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Be patient until INEC announces results: Jonathan

30 March 2015, 12:05

President Goodluck Jonathan has made an impassioned plea to all Nigerians to wait patiently for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to collate and announce the results of this weekend's polls.

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Uganda media ordered to boost coverage of president

30 March 2015, 10:50

Radio and television stations in Uganda were ordered to provide live coverage of major events involving the country's veteran President Yoweri Museveni, prompting protests by activists and the opposition.

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Sierra Leone ends anti-Ebola lockdown after 3 days

30 March 2015, 09:32

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.

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Nigeria in tense vote count

30 March 2015, 08:08

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.

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Boko Haram kills 41, prevents hundreds voting

29 March 2015, 11:08

Boko Haram kills 41, legislator, but millions of Nigerians vote in close presidential election.

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Polling stations re-open in Nigeria after voting extension

29 March 2015, 10:08

Voters unable to cast their ballot because of technical problems in Nigeria's general election returned to the polls on Sunday, as the main parties traded blows over the use of the technology.

Hackers shut down Nigeria electoral commission website

28 March 2015, 15:29

A group calling itself the Nigerian Cyber Army 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.

Two killed in Boko Haram attacks on voters in Nigeria

28 March 2015, 15:28

At least two people were killed in suspected Boko Haram attacks on polling stations in northeast Nigeria, residents and an election official said.

Nigeria votes in crunch presidential election

28 March 2015, 09:02

Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria, votes for a new president on Saturday, in the most closely fought election since independence, framed by Boko Haram violence, economic woes and endemic corruption.

Death toll from Somalia hotel attack rises to 15

28 March 2015, 09:02

The death toll from an attack by Islamist militants on a hotel in the Somali capital rose to at least 15, police said as fighting continued into early Saturday, with loud explosions heard overnight.

Grace Mugabe may be 'seriously' ill

27 March 2015, 17:38

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s wife is not well and is seeking treatment outside the country, a Zanu-PF politburo member has reportedly confirmed.

Nigeria president warns against bloodshed ahead of Saturday poll

27 March 2015, 17:38

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan warned against violence ahead of the presidential election as people began stockpiling food, cash and fuel for fear of clashes.

Nigerian military claim to destroy Boko Haram headquarters

27 March 2015, 15:19

Nigerian military claim they have destroyed Boko Haram headquarters, killing several fighters.

Moroccan opposition in standoff with police over burial

27 March 2015, 12:25

Thousands of supporters of Morocco's biggest opposition movement have buried their late leader's widow after a standoff with security forces who tried to prevent her being laid to rest beside his grave.

Top Shabaab commander captured in Somalia

27 March 2015, 11:04

A top commander of the Somali militant group al-Shabaab has been captured as he was preparing attacks in the country’s capital, a senior intelligence officer says.

Ebola virus has mutated less than feared - study

27 March 2015, 09:42

The Ebola virus is not mutating as quickly as scientists had feared, which is good news for treating the disease and preventing its spread, a study has shown.

Burundi ruling party asks president to drop 3rd term quest

27 March 2015, 08:37

Dozens of senior in Burundi’s ruling party have urged President Pierre Nkurunziza to abandon a quest for a third term this June to avoid renewed violence in the landlocked central African nation.

Nigeria wraps up presidential election campaign

27 March 2015, 07:21

Campaigning has wound to a close in Nigeria's presidential elections with the two leading candidates delivering their final messages to supporters.

University student arrested for robbing his 10 girlfriends

26 March 2015, 14:57

A 25-year-old man who claimed to be a student at Makerere University has been arrested by police after robbing ten girlfriends of their money and mobile phones.

Children of arrested prostitutes storm police station demanding their release

26 March 2015, 20:57

Police in western Uganda's district of Lyantonde, 250 kms west of Kampala were treated to a rare spectacle after the children of sex workers they arrested last night went to the police station and demanded for their parents' release.

Uganda confirms Shabaab threat

26 March 2015, 14:33

Uganda says it is boosting security over threats by Somalia’s al-Shabaab militants, hours after the US embassy in Kampala warned its citizens of a possible imminent terror attack.

Somali pirates strike again

26 March 2015, 13:14

Pirates have seized an Iranian vessel fishing illegally off the coast of Somalia in the first successful hijacking in almost three years, officials said.

Woman attacked by python at home

26 March 2015, 13:14

A woman has been left traumatised after being attacked by a four-meter python in her home, according to reports.

Husband pours super glue on wife's vagina - report

26 March 2015, 12:03

A 40-year-old Mpumalanga woman says she'll never ever be able to have sex because her husband put super glue on her genitals, scarring her for life

Guinea govt urges dialogue after opposition protest call

26 March 2015, 10:53

The government of Ebola-hit Guinea has urged a dialogue after the country’s three main opposition leaders called for renewed protests against President Alpha Conde over upcoming elections.

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