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UN peacekeepers, not just militants, occupied CAR schools – claim

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Armed groups and even United Nations peacekeepers occupied schools or set up bases nearby in the Central African Republic (CAR), preventing countless...

Mass graves in central DR Congo bear witness to growing violence

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The increasingly brutal nature of fighting in central Congo between the army and local militia is on vivid display in the village...

Falling tree kills at least 18 at Ghana waterfall

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At least 18 people were killed when a large tree fell into the pool they were swimming in at the base of...

Somali PM names new cabinet

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Somalia's new prime minister named a 26-strong cabinet on Tuesday, including a former foreign affairs chief as finance minister and a BBC...

France’s Le Pen focuses on terrorism during Chad visit

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French far-right leader Marine Le Pen met Chad's President Idriss Deby this week to discuss the allies' co-operation in the fight against...

Hunger and HIV – a deadly mix for Ugandan children

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Seven-year-old Esther Agutti weighs seven kg - a third of the weight of the average child her age. She has been in hospital...

Nigerian Senate president faces car customs allegation investigation

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The president of Nigeria's upper house of parliament is to be investigated by lawmakers over allegations he attempted to evade payment of...

Zimbabwe police out in force ahead of opposition protest

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Zimbabwean police deployed water cannon and anti-riot officers on the streets of the capital on Wednesday ahead of a planned demonstration by...

Nigeria orders Delta developers to resume or face prosecution

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Nigeria has given contractors 30 days to resume delayed development projects in the Niger Delta oil region or face prosecution, the presidency...

South Sudan rebels say seize four oil workers, demand firm’s exit

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South Sudanese rebels said on Monday they had kidnapped four oil workers including a Pakistani national, in a bid to force their...

Libya’s NOC says expects to regain Es Sider, Ras Lanuf oil ports

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Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) has been coordinating with military forces from eastern Libya and has "no reason to believe" it will...

Somali security forces that freed pirated ship say NATO must do more

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Somali officials whose forces freed a hijacked oil tanker and its eight Sri Lankan crew said on Sunday that NATO ships must...

East Libyan army takes rivals’ final holdout in southwest Benghazi

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East Libyan forces said they captured the final holdout of Islamist-led rivals in the southwest of Benghazi on Saturday, ending weeks of...

Three suicide bombers kill four people in northeast Nigeria

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Three suicide bombers killed four people and injured eight others in a village near the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, a police...

Nigeria militant amnesty programme faces cash crunch, says official

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Nigeria's amnesty programme which provides vocational training and stipends to former militants who attacked oil facilities in its Niger Delta energy hub...

Morocco says arrests 15 for Islamic State links

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Moroccan authorities said on Friday they had arrested 15 people suspected of ties with Islamic State in the latest raid officials say...

Italy seeks to bolster Libya migrant deal as arrivals surge

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Italy will host a meeting between European and North African countries next week in a bid to strengthen support for an agreement...

Kenyan troops head to troubled northern region

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Kenya has sent troops to restore order in the northern region of Laikipia after months of clashes, a statement from the presidency...

Al Qaeda branch rallies jihadists to join forces after Mali merger

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The merger of Mali's main jihadist groups earlier this month was endorsed on Friday by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM),...

Man claiming to be Boko Haram leader denies 5,000 hostages freed

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A man purporting to be the leader of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram denied in a video posted on Friday that...

Somalia asks Saudi coalition to investigate refugee boat attack

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The Somali government condemned a helicopter attack on a boatload of Somali refugees off the coast of Yemen and called on the...

Kenya clashes over grazing leaves 10 dead in drought-hit north

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A gun battle between two pastoralist communities competing for grazing killed least 10 people in northern Kenya on Sunday morning, police said,...

EU Navfor urges vigilance after Somali hijacking

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The Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, Major General Rob Magowan CBE, has called for vigilance in the Gulf of Aden...

Nigeria’s Homeland orders additional patrol vessels from Damen

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Nigerian company Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited has ordered two additional FCS 3307 patrol vessel from Damen, a year after taking delivery...

First Egyptian Gowind corvette begins sea trials

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The first Egyptian Gowind 2500 corvette, El Fateh, has begun sea trials ahead of delivery. The vessel left the French port of Lorient...

