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Africa

Sudan seeks probe into killing of nationals in S Sudan

24 April 2014, 18:05

Sudan called for an investigation into the "assassination" of its nationals in a South Sudan oil town, where the UN has accused rebels of killing hundreds of civilians.

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Rwanda closes French cultural centre

24 April 2014, 17:04

Authorities in Rwanda have forced the closure of the French cultural centre, just weeks after the two nations were in a major diplomatic spat over genocide commemorations.

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Militant group in Egypt killed senior police officer

24 April 2014, 15:48

Egypt: Militant group claims responsibility for bombing, killing police officer.

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Swaziland opposition leaders, activists detained

24 April 2014, 14:34

Swaziland police detained the leaders of banned political parties and several activists at the trial of journalists charged with publishing articles critical of King Mswati III's government.

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Senegal police disperse ex-president Wade crowds

24 April 2014, 13:28

Senegalese police dispersed hundreds of supporters of former President Abdoulaye Wade who gathered at Dakar airport to welcome him back two years after losing power.

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US envoy in Libya amid political turmoil

24 April 2014, 12:15

A top US diplomat was visiting Libya to meet government officials, amid political upheaval in the North African country, the State Department has said.

South Sudan rebels say closing in on oil fields

24 April 2014, 12:26

Rebels in South Sudan said Thursday they were closing in on key oil fields and two state capitals, predicting an imminent collapse of the government and a "bloodbath".

Nigerian faces death by stoning for raping girl

24 April 2014, 11:19

An Islamic court in northern Nigeria has sentenced a man to be stoned to death for raping a 13-year-old girl and infecting her with HIV.

Guinea-Bissau has record turnout in elections

24 April 2014, 10:16

Turnout in Guinea-Bissau's watershed presidential and parliamentary polls was just under 90 percent, a record for the impoverished west African nation.

Mali's president names negotiator for Tuareg talks

24 April 2014, 09:16

Mali's president has named former Prime Minister Keita as negotiator for talks with Tuareg rebels.

DRC train crash toll at 57

24 April 2014, 08:07

At least 57 people were killed when a passenger train sped off the rails in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the government has said.

South Sudan sacks army chief after rebels seize oil hub

24 April 2014, 07:09

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir sacked his army chief after rebels seized a major oil hub, unleashing two days of ethnic slaughter in which the UN says hundreds of civilians were massacred.

Mali slams 'cowardly murder' of French hostage

23 April 2014, 17:33

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.

Pupil held for giving letter to Museveni - report

23 April 2014, 15:31

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.

Dos Santos names new defence minister

23 April 2014, 16:35

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.

Senegal: Wade returns home to support son

23 April 2014, 14:28

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.

Kagame: Lessons learned from genocide

23 April 2014, 13:19

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".

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".

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