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VIDEO: Pistorius trial day 22

The Oscar Pistorius murder trial has seen a Valentine’s card which his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp had intended to give him before he shot her dead. The South African Olympic sprinter read the poem to the court after five days of cross-examination. Earlier, he said he ...

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April 18th, 2014

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Nigeria schoolgirls ‘still missing’

18 April 2014 Last updated at 12:49 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. The military had earlier claimed that only eight of the kidnapped girls were missing, as Will Ross reports Nigeria’s military has admitted that most of the teenage girls ...

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April 18th, 2014

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Algeria’s president gets fourth term

18 April 2014 Last updated at 17:54 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Mr Bouteflika, who is recovering from a stroke, casts his vote from a wheelchair Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has won a fourth term in office taking more than ...

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April 18th, 2014

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Guinea country profile

13 March 2014 Last updated at 12:40 Although Guinea’s mineral wealth makes it potentially one of Africa’s richest countries, its people are among the poorest in West Africa. Ruled by strong-arm leaders for much of the time since independence, Guinea has been seen

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Guinea-Bissau profile

2 April 2014 Last updated at 14:45 Once hailed as a potential model for African development, Guinea-Bissau is now one of the poorest countries in the world. It has a massive foreign debt and an economy that relies heavily on foreign aid. Compounding this, the country ...

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Deadly attack on South Sudan UN base

17 April 2014 Last updated at 22:44 The UN base in Bor is home to some 5,000 displaced civilians Dozens of civilians sheltering in a UN base in the South Sudan town of Bor have been killed in an attack by armed youths, the UN says. Toby Lanzer, the UN’s top aid ...

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ICC calls Kenya Ruto trial witnesses

18 April 2014 Last updated at 11:22 William Ruto denies instigating violence that killed some 1,200 people The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has summoned reluctant witnesses to testify at the trial of Kenya’s Vice-President William Ruto. It said the ...

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Ghana country profile

5 February 2014 Last updated at 16:00 Ghana was the first place in sub-Saharan Africa where Europeans arrived to trade – first in gold, later in slaves. It was also the first black African nation in the region to achieve independence from a colonial power, in this ...

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Gabon country profile

15 January 2014 Last updated at 14:55 Gabon is one of West Africa’s more stable countries. Between independence from France in 1960 and 2009, Gabon had just two presidents. The late president Omar Bongo was in power for over four decades. Despite being made up of more ...

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The Gambia profile

15 January 2014 Last updated at 16:57 The Gambia is one of Africa’s smallest countries and unlike many of its West African neighbours it has enjoyed long spells of stability since independence. President Yahya Jammeh seized power in a bloodless coup in 1994 and has ...

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