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Blast near Mogadishu hours after al-Shabab vows attack

A car laden with explosives has blown up near an army checkpoint outside Mogadishu, wounding at least four soldiers, according to a Somali  security officer. Soldiers reportedly chased the driver before he detonated the explosives. “We received information of the car bomb and we pursued it, but he blew up...

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At 93rd birthday bash, Robert Mugabe says he won't quit

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has marked his 93rd birthday with lavish celebrations, addressing his own mortality in a speech, but showing no signs of quitting politics. Thousands of government supporters, some wearing clothing adorned with Mugabe’s image in younger days, converged in Matabeleland for Saturday’s birthday bash and show of strength...

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What's behind attacks on foreigners in South Africa?

South Africa is experiencing a rise in what is being described as “xenophobic” violence. Locals are accusing migrants of stealing their jobs and blaming them for a high crime rate. About two million foreigners live in South Africa and a majority of them were born in other African countries, including...

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Pretoria: Violence erupts at anti-migrant protest

South African police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to break up clashes between local protesters and immigrants at a rally in Pretoria against foreigners. Hundreds marched toward the foreign ministry on Friday, calling for the deportation of foreigners who they claim have taken their jobs. “We don’t have hate!...

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Somali president names Hassan Ali Khaire prime minister

Somalia’s new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has picked political newcomer Hassan Ali Khaire, a former oil company executive, as the country’s prime minister. Thursday’s appointment was announced shortly before Mohamed, also known as Farmajo, departed to Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip since his election. “The president has requested Somali...

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