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Moz police rescue kidnapped 'drug baron'

2014-12-21 17:13

Mozambique police have rescued a wealthy businessman, branded a "drug baron" by the US government, who was kidnapped in Maputo more than a month ago.

Egyptian jailed for 10 years for spying for Israel

2014-12-21 15:39

An Egyptian court has jailed a Suez Canal shipping services manager for 10 years on charges of spying for Israel about naval movements through the strategic waterway.

Gabon police break up opposition rally, 1 killed

2014-12-21 14:10

Gabon's prosecutor says one person was killed after opposition protesters went ahead with a banned rally, prompting security forces to respond with tear gas in a bid to disperse the crowd.

Extremists in Nigeria lining up, shooting the elderly

2014-12-21 10:35

Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on elderly people, killing more than 50 in the past week in a new tactic that has instilled more fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate.

Liberian voter turnout low as Ebola overshadows senate election

2014-12-21 08:22

Turnout for Liberian parliamentary elections appears to be low as concerns about Ebola kept many voters at home.

Four kids burn to death in Zim - report

2014-12-20 20:02

Four children were burnt to death in southern Zimbabwe when a can of petrol being stored inside their home caught fire, the official Chronicle newspaper has reported.

 
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Militants attack bus on Kenyan coast

2014-12-21 10:35

Islamist gunmen have opened fire on a passenger bus along the Kenyan coast but fled without injuring anyone, witnesses and officials say.

Liberia holds Senate vote amid Ebola fears

2014-12-20 22:01

Polls have opened in Liberia for a twice-delayed Senate vote amid concern the process could facilitate the spread of Ebola.

UN chief praises Ebola healthcare workers

2014-12-20 11:04

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone following an outbreak that has killed nearly 7 000 people.

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Land grab at Namibian holiday town

2014-12-19 19:57
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A group of informal settlement dwellers outside Namibia's coastal holiday town Swakopmund have occupied municipal land and want to settle there.

Tunisia presidential vote nears climax

2014-12-19 16:03

Four years after its revolution sparked the Arab Spring, Tunisia's presidential campaign is nearing its climax with incumbent Moncef Marzouki facing 88-year-old favourite Beji Caid Essebsi in a runoff.

5 die in Mozambique floods

2014-12-19 14:10

Mozambican authorities say five people have died in floods in the capital Maputo after days of torrential rain.

UN mission to bring peace to DRC 'has stalled'

2014-12-19 10:57

The multinational effort to bring peace to the war-torn east of DRC is in danger of failing, the International Crisis Group has warned.

Mozambique offers opposition leader $2m post

2014-12-19 09:08

Mozambique's President Armando Guebuza has signed into law a bill granting special status to opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama, who lost October's presidential elections.

Consultant at TB Joshua church says it had no permit

2014-12-19 06:47

A town planner who worked for influential Nigeria preacher TB Joshua told an inquest that the building which collapsed at Joshua's church did not have planning approval.

Kenyatta signs controversial anti-terror bill

2014-12-19 17:57

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law a controversial anti-terror bill that sparked brawls in parliament and charges that it violated basic freedoms.

Ban kicks off tour of Ebola-hit west Africa

2014-12-19 14:45

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Liberia on the first stop of a visit to Ebola-ravaged west African countries for a first-hand assessment of global efforts to fight the epidemic.

Gulf of Guinea: Africa's new pirate paradise

2014-12-19 12:55

A year after vowing to banish buccaneers from their waters, countries in the Gulf of Guinea - the new epicentre of piracy in Africa - are struggling to get their act together.

Obama concerened over Egypt mass trials

2014-12-19 09:57

President Obama has spoken to his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and expressed concern over mass trials and the continued detention of journalists and peaceful activists.

American accused of counterfeiting $2m in Uganda

2014-12-19 07:51

An American man has been arrested in Uganda and accused by US prosecutors of counterfeiting more than $2m in fake dollars, some of which were to be mailed to the US.

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