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Africa

Poverty stokes populism across southern Africa

30 September 2014, 11:04

The last half century has been very good to southern Africa's political incumbents -- but persistent poverty and unemployment are now fuelling the rise of populists vowing to upend the economic status quo.

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Secret lives: An evening in a gay bar

30 September 2014, 09:30

Just as he attends church on Sunday morning, there's another sacred place Nick, a 23-year-old Kampala stylist, flocks to every Sunday night.

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Ebola hit Liberia in deep trouble

30 September 2014, 08:04

With its collapsed health service, sick and poorly equipped security forces and broken economy, Ebola-hit Liberia finds itself on the brink of complete societal breakdown, experts warn.

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UN mission to combat Ebola open HQ in Ghana

29 September 2014, 22:59

The U.N. mission to combat Ebola opened its headquarters on Monday in Ghana, where it will coordinate international aid to assist West Africa to combat the accelerating crisis.

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Egypt, Libya plunge in Africa governance index

29 September 2014, 21:03

Egypt and Libya plunged in an annual ranking of good governance in Africa, whose publishers also warned the raging Ebola epidemic will have a political fallout for the already fragile countries affected.

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Israeli circumcision device provokes union outcry in South Africa

29 September 2014, 18:02

South Africa may turn to an Israeli circumcision device to reduce the number of young males who die in botched initiation ceremonies.

56 killed in South Sudan bus crash

29 September 2014, 16:07

At least 56 people were killed when a bus travelling from South Sudan to Uganda crashed into a truck, doctors said.

Court upholds life terms for Rwanda ex-ruling party bosses

29 September 2014, 14:16

The UN-backed tribunal for Rwanda has upheld the life sentences for two former heads of the ex-ruling party for genocide crimes committed in 1994.

WATCH: New footage from Lagos tragedy

29 September 2014, 12:29

Nigeria’s televangelist TB Joshua has released a new video clip showing the collapse, two weeks ago, of a four-storey building at the Synagogue Church of All Nations (Scoan) in Lagos, Nigeria.

Libya's parliament to open dialogue with members from opposing city

29 September 2014, 11:05

Libya's elected parliament will hold its first talks with members from an opposing city linked to a rival assembly, lawmakers said, starting a badly needed dialogue as the oil-producing country teeters on the edge of collapse.

Beds scarce, staff scarcer in Liberia's Ebola wards

29 September 2014, 09:31

They carry photos, bags of food - and hope. But what the families idling at the gate of this Ebola centre in Monrovia lack is news of the fate of their sick loved ones inside.

ICC to decide if I Coast 'street general' should face trial

29 September 2014, 08:20

ICC judges have begun hearings to decide whether Ivorian ex-president Laurent Gbagbo’s right-hand man, Charles Ble Goude, should face trial for allegedly orchestrating deadly post-election violence in 2010-11.

Rwanda court's forgotten men pose challenge to international justice

29 September 2014, 07:10

Justin Mugenzi was legally cleared of any role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide, but an oversight in the international justice system means he remains a virtual prisoner in a United Nations safe house in Tanzania.

Somalia announces $2m bounty for al-Shabaab leader

29 September 2014, 07:10

A 2-million-dollar bounty is in place for information leading to the capture of the new leader of the al-Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia, announced the country's intelligence chief.

Libyan PM takes oath after elected parliament approves new cabinet

28 September 2014, 16:43

Libya's Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni and his cabinet took the oath of office on Sunday after lawmakers approved the lineup.

Tanzania police arrest several people in opposition protests

28 September 2014, 06:42

Protests broke out in at least two Tanzanian towns, after opposition leaders called for nationwide demonstrations to oppose an assembly writing the country's constitution, leading to the arrest of several protesters.

Liberia: Top doctor goes under Ebola quarantine

28 September 2014, 06:16

Liberia's chief medical officer is placing herself under quarantine for 21 days after her office assistant died of Ebola.

Al Shabaab stone woman to death for polyandry

27 September 2014, 15:57

A Somali woman has been stoned to death in an Islamist Al Shabaab-controlled part of the country for secretly marrying several husbands.

IMF unblocks cash as desperate west Africa awaits Ebola aid

27 September 2014, 15:57

The International Monetary Fund fast-tracked $130 million in aid to fight the Ebola epidemic after the governments of the worst-hit countries in west Africa said they were desperately counting on promises of global aid to be backed up with cash.

Court to decide Mubarak's fate with retrial verdict

27 September 2014, 09:35

An Egyptian court will rule in the murder retrial of Hosni Mubarak, whose 2011 overthrow unleashed almost four years of tumult capped by the election of another military man.

West Africa in desperate wait for Ebola aid

26 September 2014, 21:58

Ebola-hit west Africa's governments were desperately counting on promises of urgent global aid to be effected as the World Health Organization announced desperately awaited vaccines could be ready early next year.

Uganda withdraws ousted prime minister's guards

26 September 2014, 19:59

A Ugandan military spokesman says an operation is under way to disarm the residence of former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.

Concerns grow over Zambian president's health

26 September 2014, 15:16

Son of Zambia leader Michael Sata downplays worries about president's health during New York trip.

3 killed as Somali pirates fight over ransom

26 September 2014, 15:16

Three killed in gunfight as Somali pirates who held journalist clash over ransom.

Boko Haram 'leader', killed repeatedly, continues to threaten Nigeria

26 September 2014, 11:43

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, or a man claiming to be him, has been killed at least three times so far, yet each time he apparently returns in the group's numerous jihadist videos.

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