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At least 11 people ‘beheaded in Libya attack’

At least 11 people were beheaded Wednesday after an attack on a checkpoint controlled by Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar south of Tripoli, a spokesman for his forces said. “At least nine soldiers were beheaded… in addition to two civilians” at the checkpoint about 500 kilometres (300 miles) south of …

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Suicide bomber kills 4 in northern Cameroon

A child bomber killed four members of a local self-defence group late on Tuesday in northern Cameroon, an area often targeted by Boko Haram jihadists in their long-running insurgency. The attack in the village of Amchide, near the Nigerian border, was confirmed on Wednesday by a member of the self-defence …

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Somalia’s first female mechanic confident despite challenges

When Nasra Haji Hussein left home two years ago in search of a job in Mogadishu, working as a mechanic was not among the options she had in mind. The 18-year-old comes from Hiran, about 300 kilometers from Somalia’s capital. After a ten-day journey Nasra arrived in Mogadishu to stay …

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Guinea: Rubbish dump landslide kills eight

Eight people died and dozens were injured in the West African state of Guinea on Tuesday when a rubbish dump on the outskirts of the capital collapsed after heavy rain. Five bodies, including those of two children, were taken to a morgue in Conakry, senior police official Boubacar Kasse said. …

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Zim’s evicted white farmers to launch fresh bid for justice, compensation

 Zimbabwean white commercial farmers, who were kicked out of their properties at the height of the southern African country’s chaotic land reforms, have launched a fresh bid for “justice and compensation” amid violent invasions of the few remaining white-owned farms. The displaced farmers had since notified President Robert Mugabe’s government, through …

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Polling starts on a slow note in Angola’s general elections

Polls opened at 7am local time in Angola’s general elections and voting started out slow. A few people turned up early Wednesday morning to cast their ballots for both the parliamentary and presidential slots. Six parties are vying to take over the seat of outgoing President Eduardo dos Santos. The …

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