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Tens of thousands flee fighting in South Sudan

Tens of thousands of people have fled fighting in northwestern South Sudan between government troops and a newly formed rebel group, as food shortages in the country hit their highest levels in two years.  The Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Wednesday that nearly 70,000 people have...

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South Sudan cancels independence celebrations

South Sudan has cancelled its Independence Day celebrations as it struggles to end a civil war that has left thousands dead and ravaged the economy. “We decided not to celebrate the July 9 Independence Day, because we don’t want to spend that much,” Minister of Information Michael Makuei told reporters...

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Egypt arrests and deports Lebanese TV host Lilian Daoud

A prominent dual British-Lebanese journalist who hosted a talk show critical of the Egyptian government was briefly arrested and then deported, security and airport sources have said. Lilian Daoud was taken from her home on Monday by passport control officials, briefly after she announced the cancellation of her show on...

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Somalia rides the ups and downs of a global oil crisis

Mogadishu, Somalia – Drivers in the morning rush hour in Mogadishu jostle for space to fill their tanks in one of the newly opened petrol stations in the city. An attendant shouts at the drivers, directing them: “Come forward a bit, a bit more. Stop.” These scenes are new to the...

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Jacob Zuma urged to repay $500,000 of home upgrade

South Africa’s Treasury has recommended that President Jacob Zuma should pay back more than $500,000 of public funds spent upgrading his private residence with facilities including a chicken coop and a swimming pool. The Treasury said in a statement on Monday that Zuma, the head of the ruling African National...

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Madagascar: Two teens killed in grenade attack

Two teenagers were killed and more than 80 wounded in a grenade attack in Madagascar’s capital during the country’s national day celebrations, in what the president called “an act of terrorism”. The blast on Sunday struck the Mahamasina municipal stadium in Antananarivo at around 16:00GMT, just as a free concert...

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Nigeria: 5,000 rescued from Boko Haram in Borno

The Nigerian army says it has rescued more than 5,000 people who were being held hostage by Boko Haram following a clearing operation in four remote villages in the northeastern Borno state. “Our troops have decisively dealt with the Boko Haram terrorists, particularly hibernating in Sambisa forest, which used to...

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Senegal: Karim Wade released from prison

Karim Wade, the convicted son of former Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade, has been released from prison in Senegal after being granted a presidential pardon. Wade was immediately flown to Qatar after President Macky Sall’s decree early Friday, local media reported. He was initially sentenced in 2012 to six years in prison and...

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