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Africa

Mugabe named new African Union chairman

30 January 2015, 15:00

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe took over the post of African Union chairman, replacing Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

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Islamic State's Egypt wing claims deadly attacks

30 January 2015, 13:03

Islamic State's Egypt wing has claimed a series of attacks that killed at least 27 security personnel in some of the worst anti-government violence in months.

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At least 20 killed, 36 wounded in Sinai attacks – report

30 January 2015, 11:41

Egyptian state TV says simultaneous attacks on police and military targets in the Sinai Peninsula have killed at least 20 people, including civilians, and wounded 36.

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Uganda to construct 4 new international airports

30 January 2015, 10:34

Civil Aviation Authority plans to revamp Entebbe International Airport into a magnificent international facility and also construct four more international airports in the districts of Arua, Kasese, Hoima and Pakuba.

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Uganda: Mass trial over alleged terror ties to start

30 January 2015, 09:21

A dozen suspects have appeared in a Ugandan court to face charges, including murder and terrorism, amid what local officials say is the budding threat of Islamic in the east African country.

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South Sudanese president rushed to hospital in Ethiopia

30 January 2015, 07:07

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir was rushed to hospital in Addis Ababa in the middle of peace talks to end the country’s 13-month civil conflict, reports say.

As Ebola eases, tourism edges back

29 January 2015, 17:10

From the jungle-clad slopes of the Great Lakes to the game parks of South Africa, tourism is beginning to recover as the Ebola outbreak in a corner of the continent ebbs and foreigners overcome their fear of the virus.

Angry youths stone Nigerian president's convoy

29 January 2015, 17:10

Youths angry at failure to fight Islamic uprising stone Nigerian president's convoy in Yola.

MPs decry use of excessive force by police

29 January 2015, 19:23

Members of parliament in Uganda are concerned about police brutality.

Over 38,000 Somali children facing starvation: UN

29 January 2015, 13:35

Over 38,000 Somali children are at "high risk" from dying from starvation despite hunger levels improving by almost a third across the war-torn nation, UN experts said.

Tanzanian opposition chief charged with organising protest

29 January 2015, 12:11

A top Tanzanian opposition party leader was charged with holding political rallies without a permit, prompting fellow lawmakers to storm out of parliament in protest.

Tanzania shuts major East African newspaper

29 January 2015, 11:10

Tanzania suspended the publication of a major regional newspaper, the East African, with diplomats voicing concern at a possible crackdown on press freedom ahead of elections in October.

Boko Haram attacks send 14 000 Nigerians fleeing to Chad

29 January 2015, 09:57

More than 14 000 people fleeing Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria have streamed into Chad since the beginning of 2015, according to the UN.

War, Ebola, elections top African Union summit

29 January 2015, 08:19

Conflict in Africa and efforts to stem Ebola will top the agenda of the AU annual summit this week, with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe expected to be enthroned the next chair of the bloc.

Sudan rebels detain Bulgarian aid chopper crew

29 January 2015, 07:11

Six Bulgarians working with the UN's World Food Programme have been detained by Sudanese rebels after their helicopter made an emergency landing in South Kordofan.

World's largest Ebola unit dismantled

28 January 2015, 20:28

A potent symbol of the nightmare enveloping west Africa at the height of the Ebola outbreak, the ELWA-3 treatment centre is being dismantled as the region emerges from catastrophe.

Ugandan government asked to emulate Kenya in funds allocation

28 January 2015, 20:28

The opposition in Uganda and anti-corruption organizations have opposed a move by MPs to add 25 more districts in the country, and instead asked the government to allocate more funds to local governments as it is done in Kenya.

Nigerian military warned before Boko Haram attacks

28 January 2015, 14:22

Amnesty International has claimed that Nigeria's military top brass were warned of brutal Boko Haram attacks on the northeast towns of Baga and Monguno but failed take action.

Mozambique death toll rises after heavy flooding

28 January 2015, 12:50

More than 100 people have been killed and 150,000 displaced by floods in Mozambique, a senior government official said, as southern Africa counts the human and economic costs of this month's torrential rains.

Six Bulgarians held by Sudan rebels

28 January 2015, 12:50

Six Bulgarians working on contract for the UN were being held Wednesday by rebels in southern Sudan after their helicopter was forced to land, the UN World Food Programme.

3 killed after UN troops in Mali fire at protest

28 January 2015, 11:43

UN peacekeepers in the northern Malian town of Gao have killed at least three people when they used live rounds to disperse protesters there, witnesses say.

Somali PM issues new cabinet list after MP veto

28 January 2015, 10:44

Somalia’s new PM has proposed a new cabinet after parliament rejected his last list of candidates, prompting international concerns political power struggles are stalling progress.

Uganda ivory stolen from impound vault

28 January 2015, 09:44

A huge haul of elephant ivory seized in Uganda probably includes tusks stolen from government strongrooms last year.

Thousands of students squander school fees on sports betting

28 January 2015, 10:44

Many young people in Uganda are squandering their school fees on sports betting amid constant warnings against the vice by religious and political leaders.

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