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Oscar Pistorius' lawyers have launched a legal bid to prevent prosecutors from appealing against his acquittal on murder charges. Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled in December...

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The South African parliament descended into chaos as leftist lawmakers scuffled with security during a key annual speech by President Jacob Zuma. The Economic Freedom...

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Nigeria has postponed the February 14 presidential election to March 28 over concerns about the security situation. The country’s electoral commission chief Attahiru Jega said...

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South African apartheid assassin Eugene de Kock has been granted parole after 20 years in jail. The death squad commander was nicknamed "Prime Evil" for...

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Zambia is voting in a presidential election caused by the death of Michael Sata in 2014. The vote is expected to be a close contest...

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Fresh protests against French magazine Charlie Hebdo's cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad have sparked in Niger. At least two churches have been set on fire...

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Three civilians and a police officer have been killed in violent protests against French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Niger's second city of Zinder, officials...

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Heavy flooding in southern Malawi has killed at least 48 and forced 23,000 to leave their homes, President Peter Mutharika said on January 13. The...

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Nigerian Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has accused the West of ignoring the threat of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram. The Catholic Archbishop of Jos, in...

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A market explosion in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri has killed at least 16 people and injured several others, medics say. Some reports say...

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Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to an $84 million settlement with residents of the Bodo community in the Niger Delta for two oil spills. Lawyers...

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A trial of brincidofovir - a potential drug to treat Ebola - has started at a Medecins Sans Frontieres center in Liberia. The antiviral is...

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A Greek-operated oil tanker has been attacked by military jets in the Libyan port of Derna, killing two crew members, the Greek authorities have...

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President Yahya Jammeh has returned to The Gambia after a reported coup attempt, sources say. Heavy gunfire was heard near the presidential palace in Banjul...

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Beji Caid Essebsi has been sworn in as Tunisia’s president after winning the country's first free presidential poll. Beji Caid Essebsi, 88, secured victory last...

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According to scientists, a two-year-old boy called Emile Ouamouno from Guinea - the Ebola victim who is believed to have triggered the current outbreak...

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Indonesian search teams have spotted debris and a body at sea in the hunt for missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501, officials say. Several objects and a...

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In an attempt to contain the Ebola epidemic, Sierra Leone has declared lockdown of at least three days in the north of the country. Shops,...

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Beji Caid Essebsi has been confirmed as winner of Tunisia's first free presidential poll. The veteran politician secured 55.68% of the vote in Sunday's run-off,...

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Tunisian candidate Moncef Marzouki has refused to admit defeat in the country's first free presidential election after exit polls suggested Beji Caid Essebsi had...

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Tunisia is choosing its first freely elected president in a run-off election seen as a landmark in the country's move to democracy. Secular-leaning Nidaa Tounes...

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Liberia is voting in an election that was postponed in October because of the Ebola outbreak. Liberians are choosing representatives to the country's senate. Among the...

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A number of bodies have been discovered by health officials in Kono, a remote diamond-mining area of Sierra Leone, raising fears that the scale...

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South African Judge Thokozile Masipa has ruled that prosecutors can appeal against the "culpable homicide" conviction of double amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius. Oscar Pistorius, 27,...

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Judge Thokozile Masipa has delayed to December 10 her ruling on whether prosecutors can appeal against what they call the "shockingly light" sentence passed...