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As it happened: Election Day 2

2015-03-29 12:35

Get the latest details as voting continues in some parts of the country after technical problems during Saturday's presidential election.

Rising religious tensions in Tanzania

15 minutes ago

Tanzania's president says tensions between Muslims and Christians are rising ahead of a constitutional referendum and elections.

Mozambique president elected head of ruling party

16 minutes ago

Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi has been elected head of the ruling party Frelimo, allaying fears his predecessor was planning to cling to power behind the scenes.

Arab leaders agree joint military force

2015-03-29 20:12

Arab leaders have agreed to form a joint military force, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced at a summit overshadowed by a Saudi-led offensive on Shi'ite rebels in Yemen.

UN chief: Nigeria vote largely peaceful

2015-03-29 17:35

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated Nigerians for holding "largely peaceful and orderly" elections despite Boko Haram attacks.

Egyptian militant group claims Cairo bombing

2015-03-29 15:23

An Egyptian militant group has claimed responsibility for a bombing in front of Cairo University that wounded eight people, including four police officers.

 
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CHECKING:  Nigerian election officials tally the ballots received from polling stations in Kaduna. (Jerome Delay, AP)

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UN Ebola head warns against complacency

2015-03-29 19:14

The head of the UN's Ebola fighting force has warned against complacency as the fight against the disease enters its final lap, hailing Guinea for tightening surveillance.

Leading suspect in Tunis museum attack killed

2015-03-29 15:47

Tunisia's prime minister says a leading suspect in a deadly museum attack on foreign tourists has been killed in anti-terrorist operations.

Tunisian forces kill 9 militants - security official

2015-03-29 14:25

Tunisian forces have killed nine militants during a raid in a southern region as part of crackdown following the attack on the Tunis Bardo museum that targeted foreign tourists.

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Sudan rebels attack garrison, kill dozens - report

2015-03-29 12:59

Sudanese rebels say they captured a garrison in conflict-hit South Kordofan and killed 54 troops, with the army denying the claim.

Tanzania orders probe into 'ghost' government workers

2015-03-29 08:58

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has ordered a probe into "ghost workers" on the public sector payroll after a new audit revealed the government paid about $76.6m to fake workers over the past year.

Nigerian voters try again after technical glitches

2015-03-29 07:11

Nigerians hit by failures in new election technology have returned to the polls, to allow them to cast their ballots in the country's close-run presidential election.

Voting extended in 300 Nigeria polling stations

2015-03-28 22:58

Voting in Nigeria's general election has been extended to Sunday in 300 out of 150 000 polling stations, the electoral commission said, after technical glitches marred polling nationwide.

Hackers shut down Nigeria electoral commission site

2015-03-28 22:03

A group calling itself the Nigerian Cyber Army has hacked into and shut down the electoral commission's website, warning officials not to rig the presidential election as accreditation for voting in the poll was under way.

Voting suspended in some places in Nigeria

2015-03-28 19:23

Nigeria's electoral commission says polling in the country's presidential and parliamentary election had been suspended in some places because of glitches with new voter ID card readers.

Nigerians turn out en masse to vote

2015-03-28 15:39

Nigerians turned out en masse to vote in a presidential election that analysts say is too close to call between President Goodluck Jonathan and former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari.

Blast hits polling station in east Nigeria

2015-03-28 12:47

An explosion has struck a polling station at a primary school in the eastern Nigerian city of Awka but claimed no casualties, police say..

Security Council holds Libya arms embargo in place

2015-03-28 12:09

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to step up the fight against Islamic extremists in Libya but without lifting the arms embargo.

Liberia's sole remaining known Ebola patient dies

2015-03-28 09:49

Liberian woman who was the country's sole remaining known Ebola patient has died at a treatment centre in the capital, says Francis Ketteh, acting head of the country's Ebola response team.

Ethiopia shedding famine stereotype

2015-03-28 06:45

Ethiopia, with a booming economy, is charting a new course with massive projects, shedding the famine stereotype.

Boko Haram ordered women killed

2015-03-27 22:29

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has directly ordered women to be killed in the northeast Nigerian town of Gwoza a conscript claims.

Chad accuses Nigeria of failing to help fight Boko Haram

2015-03-27 20:50

Chad has accused Nigeria of downplaying the threat from Boko Haram and failing to co-operate with the regional coalition battling the jihadists, saying there had been zero contact between their armies.

UN rights council eyes special session on Boko Haram

2015-03-27 17:13

The UN Human Rights Council has received a request to host a special session next week on abuses by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria and neighbouring countries, the council president says.

Nigerian military claim to destroy Boko Haram HQ

2015-03-27 14:09

Nigeria’s military claims it has destroyed the headquarters of Boko Haram in Gwoza, a town in northeast Nigeria.

