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Somalia says US air strike killed civilians not al-Shabab

A Somali regional government official has demanded an explanation from the US after 22 civilians and Somali soldiers were reportedly killed in an airstrike. Officials in the semi-autonomous region of Galmudug accused neighbouring Puntland of misleading the US into believing ...

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September 29th, 2016

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Didi Akinyelure: The six lives of Boko Haram’s leader

Image copyright AFP Abubakar Shekau, leader of Islamist group Boko Haram has released a video to reject reports that he was fatally wounded by Nigeria’s military last month. He has been reported dead several times before. July 2009: Dead Abubakar Shekau took over ...

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Caf’s Nyantakyi and Camara elected to Fifa council

Nyantakyi was a narrow winner in the election to take up a new seat on the Fifa council Kwesi Nyantakyi and Almamy Kabele Camara have been elected to fill two new Confederation of African Football seats on the Fifa Council. Nyantakyi is president of the Ghana Football ...

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Lagos hawkers: Nuisance or necessity?

The authorities in Nigeria’s main city of Lagos are cracking down on street hawkers who sell a variety of items to passing drivers. They blame the traders for causing traffic jam. The BBC Africa Debate this month is considering whether street trading should be ...

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US sanctions allies of DR Congo’s President Kabila

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police have vowed to main law and order in DR Congo The United States has imposed sanctions on two senior security officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo who are allied to President Joseph Kabila. It accuses army Gen Gabriel Amisi ...

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One in 10 children has ‘Aids defence’

Image copyright SPL A 10th of children have a “monkey-like” immune system that stops them developing Aids, a study suggests. The study, in Science Translational Medicine, found the children’s immune systems were “keeping calm”, which prevented ...

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African Champions League: Egypt’s Zamalek hope to have fans for final against Sundowns

The Cairo International Stadium is set to host the second leg of the African Champions League final. The Chairman of Egyptian club Zamalek is hoping a capacity crowd can watch the second leg of their African Champions League final in Cairo. The clash with South ...

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Timbuktu vandal world’s first cultural war criminal

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has sentenced an Islamist militant who destroyed ancient shrines in Timbuktu to nine years in jail. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi admitted to leading rebel forces who destroyed historic mausoleums at the world heritage site in Mali in 2012. It

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Drones

Drone use is on the rise in Africa – in film-making, conservation and construction. But BBC Monitoring Africa security correspondent Tomi Oladipo says some governments on the continent are worried about security and have begun cracking down on pilots. Video journalist:

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Ugandan shot by US police ‘pointed object’

Image copyright EL CAJON POLICE DEPARTMENT Image caption Police had already acknowledged that the object Mr Olango was holding was not a weapon Police in California say they shot dead a Ugandan refugee when he pulled an object that turned out to be an e-cigarette from his ...

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