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Africa

Burundi opposition says 'impossible' to hold fair polls next week

27 May 2015, 13:03

Burundi’s main opposition parties say that the holding of free and fair elections next week is “impossible” and that the result would not be recognised if they take place.

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Zanzibar police beef up fight against abuse of women

27 May 2015, 11:57

Zanzibar has started to roll out gender and children desks in all police stations in Unguja and Pemba islands to help curb the rising wave of sexual assaults against women and children.

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US sends huge food aid shipment to Sudan for conflict areas

27 May 2015, 11:57

Nearly 50,000 tonnes of US food aid bound for areas of Sudan affected by conflict arrived in the country, the UN World Food Programme said.

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Cholera outbreak among Burundi refugees in Tanzania slowing

27 May 2015, 10:49

A cholera outbreak raging among Burundian refugees in Tanzania has slowed significantly with no new deaths reported in the past five days, the United Nations has said.

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Madagascar parliament votes to dismiss president

27 May 2015, 09:33

Madagascar's parliament voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to dismiss President Hery Rajaonarimanpianina for alleged constitutional violations and general incompetence.

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Libyan prime minister survives assassination attempt

27 May 2015, 07:11

Libya's internationally recognised prime minister, Abdullah al-Thinni, said on Tuesday he had survived an assassination attempt by gunmen who opened fire as he was leaving a session of the anarchic country's elected parliament.

Woman arrested for explicit dancing in a music video

26 May 2015, 17:00

An Egyptian woman has been arrested for ‘inciting debauchery’ after a video of her dancing in a racy fashion went viral.

UN officials ignored French soldiers sex abuse claims

26 May 2015, 13:30

UN officials let claims of child sex abuse by French soldiers linger for months.

African leaders to hold summit on Burundi as violence continues

26 May 2015, 12:20

East African leaders are set to meet over the weekend at a special summit to discuss the crisis in Burundi, where police and protesters continue to clash on the streets of the capital.

Burundi slams foreign diplomatic pressure over political crisis

26 May 2015, 11:21

Burundi’s government has condemned mounting diplomatic pressure over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial bid to stand for a third consecutive term, signaling it would not bow to international criticism.

Former President's remains exhumed in murder probe

26 May 2015, 08:37

Authorities in Burkina Faso began exhuming the remains of former president Thomas Sankara in a bid to establish responsibility for a murder that has dogged the West African country since 1987.

Soldier kills 7 comrades in barracks rampage

26 May 2015, 07:09

A soldier believed to have had psychological problems seized a gun at a barracks and killed seven comrades before being shot dead himself.

Demonstrator shot dead as protest erupts outside Burundi capital

25 May 2015, 17:23

A demonstrator was shot dead and two other wounded in southern Burundi, a local official and witness said, in one of the first confirmed reports of civil unrest erupting outside the capital Bujumbura.

Zimbabwean comedians draw tears of laughter in troubled times

25 May 2015, 14:41

With Zimbabwe’s economy on its knees and life a daily struggle for most people, there is one luxury that many can surprisingly still afford – laughter.

'Wall' of religious hatred divides Central African town

25 May 2015, 14:41

The outbreak of violence that plunged the Central African Republic into chaos in 2013 has left a legacy of suspicion, fear and hatred that still plagues places like the southern mining town of Boda.

Somali lawmaker shot dead by mistake

25 May 2015, 11:45

The government of Somalia has confirmed that military forces shot and killed a lawmaker, and injured another in Mogadishu.

Nigerian senator-elect to fight US extradition, drug charges

25 May 2015, 11:45

Nigerian drug agents say a newly elected senator will appear in court to fight his extradition to the US on 20-year-drug charges.

'Wall' of religious hatred divides Central African town

25 May 2015, 10:37

The outbreak of violence that plunged the Central African Republic into chaos in 2013 has left a legacy of suspicion, fear and hatred that still plagues places like the southern mining town of Boda.

Nigeria in crisis as presidential handover looms

25 May 2015, 09:27

Nigeria's opposition accused outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan of leaving a country in crisis, as fuel shortages brought the nation to a standstill just days from Muhammadu Buhari's inauguration.

Boko Haram in deadly raid on Nigeria town

25 May 2015, 08:24

Boko Haram fighters killed several people and destroyed dozens of homes in a raid on a town in northeast Nigeria's Borno state, local residents, a vigilante and the military says.

UN chief urges dialogue in Burundi after politician's murder

25 May 2015, 06:52

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged Burundi's government and its opponents not to let violence derail United Nations-sponsored talks.

Ethiopia votes with ruling party set to return

24 May 2015, 19:25

Ethiopians voted Sunday in the country's first general elections since the death of strongman Meles Zenawi in 2012, with his successor Hailemariam Desalegn all but certain to stay in power.

Burundi opposition leader murdered

24 May 2015, 06:39

The leader of a small Burundian opposition party was shot dead on Saturday, residents said, the latest violence in a country gripped by weeks of protests over the president's controversial bid to seek a third term.

Al Shabaab attacks soldiers in south Somalia, two dozen dead

23 May 2015, 15:36

At least 24 people were killed in southern Somalia after fighting between al Shabaab Islamist militants and government forces, residents and the rebel group said on Saturday.

Togo government resigns as president begins third term

23 May 2015, 09:11

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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