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Algerians cast votes in presidential poll

Police used violence in the weeks leading to the polls to disperse protests against Bouteflika's candidacy [Reuters]Algerians are casting their votes in presidential elections that are likely to lead to Abdelaziz Bouteflika's fourth mandate, despite wide expections of a low turnout and amid calls for a boycott with the opposition warning of rigged results.

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Nigerian army frees kidnapped female students

Nigerian soldiers have freed most of the more than 100 female pupils who were abducted by armed men in the northeast state of Borno, according to the country's military.

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#Guinea-Bissau to hold presidential run-off

Guinea-Bissau will hold a second round in its presidential election after no candidate secured a majority in the first, according to the country's election commission.

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#Sudan bans meetings of political parties

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has issued a decree banning political parties from holding meetings without permission from the authorities, the official SUNA news agency has reported.

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Armed men kidnap schoolgirls in #Nigeria

day after a deadly bombing in Abuja.Heavily armed men have kidnapped more than 100 girls from a secondary school in northeast Nigeria's Borno state and torched the surrounding town, a day after a deadly bombing in the African state's capital.

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#Jordan ambassador to #Libya abducted

Jordan's ambassador to Libya has been kidnapped in TripoliJordan's ambassador to Libya has been kidnapped in Tripoli by masked armed men who attacked his car and shot his driver.

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Scores killed in Boko Haram attack in #Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram fighters have killed at least 60 people in Nigeria's troubled northeastern Borno state close to the border with Cameroon, according to a local official.

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Dozens killed in #Nigeria bus station bombing

Suspicion falls on Boko Haram after rush-hour blastA morning rush hour bomb has killed at least 71 people at a bus station on the outskirts of Abuja, the deadliest attack ever on Nigeria's federal capital.

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Libya's Al-Thinni refuses to form government

Libya's interim prime minister has refused to form a new cabinet but said he will remain in his post as head of the caretaker government.

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Guinea-Bissau votes amid major challenges

Voters in Guinea-Bissau have begun casting their ballots to elect a new president and legislators in an election meant to draw a line under a 2012 military coup that plunged the West African nation into chaos.

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