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Kenya's Odinga to challenge Kenyatta's victory in court
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Kenya’s Odinga to challenge Kenyatta’s victory in court

Kenya’s opposition will challenge President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election victory at the Supreme Court, opposition leader Raila Odinga has announced. Odinga, who lost to Kenyatta in the August 8 presidential race, made the announcement on Wednesday accusing the ruling party of a “computer-generated presidency”. Odinga has claimed that the election results were hacked and rigged in […]

Floods kill more than 300, fears rise for 600 missing
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Floods kill more than 300, fears rise for 600 missing

Sierra Leone entered a week-long mourning period for the victims of the flooding that has killed more than 300 people, with fears that the death toll could rise as 600 remain missing. AFP news agency reported on Wednesday that among the dead were at least 105 children. Three days of torrential rain triggered mudslides on […]

Sierra Leone mudslide: What, where and when?
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Sierra Leone mudslide: What, where and when?

On August 14, a mudslide killed more than 400 people in the mountain town of Regent on the outskirts of Sierra Leone‘s capital Freetown, sweeping away homes and leaving residents desperate for news of missing family members. Here is what we know about it so far: What happened and when? A hillside collapsed on Monday […]

Zambia frees opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema
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Zambia frees opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema

A judge freed Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema on Wednesday after the state prosecutor dropped charges against him of plotting to overthrow the government. Hichilema and five others were arrested in April and charged with treason after his convoy failed to make way for President Edgar Lungu’s motorcade. His release could help defuse tensions in […]

Africa-Israel summit 'justifies colonialism, apartheid'
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Africa-Israel summit ‘justifies colonialism, apartheid’

A group of Palestinian activists, academics, and civil society organisations have launched a campaign to deter African nations from partaking in the upcoming Africa-Israel summit, slated to take place in Togo in October. Several African countries, including South Africa, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Mauritania, have already decided to boycott the summit, where Israeli Prime Minister […]

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Burkina Faso in mourning following deadly restaurant attack

Burkina Faso and France have agreed to accelerate the deployment of a multinational military force to combat armed groups in West Africa after a deadly attack on a restaurant in the capital. At least 18 people were killed when armed men took hostages. After a seven hour gunfight, the two attackers were shot dead. Al […]

Hundreds feared dead in mudslide near Freetown
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Hundreds feared dead in mudslide near Freetown

Hundreds of people are feared dead after a mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, officials and witnesses say. Victor Foh, vice president of the West African country, has said many people are still buried underneath the debris. “It is likely that hundreds are lying dead underneath the rubble,” Foh told Reuters news […]

Several people killed in attacks on UN camps in Mali
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Several people killed in attacks on UN camps in Mali

The United Nations says unidentified gunmen attacked the headquarters of the UN peacekeeping force in the northern Mali city of Timbuktu, killing seven people and injuring seven others. The UN peacekeeping mission says six assailants also were killed by UN peacekeepers in the attack on Monday afternoon. The mission says five Malian security guards and […]

Hakainde Hichilema pleads not guilty to treason charges
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Hakainde Hichilema pleads not guilty to treason charges

Zambia’s opposition leader has pleaded not guilty to treason charges, four months after his arrest for failing to make way for President Edgar Lungu’s motorcade. Hakainde Hichilema, who was first charged with treason for allegedly putting Lungu’s life in danger and later accused of plotting to overthrow the government, appeared in a Lusaka court on […]

UN: Millions of people face acute hunger in DRC
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UN: Millions of people face acute hunger in DRC

About 7.7 million people are on the verge of starvation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a 30 percent increase since last year, according to UN food agencies. The number of people on pre-famine levels of food insecurity and requiring urgent humanitarian assistance rose from 5.9 million to 7.7 million between June 2016 and […]