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Nigerians flee after Boko Haram 'seizes' town

Fierce fighting between the Nigerian armed group Boko Haram and security forces have driven more than 26,000 people from the northeastern town of Bama, witnesses and security sources have said.

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#Somalia offers amnesty to al-Shabab fighters

Somalia's government has offered an amnesty to fighters with al-Shabab, the armed group whose leader was reportedly targeted on Monday night in a US air strike.

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Central African town stormed by gunmen

At least five people have been killed during an attack by armed men on a northern town in the Central African Republic, a source in the African peacekeeping force has said.

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#Ebola death toll accelerates in West Africa

At least $600m is needed to fight West Africa's Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organisation has announced, as the death toll shot up by about 400 in a week to more than 1,900 people.

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Boko Haram seizes strategic Nigerian town

Boko Haram have seized a strategic town in Nigeria's far northeast, prompting denials from the military, as experts said the government risked losing control and the region was "on the brink" of takeover.

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US kills six in attack on al-Shabab leaders

At least six people were killed in a US drone attack on a convoy believed to be carrying senior al-Shabab leaders in Somalia.

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UN peacekeepers killed in #Mali mine blast

At least four peacekeepers have been killed and 15 others wounded when their convoy hit a mine in northern Mali, a spokesman for the UN has said.

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#Sudan orders Iranian diplomats to leave

Sudan has ordered Iran to close its cultural centres and given their managers 72 hours to leave the country, officials have said, as a diplomatic row threatens normally close relations.

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Fresh unrest in #Lesotho thwarts PM's return

Tom ThabaneGunfire and power cuts rekindled tensions in Lesotho's capital Maseru overnight, as the expected return to the mountain nation of the exiled prime minister appeared uncertain following an apparent coup.

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#Ebola crisis: 'world is losing the battle'

Ebola outbreakThe Ebola outbreak in West Africa will not be stopped unless wealthy nations intervene to contain the virus, the head of a leading a medical charity has said.

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