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Benin’s AU meeting begins with security threat talks

African leaders began talks on insecurity in the Sahel region at the first African Union meeting convened by Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi.

Nigeria on edge as terror-triggered lockdown continues

Nigeria has begun the new year under a state of emergency in areas targeted by terror attacks as soldiers flood the streets of violence-hit cities.

‘Rooting’ out hunger in Africa, and making Darwin proud

The cassava roots the Nigerian farmer pointed to might have made Charles Darwin smile -- and may turn out to be part of the solution to hunger.

Fresh oil war threat for new Nigerian leader

Militants in the Niger Delta have threatened a fresh wave of potentially crippling attacks on Nigeria's oil industry.

Kidnapping: Nigeria’s latest booming business

Kidnapping for ransom, popularised by armed militants in Nigeria's southern troubled oil hub, is spreading across the vast West African country.

Rebels warn of fresh attacks on Nigeria’s oil industry

A rebel group that has wreaked havoc in Nigeria's oil hub on Friday ended a 90-day ceasefire, warning the oil industry to brace for fresh attacks.

Nigerian militants vow to expand attacks

The main armed group in southern Nigeria said on Wednesday it will resume attacks on the oil industry when its ceasefire expires on October 15.

Fans warm to Bafana ahead of Confederations Cup

South Africans have a love-hate relationship with Bafana Bafana -- they love to see them win, but hate how much they lose.

MDC: There is a ‘war’ being waged in Zim

Zimbabwe's opposition on Sunday accused the authorities of waging a ''war'' that has killed 10 people and injured 500 others since disputed parliamentary and presidential elections. ''Ten people have so far been killed in Zimbabwe since March 29,'' Tendai Biti, secretary general of the Movement for Democratic Change, said.

Slowing growth threatens SA’s poverty targets

South African government plans to halve poverty and unemployment by 2014 appeared increasingly at risk on Tuesday as official statistics confirmed fears of a downturn in economic growth. Figures released by Statistics South Africa showed a drop in gross domestic product growth to 5,1% last year from 5,4% in 2006.

Grim memories of Rwanda genocide come alive

Marguerite Sabamahoro, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, remembers the moment she was woken at her home in Kigali on April 7 1994 by the sound of gunfire and bombing as if it were yesterday. ''I lost aunts, uncles, cousins and friends to the genocide,'' Sabamahoro tells visitors to a new genocide exhibition at the Apartheid Museum.

Mugabe blows hole in quiet diplomacy

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe may have dealt a fatal blow to Pretoria's "quiet diplomacy" by calling an election in the middle of mediation efforts by his South African counterpart, say analysts. President Mbeki was handed the poisoned chalice of mediating between Mugabe and the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change last April.

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