting challenges, Boko Haram threat to Nigeria

While countries in West Africa are trying to promote development and consolidate democracy, they continue to face daunting challenges such as transnational organized crime and growing terrorist activities, the top United Nations official in the region told the Security Council today, while also warning of the increasing threat the Boko Haram crisis poses to Nigeria.