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'Alarming spike' in female suicide bombings in Nigeria

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The UN children's agency reports an "alarming spike" in suicide bombings by girls and women used by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria.

Nigeria's new president has a 'daunting to-do list'

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Muhammadu Buhari is set to be sworn in as Nigeria’s next president but he has a daunting to-do list after promising wholesale change during elections two months ago.

Cholera outbreak among Burundi refugees in Tanzania slowing

2015-05-26 14:04

A cholera outbreak raging among Burundian refugees in Tanzania has slowed significantly with no new deaths reported in the past five days, the UN says.

Poorest countries neglected by foreign aid donors: report

2015-05-26 13:11

The world’s poorest nations, the bulk of which are in sub-Saharan Africa, are receiving less than a third of development aid, and this support is waning, an NGO says.

African leaders to hold summit on Burundi as violence continues

2015-05-26 12:05

East African leaders are set to meet over the weekend at a special summit to discuss the crisis in Burundi, where police and protesters continue to clash on the streets of the capital.

 
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Libya's lawmakers say session halted after car burned outside

2015-05-26 14:04

Libya’s elected parliament based in the eastern city of Tobruk has interrupted a session attended by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni after protesters burned a car outside the venue, lawmakers say.

Nigeria fuel strike called off 'in national interest'

2015-05-26 13:11

A crippling strike over fuel that brought Nigeria to a near standstill has been called off “in the national interest” a union leader says, as the country limps back to normal.

Egypt allows Gazans to return home through border crossing

2015-05-26 12:05

Egypt has opened its border with the Gaza Strip to allow stranded Palestinians to return home.

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UN officials didn't follow up on CAR sex abuse claims for months

2015-05-26 11:04

For months, the UN’s top human rights officials knew about allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, but they didn’t follow up, statements show.

Shabaab attack: At least 13 Kenyan cops missing

2015-05-26 10:00

At least 13 Kenyan police officers are missing following an ambush by suspected Shabaab militants in the northeast of the country close to the border with Somalia, a police spokesperson says.

At least 20 Kenyan police killed in suspected Shabaab attack

2015-05-26 08:54

At least 20 Kenyan police officers have been killed in an ambush by suspected al-Shabaab gunmen in a village in the eastern country of Garissa, reports say.

Morocco jails three for homosexuality

2015-05-26 07:39
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Three Moroccan men accused of homosexuality have been sentenced to three years in jail each by a court in northeastern Morocco.

Libyan tribes meet in Cairo

2015-05-25 21:07

Hundreds of Libyan tribal leaders have met in Cairo with Egyptian authorities hoping to enlist their help in preventing Islamist violence from spilling over their shared border.

Sudan seizes runs of 10 newspapers

2015-05-25 21:07

Sudan has confiscated issues of 10 major newspapers in response to reports they carried on sexual assaults on children in Sudan.

Mugabe not on 'awful' list of Zim's richest

2015-05-25 19:50

A list of Zimbabwe's alleged 50 richest people circulating in the country is "garbage", Information Minister Jonathan Moyo says.

Boko Haram hacks 10 Nigerians to death - official

2015-05-25 18:02

Boko Haram fighters have hacked 10 people to death in a remote village in northeast Nigeria, a local government official told.

Tanzania to pick new leader, parliament in Oct

2015-05-25 18:02

Tanzanians are set to pick a new president and parliament, officials say, in a national election likely to be dominated by the ruling party despite anger at poverty and corruption.

Expectation weighs on Nigeria's Buhari as he takes over power

2015-05-25 17:44

Muhammadu Buhari formerly takes over as Nigeria’s president this week but his inauguration could not have come at a worse time, with the country reeling from a cash crunch and a crippling strike over fuel.

Gunshots heard as 100s take to the streets in Bujumbura

2015-05-25 14:12

Hundreds of anti-government protesters have taken to the streets of Burundian capital, Bujumbura, after an opposition politician was killed at the weekend.

Nigerian senator-elect to fight US extradition, drug charges

2015-05-25 12:18

A wanted man newly elected to Nigeria’s Senate is set to appear in court to fight his extradition to the US on 20-year-old charges related to the TV hit "Orange is the New Black".

'Wall' of religious hatred divides Central African town

2015-05-25 11:13

The outbreak of violence that plunged the Central African Republic into chaos in 2013 has left a legacy of suspicion, fear and hatred that still plagues places like the southern mining town of Boda.

UN, EU, Africa urge dialogue in Burundi after politician's killing

2015-05-25 09:54

The UN, the EU and African nations have urged Burundi’s government and the opposition not to let violence derail dialogue after an opposition politician was shot dead.

Nigeria's Jonathan 'handing over nation in crisis'

2015-05-25 08:43

Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan is handing over a country in its worst-ever state, the main opposition says, as fuel shortages and economic woes cripple the nation.

Boko Haram in deadly raid on Nigeria town

2015-05-25 06:29

Boko Haram fighters killed several people and destroyed dozens of homes in a raid on a town in northeast Nigeria's Borno state, local residents, a vigilante and the military says.

Libyan government warplanes attack ship near Sirte

2015-05-24 18:46

Warplanes from Libya's official government have attacked an oil tanker off the coast near the city of Sirte, officials say.

