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Ebola kills teenager in Liberia 7 weeks after WHO declared Liberia Ebola free

(By Bonny Apunyu)

Only seven weeks after the World Health Organization(WHO) declared Liberia free of Ebola,a 17-year-old boy has died from the deadly virus, VOA reported Tuesday saying Liberian afficials are trying to determine how the boy contracted the illness.

VOA spoke with Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, who heads Liberia’s Ebola response. According Nyenswah, the  teenager died June 24 and was given a safe burial the next day.

Indian army hunting militants who killed 20 soldiers

(Bonny Apunyu)

India has launched a shoot-to-kill operation in its northeastern region to find the militants who killed 20 soldiers and wounded a dozen others, officials said according to VOA. 

Reports say the militants ambushed an army troop convoy in Manipur state on Thursday using rocket-propelled grenades and bombs.

Several rebel groups have reportedly claimed responsibility for the assault, which the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called "mindless" and "very distressing."

India: Over 2,000 deaths reported from continued heat wave

(By Bonny Apunyu)

The death toll from a heat wave that has been sweeping across India from last week has risen over 2,200. According to VOA, 146 more deaths were reported on Saturday in Andhra Pradesh rising the toll  to 1,636 in an that state alone.

Rains and thunderstorms in parts of southern India Sunday reportedly brought some relief but Indian officials said the intense heat was likely to continue for another day in worst-hit Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states.

Nigeria: President-elect Muhammadu Buhari to be sworn in Friday

(By Bonny Apunyu)

Nigeria’s President elect, General Muhammadu Buhari is set to be sworn in Friday 29 May in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, a spokesman for Mr. Buhari has said. According to VOA reports, the spokesman for the ex-Army General who defeated incumbent Goodluck Jonathan said Nigerians are in an expectant and joyous mood ahead of the event where preparations have been finalized to ensure there is a smooth power transfer from President Goodluck Jonathan to General Buhari.

Burundi: 17 arrested in connection with attempt to overthrow President Nkurunziza

(By Estera Popowska)

At least 17 people were arrested on Saturday by Burundi’s government in connection with a failed coup attempt to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza. VOA says the arrests included at least three generals and two police commissioners. A presidential spokesman told VOA's Gabe Joselow that the leader of the coup attempt, General Godefroid Niyombare, remained at large. 

Somalia: Government troops regain towns from al-Shabab militants

(By Estera Popowska)

Somalia governor of the Lower Shabelle region, Abdulkadir Mohamed Nur has said that Somali government forces have retaken two towns that al-Shabab militants briefly captured late Friday. Speaking to VOA's Somali Service, the governor said government  troops launched a counterattack and retook Awdhegle and Mubarak, about 75 kilometers west of Somali capital Mogadishu.

Burundi: Over 100,000 people flee over election violence- UN Refugee group

(By Estera Popowska)

Following a failed coup to oust Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza, thousands of Burundians are fleeing the East African country, the United Nations refugee agency has said in a report. According to VOA, the UNHCR says refugee numbers in Tanzania, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo have soared to more than 105,000 since violence erupted in mid-April.