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Somali Islamists claim deadly attack on medics

Somalia's hard-line insurgent group, al-Shabaab, on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a mortar attack on an AU peacekeepers' base in Mogadishu.

Zim court rejects Bennett witness confessions

A Zimbabwean court has ruled that confessions by a witness implicating a key ally of Morgan Tsvangirai were invalid as they were not made freely.

Nigerian president’s health ‘tremendously improved’

Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua has been in Saudi Arabia for two months receiving treatment for a heart condition.

Man hurls shoe at Sudan President al-Bashir

A Sudanese man hurled his shoe at President Omar al-Bashir on Monday but missed him, witnesses said.

Bodies pulled from wells after Nigeria clashes

Mosque and government officials have pulled more bodies from wells and sewage pits in a village near the Nigerian city of Jos.

Earthquake ‘swarm’ shakes Malawi

A series of quakes has left people too frightened to sleep indoors until a geological survey is concluded.

Madagascar’s leader snubs calls for power-sharing

Madagascar's leader Andry Rajoelina has snubbed the African Union's top diplomat, again rejecting calls for a consensus government to be formed.

Hard times as Madagascar hangs in political limbo

The year-long crisis has isolated the island state and left its economy in a shambles, reports Henrik Lomholt Rasmussen.

Panning beyond the pale

For centuries the Chimanimani passes have served as trade routes between Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Nigerian president urged to resign

Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo says the country's sick leader should follow the "path of honour" and resign if he is too ill to lead.

UN chief alarmed by religious clashes in Nigeria

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon is alarmed by the bloody inter-communal clashes in the central Nigerian city of Jos.

Tough times for Zimbabwe farmers

Once an exporter of grain, Zimbabwe has relied on international food aid for the last decade.

Religious clashes spread in Nigeria

Nigeria has sent more troops to the troubled city of Jos as clashes between Muslims and Christians, which have left about 300 people dead, spread.

Activists arrested over Cabinda bus attack

An Angolan human rights lawyer said that police are rounding up peaceful activists for the deadly attack on the Togo national soccer team's bus.

Religious violence erupts in Nigeria

Violence between Christians and Muslims has erupted again in Nigeria, and the state government called for military units to control the situation.

Nigerian city under curfew after religious violence

Authorities slapped a 24-hour curfew on the Nigerian flashpoint city of Jos on Tuesday after deadly clashes between Christians and Muslims.

Guinea faces difficult political transition

Guinea is entering a delicate transition due to end within six months, with the first democratic presidential elections since 1958.

Forces patrol Nigerian city after deadly unrest

Nigerian security forces on Monday cordoned off a district of the city of Jos where clashes between Christians and Muslims left 10 dead.

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