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Anti-Zuma rally as SA honours 1994 election

South Africa on Thursday marked 23 years since its first post-apartheid election with some protesters calling for President Jacob Zuma to resign after numerous corruption scandals.

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Egyptian artist paints church murals, unfazed by attacks

On a scaffold several stories high beneath the dome of a Cairo church, Ayman William paints for the glory of God, unfazed by recent attacks against his fellow Coptic Christians in Egypt.

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Congolese plantation sprouts art centre to help the poor

There is no tap water, electricity or shops in Lusanga, a Congolese town once known as Leverville where the Dutch-British conglomerate Unilever long ran a profitable palm oil plantation.

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Tunisian coastguard tackles high-speed smugglers

Dimming the lights on their patrol boat, Tunisian coastguards stand in silence scanning the sea for speedboats on clandestine missions to and from Italy.

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UN considers re-launching Western Sahara talks

The UN Security Council is expected to vote on Thursday on a draft resolution backing a UN bid to re-start talks on settling the decades-old Western Sahara conflict, diplomats said.

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Jail terms over gruesome death of Moroccan fishmonger

A Moroccan court has sentenced seven people to between five and eight months in prison over the death of a fish seller crushed in a rubbish truck.

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Nigeria's Jonathan blames Obama for 2015 election defeat

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan has blamed Barack Obama for his 2015 presidential election defeat to Muhammadu Buhari, alleging the former US president headed a global conspiracy to get rid of him.

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Libya lacks plan to prevent more migrants crossing to Europe

Libya's UN-backed government has no clear plan to help prevent more migrants reaching Europe's shores this summer, European Union officials said on Thursday, citing confused requests for equipment to patrol its shores.

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Climate change deepening Horn of Africa's hunger crisis

Climate change is making drought and humanitarian disasters worse in the Horn of Africa, Oxfam said on Thursday, ahead of a major climate march in Washington to coincide with the first 100 days of the Trump administration.

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SA celebrates Freedom Day

President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the main Freedom Day celebrations in Manguzi, northern Kwa-Zulu Natal Thursday morning.

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