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Africa

Buhari expected to be named Nigerian president

31 March 2015, 15:13

Nigerians await final tally in bitter presidential vote that could oust sitting president.

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Youths want Museveni to rule forever

31 March 2015, 15:13

A group of youths loyal to President Yoweri Museveni have filed a petition seeking to strike out a provision that states the age limit of anyone who wants to vie for presidency.

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Nigeria opposition's Buhari ahead in vote count

31 March 2015, 13:50

Nigeria's opposition contender Muhammadu Buhari held a sizeable lead as counting in the country's election resumed, raising the prospect of a stunning ballot box victory.

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DRC's 'lucky' city that fortune forgot

31 March 2015, 11:03

The Democratic Republic of Congo city of Baraka - which means ‘lucky’ in Swahili - ought to have been a paradise. Instead, it has been engulfed by war.

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Prosecutor in Shabaab bombing trial shot dead

31 March 2015, 08:34

Gunmen have shot dead a top Ugandan state prosecutor whose cases include the trial of 13 men accused of involvement in al-Shabaab bomb attacks that killed 76 people in 2010.

Nigeria: Counting to resume, Buhari up by 2.5 million

31 March 2015, 07:12

Nigerian opposition contender Muhammadu Buhari has built a lead of over 2.5 million votes in the country’s elections, with only six states still to be counted.

Eight suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed in Nigeria

30 March 2015, 15:26

Eight suspected Boko Haram fighters were killed during fighting in Gombe and Bauchi states, northeast Nigeria, police, residents and local hunters said.

Nigeria awaits tense presidential poll results

30 March 2015, 14:00

Nigerians awaited the first results of a closely fought general election, despite protests over the conduct of the vote and calls for calm given fears of a repeat of post-poll violence.

Be patient until INEC announces results: Jonathan

30 March 2015, 11:05

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.

Uganda media ordered to boost coverage of president

30 March 2015, 09:50

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.

Sierra Leone ends anti-Ebola lockdown after 3 days

30 March 2015, 08:32

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.

Nigeria in tense vote count

30 March 2015, 07:08

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.

Boko Haram kills 41, prevents hundreds voting

29 March 2015, 10:08

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

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.

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