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Fears for 600 still missing in S Leone floods

Concerns shifted on Wednesday to the estimated 600 people still missing and thousands made homeless in Sierra Leone by deadly floods in the capital, as it emerged that at least a third of those killed were children.

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SA debating immunity for Zimbabwe first lady

South African officials are debating whether to grant diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe who is accused of assaulting a 20-year-old model in Johannesburg earlier this week.

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Kenya's defeated Odinga to take poll dispute to top court

Opposition leader Raila Odinga said Wednesday he would take his claims that Kenya's presidential election was rigged to the Supreme Court, after previously refusing to do so, and vowed to protest peacefully.

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S Leone prepares for mass funerals after mudslides

Sierra Leone's government is urging family members to identify their loved ones' remains following mudslides and floods in the capital that have killed more than 300 people.

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Kenyan police watchdog investigating if police killed baby

A Kenyan government watchdog will investigate whether police killed a baby and a young girl during a crackdown on post-election demonstrations this week, it said on Wednesday.

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Gunmen attack Nigerian anti-graft HQ

Gunmen attacked Nigeria's main anti-corruption taskforce on Wednesday and left behind a death threat for a top investigator, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said in a statement.

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Mauritania's President approves law abolishing senate

Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has approved a newly drafted law abolishing the senate, the most controversial measure in a package of reforms passed by referendum this month.

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Nigerians fume as ailing leader passes 100 days abroad

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's 100-day-long overseas medical trip is stoking tensions in the country, as calls grow for him to either return or resign.

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Burkina restaurant attackers from Mali: Security source

Militants who shot and killed 18 people at a restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital most likely came from Mali, a security source in Ouagadougou told AFP on Wednesday.

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Zimbabwe government officials mum on Grace Mugabe's whereabouts

Zimbabwean government officials on Wednesday refused to shed light on First Lady Grace Mugabe’s whereabouts after she did not turn up at the Randburg Magistrates Court on Tuesday to answer to assault charges.

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