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#Ebola: #Senegal confirms first case of virus

The Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 1,500 people in west Africa has spread to a fifth country with the first confirmed case of the virus in Senegal.

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#Libya fighters say enemy plane shot down

Libyan fighters have said that they downed a plane belonging to militia forces of General Khalifa Haftar, but a source close to the officer said it crashed because of a technical fault.

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Confusion over coup attempt in #Lesotho

Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas ThabaneLesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane had accused his country's army of mounting a coup against him as he visited South Africa, but the military denied seeking to oust him and said its soldiers had returned to barracks.

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Somali and AU forces in al-Shabab offensive

Somali and African Union forcesSomali and African Union forces have launched a long-awaited fresh offensive against al-Shabab fighters aimed at capturing remaining ports from the armed group, army and government officials have said.

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#Ebola spreads to fifth West African country

Senegal, a major hub for the business and aid community in West Africa, has become the region's fifth country to confirm a case of Ebola after a student arrived from neighbouring Guinea carrying the disease.

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Four found guilty of shooting Rwandan general

Four of the six suspects accused of trying to kill a former general from the Rwandan army have been found guilty of attempted murder by a South African court while two others were acquitted.

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#Libya government resigns to allow new cabinet

Libya's prime minister and his cabinet have resigned to make way for a new government based on parliamentary elections held in June, a government statement said.

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#WHO says #Ebola cases could exceed 20,000

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as doctors know about now.

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#Libya ambassador warns of looming civil war

Libya's ambassador to the United Nations has warned of "full-blown civil war" if the chaos and division in the North African country continue.

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#Niger politician flees baby-trafficking probe

The president of Niger's National Assembly has fled the country after his immunity was lifted in a baby trafficking scandal that has shaken the country's political class.

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