Ruling party set for landslide win in Ethiopian elections

2015-05-24 14:28

Ethiopians have voted in a parliamentary election that is expected to hand a landslide win to the ruling party, which boasts about delivering strong economic growth while opponents say it has trampled on political freedoms.

Liberia struggles with violence along insecure I Coast border

2015-05-24 12:22

In February last year a gang of men with machetes ambushed two villages in western Ivory Coast, disembowelling a soldier. The attack marked the brutal resumption of a campaign of violence blamed on militants crossing from Liberia.

Burundi opposition figure 'sprayed with bullets'

2015-05-24 08:47

The leader of a Burundi opposition party was slain in a drive-by shooting in which at least one of his bodyguards was also killed.

Militants kill Bangladeshi UN peacekeeper in Mali's capital

2015-05-26 11:04

Militants have opened fire on two Bangladeshi peacekeepers in Mali’s Bamako, killing one, the second attack within days in the capital of what is considered the most dangerous UN mission in the world.

Burundi slams foreign diplomatic pressure over political crisis

2015-05-26 10:00

Burundi’s government has condemned mounting diplomatic pressure over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial bid to stand for a third consecutive term, signaling it would not bow to international criticism.

Zimbabweans go hungry as drought hammers southern Africa

2015-05-26 08:54

Even in the best of times, life is harsh in Siyagijima, a desolate village in southwest Zimbabwe. After the worst regional drought in nearly a decade and the failure of nearby crops, it is likely to be even harsher.

Libya tribal chiefs hope for a 'modern state'

2015-05-26 07:39

A four-day meeting of Libyan tribal leaders has opened in Egypt which is exploring ways to unite warring parties and bring peace to its oil-rich neighbour.

Opposition breaks off Burundi peace talks

2015-05-25 23:07

Burundi's opposition has boycotted peace talks with the government in protest at the killing of an opposition leader, despite UN-led calls for dialogue.

Opposition leader: Burundi not ready for polls

2015-05-25 21:07

An opposition leader in Burundi says the country is not ready for parliamentary or presidential elections next month because the government is curtailing freedom.

Congo soldiers clash with Rwandan rebels in camp

2015-05-25 21:07

Congolese soldiers have clashed with Rwandan Hutu rebels being held in eastern DRC, wounding at least six, as an agreement to move the rebels from one transit camp to another fell apart.

Kenya's anti-graft body says two ministers should be charged

2015-05-25 19:49

Kenya's anti-corruption watchdog has recommended two government ministers be charged with abuse of office, the chief prosecutor says.

Soldier kills 7 comrades at Tunis barracks - ministry

2015-05-25 18:02

A Tunisian corporal shot dead seven of his comrades before himself being killed, the defence ministry said, adding that he had family and psychological problems.

Burkina Faso to exhume grave of Thomas Sankara

2015-05-25 18:02

Burkina Faso is exhuming the graves of thirteen people including revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara, whose death nearly 30 years ago in a coup has remained a mystery.

Sudanese govt denies supporting rebels in South Sudan

2015-05-25 15:16

The Sudanese government has denied supporting rebels in South Sudan after it accused Khartoum of supplying arms to the insurgents threatening its oil fields.

Fuel crisis shuts down Nigerian bank

2015-05-25 13:17

One of Nigeria's biggest banks has announced it is shutting branches early due to a lack of fuel, in the latest sign of shortages hitting businesses.

Soldier killed after shooting on fellow troops in Tunis

2015-05-25 12:18

A Tunisian soldier has opened fire on colleagues at a military base in the capital, killing a colonel and wounding eight other soldiers before being shot dead himself, an army spokesperson says.

Zim's comedians draw tears of laughter in troubled times

2015-05-25 09:54

With Zimbabwe’s economy on its knees and life a daily struggle for most people, there is one luxury that many can surprisingly still afford – laughter.

Burundi activists vow intensified protests

2015-05-25 08:43

Thousands of Burundian activists have mourned a murdered opposition leader at his funeral, vowing to intensify their protests against a bid by President Pierre Nkurunziza to seek a third consecutive term.

Sierra Leone marks grim Ebola anniversary

2015-05-25 07:42

Ebola has killed more than 11 000 people since it emerged in southern Guinea in December 2013, spreading first to Liberia, which was recently declared Ebola free, before Sierra Leone.

UN chief urges dialogue in Burundi after politician's murder

2015-05-24 19:28

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged Burundi's government and its opponents not to let violence derail United Nations-sponsored talks.

Rangers summoned after 'leopard' spotted in Harare

2015-05-24 14:53

Shoppers in Harare summoned wildlife rangers this week after they thought they'd seen a leopard in a busy shopping area.

Horn of Africa's Djibouti dreams of becoming 'new Dubai'

2015-05-24 14:28

For years the Horn of Africa nation Djibouti was seen by foreign powers as a far-flung military outpost overlooking the Gulf of Aden but now it wants to capitalise on its key position on one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

Burundi activists suspend government talks

2015-05-24 10:00

Activists in Burundi behind weeks of protests against against President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial bid to seek a third term say they are suspending talks with the government after the murder of an opposition figure.

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