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Beira "desperate" after Cyclone Idai

Shortages of water and food stoked frustrations in Mozambique’s Beira city on Friday as a swathe of southern Africa scrambled for survival following a powerful cyclone that killed hundreds of people and may have affected hundreds of thousands more.

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Algeria set for further mass protests against Bouteflika

Algerians were set to launch another round of massive street demonstrations on Friday, a month after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth term sparked a protest movement that shows little sign of abating.

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Over 50 killed in Ghana bus crash

An accident involving two public transport buses each with over 50 passengers in Ghana’s middle belt has claimed the lives of over 50 people, local media portals have reported.

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US sanctions DRC electoral officials for vote obstruction

The United States (US) on Thursday imposed sanctions on three senior officials from Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral commission, accusing them of corruption and obstructing December’s presidential election.

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Obama calls for solidarity towards Cyclone Idai victims

Former United States President, Barack Obama, has called upon Americans and citizens of the world to help families affected by the floods in the Midwest of the country, and Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa.

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UN hosts new round of Western Sahara talks

A second round of talks on ending the Western Sahara conflict began behind closed doors in Switzerland Thursday, with the United Nations (UN) voicing hope the sides would discuss “how to build trust”.

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Eighty-three drown after ferry sinks in Iraq

At least 83 people have died after an overloaded ferry sank in the Tigris River in northern Iraq, local officials say.

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Indonesia seeks answers as Ethiopian crash comparisons mount

Indonesian investigators described on Thursday the panic of pilots grappling with airspeed and altitude problems in the last moments of their doomed Lion Air flight, as comparisons mounted with a disaster in Ethiopia.

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Somalia facing major setback as troops pull out of bases

Counter-terrorism efforts in Somalia are facing a major setback after Somali troops withdrew from several strategic bases in protest over unpaid salaries.

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UK returns Ethiopian Emperor’s hair

The British National Army Museum has returned to the Ethiopian government the hair locks of Emperor Tewodros II, more than 150 years after they were taken during the invasion of the African state.

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