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East African leaders call on Burundi to postpone presidential poll

Burundi should postpone its July 15 presidential elections until July 30 because of continuing protests…

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Kenyan President, Kenyatta, signs controversial law legalising polygamy

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has signed into law a controversial marriage bill to legalise…

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EU assistance to West Africa to hit 1.1 bn euros in 2020

The European Commission on Monday announced a new funding for cooperation with the West African…

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Greece accuses lenders of terrorism

Greece's Finance Minister accused international creditors of "terrorism" in an interview on Saturday, a day before Greeks vote in a referendum that could decide their country's fate in the euro common currency. "What they are doing to Greece has a name: terrorism," Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, was quoted as saying.…

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Iceland’s parliament legalises blasphemy

The Parliament of Iceland legalized blasphemy in Stockholm on Friday. A member of the opposition Pirate Party described it as a great victory for supporters of freedom of speech. Helgi Gunnarsson, one of three Pirate Party legislators, said the party introduced the proposal in January, shortly after the deadly Islamist…

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AU Commission gets first woman Secretary-General

The office of the Chairperson of the AU Commission on Thursday in Dar es Salaam announced the appointment of Djeneba Diarra as the new Secretary-General of the AU, making her the first woman to occupy that position. Prior to her appointment, Diarra, a Malian, served as Deputy Legal Counsel of…

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Nigeria Oil Scandal: Zambian govt. denies influencing ex-leader’s acquittal

The Zambian government on Wednesday denied accusations that it influenced a court's decision to acquit former President, Rupiah Banda, who was facing corruption charges. On Monday, a court cleared the former president of a charge of abuse of authority of office. ``Zambia's democracy is built on separation of powers among…

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Official confirms 142 body bags at Indonesian plane crash site

Officials confirmed on Wednesday that there were already 142 body bags at the site of the Indonesian military plane crash in North Sumatra capital, Medan. Report says as the body bags may contain only parts of the bodies, it was yet unclear exactly how many bodies have been recovered. Earlier,…

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50 killed in attack on Egyptian military by Islamic State

Islamic State (IS) militants launched a wide-scale coordinated assault on several military checkpoints in Egypt's North Sinai on Wednesday in which 50 people were killed, security sources said. Egyptian army F-16 jets and Apache helicopters strafed the region that lies within the Sinai Peninsula, a strategic area located between Israel,…

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Military training plane crashes into sea in Bangladesh

A training plane of Bangladesh Air Force crashed into the sea Monday, leaving its pilot missing in the Bay of Bengal, officials say. Wing Commander Noor-e Alam, Manager of Shah Amanat International Airport, said the F-7 trainer crashed soon after it took off from an air-base at Patenga, some 220…

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Suicide bombing kills 11 people in Chad

The Chadian Public Security Minister, Abderahim Hamid, said police raid on suspected members of the Boko Haram sparked a suicide bombing on Monday in N'Djamena that killed six suspects and five police officers. Mr. Hamid said three other police officers were injured in the bombing in N'Djamena. He also said…

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2 killed in Burundi ahead of election

No fewer than two people were killed overnight in Bujumbura, relatives and friends said on Sunday, a day before parliamentary elections were due to hold amid an opposition boycott and fears of violence. Saturday night, a police officer shot and killed a university student in Bujumbura's Jabe neighbourhood. He was…

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Islamic State claims responsibility for Tunisia attack

Islamic State militants on Saturday claimed responsibility for an attack in a Tunisian seaside resort that killed 39. In a statement released on social media, the group identified the gunman as Abu Yahya al-Qayrawani. It described him as a "solider of the caliphate" and most of the killed as "subjects…

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Rwanda imports lions to boost tourism

Rwanda has imported seven lions from South Africa in a bid to boost the tourism industry which is the country's biggest foreign exchange earner. African Parks, the source of the giant cats, together with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), will relocate them and re-introduce the species into Akagera National Park…

South Africa threatens ICC withdrawal over al-Bashir controversy

The South African government on Thursday threatened to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) after a row over the court's attempt to have Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrested in Johannesburg. Justice Minister, Jeff Radebe, said after a cabinet meeting in Cape Town that a group of ministers would review…

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15 Boko Haram fighters killed, 20 arrested in Niger

Fifteen Boko Haram fighters were killed and 20 others arrested by the Nigerien Defense and Security Forces (FDS) during clashes that occurred between June 18 to 23 in Niger's Diffa region near the Nigerian border. An official source said Wednesday that following the attack carried out on June 17 in…

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Sierra Leone reports 3 new cases of Ebola

The Head of Sierra Leone's National Ebola Response Centre, Pallo Conteh, has described the three new Ebola outbreaks in Freetown as a setback in the fight against Ebola in the West African country. Mr. Conteh said the new cases were expected given the nature of such epidemics, but assured that…

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Zuma defends police over Marikana massacre

South Africa President, Jacob Zuma, on Wednesday in Pretoria, defended the actions of police who shot dead 34 striking workers in 2012, at Lonmin's Marikana mine. He was responding to a question during a visit to a university in Pretoria, in reaction to the publication of a report on the…

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Militants release Mali hostages video

A video clip was released on Tuesday of two men held hostage in Mali since 2011, in what was believed to be the first sign in two years that the duo is alive. Swedish national, Johan Gustafsson, and Stephen McGowan, identified as South African, were kidnapped by suspected Islamist militants…

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Cholera outbreak kills 18 in South Sudan

The South Sudan Ministry of Health said on Tuesday that no fewer than 18 people have died of Cholera in the country’s Central Equatorial State. South Sudanese Health Minister, Riek Gai Kok, said that over 171 cholera cases have been confirmed, declaring an outbreak of the highly contagious infection. The…

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Four killed in Burundi grenade attack

No fewer than four people have died and 27 others injured in a grenade attack on a bar in the northern Burundian town of Ngozi, a police spokesperson said on Monday. The attack took place in the home town of President Pierre Nkurunziza, fuelling speculation that it may have been…

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Al-Jazeera journalist detained while headed to Qatar

An Al-Jazeera journalist was detained on Saturday in Berlin while headed to Qatar, according to news reports. Ahmad Mansour, a British-Egyptian TV host for the Qatar-based broadcaster, was detained in connection with an Egyptian arrest warrant dating back to a 2014 conviction in Egypt on politically motivated charges, news reports…

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Violence leaves 129 children dead in South Sudan – UNICEF

Children's Fund on Friday, said horrific details have emerged that the three weeks of violence in South Sudan left 129 children dead and displaced more people since the beginning of 2015. Anthony Lake, UNICEF Chief, said this during the fund’s update on the situation in South Sudan in New York.…

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South Africa Deputy President shielded from al-Bashir ‘escape’ questions

Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's Deputy President, has been protected from answering a question on Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s controversial visit to South Africa for the African Union Summit. Thandi Modise, National Council of Provinces Chairperson, on Wednesday in Cape Town, ruled that the matter was before the courts and, as…

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5,000 Russians are fighting for IS, says Russian agency

The head of Russia's anti-terrorism agency said on Wednesday that between 2,000 and 5,000 Russians were fighting for the Islamic State (IS). Russian police Col.-Gen. Andrei Novikov, told newsmen that authorities confirmed that a minimum of around 2,000 Russian passport holders had joined the extremists army in Iraq and Syria.…