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Nigeria awaits poll results, UN calls for calm

2015-03-30 08:38

Nigerians have awaited the first results of a closely fought general election pitting President Goodluck Jonathan against ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.

Sierra Leone ends anti-Ebola lockdown after 3 days

2015-03-30 07:34

Sierra Leoneans are once again allowed to leave their homes after the government announced the end of a three-day nationwide lockdown aimed at preventing a resurgence of the deadly Ebola virus.

Curfew in Nigerian city as Boko Haram hampers voting

2015-03-30 06:07

An indefinite lockdown has been ordered on three areas in northeast Nigeria after troops battled scores of Boko Haram fighters outside the Bauchi state capital, Bauchi city.

Mozambique president elected head of ruling party

2015-03-29 21:16

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Nigeria in tense vote count

2015-03-29 22:45

Nigeria is counting ballots in its closely fought general election after failures in controversial new technology pushed voting into a second day, with officials calling for calm in the tense wait for a winner.

Results in Nigeria election expected from Monday

2015-03-29 20:12

First results of Nigeria's presidential election could be given from Monday, the head of the country's electoral commission has said.

Rising religious tensions in Tanzania

2015-03-29 21:16

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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