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Libyan fighters shell Sirte ahead of fresh assault

Fighters loyal to Libya's interim government are battling for full control of Muammar Gaddafi's birthplace where diehards are holed up.

Libyan rebel chief predicts end for Gaddafi

Libyan rebel chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil says "the end is very near" for Moammar Gadaffi and that it will be "catastrophic".

Divisions dog African panel on Côte d’Ivoire crisis

A high-level panel named by the African Union faces an uphill battle in agreeing a unified stand on Côte d'Ivoire's political crisis.

Far from revolts, African leaders talk shared values

It was business as usual as the AU's two-day summit stuck to its planned schedule, despite the problems in Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan and Côte d'Ivoire.

Côte d’Ivoire crisis, revolts to dominate AU summit

African leaders will try to bridge their divide over the crisis in Côte d'Ivoire as they meet for a summit this weekend.

DRC mapping report: An inventory of atrocities

The draft UN mapping report detailing crimes by armed forces in the DRC is an inventory of atrocities committed with impunity over a 10-year period.

AU Mogadishu force contains offensive, still under pressure

After a worrying setback when their Somali government allies deserted their posts, AU troops in Mogadishu managed to contain the situation.

Half of Somalia food aid diverted, says UN report

Up to half of the food aid intended for needy Somalis is routinely diverted, according to a United Nations report.

Mogadishu bloodshed mars president’s anniversary

VIPs on Friday feted the first year of Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed's shaky rule as fighting rocked a theatre where they were gathered.

No peace for the peacekeepers in Somalia

In a khaki tent shielded by sandbags, four Ugandan officers are watching Black Hawk Down.

Journalists leave Somalia after hostage ordeal

Two journalists from Canada and Australia flew out of Somalia on Thursday at the end of a 15-month hostage ordeal.

‘If you don’t want to fight anymore, there’s no point’

''If I'd met you in the street I wouldn't have spared you,'' Mohamed Sheikh Abdullahi said, only half smiling.

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