Somali pirates release hijacked ship and crew without ransom

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Somali pirates released a hijacked oil tanker and its eight Sri Lankan crew on Thursday, a Somali security official and the pirates...

South Sudan government to blame for famine, still buying arms – UN report

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South Sudan's government is mainly to blame for famine in parts of the war-torn country, yet President Salva Kiir is still boosting...

Senior police official killed in Uganda

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Unknown gunmen killed the spokesman for Uganda's police force, his bodyguard and driver on Friday as he left home in Kampala, a...

Somali Islamists let drought-hit civilians roam in search of food

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Somali Islamists are letting civilians in drought-hit regions under their control move with relative freedom to find food, the group and a...

Italy evacuates 22 Libyans wounded in fighting at oil ports

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Italy evacuated 22 wounded Libyans for medical treatment in Rome, some of who were involved in fighting this week for control of...

Aid convoy attacked in South Sudan

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Gunmen attacked an aid convoy in famine-hit South Sudan, killing two people and wounding three, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said. The...

Russia completes first Algerian Kilo class submarine

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Admiralty Shipyards in St Petersburg has completed the first of two Kilo class submarines for the Algerian Navy. Photos of the ceremony emerged...

Somali force and pirates aboard hijacked vessel exchange fire

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Somali maritime forces have exchanged gunfire with the hijackers of an oil tanker in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, the head of...

Weapons build-up, anger fuel threat of Somali piracy renewal

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A volatile build-up of weapons and resentment along the northern Somali coast culminated in the hijack of an oil freighter this week,...

Armed faction takes over rival compound in heavy Tripoli fighting

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Armed groups aligned with the UN-backed government in Tripoli took over a compound occupied by a rival prime minister on Wednesday, after...

South Sudan gunmen kill, kidnap Ethiopians

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Gunmen from South Sudan killed 28 people and kidnapped 43 children in neighbouring Ethiopia, a government official said on Wednesday, another demonstration...

Uganda says security forces killed more than 100 in palace assault

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Uganda acknowledged on Wednesday its security forces killed more than 100 people in an assault on a tribal leader's palace last year,...

Regional forces free five thousand Boko Haram captives

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Regional West African forces freed 5,000 captives from a Boko Haram base in a more than week-long operation that also destroyed the...

East Libya forces regain control of oil ports

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East Libyan forces said they had regained control of the major oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Es Sider on Tuesday from...

No Russian Special forces in Egypt – Interfax

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The Russian Defence Ministry said on Tuesday it did not have Special Forces in Egypt after US, Egyptian and diplomatic sources told...

Pirates demand ransom for tanker seized off Somalia

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Pirates off the coast of Somalia, who hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew on board, are demanding a ransom...

Suicide bombers kill two in Nigeria’s Maiduguri

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Four female teenage suicide bombers killed two people and injured 16 others in a residential area in the north-east Nigerian city of...

UN hears of human rights violations amid fighting in Libya

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Fighting in Libya's oil coastline region this month has been marked by human rights violations while attacks are likely to worsen in...

Purported Boko Haram video shows execution of alleged Nigerian spies

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Islamist militant sect Boko Haram on Tuesday released a video purporting to show the execution of three men the group accused of...

South Sudan aid group says detained workers released

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Eight local staff with a US aid group in South Sudan were released safely on Tuesday after being detained by armed men,...

AU, South Sudan stalling on human rights court: UN

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The African Union and South Sudan are failing in their joint responsibility to set up a court to prosecute atrocities in the...

Russia confirms Egyptian Ka-52 deliveries this year

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Russian Helicopters is on track to delivery Egypt's Ka-52 helicopters later this year, according to state holding company Rostec. "Russian Helicopters, a leading...

Russia appears to deploy forces in Egypt, eyes on Libya

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Russia appears to have deployed special forces to an airbase in western Egypt near the border with Libya in recent days, U.S.,...

Libyan NOC official warns of force majeure at oil ports as rivals mobilise

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A senior official at Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) warned on Monday of a possible declaration of force majeure at the Es...

Somali pirates suspected of hijacking ship after long layoff, expert says

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Somali pirates are suspected of hijacking a Sri Lankan-flagged fuel freighter that sent a distress call, turned off its tracking system and...