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Africa

Grace adds to fears of Mugabe dynasty in Zim

31 July 2014, 23:49

The surprise nomination of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife to head Zanu-PF's women's wing has injected new intrigue into the fight to succeed the 90-year-old strongman.

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Senegal ex-president's son on trial for corruption

31 July 2014, 22:56

The flamboyant "super minister" son of former Senegalese leader Abdoulaye Wade went on trial Thursday accused of accumulating a multi-million dollar fortune through corruption while in office.

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Facebook's Internet.org expands in Zambia

31 July 2014, 20:54

Facebook's Internet.org project is taking another step toward its goal of bringing the Internet to people who are not yet online, launching an app Thursday in Zambia.

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Burundi MPs pass budget bill with proposed new taxes despite opposition

31 July 2014, 19:53

Burundi's national assembly has passed a revised budget bill proposing new taxes on essential items despite resistance from a Tutsi-led faction in the government and Hutu opposition legislators.

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Uganda judges debate bid to overturn anti-gay law

31 July 2014, 19:10

Ugandan state lawyers have sought to dismiss a petition by activists at the constitutional court seeking to overturn tough anti-gay laws that have been condemned by rights groups as draconian.

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China evacuates hundreds of workers from Libya

31 July 2014, 17:10

China has evacuated several hundred workers from Libya and is taking them by ship to Malta, the head of the Malta Civil Service says.

World Ebola fears grow, Europe & Asia on alert

31 July 2014, 16:00

Fears that the west African Ebola outbreak could spread to other continents have grown, with European and Asian countries on alert and MSF warning the "unprecedented" epidemic is out of control.

6 000 Libyans flee into Tunisia everyday

31 July 2014, 20:52

Up to 6 000 people a day are leaving Libya and moving into neighbouring Tunisia, the Tunisian foreign minister says, the biggest influx since Libya's 2011 civil war.

Spain evacuates embassy staff from Libya

31 July 2014, 12:43

Spain's foreign ministry says it is temporarily evacuating its ambassador and most embassy staff from Libya because of the worsening security situation in the capital.

Worker beheaded, Filipina nurse raped in Libya

31 July 2014, 11:05

The Philippines has renewed calls for thousands of its nationals to leave Libya after a Filipina nurse was abducted and gang-raped, following the beheading of a Filipino construction worker.

Ebola outbreak 'a major public health emergency'

31 July 2014, 08:31

Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, as authorities roll out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus.

10-year-old girl wearing explosives belt arrested

31 July 2014, 07:14

Nigeria has arrested a 10-year-old girl with explosives strapped to her body in northern Katsina state.

Thousands flee to Tunisia to escape Libya fighting

30 July 2014, 22:41

Up to 6,000 people a day have fled Libya into neighbouring Tunisia this week, the Tunisian foreign minister said Wednesday.

Air Algerie jet plunged rapidly

30 July 2014, 21:45

The Air Algerie flight that crashed in Mali last week appears to have plummeted to the ground from an altitude of 10 000 metres in just a few minutes after flying into a storm.

Rwanda seeks life for army officer accused of attack plots

30 July 2014, 20:44

Military prosecution lawyers in Rwanda on Wednesday sought a life sentence for an ex-officer accused of plotting attacks on the state.

Fourth female suicide bomber hits Nigeria's Kano

30 July 2014, 18:43

A female suicide bomber blew herself up in a college in northern Nigeria's biggest city of Kano on Wednesday, killing six people.

'No intact bodies' in grim Air Algerie probe

30 July 2014, 19:45

French experts have been meticulously sifting through the debris of the Air Algerie plane that disintegrated over the Mali desert, killing all 118 on board. They have yet to see a single intact body

Uganda activists launch bid to overturn anti-gay law

30 July 2014, 17:45

Ugandan activists have opened a petition at the constitutional court seeking to overturn tough anti-gay laws that have been condemned by rights groups as draconian.

EU gives extra €2m to fight Ebola crisis

30 July 2014, 16:54

The European Union has allocated an extra €2m to fight the Ebola outbreak spiralling out of control in West Africa, bringing total EU funding to €3.9m.

Missionary groups call for evacuation from Liberia

30 July 2014, 15:40

Two North Carolina-based missionary groups have ordered the evacuation of their non-essential personnel from Liberia after a doctor and a missionary contracted Ebola.

3 dead in Egypt as planned bomb attack fails

30 July 2014, 14:28

Three people have been killed when two bombs they were carrying in a pick-up truck went off prematurely, Egyptian government and security forces say.

20 dead, dozens missing in shipwreck off Libya

30 July 2014, 13:14

More than 20 migrants have died and dozens are missing after their makeshift boat sank off the Libyan coast, the navy says.

Canadian doctor in quarantine after Ebola exposure

30 July 2014, 11:59

A Canadian doctor has put himself in quarantine as a precaution after spending weeks in West Africa treating patients with the deadly Ebola virus.

Woman gets naked at Mandela statue

30 July 2014, 11:07

A woman has caused a commotion when she stripped naked and caressed the statue of former president Nelson Mandela in Sandton. WARNING: Article contains imagery which some users might find offensive.

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