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Nigeria parents plead for help

1 May 2014 Last updated at 14:04 The parents of the abducted girls have received little information about the rescue effort Parents of the 230 schoolgirls abducted in north-eastern Nigeria have marched to plead for more help to find their daughters, residents in the town of ...

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Can South Sudan be saved from self-destruction?

1 May 2014 Last updated at 12:01 By Alastair Leithead BBC News, Juba After months of war, it took a brutal massacre followed by a revenge attack inside a UN compound to bring international attention back to a country racked by both violence and a deepening humanitarian ...

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South Africa’s townships

1 May 2014 Last updated at 10:30 By Mohammed Allie BBC Africa, Cape Town Despite their poor clientele, South Africa’s spaza shop owners are able to make a living South Africa has been a magnet for immigration in recent years, with many of those coming to Africa’s

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Player release may hinder 2015 qualifiers

Fifa says clubs do not have to release players for the opening rounds of 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying. This is because the dates of the four matches fall outside of Fifa’s calendar for international matches.  This opens the way for club versus country rows ...

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EU force in charge of CAR airport

1 May 2014 Last updated at 11:26 The EU force is made up mainly of troops from France and Estonia European Union (EU) troops have taken control of security at the Central African Republic’s (CAR) main airport. This is their first major operation in CAR since about 150 ...

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Ethiopia’s big tourism ambition

1 May 2014 Last updated at 00:14 By James Jeffrey Addis Ababa, Ethiopia A group of gelada monkeys keep a close eye on reporter James Jeffrey in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains Perched at 3,260m (10,696 ft) above sea level, the Simien Lodge is the highest hotel in Africa. ...

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VIDEO: ‘Crimes against humanity’ in S Sudan

The UN’s Commissioner for Human Rights has warned the crisis in South Sudan is on the verge of catastrophe after a three-day visit to the country. Navi Pillay said thousands of child soldiers had been recruited on both sides in the conflict – and warned it was ...

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Burkina row over Sankara exhumation

30 April 2014 Last updated at 19:58 Mr Sankara’s family never got a chance to identify his body A court in Burkina Faso has refused to rule on a request by the family of ex-President Thomas Sankara for his body to be exhumed for DNA tests. His relatives and supporters ...

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VIDEO: ‘Bring back our girls alive’

Hundreds of mainly women protesters have marched through the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to press for the release of 230 schoolgirls abducted by militants two weeks ago. The Islamist group Boko Haram has been blamed for taking the girls from their school in Chibok, Borno state.

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