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Africa

UN chief praises Ebola healthcare workers

21 December 2014, 08:17

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone following an outbreak that has killed nearly 7 000 people.

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Extremists in Nigeria lining up elderly and shooting them

20 December 2014, 17:46

Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on elderly people, killing more than 50 this week in a new tactic that has instilled more fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate.

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Egypt's gays go deeper underground, fearing crackdown

20 December 2014, 09:56

Egyptian authorities crack down on gays, seeking to show 'morals' credentials, activists say.

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Land grab at Namibian holiday town

20 December 2014, 09:31

A group of informal settlement dwellers outside Namibia's coastal holiday town Swakopmund have occupied municipal land and want to settle there.

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Uganda's sex workers announce Christmas discount

19 December 2014, 16:30

Sex workers in Kampala have announced a 50% reduction in price of procuring their services during the festive season.

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American accused of counterfeiting $2m in Uganda

19 December 2014, 13:47

An American man has been arrested in Uganda and accused by US prosecutors of counterfeiting more than $2m in fake dollars, some of which were to be mailed to the US.

Mozambique offers opposition leader $2m post

19 December 2014, 09:00

Mozambique's President Armando Guebuza has signed into law a bill granting special status to opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama, who lost October's presidential elections.

1 000+ in land grab in Namibia

19 December 2014, 07:28

Over a thousand people have illegally occupied land in Namibia, saying they've grown tired of waiting for the government to give them plots to live on.

28 die in clashes in Central African Republic

18 December 2014, 17:25

Official: 28 die, dozens wounded in clashes in Central African Republic.

Struggling South Sudan peace talks resume

18 December 2014, 15:39

Peace talks aimed at ending South Sudan's civil war resumed in Ethiopia's capital with mediators making a fresh appeal for an end to a "year of horror and tragedy".

Boko Haram kidnaps at least 185 people in Nigeria

18 December 2014, 15:39

Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 185 people from the northeast Nigeria village of Gumsuri.

Exiled Ugandans urged to go back home

19 December 2014, 08:30

Uganda's Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda has urged all Ugandans living in exile to return to their country because it is now totally safe.

Nigeria sentences 54 soldiers to death by firing squad

18 December 2014, 14:11

Nigeria sentences 54 troops to death for refusing to fight extremists; officers to be tried.

2 Egyptians, 2 Emiratis killed in military aircraft crash

18 December 2014, 13:00

Four crew members have been killed, two of them Egyptian and two Emirati, when their military aircraft crashed during joint exercises, officials say.

Boko Haram 32, kidnap scores in Nigeria

18 December 2014, 11:13

Boko Haram militants killed 32 people and kidnapped scores of others in an attack on the village of Gumsuri in the restive northeast.

Teen held for killing gran with sword

18 December 2014, 09:36

A teenager in South Africa has been arrested for murdering his grandmother with a sword at his family’s house.

Nigerian soldiers sentenced to die for refusing to fight

18 December 2014, 08:20

A court martial in Nigeria sentenced 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight the Boko Haram radical Islamist group, a media report says.

Ivory Coast hunger strike prisoners get medical care

18 December 2014, 07:13

About 150 suspected supporters of Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo are receiving medical treatment in prison after starting a hunger strike.

Egypt arrests 26 suspected gays for 'debauchery'

17 December 2014, 17:28

Twenty-sex men suspected of having organised or taken part in homosexual orgies at a public bath in Egypt are to go on trial for "debauchery".

Zambia cabinet ministers ask president Scott to resign

17 December 2014, 17:28

Zambia's cabinet passed a vote of no confidence in interim president Guy Scott and asked him to resign, intensifying a power struggle within the ruling party ahead of an election next month.

Uganda optimistic about hitting MDG 6 target

17 December 2014, 15:00

Local and international health exerts have expressed optimism that Uganda will hit MDG 6 target because of the good measures it has put in place in most of its health facilities.

Libya frees European aircrew that landed illegally

17 December 2014, 13:36

Libya releases 4 crewmembers of cargo plane who were detained over landing in the country illegally.

Sierra Leone to start house-to-house searches for Ebola patients

17 December 2014, 12:20

Sierra Leone will start house-to-house searches for Ebola patients and impose internal travel restrictions as part of a new push to combat the epidemic, President Ernest Bai Koroma said.

Egyptian court overturns some Muslim Brotherhood asset seizures

17 December 2014, 10:35

An Egyptian court overturned decisions by a special committee to seize the assets of Muslim Brotherhood leaders, without saying which members or assets will be affected.

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