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Mugabe appointed African Union chairman

Zimbabwean president made head of 54-nation bloc, prompting some to say it sends negative signal.

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#Chad troops drive Boko Haram out of Nigerian town

Many Boko Haram fighters reportedly killed in first action by foreign troops on Nigerian soil against the armed group.

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S Africa grants parole to apartheid death-squad leader

Eugene de Kock, known as "Prime Evil", was sentenced to two life terms for murder and torture of black activists.

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AU calls for regional force to fight Boko Haram

African Union proposes 7,500-strong force to counter Nigeria-based armed group amid rising cross border attacks.

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DR Congo to launch fresh assault on Rwandan rebels

The Rwandan rebel FDLR group missed a January 2 deadline by the joint Congo and 3,000 strong UN mission in Congo.

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#Ebola infections in West Africa going down

World Health Organisation says it is now shifting efforts from slowing spread of virus to stamping it out.

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#Nigeria accused of failing to act on massacre warnings

Amnesty International says country's military was warned of Boko Haram attacks on northeast towns of Baga and Monguno.

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Opposing CAR forces agree tentative initial truce

Senior member of anti-balaka rebels and the ex-Seleka movement have adopted a tentative ceasefire, mediator says.

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South Sudan's warring leaders meet face-to-face

President Salva Kiir and rebel chief Machar resume negotiations aimed at resolving devastating 13-month civil war.

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Al-Shabab intelligence chief says he is quitting

Zakariya Ismail Hersi renounces violence perpetrated by the al-Qaeda-linked group and calls for reconciliation.

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