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Africa

They were going to sell us as slaves – Boko Haram hostage

04 May 2015, 08:15

A freed Boko Haram hostage says at least three women were killed in a landmine explosion and others crushed to death by tanks as Nigeria's military moved in to rescue them from the terror group.

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Burundi's president warns of 'severe sanctions' against protesters

02 May 2015, 08:43

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has warned of tough measures against those who organised and took part in street protests against his decision to seek a third term in office.

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Seven dead, 66 hurt in week of Burundi protests - officials

02 May 2015, 09:24

At least seven people have died and 66 others wounded in nearly a week of clashes between police and protestors in the central African nation of Burundi, officials say.

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Sudanese arrested for forging passports

30 April 2015, 15:02

Uganda immigration department under internal affairs ministry is holding a Sudanese and a Ugandan whom they accuse of forging passports.

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Court grants man right to assisted death

30 April 2015, 13:32

A terminally ill man has been granted the right to end his own life, with the help of a doctor.

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Burundi students expelled from university campus

30 April 2015, 15:17

Authorities in Burundi have closed university accommodation facilities and forced thousands of students to leave the campus, witnesses say, in an operation apparently designed to halt a wave of protests.

Nigerian army rescues more kidnapped women, children

30 April 2015, 12:32

Nigeria's military have rescued another set of women and children who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram militia and were being detained in Sambisa forest.

Uganda checking whether Islamist rebel leader held in Tanzania

30 April 2015, 11:45

Uganda authorities say they are trying to verify whether a man arrested in Tanzania is Jamil Mukulu, the leader of an Islamist rebel group blamed for various deadly attacks in Western Uganda and eastern DRC.

Libya says detainees admit murders of 7 journalists

30 April 2015, 11:39

Libya's internationally recognised government says five detainees have admitted to killing five reporters from a local television station as well as two Tunisians journalists.

Burundi still tense with protests as US sends diplomat

30 April 2015, 11:24

Street protests against the Burundi president's bid for a third term are continuing, with a US diplomat on route to help out.

One dead in Sudan student clashes

30 April 2015, 11:09

A man has died after being injured in clashes between two groups of university students in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, the interior ministry says.

69 Egypt Islamists get life terms for torching church

30 April 2015, 09:25

Egypt has jailed 69 Islamists for life for torching a church near Cairo in August 2013 during a crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi, a judicial official says.

Bill Clinton begins Africa tour in Tanzania

30 April 2015, 08:21

Former US President Bill Clinton is in Tanzania starting a tour of Africa that will include stops in Kenya, Liberia and Morocco.

UK issues Burundi travel warning after protests in capital

30 April 2015, 07:03

Britain has warned its citizens to avoid “all but essential travel” to Burundi, where protesters have taken to the streets of the capital for four straight days to protest at President Pierre Nkurunziza seeking a third term.

Burundi tells diplomats to stay neutral over unrest

30 April 2015, 06:46

Burundi's government told diplomats to stay neutral and not side with protesters who accuse President Pierre Nkurunziza of violating the constitution by announcing he will seek a third term in office.

Sex row murderer who ate victim's heart jailed

29 April 2015, 15:09

A murderer who ate his victim's heart with a knife and fork after a row over sex was jailed for 18 years in South Africa.

Juvenile delinquents gang rape women in Uganda

29 April 2015, 14:02

People, especially married women living in the outskirts of Kampala, are living in fear of being gang raped by juvenile delinquents aged between 14 and 17 years.

Ugandan sex workers arrested in South Sudan

29 April 2015, 09:31

A cross section of Ugandans have expressed concern over reports that about over 40 Ugandan sex workers were arrested in South Sudan's town of Yei during a police operation.

'Chibok girls' not part of rescued group in Nigeria

29 April 2015, 08:21

Nearly 300 girls and women were rescued during an offensive against Boko Haram militants in north-eastern Nigeria, the military says, but they did not include any of the schoolgirls kidnapped from Chibok a year ago.

Ghana president to mediate in Togo

29 April 2015, 07:31

Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has arrived in Togo on a mediation mission after the opposition complained of irregularities in the presidential vote.

Nigeria army rescues 200 girls, 93 women from Boko Haram

29 April 2015, 07:18

Nigeria's army has rescued 200 girls and 93 women during a military operation to wrest back the Sambisa Forest from the Boko Haram militant group.

Burundi: Riot police, protesters clash for 3rd day

28 April 2015, 12:32

Protesters in Burundi have clashed with police for a third day in fresh demonstrations against the president’s bid to cling to power for a third term, witnesses say.

Woman camps at police station after policewoman snatched her husband

28 April 2015, 13:47

Police officers at Central police station in Kampala were left in shock after a woman stormed the station with her four children claiming that a policewoman attached there had snatched her husband.

Tanzanian women endangered by illegal abortions

28 April 2015, 11:04

Abortions and childbirth are among the greatest dangers faced by women in Tanzania, a country with one of world’s highest maternal mortality rates at 454 per 100,000 live births.

Islamic State kills five journalists working for Libyan TV station

28 April 2015, 09:39

Islamic State militants have slit the throats of five journalists working for a Libyan TV station in the eastern part of the country, an army commander said.

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