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2017-01-19 18:14

Air strike error: Nigerian Air Force dropped 'two bombs' on town, aid worker says

Maiduguri - The Nigerian Air Force dropped two bombs on the centre of a town where tens of thousands of people were seeking refuge from Boko Haram, according to an aid worker who witnessed the attack.

At least 70 people were killed on Tuesday when the jet bombed the town of Rann, sparking widespread condemnation from organisations working to address a growing food crisis in the war-torn region.


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Mozambique rains: 1 dead, thousands affected

Chimoio - A child died when a building partially collapsed due to heavy rains in Mozambique, where hundreds of families have had to be moved to higher ground after their houses flooded, it was reported on Wednesday.

Noticias Online said that the child, whose age was not given, died in the central city of Chimoio when the wall of a house fell down. 

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On the make: Zim police net $59m from roadblock fines

Harare - Zimbabwe's police officers are raking in about $59m from roadblock fines each year - and it's making them extremely unpopular.

...And that doesn't include bribes.

The figure is all the more significant given Zimbabwe's small population of around 14 million. 

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PICS: 'Mugabe to die this year' pastor appears in court

Harare - A prominent Zimbabwean cleric, who prophesied that President Robert Mugabe would die this year, was arraigned before a Harare magistrate on Wednesday, facing charges of causing offence to persons of a particular race, religion or creed, or alternatively criminal nuisance.

Prosecutors said it was taboo for 46-year-old pastor Patrick Mugadza of the Remnant Church to predict Mugabe's death through a prophecy.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe speaks at the par

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Gambia army chief says troops will not fight intervention

Banjul - Gambia's army chief said on Wednesday he would not order his men to fight other African troops if they enter Gambian territory, speaking as Senegalese and other troops massed on his nation's borders.

The Senegalese troops backed by other African forces are on standby to move into The Gambia as President Yahya Jammeh approaches a midnight deadline to stand down or face military action after refusing to leave at the end of his term.

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Gambia crisis: Yahya Jammeh stays on despite deadline

Dakar - After more than two decades in power, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh faced the prospect of a military intervention by regional forces, as the man who once pledged to rule the West African nation for a billion years clung to power.

A few minutes after a midnight deadline set by the West African regional bloc to step down, there was no word from Jammeh.

Yahya Jammeh

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