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Africa

Togo government resigns as president begins third term

23 May 2015, 10:11

Togo's Prime Minister Kwesi Seleagodji Ahoomey-Zunu and his government resigned on Friday, an expected move after elections last month that saw President Faure Gnassingbe extend his family's nearly five-decade grip on power.

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2 dead in grenade explosion in Burundi market

23 May 2015, 10:07

Grenades thrown into a market in the capital Bujumbura killed two people on Friday, Burundi's state broadcaster said.

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South Sudan journalist shot dead

22 May 2015, 15:50

Gunmen in South Sudan have shot dead a radio journalist in the war-torn eastern state of Jonglei.

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Ethiopia to be put to the test in general election

22 May 2015, 12:50

Ethiopia, Africa's second-most populous country, holds general elections this weekend, with incumbent Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn seen as all but certain to stay in office.

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Police accidently shoot 11-year old

22 May 2015, 12:50

An 11-year old boy was hit with a stray bullet when police were attempting to disperse angered residents who were about to lynch a man accused of murder.

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At least 6 civilians killed in Mali fighting – sources

22 May 2015, 10:46

At least six civilians, including one aid worker, have been killed in northern Mali amid clashes between separatist rebels and pro-government militia, rebels and a local source say.

Man, 72, dies after falling 10m through roof

22 May 2015, 09:37

A 72-year-old man has died after falling 10 metres through the roof of a building he and his colleagues were inspecting in Johannesburg, paramedics say.

Forced sex camps prepare girls for child marriage

22 May 2015, 09:37

Girls as young as eight in parts of Africa are forced to go to camps where they are shown how to please a man in bed in order to prepare them for married life, sometimes with sticks being inserted inside the girls.

Malawi sex workers to get damages over forced HIV tests

22 May 2015, 08:20

A Malawi court has ruled that 11 prostitutes who were forced to take HIV tests by police six years ago will be awarded damages, a court official says.

Ethiopia's democracy put to the test in general election

22 May 2015, 07:21

Ethiopia, Africa's second-most populous country, holds general elections, the first since the death of long-time strongman Meles Zenawi whose successor Hailemariam Desalegn is seen as all but certain to stay in office.

Burundi army calls for unity after coup bid

21 May 2015, 15:15

Burundi's defence minister called on the army to close ranks after a failed coup as the security forces battle to stem weeks of violent anti-government protests.

Burundian protester shot dead in clashes with police

21 May 2015, 14:39

Burundian police shot dead a protester in the capital Bujumbura's Musaga district, a witness said, as security forces battle to end anti-government demonstrations ongoing since late April.

Zuma apologizes to Mozambique over Xenophobia

21 May 2015, 13:56

South African president apologizes to Mozambique for recent attacks on foreigners.

Policeman kills adulterer he found in bed with his wife

21 May 2015, 13:53

A police officer based in Kampala killed a man he found playing sex with his wife in his own bed.

100s saved from Boko Haram now in military custody

21 May 2015, 11:40

All 275 women, girls and children rescued from Boko Haram and taken to the safety of a northeast Nigerian refugee camp have been taken into military custody amid suspicions that some are aiding the Islamic extremists.

Burundi capital quiet after night of heavy gunfire

21 May 2015, 10:37

The capital Burundi is quite but tense after a night of heavy gunfire, particularly in the restive neighbourhood of Musaga.

1 soldier dies in Burundi unrest

21 May 2015, 09:25

A Burundian soldier has been killed as police fired bullets, tear gas and tossed a grenade to disperse hundreds of protesters angry over the president’s bid for a third term in office.

South Sudan: Casualties as UN compound is bombed

21 May 2015, 08:21

Four civilians, including a woman and a child, were killed when two mortar bombs exploded inside a U.N. compound in the town of Melut in South Sudan's Upper Nile state, the U.N. reported as rebel forces and government troops battled for control of a strategic oil hub.

Shots fired as Burundi protesters clash with cops

21 May 2015, 07:36

Burundian security forces have fired shots and tear gas in battles with protesters, the latest violence in weeks of anti-government demonstrations, as the presidency delayed elections by a week.

Zambia lifts ban on hunting of big cats

21 May 2015, 07:06

Zambia has lifted a ban on the hunting of big cats that was imposed over allegations of corruption in the awarding of government hunting concessions.

Malawi arrests 4 over albino murder

20 May 2015, 15:54

Malawi police say they have arrested four people suspected of murdering an albino man five months ago to sell his bones for witchcraft.

Egypt appoints Brotherhood critic as new justice minister

20 May 2015, 11:18

Egypt has appointed judge Ahmed el-Zend as Justice minister, the president’s office says, after his predecessor resigned over statements that were deemed elitist.

Masses of Burundi refugees show up in Tanzania

20 May 2015, 10:24

Cholera and severe diarrhoea have broken out among tens of thousands of refugees from Burundi who are jammed into a village in Tanzania on the edge of Lake Tanganyika, aid agencies say.

Burundi president delays parliamentary elections by 1 week

20 May 2015, 09:33

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has signed a decree delaying parliamentary and local council elections by one week to June 2 because of the political crisis gripping the east African state, his adviser has said.

Algerian army kills 21 extremists who planned to hit capital

20 May 2015, 09:18

An Algerian official says that security forces have killed 21 armed Islamic extremists who were meeting in a forest to plan an attack on the Algerian capital.

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