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Land grab at Namibian holiday town

2014-12-19 19:57

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

1 000+ in land grab in Namibia

2014-12-18 21:02

Over a thousand people have illegally occupied land in Namibia, saying they've grown tired of waiting for the government to give them plots to live on.

Kenyan security law approved despite disruptions

2014-12-18 19:12

Kenya's parliament has approved new anti-terrorism laws in the face of vocal protests by some opposition lawmakers who said the measures threatened civil liberties and free speech.

Kenya jails 4 men for killing Scottish geologist

2014-12-18 15:58

A Kenyan court has sentenced four men to 40 years in jail each after finding them guilty of killing a prominent Scottish gemstone expert in August 2009.

Cameroon army kills 116 Boko Haram fighters

2014-12-18 12:53

Cameroon's army says its troops have killed 116 Nigerian fighters from the Islamist Boko Haram group in the far north.

 

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.

African leaders consider joint steps against Islamist threat

2014-12-18 20:29

A summit on security in the sub-Saharan Sahel region of Africa, where armed Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaeda are active, has opened in Mauritania.

Six die in Nairobi building collapse

2014-12-18 19:12

Six people died and 11 were injured in a central Nairobi building collapse, with fears that the toll could rise as crews continued to dig through the rubble, officials have said.

Boko Haram kidnaps at least 185 people in Nigeria

2014-12-18 15:27

Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 185 people from the northeast Nigeria village of Gumsuri, carting the hostages away on trucks towards the Sambisa Forest.

Jihadists claim twin murders of Tunisia secularists

2014-12-18 14:32

Jihadists have claimed the twin murders of secular politicians that plunged Tunisia into crisis in 2013, in a video posted online.

Islamists kill 32, kidnap scores in Nigeria

2014-12-18 10:39

Boko Haram militants have killed 32 people and kidnapped scores of others in an attack on the village of Gumsuri in the restive northeast, two local officials and a witness says.

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