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South Sudan Machar vows to return home


South Sudan’s sacked Vice-President Riek Machar – who fled the country in August – has vowed to return, saying his credibility is intact. Speaking from South Africa, Mr Machar told the BBC that his rebel faction could still negotiate a peace deal with President Salva Kiir. His statement comes despite …

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Last king of Rwanda dies, aged 80


The last king of Rwanda has died in the US aged 80 years old. Born Jean-Baptiste Ndahindurwa, King Kigeli V came to power in 1959 but was only king of Rwanda until 1961, when the monarchy was abolished and he was forced into exile. He eventually settled in the US …

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Malawian president returns home after a month’s ‘unexplained’ absence


After attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September, Malawian President Arthur Peter Mutharika did not return home till Sunday, a month after his departure. He returned to a rousing welcome by his party members and government officials who had warned against allegations that his absence was …

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State of Emergency: Ethiopia restricts online communication


The Ethiopian government has issued directives over the weekend as part of the six-month state of emergency imposed on October 8 which includes ban on online communication. Among the restrictions are exchange of messages through mobile phones, social media and traditional media citing two independent media in the country (Ethiopian …

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Freed Chibok girls reunite with families in Nigeria


Twenty-one schoolgirls who had been kidnapped by the Islamist group Boko Haram in the Nigerian town of Chibok have been reunited with their families. In an emotional ceremony in the capital Abuja, one of the girls said they had survived for 40 days without food and narrowly escaped death at …

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Herdsmen kill 20 in Kaduna


Herdsmen, between Saturday and yesterday, allegedly killed no fewer than 20 persons after laying siege to Godogodo, a semi-urban settlement in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Policemen and those who managed to escape the onslaught, said Godogodo was razed, with the casualty figure put at 20, aside from …

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