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Foreign trader burned in South Africa petrol bomb attack

27 February 2015, 14:06

A foreign shopkeeper was badly burned in a petrol bomb attack in South Africa's Soweto township, police said, in the latest outbreak of xenophobic violence which has killed at least six people.

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ICC acquits ex Congolese militia boss

27 February 2015, 14:06

The International Criminal Court upheld the acquittal of Congolese ex-militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, freed more than two years ago on war crimes charges.

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Man pleads guilty in Ugandan counterfeiting, other scams

27 February 2015, 12:45

Man pleads guilty in Ugandan counterfeiting, other scams; was caught passing bogus $100 bill a Pennsylvania coffee shop.

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New name for Namibian town is a tongue-twister

27 February 2015, 12:13

A linguistic storm is brewing in coastal Luderitz, where some residents of the Namibian town are protesting plans to change its name to !Nami#nus - and that's not a typo.

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Rwanda's Kagame heads to France for UN meeting

27 February 2015, 12:12

Rwandan President Paul Kagame arrives in Paris, his spokesperson says, but for a UN meeting and is not expected to meet French officials while in the country, which he accuses of complicity in the 1994 genocide.

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Egypt detains 2 cops over lawyer's death

27 February 2015, 10:38

Egypt has detained 2 police officers over allegations they tortured a lawyer to death.

Bensouda in Uganda after LRA rebel chief's capture

27 February 2015, 09:36

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor travelled to Uganda following the arrest of a top commander of the brutal Lord's Resistance Army rebels.

Don't feed yourself till your tummy is full - Mugabe

27 February 2015, 08:17

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, who has just turned 91, says that one of his secrets to a long life is "not filling my stomach".

Nigeria president visits massacre site

27 February 2015, 07:09

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has visited the scene of what is feared to be Boko Haram's worst massacre and vowed that the insurgency would soon be over.

2 killed by suspected Boko Haram mine blast

26 February 2015, 17:00

Two people aboard a horse-driven cart were killed in Niger when they ran over a mine thought to have been planted by Islamist Boko Haram insurgents, security sources said.

One killed in mortar attack on Somali presidential compound

26 February 2015, 14:47

Insurgents in Somalia's capital fired a barrage of mortar rounds targeting the highly fortified presidential palace and main government compound, killing a guard, security officials said.

Man gulps old woman's urine to cure hangover

26 February 2015, 14:01

A young man who drunk himself unconscious has vowed never to drink again in his life after learning that he was rescued by an old woman's urine.

Four bombs explode in Cairo

26 February 2015, 13:22

One person has been killed and two were wounded when a bomb exploded outside a restaurant in the residential Imbaba district of Cairo, the Egyptian interior ministry says.

Nigerian army chief visits Baga, vows 'war is almost ended'

26 February 2015, 12:04

The head of the Nigerian Army has visited soldiers in the northeastern town of Baga, telling troops that the conflict against Boko Haram will soon be over.

Chinese abducted in Nigeria

26 February 2015, 10:53

A group of seven gunmen have kidnapped a Chinese national in central Nigeria.

Egypt army kills 'scores' of suspected Islamist militants

26 February 2015, 09:51

Egypt's military has killed dozens of suspected Islamist militants in an operation in Sinai, security sources say, while state media reported the kidnapping of a businessman in the region.

SA's digital migration to happen ‘within two years’

26 February 2015, 08:34

Digital broadcasting could only become a reality in South Africa in 2017, according to a Treasury document that highlights estimates of national expenditure.

Nigeria kidnappers demand ransom for missionary

26 February 2015, 07:23

The armed men who abducted an American missionary in Nigeria are demanding a ransom, police say.

I never wanted to lead Zimbabwe – Mugabe

25 February 2015, 17:50

Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe reportedly says he never wanted to be president - despite the fact that the nonagenarian continues to cling to power, almost 35 years after Zimbabwe attained its independence.

Baby dies after domestic worker stuffs him in drawer

25 February 2015, 14:32

A domestic worker has gone on trial in Zimbabwe for allegedly killing a 10-month-old baby she was looking after by stuffing him into a drawer, a report says.

Chadian soldiers take on Boko Haram

25 February 2015, 11:40

Soldiers from Chad killed 207 Boko Haram militants in fighting near a Nigerian town close to the border with Cameroon.

Nigeria president: Tide turned against Boko Haram

25 February 2015, 09:33

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan says the military was gaining the upper hand against Boko Haram, despite two bombings in the country's north recently.

Army attacks DRC rebels on its own

25 February 2015, 08:21

Government forces have launched strikes against Rwandan Hutu rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo in the first combat since last month's announcement of a campaign to stamp out the group without Monusco support.

Heavy security prevents opposition protests in Algiers

25 February 2015, 07:11

Heavy police presence prevents anti-shale gas protests in Algerian capital.

Rockslide kills 5 at entrance to Algeria road tunnel

24 February 2015, 17:47

Five people were killed and eight injured when a rockslide caused a bus to slam into another vehicle at the entrance to a busy road tunnel, a civil defence officer said.

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