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Wits student leader shot at close range

20 October 2016, 18:58

Former Wits University SRC leader Shaeera Kalla is being treated at hospital after she was shot at least nine times with rubber bullets by police, the university has confirmed.

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Somalia releases 3 Al-Jazeera journalists

20 October 2016, 16:35

Somalia's government has released three Al-Jazeera journalists, two days after they were arrested along with their driver by security forces, the network confirmed

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SHOCKING: 'Remaining captured Chibok girls reluctant to return home'

20 October 2016, 14:51

The chairman of the Chibok development association, Pogu Bitrus, has disclosed that more than 100 of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls are unwilling to return home after more than a year in Boko Haram captivity.

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South Sudan monitor says cease-fire violated almost daily

20 October 2016, 14:51

The monitor of South Sudan's peace deal is reporting "near-daily violations" of the cease-fire and says fighting could "trigger an uncontrolled escalation of violence".

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Morocco king seeks support for AU bid in east Africa

20 October 2016, 13:11

Moroccan King Mohammed VI has begun a tour of east Africa to shore up support for a historic bid to rejoin the African Union after more than three decades.

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Boko Haram razes village near Chibok, locals say

20 October 2016, 09:13

Boko Haram has burnt down a village neighbouring the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok where the group kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls two years ago, local residents say.

Boko Haram overruns Nigerian military base in northeast

19 October 2016, 20:55

Nigeria's army says Boko Haram Islamic insurgents have overrun a remote border military camp in the northeast, leaving 13 soldiers wounded and an unknown number missing

Obama's half-brother to attend presidential debate - as Trump's guest

19 October 2016, 18:00

US President Barack Obama's half-brother Malik Obama is set to attend the country's third and final presidential debate - as Donald Trump's guest.

How Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr died

19 October 2016, 15:35

The family of famous writer and civil rights activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, has announced the passing away of his first son, Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr., following a stroke.

7 dead as Somali troops fight al-Shabab in town near capital

19 October 2016, 15:35

Somali police say at least seven are dead after hours of clashes as Somali and African Union troops pushed back al-Shabab extremists from a town near Mogadishu.

Egypt extends state of emergency in north Sinai for 3 months

19 October 2016, 14:08

Egypt extends the state of emergency in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula for three months, with a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the most troubled areas where it is fighting militants including an Islamic State affiliate.

Shabaab assault on key Somali town leaves 10 dead

19 October 2016, 12:21

Fighters from the al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group launched a major attack on a strategic town near Mogadishu, killing at least 10 people, including civilians, before retreating.

Burundi's president signs bill on withdrawal from ICC

19 October 2016, 09:58

The president of Burundi has signed legislation to make Burundi the first country to withdraw from the International Criminal Court.

8 dead in Angola concert stampede - police, witness

19 October 2016, 08:20

At least eight spectators were killed at a music festival in Angola at the weekend, police say, with one witness saying that a stampede started at the over-crowded stadium where doors had been locked.

France: Equatorial Guinea's world court case is abuse of law

18 October 2016, 19:58

France has told judges at the UN's highest court that they do not have jurisdiction in a case brought by Equatorial Guinea aimed at halting a Paris money-laundering case against the son of the African nation's president.

Malawians slam lack of transparency about Mutharika's health

18 October 2016, 18:54

Malawi's president is back home after a one-month trip overseas that intensified speculation about his health, and some countrymen are criticising what they call a lack of transparency about his condition.

Probe into Machel's death 30 years ago yields no answers

18 October 2016, 16:02

Circumstances surrounding the death of former Mozambican president Samora Machel remain unclear, 30 years after he died in a plane crash.

Doctor describes first sight of cousins kidnapped by Boko Haram

18 October 2016, 14:30

A Nigerian doctor has reportedly described the moment when one of his cousins saw him at the official reunion ceremony for Chibok families in Abuja.

WATCH: Benin leader swaps presidential jet for motorcade for trip to Togo

18 October 2016, 13:15

Benin President Patrice Talon has earned social media praises after opting to travel to neighbouring Togo by road, a report says.

Niger says repels attack on prison where 'terrorists' held

18 October 2016, 11:18

Armed forces in Niger have repelled a pre-dawn attack on a prison where "terrorists", notably from neighbouring Mali, are being held, the country's interior minister said.

UN chief voices concern over Ethiopia

18 October 2016, 09:41

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is following developments in Ethiopia with concern after a series of measures under a state of emergency targeted the media and diplomats, his spokesperson says.

WATCH: Zimbabwe vets free rhino who got his snout stuck in car tyre

17 October 2016, 18:51

Vets called out to a special rhino protection zone more than an hour away from Harare had to free a white rhino who'd got a car tyre stuck round his snout.

DRC delays election to 2018 despite opposition anger

17 October 2016, 16:00

The government of the DRC says it will push back next month's presidential election to April 2018, in a move that is set to keep President Joseph Kabila in office until the delayed vote.

DRC calls for general strike - report

17 October 2016, 14:11

The Democratic Republic of Congo opposition parties have reportedly called for a general strike in protest of government's decision to delay next month's election to April 2018.

Rwanda's last king, Kigeli V, dies at age 80

17 October 2016, 12:16

The last king of Rwanda, Kigeli V, who ruled the east African nation for less than a year before being forced into exile, finally settling in the US, has died. He was 80.

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