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Letter from Africa: My lady and the athlete

30 April 2014 Last updated at 18:18 In our series of letters from African journalists, filmmaker and columnist Farai Sevenzo considers what the athlete Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial reveals about how South Africa has changed since white minority rule ended 20 years ...

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VIDEO: Too sexy for Kenya’s police?

A policewoman’s uniform in Kenya has caused a social media storm. Kenyans on Twitter are outraged after Corporal Linda Okello was reprimanded for wearing a tight skirt. Thousands tweeted their messages of support using the hashtag #KenyansForLindaOkello. It’s not

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‘Africa’s Che Guevara’: Thomas Sankara’s legacy

30 April 2014 Last updated at 14:53 By Alex Duval Smith BBC News, Ouagadougou The late president of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara – an icon for many young Africans in the 1980s – remains to some a heroic “African Che Guevara”, 27 years after his ...

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Dos Santos wary of Cameroon threat

Mexico striker Giovani dos Santos believes Cameroon are the biggest threat to his side’s chances of qualifying from World Cup Group A. Dos Santos rates Brazil as favourites to win the group with his side, Croatia and Cameroon set to fight for second. “Clearly, ...

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Senegal rebels declare a ceasefire

30 April 2014 Last updated at 14:06 The army has been battling the rebels for more than 30 years A top Senegalese rebel leader has declared a unilateral ceasefire, raising hopes of ending one of West Africa’s longest-running conflicts. Salif Sadio said he wanted to ...

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AUDIO: Call for action on abducted girls

The Nigerian government has been criticised for not doing enough to find and release some 190 schoolgirls abducted by militants two weeks ago. The Islamist group Boko Haram has been blamed for abducting the girls from their school in Chibok, Borno state. The BBC’s Nkem

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Jailed bloggers spark Ethiopia trend

30 April 2014 Last updated at 10:18 By BBC Trending What’s popular and why The Zone9 bloggers arrested on Friday Just when US Secretary of State John Kerry visits Ethiopia, six of the nation’s leading bloggers have been arrested. On Friday afternoon at 5pm Addis ...

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‘Child recruits’ in South Sudan war

30 April 2014 Last updated at 11:09 Fighting broke out in December and has driven some one million people from their homes More than 9,000 child soldiers have been fighting in South Sudan’s brutal civil war, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has said. Both the army and

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Nigeria march over girls’ abductions

30 April 2014 Last updated at 12:06 Angry relatives of the missing schoolgirls staged a protest outside Nigeria’s parliament on Tuesday Demonstrators are to march through the Nigerian capital Abuja to press for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by ...

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George Clooney ends UN peace role

30 April 2014 Last updated at 11:04 George Clooney has visited Sudan and South Sudan on several occasions Actor George Clooney has ended his role as a United Nations “Messenger of Peace” after six years. The Hollywood star used the position to help raise ...

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