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Mali slams 'cowardly murder' of French hostage

23 April 2014, 18:33

Mali has denounced as a “cowardly and despicable murder” the death of a French hostage announced by one of the west African nation’s top jihadist groups.

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Pupil held for giving letter to Museveni - report

23 April 2014, 16:31

Ugandan police are reportedly holding a 6-year-old pupil and her mother after the young girl sneaked through President Yoweri Museveni’s security and handed him a letter.

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Dos Santos names new defence minister

23 April 2014, 17:35

Long-serving Angolan President Jose Eduardo do Santos has replaced his powerful defence minister with the former head of the ruling party, a statement says.

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Senegal: Wade returns home to support son

23 April 2014, 15:28

Senegal's former president Abdoulaye Wade is expected back in the country after two years abroad. His return is seen as aimed at supporting his son who is facing jail for corruption.

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Kagame: Lessons learned from genocide

23 April 2014, 14:19

Rwanda President Paul Kagame says that the genocide in his country 20 years ago has taught the nation that they "must ultimately be responsible for their own fate".

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Bomb kills Egyptian police officer

23 April 2014, 12:10

A senior Egyptian police officer has been killed after a bomb exploded under his car outside his home near Cairo, a report says.

Defiant Egypt workers to challenge next president

23 April 2014, 11:14

Egypt's next president will have to contend with frustrated workers who have threatened a new wave of nationwide strikes if their demands are not met by the cash-strapped government.

'Piles and piles' of bodies in S Sudan slaughter

23 April 2014, 10:10

'Piles and piles' of bodies were left behind after the South Sudan slaughter, with thousands of people streaming to UN base for safety.

Catching more than fish: Ugandan town crippled by AIDS

23 April 2014, 09:07

When you risk your life fishing on dangerous seas, a drink in the bars back on shore seem a welcome relief, but in Uganda, it has created a culture with staggering rates of HIV.

25 killed in Nigeria fire attack

23 April 2014, 08:04

Twenty-five people have been killed and their village set on fire in north-eastern Nigeria, according to officials.

US horrified at 'abomination' of violence in South Sudan

23 April 2014, 07:01

The White House expressed horror at what it called the "abomination" of spiralling violence in South Sudan, where rebels took another town from government troops in a worsening civil war.

Somali lawmaker 'shot several times'

22 April 2014, 18:54

A Somali lawmaker who was assassinated in Mogadishu was shot several times, police officer Mohamed Dalane says, adding that he died instantly.

Mugabe 'pities' Queen Elizabeth, attacks Obama

22 April 2014, 18:54

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly laid into Britain, describing the nation as having "grown small in mind".

S Sudan army battles rebels in 3 key states

22 April 2014, 16:26

South Sudan's army says it is battling rebels in three key states, as insurgents blamed for massacring hundreds of civilians in attacks last week continue an offensive targeting oil fields.

African troops capture junior rebel commander

22 April 2014, 15:03

Uganda’s military says it has captured a junior commander with the LRA and rescued 10 people abducted by the fugitive leaders of the rebel group notorious for abducting children.

Al-Shabaab: We'll keep killing politicians

22 April 2014, 14:04

Islamist rebels in Somalia have vowed to keep killing politicians and wreck efforts to secure the country. This comes after a lawmaker was shot dead in Mogadishu.

I’m earning $4 000, Mugabe claims

22 April 2014, 13:02

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly claimed that he earns a monthly salary of $4 000, the lowest for any head of state in southern Africa.

DRC grants amnesty to ex-rebels

22 April 2014, 11:41

The Democratic Republic of Congo has announced the first batch of former rebels who will receive an amnesty adopted earlier this year.

Somali MP shot dead as lawlessness reigns

22 April 2014, 10:24

Insurgents have assassinated a Somali lawmaker, the second in 24 hours, police and witnesses say, the latest in a series of attacks in the war-ravaged capital.

UN calls for probe on South Sudan massacre

22 April 2014, 09:17

The UN has called for an investigation into the massacre of hundreds of civilians by rebel troops in northern South Sudan.

Senegal's ex-president Wade to return home

22 April 2014, 08:11

Senegal's former president Abdoulaye Wade is to return home after moving abroad following his election defeat, a move that comes as his son faces trial for corruption.

UN evacuates 100 Muslims from Central Africa capital

22 April 2014, 07:02

The United Nations has evacuated almost 100 Muslims from the capital of the crisis-torn Central African Republic to "save their lives", according to officials.

South Sudan rebels slaughter 'hundreds' in ethnic massacres: UN

21 April 2014, 18:09

Rebel gunmen in South Sudan massacred "hundreds" of civilians because of their ethnicity when they captured a key oil town last week, the UN has said.

Somali lawmaker killed in Mogadishu car bomb

21 April 2014, 12:02

Somali lawmaker Isak Mohamed was assassinated and another wounded by a car bomb in Mogadishu.

Egypt vote turns into Sisi, Sabbahi contest

21 April 2014, 07:48

Egypt's presidential election has turned into a contest between the ex-army chief lauded by millions for ousting an Islamist government and a leftist who claims to represent the ideals of the 2011 uprising.

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