Grace Mugabe may be 'seriously' ill

2015-03-27 12:28

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s wife is not well and is seeking treatment outside the country, a Zanu-PF politburo member has reportedly confirmed.

Top Shabaab commander captured in Somalia

2015-03-27 12:29

A top commander of the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab has been captured as he was preparing attacks in the country’s capital, a senior intelligence officer says.

Troops pursue Boko Haram in Nigerian border area

2015-03-27 10:02

Troops from Chad and Niger have pursued Boko Haram fighters across a northern Nigerian border area, driving them out of a village they held there and causing some to flee into Niger, two senior Niger military officers say.

Moroccan opposition in standoff with police over burial

2015-03-27 08:46

Thousands of supporters of Morocco's biggest opposition movement have buried their late leader's widow after a standoff with security forces who tried to prevent her being laid to rest beside his grave.

UN boosts force for Central African Republic

2015-03-26 22:23

The UN Security Council has decided to boost the UN force in the Central African Republic by 1 050 peacekeepers as the country prepares for elections.

Togo school pupils, police clash

2015-03-26 21:01

Clashes between restive school pupils and police in southern Togo have left 43 people injured.

Nigerian voters return to polls

2015-03-29 10:56

Voters unable to cast their ballot because of technical problems in Nigeria's general election have returned to the polls, as the main parties traded blows over the use of the technology.

Three more Kenyan ministers vacate office

2015-03-29 08:58

Three more Kenyan ministers have vacated their posts to pave way for investigations into allegations of corruption.

At least 21 dead in Al-Shabaab hotel attack

2015-03-29 06:30

The attack on a Somali hotel by al-Shabaab extremists has been ended by troops leaving at least 21 dead.

Egypt president says Yemen intervention inevitable

2015-03-28 22:30

Egypt's president says the military intervention by a 10-nation coalition led by Saudi Arabia was "inevitable" after meddling there by a foreign power - a thinly-veiled reference to Iran.

Togo pushes presidential elections back 10 days

2015-03-28 20:12

Togo's government says it will delay presidential elections by 10 days, holding them on 25 April.

Boko Haram gunmen kill 6 voters

2015-03-28 17:31

Boko Haram insurgents launched two deadly attacks on voters in northeast Nigeria killing six people in an election in which insecurity is a major issue.

2 killed in attack on Nigeria polling stations

2015-03-28 13:48

At least two people have been killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack on polling stations in northeast Nigeria, residents and an election official have told AFP.

Somali forces end Shabaab siege at hotel

2015-03-28 12:33

Somali elite units have ended a siege by al-Shabaab militants in a Mogadishu hotel, during which at least 18 people were killed.

Polling stations open in Nigerian presidential election

2015-03-28 10:23

Polling stations have opened in Nigeria, the electoral commission says, as voters went to the polls to elect a new president in what is being seen as the closest campaign in the country's history.

Kenya detains 52 over suspected Islamist attack

2015-03-28 07:45

Police have detained 52 people in Kenya’s main port city, a day after an officer was killed in a suspected Islamist revenge attack, heightening tensions in an area where the authorities say militant Islamist is spreading.

Uganda police hunt terror suspect

2015-03-27 22:29

Police in Uganda are hunting a terrorist suspect they believe is linked to Somalia's Shabaab militants and was planning an attack in the capital Kampala.

Islamists storm Mogadishu hotel

2015-03-27 20:50

Suspected Islamist fighters have stormed a popular hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu trapping government officials inside.

Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown leaves capital 'eerily quiet'

2015-03-27 19:44

The capital of Sierra Leone is "eerily quiet" as hundreds of health volunteers spread out across the city and the surrounding area to search for hidden Ebola patients and raise awareness during a three-day lockdown.

Nigerian leader urges peaceful vote amid electoral violence

2015-03-27 15:40

Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan is urging his nation to vote peacefully and accept results of Saturday’s presidential election, which analysts say will be the tightest in the nation’s history.

Australia warns of possible attacks in Kenyan capital

2015-03-27 14:09

Militants may be planning attacks against crowded places in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the Australian government says in a travel alert, without naming any group it suspects might opt for violence.

Uhuru Kenyatta apologises for govt’s past wrongs

2015-03-27 10:02

Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta has apologised to the Kenyan people for past wrongs committed by both his government and past regimes.

Bardo museum attackers linked to militants

2015-03-27 10:03

Tunisia says an attack on a Tunis museum last week was launched by a cell of 23 militants, including an Algerian and Moroccans.

Ebola virus has mutated less than feared - study

2015-03-27 06:19

The Ebola virus is not mutating as quickly as scientists had feared, which is good news for treating the disease and preventing its spread, a study has shown.

Nigeria wraps up presidential election campaign

2015-03-27 05:00

Campaigning has wound to a close in Nigeria's presidential elections with the two leading candidates delivering their final messages to supporters.

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