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Heavy gunfire heard on outskirts of Nigerian city

2015-07-03 22:11

Heavy gunfire has broken out on the outskirts of Maiduguri in the northeast of Nigeria and a military source said Islamist insurgents were battling with the security forces.

Civilian killed at Cairo protest on anniversary of Morsi ousting

2015-07-03 22:11

A civilian has been killed during a protest rally in Cairo in support of Egypt's former president Mohamed Morsi, security sources say, on the second anniversary of the army's overthrow of the Islamist leader.

Mixed reaction to scrapping of anti-gay law in Mozambique

2015-07-03 20:24

Mozambicans have reacted with caution, celebration and rejection to the recent scrapping of a colonial anti-gay law.

Ugandan bill targeting civic groups raises alarm

2015-07-03 21:25

Activists say a bill seeking to regulate the operations of civic groups in Uganda will hamper their operations and could be used to target those seen as opposed to the government.

AU troops retreat in Somalia

2015-07-03 17:55

AU troops fighting Somalia’s Shabaab insurgents have pulled back from several towns following a series of attacks by the al-Qaeda-affiliated fighters, local officials say.

Egypt denies Spanish reporter claim he fled to avoid arrest

2015-07-03 17:55

Egypt has denied as "false" a claim by a Spanish reporter who said he fled the country to avoid arrest after writing a book on the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood.

Cholera deaths in South Sudan rise, 1 0000s at risk - UN

2015-07-03 11:06

At least 29 people have died in a cholera outbreak in war-torn South Sudan with thousands more at risk of infection, the UN says.

East African leaders to meet over Burundi crisis

2015-07-03 11:06

East African leaders will meet in the latest bid to resolve the political crisis in Burundi, after controversial elections were internationally condemned for not being free and fair.

2 years after Morsia, Egypt stuck in turmoil

2015-07-03 09:04

Two years after the army deposed president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt is roiled by brazen Islamic State group attacks in the Sinai Peninsula and brutal government repression that has killed hundreds.

 

Liberia works to contain Ebola, find source of new cases

2015-07-03 21:25

Liberia is working hard to contain Ebola and find the source of the latest infections of the deadly virus recorded this week.

170 die in wave of Boko Haram attacks

2015-07-03 21:25

Boko Haram is waging fresh attacks in northeastern Nigeria, locals say, with nearly 170 people killed in a wave of attacks that President Muhammadu Buhari has blasted as "inhuman and barbaric".

Boko Haram beheads 11 of its own members - witnesses

2015-07-03 15:27

Islamist group Boko Haram has beheaded 11 of its own fighters in north-eastern Nigeria, says an official representing witnesses to the killings.

Top Tunisian jihadist killed by US strike in Libya - report

2015-07-03 13:56

A top Tunisian jihadist and associate of late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by a US airstrike in Libya last month, a report says.

Twin blasts kill 10 in northeast Nigeria – police

2015-07-03 12:48

Two suicide bomb blasts along a highway in northeast Nigeria have killed at least 10 people, police say, the latest in a string of almost daily attacks by suspected Islamist militants.

SADC chair Mugabe in SA ahead of Lesotho talks

2015-07-03 11:24

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who is the current chair of SADC, has arrived in South Africa ahead of the Double Troika summit on Lesotho, reports say.

US calls for Burundi election delay

2015-07-03 07:44

The US has called for presidential elections in Burundi to be delayed, ratcheting up international pressure on the defiant incumbent Pierre Nkurunziza.

Italian nun brings life at risk to her own in DR Congo

2015-07-03 06:26

Still going strong at 81, Italian nun and midwife Sister Maria Concetta Esu has asked Pope Francis to bless her hands, which have delivered more than 34 000 African babies.

Nigeria returns €10 000 to love scam victim

2015-07-02 22:26

Nigeria's anti-graft agency says it has returned €10 000 to a French man who thought he had met a beautiful Nigerian woman online willing to move to France... only to find out it was a scam.

Around 100 killed in 'Boko Haram' attack in Nigeria - witnesses

2015-07-02 22:12

Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed close to 100 people in attacks on homes and mosques in a northeastern Nigerian village, witnesses say.

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