Tunisian troops find large arms cache near Libya

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Tunisian troops have captured a large arms cache near the border with Libya, including Kalashnikov rifles, rockets and landmines, the government says.

Northern divisions undermine peace hopes in Mali

2015-03-06 10:03

Divided into rival armed factions, plagued by drug trafficking and at the mercy of jihadism, northern Mali will only find peace through reconciliation among its warring tribes, experts say.

Libya peace talks resume in Morocco

2015-03-06 06:05

UN-brokered peace talks between Libya's rival factions have resumed in Morocco after a four-week break.

Egypt names new interior minister

2015-03-06 05:00

Egypt has replaced its interior minister with a retired general who has experience combating religious extremism.

Lesotho opposition parties in coalition govt talks

2015-03-05 21:05

Lesotho opposition parties are negotiating the formation of a coalition government, with 1998-2012 prime minister Pakalitha Mosisili set to return to power, an official says.

Ebola vaccine trial will begin in Guinea

2015-03-05 19:36

The first large-scale trial of an Ebola vaccine will begin in Guinea, the World Health Organisation says, weeks after a similar test kicked off in neighbouring Liberia.

Ex-SA soldiers 'playing major role in fight against Boko Haram'

2015-03-05 16:05

Former South African Defence Force soldiers are reportedly playing a major role in the fight against Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria.

Drug use on the rise in Kenya

2015-03-05 14:26

Drug use in Kenya has risen fast in the past few years, according to religious leaders, politicians and charities working to tackle the problem.

Rwanda's Kagame looks set to join Africa's stay-put leaders

2015-03-05 13:05

As the second and final mandate of Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame draws to a close, there are increasing indications he may join other African leaders in bending the rules and staying put.


Albino killers sentenced to death in Tanzania

2015-03-06 13:13

A court in Tanzania has sentenced four people to death for the murder of an albino woman who was killed so her hacked-off limbs could be used in magic, officials say.

Death-row Nigerian says last goodbye to Indonesian lover

2015-03-06 08:02

A Nigerian man facing execution in Indonesia for drug smuggling has written a heart rendering letter to say a final goodbye to his lover, a report says.

France begins troop drawdown in Central African Republic

2015-03-06 09:02

France has announced it is reducing its troop numbers in the Central African Republic as it gradually hands over to an 8 500-strong UN peacekeeping force brought in to contain a deadly sectarian conflict.

Deluge kills 42 in Tanzania

2015-03-05 22:32

Floods have killed at least 42 people in Tanzania, as authorities warn of more heavy rains.

Boko Haram refugees cross lake to Chad

2015-03-05 21:05

Refugees are fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria by boat as the jihadist group steps up violence.

South Sudan stalemate ahead of peace talks deadline

2015-03-05 18:11

Peace talks aimed at ending 15 months of civil war in South Sudan appear stalemated with hours to go before a regionally-imposed deadline for a deal expires.

Warplanes hit Tripoli airport before UN talks start

2015-03-05 15:31

Warplanes from Libya’s internationally recognised government have carried out airstrikes on a Tripoli airport, a security official says.

No new Ebola cases in Liberia last week - WHO

2015-03-05 14:26

Ebola-ravaged Liberia has for the first time since May gone a full week without reporting any new confirmed cases of the devastating virus, according to the WHO.

Libya asks UN to approve arms contracts

2015-03-05 13:05

Libya has urged the UN Security Council to approve a request for military purchases as it struggles to combat Islamic State extremists and protect its oil fields.

More Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone, no Liberia cases

2015-03-05 08:37

Guinea and Sierra Leone reported 132 new confirmed cases of Ebola in the week to 1 March, an increase over the previous week, the World Health Organisation says.


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