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ISIS

U.S. confirms death of top Islamic State leader in Libya

Mr. Nabil died in the strike carried out by F-15 aircraft on a compound in the city of Derna.

Al-Shabab

U.S. born al Shabaab militant surrenders- Official

The militant said he found out that the al Shabaab ideology is wrong.

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel

Number of asylum seekers in Germany soars to 965,000

Number trumps previous estimates set for the whole year.

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Ex-diplomat in court for sexual assault, black magic ritual

The man was accused of using black magic to make a woman love him.

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Twin suicide blast kills 3 in Cameroon

A third suicide bomber was killed by security forces before she was able to detonate her bomb.

CPJ calls on Egypt to release freelance journalist Ismail Alexandrani

Three weeks ago, the Egyptian military detained investigative journalist, Hossam Bahgat for three days.

Nigeria to help South Sudan in debt management

South Sudan delegation says country does not know how much it owed debtors.

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Africa: Over 30 Years of HIV in Africa: What We’ve Learned and the Road Ahead

Voluntary counselling and testing is important part of dealing with the epidemic.

Roch Marc Kabore:

Roch Kabore wins Burkina Faso presidential election

Mr. Kabore previously served as prime minister and head of parliament.

Central African Republic: Pope Francis Visits Mosque in Bangui to Plead for Unity

“Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters.” — Pope Francis

Vladimir Putin

Turkey rejects Russia’s demand for apology over downed jet

Putin says Turkish leaders violated international laws.

Authorities in Niger arrest five journalists

Nigerien authorities have arrested several journalists lately.

Gambia bans female genital mutilation

The ban was announced on Tuesday.

Ex-Namibia president awarded $5m Mo Ibrahim prize

The event, held in Accra, was witnessed by former finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration mass on 19 March 2013.

Vatican sues journalists who leaked Catholic Church’s confidential information

The Vatican is a sovereign state with its own judicial system and should the accused not appear in court, the trial will go ahead in their absence.

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New Ebola case hits Liberia after country declared virus free

Liberia has seen more than 10,600 cases of the disease and 4,808 Ebola deaths since it was first announced in March, 2014, according to WHO figures.

Malian commandos storm Bamako hotel, free 80 hostages

US special forces and French commandos would be involved in the hostage recovery efforts.

US tells EgyptAir not to carry packages on passenger aircraft

Freight packages will only be transported on separate cargo aircraft

World’s second-biggest diamond discovered in Bostwana

Expert says the 1,111-carat diamond was of “exceptional quality”

Russia confirms plane that crashed over Sinai was shot down

The crash killed all 224 people on board.

Vladimir Putin

Islamic State funding comes from 40 countries, including G20 – President Putin

The Russian President says the fight against Islamic State is a greater priority than political reform in Syria.

EXCLUSIVE: Many more people killed in Nigeria despite unprecedented N1.48trillion arms spending

The number of deaths caused by insurgency and violence increased as more money was spent on armament.

Britain foiled seven planned attacks in six months – Cameron

Cameron says British government would review its security following Paris attacks

10 killed in fighting between Somali soldiers in Mogadishu

Thousands of IDPs are living in the Mogadishu area after fleeing the Islamist group al-Shabaab, droughts or recent flooding.

Paris Attacks: G20 leaders vow action, warns against associating terrorism with religion

The G20 is predominantly an economic forum, set up in the wake of the global financial crisis.