Nigeria’s Islamist Group Head, Khalid al-Barnawi, ‘Arrested’

An image from a video released by Jama'tu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis Sudan, the Islamist group known as Ansaru, which reportedly shows unidentified members of the group speaking in an undisclosed place in November 2012

The leader of al-Qaeda-linked Islamist group, Ansaru, has been arrested in Nigeria, authorities there say. A military spokesman said Khalid al-Barnawi was captured in Lokoja, capital of the central state of Kogi. The US had placed a $5m (£3.5m) bounty on his head after branding him one of three Nigerian “specially designated global terrorists” in 2012. Continue reading

New Ebola Case Discovered In Sierra Leone

Health officials in Sierra Leone have confirmed a death from Ebola, hours after the World Health Organization declared the West Africa outbreak over.
The country was declared free of the virus on 7 November, and the region as a whole cleared when Liberia was pronounced Ebola-free on Thursday. But two tests conducted on a boy who died in northern Sierra Leone proved positive for the virus, a health ministry spokesman told the BBC. Continue reading