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Angolans vote for president as dos Santos retires

Millions of Angolans are voting for their first new president in 38 years. Wednesday’s election will see President Jose Eduardo dos Santos quit after nearly four decades in power, with the outgoing leader praised by some of leading the country to recovery after the end of its civil war in...

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Buhari's unconvincing return from medical leave

Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria, brought his 103-day medical leave in the UK to a grand end on Saturday. Despite protests at home and abroad against his lengthy absence from work, his return to Nigeria was surprisingly heroic. Once Femi Adesina, his much-maligned spokesman, confirmed the president’s anticipated return, a...

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UNICEF: Boko Haram use of child bombers soars

The number of children, mainly girls, used by the Nigerian armed group Boko Haram as “human bombs” has quadrupled this year, according to UNICEF. The UN’s children agency said on Tuesday that since January 1, 2017, 83 children have been used by the group to carry out bomb attacks in...

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Guinea: Several buried alive in rubbish dump collapse

At least eight people have died and dozens more injured in Guinea when a rubbish dump on the outskirts of the capital, Conakry, collapsed after heavy rain. Five bodies, including those of two children, were taken to a morgue in Conakry following Tuesday’s incident, according to senior police official Boubacar...

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What we need to learn from Freetown's landslide tragedy

Last week, disaster hit Sierra Leone, one of the jewels of Africa. At least 500 people were killed after a mudslide tore through a suburb of the capital Freetown. Hundreds of people are still missing and thousands more are left homeless. This is a moment of pain that will forever...

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Angola to elect new president as dos Santos retires

Angola goes to the polls on Wednesday in a historic election marking the end of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos’ 38-year reign, with his party set to retain power despite the country’s economic crisis. The MPLA (People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola), which has ruled the country since its...

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Sierra Leone mudslide survivors angry as hundreds remain missing

It has been a week since mudslides buried large areas of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, and hundreds of people are still missing. The number of confirmed deaths is soon expected to exceed 500 as recovery efforts continue in the West African nation.   Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports from Freetown,...

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Tensions in Togo as anti-Gnassingbe rally turns deadly

Tensions have erupted in Togo after protests against the ruling Gnassingbe family dynasty over the weekend turned deadly.  Two protesters were killed, and 12 gendarmes were wounded in Sokode, 338km north of the capital, Lome, when security forces opened fire to break up demonstrations, the security ministry said on Saturday.  Tikpi Atchadam, Togo’s opposition leader...

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