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India lands jet fighter on highway as part of trials

India Air Force, IAF, on Thursday landed a jet fighter on a highway close to…

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South Africa apologises to Mozambique for xenophobic attacks

South African President, Jacob Zuma, on Thursday in Maputo apologised to Mozambique for the recent…

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West African leaders to discuss presidential term limits — Chambas

West African leaders are due to discuss a proposal aimed at limiting presidential mandates to…

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Army fires on Burundi protesters

New clashes erupted on Tuesday in Bujumbura between demonstrators and security forces. Gilbert Bucyeyeneza, a local Journalist, who witnessed the clashes, said the army was using live bullets to disperse protesters. “The army and police are getting out of hand,’’ he said. Bucyeyeneza said protesters in the neighbourhood of Cibitoke…

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Burundian leader sacks defence minister

President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi on Monday reshuffled his cabinet following a coup attempt, sacking the Minister of Defence who had indirectly criticised his bid to seek a third term in office. General Pontien Gaciyubwenge had encouraged the army to remain neutral during massive protests opposing Nkurunziza's candidacy in the…

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Xenophobia: South Africa repatriates 5,645 immigrants

South Africa has repatriated 5,645 foreigners since the end of xenophobic attacks in late April, the government said on Sunday. A Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, who said this in a statement, added that the foreigners chose to leave South Africa voluntarily. Malawians made up the bulk of the…

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Burundi President makes first public appearance after failed coup

The Burundi President, Pierre Nkurunziza, made his first public appearance on Sunday after a failed coup. Nkurunziza met with ruling party officials in the Kamenge neighbourhood of the capital, Bujumbura, as part of the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy's (CNDD-FDD) election campaign. Local…

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Burundi charges 18 suspects in failed coup plot

Burundi took 18 people suspected of involvement in a failed coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza to the high court, relatives of some of the accused said on Sunday. Earlier, about 100 demonstrators took to the streets of Bujumbura to protest Mr. Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term, defying the…

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Egypt: U.S. ‘deeply concerned’ over Morsi’s death sentence

The U.S. is "deeply concerned" about an Egyptian court decision to seek the death penalty for former President Mohamed Morsi, a State Department official said on Sunday. The U.S. criticism followed condemnations from Amnesty International and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan after the court ruling on Saturday. The ruling was against…

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Egypt hangs 6 militants

Egypt on Sunday hanged six persons convicted of being Islamist militants. The suspects were members of Sinai-based Ansar Beit al-Maqdis group, the state prison department sector said in statement. The statement added that the hanged Islamists were top leaders in Beit al-Maqdis group. It said the group appeared after the…

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Burundian protesters back on the streets after failed coup

No fewer than 100 protesters took to the streets of Bujumbura on Saturday against Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term, a day after he returned to the capital following a failed coup. The east African nation was plunged into deep crisis after Nkurunziza announced that he…

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Xenophobia: Group demands victims’ list from ​Nigerian govt​

​A ​Human rights group, Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Right​​s​,​ has requested from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a detailed list of Nigerian victims in last month's xenophobic attacks in South Africa. The letter by the executive director of CASER, Frank Tietie, made available journalists on Saturday, was addressed…

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Egypt’s ex-President, Mohamed Morsi, sentenced to death

Deposed Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, was on Saturday sentenced to death by a Cairo court  over a 2011 prison break, the CNN is reporting. Egyptian authorities had accused Mr. Morsi and over 100 other co-defendants of colluding with Palestinian group, Hamas, and  Lebanese group, Hezbollah, to break into prisons across…

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Fighting flares after Burundi army chief says coup attempt failed

​Fighting has broken out in Burundi a day after a senior general announced the overthrow of President Pierre Nkurunziza. Loyalists of the president and supporters of the general fought intermittently on Thursday as the two sides sought to take control of the state media. ​The Burundian army ​said the attempted…

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Military takes over power in Burundi

The coup was reportedly organized by Godefroid Niyombareh, a former military intelligence officer who was removed from office by President Nkurunziza in February. There have been widespread protests in Burundi for weeks after the ousted President moved to go for a third term in office against the laws of the…

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Ebola outbreak officially over in Liberia — WHO

The World Health Organisation has issued a statement declaring Liberia officially free the Ebola virus disease. Read full statement below: Today, 9 May 2015, WHO declares Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission. Forty-two days have passed since the last laboratory-confirmed case was buried on 28 March 2015. The outbreak of…

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Jonathan congratulates Cameron, Conservatives on British election victory

President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated Prime Minister David Cameron and the Conservative Party of Great Britain on their victory in the country’s general elections. As Prime Minister Cameron and the Conservative Party prepare to form a new British Government backed by the clear majority in Parliament which they won in yesterday’s elections,…

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Four Nigerians elected into British parliament as Conservative party triumphs

Four British-Nigerians were elected into the United Kingdom parliament in the just concluded general election in the country that saw the Conservative Party winning an unexpected sweeping majority. While three of them were re-elected, one was a first-time parliamentarian. The winners include, fast-rising politician and current Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka…

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​B​ritain braces for election gridlock as polls predict dead heat

Britons on Thursday voted in the tightest election for decades; one that could cause government gridlock, push the world's fifth-largest economy closer to leaving the European Union and stoke a second attempt by Scotland to break away. Final opinion polls showed Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and Ed Miliband's opposition…

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Angola to end petrol subsidies as oil price drop bites

Angola will end petrol subsidies and increase the price of other fuels, its finance ministry said on Thursday. A statement by the ministry said the drop was due to plunge in global oil prices which has hammered the finances of Africa's second largest crude exporter. The statement added that the…

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Falana drags Burundi to African Commission over killing of protesters

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, has dragged the government of Burundi to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights over the killing of protesters in the country. The petition, dated May 5, 2015 and sent to the Commission's Secretary, Mary Maboreke, reads in part: "I am sending this…

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Ethiopian Commodity Exchange names new head

The Board of Directors Office of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange on Wednesday named Ato Ermias Eshetu as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Eshetu comes with an experience garnered through various leadership positions held locally and abroad. Since 2007, he has served as an Executive Management Member at Zemen Bank, where…

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ECOWAS court awards police officer $250,000 for wrongful dismissal

An Economic Community of West African States court has awarded $250,000 as damages for the wrongful dismissal of a Sierra Leonean police officer. EL-Tayib Bah was dismissed in July 2008 on the allegation that he had links with the Revolutionary United Front rebels. He was not given any opportunity to…

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Cocaine found packed with bananas at German supermarkets

German police on Monday said employees for the German supermarket discount chain Aldi discovered cocaine packed in crates of bananas at stores in Berlin. The police said the cocaine packed in some crates, weighed 1 kilogram, while in others, quantities of more than 10 kilos were discovered. Report says Berlin's…

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French ship rescues 217 migrants off Libyan coast

The French Maritime Police on Monday said its patrol ship rescued 217 migrants from three small boats that had run into trouble off the coast of Libya. A statement by the police authorities said the ship, Commandant Birot, helped dozens of people in distress and intercepted two suspected human smugglers.…