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Somalia: Deaths as car bomb explodes in Mogadishu

At least 10 people have been killed in a suicide bombing near the Somali president’s palace in Mogadishu, which caused a huge blast and destroyed two hotels nearby, according to police. Reuters news agency said al-Shabab fighters claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack. Al Jazeera has learned that at least 10...

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S Africa: Black students protest 'racist' hair rules

High school students in South Africa have protested against black girls being forced by teachers to arrange their hair differently, alleging that they are being made to follow strict style rules that are  racist and discriminatory. A student told Al Jazeera on Monday that protests erupted at the Pretoria High School...

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Beni, DRC: 'They hacked him and threw him in a pigsty'

Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo – Fifty-year-old Maseke Alexandre was sitting in her mud hut in Rwangoma, in the Beni territory, when two men with military fatigues entered. They asked if there were any men living with her. She lied, saying no, in the hope of protecting her son. The...

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Gabon election: Jean Ping lays claim to presidency win

Gabon’s opposition presidential candidate Jean Ping has claimed victory over incumbent President Ali Bongo, whose family has ruled the oil-rich African nation for nearly half a century. “The decision taken by the population is known now by everybody,” Ping told Al Jazeera on Sunday. “Gabon is a small country so it...

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Nigeria: Borno's cultural revival after Boko Haram exit

A year after the retreat of Boko Haram fighters, music and dance are making a comeback in the Nigerian state of Borno. Maiduguri, the largest city in the north-eastern state, was a frequent target of the armed group’s attacks. Events such as birthdays and weddings, which were once impossible due...

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Nigeria may see a repeat of the 2012 floods

Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received warnings from the neighbouring Republic of Niger that the present water level in the River Niger is as high as this time in 2012, a year of destructive floods. “If the heavy rainfall continues in intensity and duration within these regions of...

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Mzwakhe Mbuli: South Africa's people's poet

South African musician and activist Mzwakhe Mbuli was born in a suburb of Johannesburg at the height of the country’s apartheid rule. His love and inspiration for traditional singing came from his father who encouraged him to attend Zulu dance and music events when he was a young man. He became well-known...

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When will peace come to South Sudan?

It has been a year since the warring sides in South Sudan signed a peace agreement. At the time, many had hoped the agreement would bring peace to the world’s youngest nation. But fighting resumed in July just as the country was marking its fifth anniversary. South Sudan has now...

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