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South African President Jacob Zuma will repay some of the $23 million the government controversially spent on upgrading his private rural home in Nkandla. In...

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Twenty three people of 18 different nationalities are now known to have been killed after Islamist militants attacked Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso. Al-Qaeda militants...

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Oscar Pistorius on January 11 made a last-ditch attempt with South Africa's top court to overturn his murder conviction for shooting dead his girlfriend...

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A new propaganda video released by the Somali Islamist group al-Shabab features Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. The video shows Donald Trump’s recent call for...

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Rwandan President Paul Kagame has confirmed that he will seek re-election for a third term in 2017. The announcement was expected after a referendum approved...

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South Africa’s King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has begun a 12-year prison sentence for kidnapping, assault and arson. King Dalindyebo, who is a nephew of the late...

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Guinea free of Ebola, two years after the epidemic began in the country. Guineans are expected to celebrate...

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Benin's PM Lionel Zinsou walked away unscathed after the helicopter in which he was traveling crashed, his daughter said. It is unclear why the helicopter...

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Dozens of people are reported killed in an explosion at an industrial gas plant in south-eastern Nigeria. A truck is said to have exploded as...

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Somalia's government has decided to ban Christmas celebration in the country, warning that such Christian festivities could threaten the nation's Muslim faith. An official at...

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An Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris has requested an emergency landing in Kenya after a suspect package was discovered in the toilet. The...

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The majority of Rwandans have voted to allow President Paul Kagame to extend his term in office, initial referendum results show. Some 98% of voters...

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Rwanda is voting in a referendum on a constitutional amendment to allow President Paul Kagame to seek a third term in office. Most voters, some...

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South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has announced he is replacing newly appointed Finance Minister David van Rooyen with Pravin Gordhan. On December 9, Jacob Zuma...

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President Yahya Jammeh has declared Gambia an Islamic republic, saying the move marks a break with the colonial past. Yahya Jammeh told state TV the...

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Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail while he awaits sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013. Judges changed the South African Olympic...

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The verdict in Oscar Pistorius case has been changed to murder. The Paralympic champion has been found guilty of murder after a South African appeals...

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Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are attending a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Uganda. Pope Francis is speaking at a Catholic shrine dedicated to...

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Pope Francis has celebrated Holy Mass attended by thousands of people at the University of Nairobi campus in Kenya. The Pope made a plea for...

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Mali has declared a 10-day state of emergency following the attack on Radisson Blu Hotel by suspected Islamist militants in the capital, Bamako, in...

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At least three people have been killed after gunmen launched an attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel in the centre of Mali's capital, Bamako. Two...

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The world's second-largest diamond has been discovered in Botswana. The 1,111-carat stone was recovered from the Lucara Diamond’s Karowe mine, about 300 miles north of...

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Chad has declared a state of emergency after Boko Haram attacks in the Lake Chad region. At least two people were killed in a suspected...

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is expected to confirm that Sierra Leone is free of Ebola. The Ebola outbreak killed almost 4,000 people in Sierra...

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Prosecutors have started an appeal hearing on whether Oscar Pistorius should be convicted of murder instead of culpable homicide. Oscar Pistorius, 28, was released from...