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Zambia orders arrest of DRC rhumba star

A court in Zambia ordered the arrest of rhumba star Koffi Olomide, who is from Democratic Republic of Congo, on Friday for allegedly assaulting a photographer six years ago.

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Twelve killed, 14 wounded in Mozambique jihadist attacks

Twelve villagers were killed and 14 injured in an attack by suspected jihadists on a village in a gas-rich region of northern Mozambique, a local source told AFP on Friday.

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Moroccan migrants risk it all to reach Europe

In the Spanish enclave of Melilla in northern Morocco, 19-year-old Issam crouches near the port after hopping over a fence across one of the only land borders bridging Europe and Africa.

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Central Philippine landslide toll jumps to 29

The death toll from a landslide in the central Philippines has risen to 29, police said Friday, as rescuers frantically dug for survivors of the latest tragedy in the storm-hit nation.

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SA to reallocate billions to revive economy

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced a raft of policy reform plans on Friday, including re-prioritising $3.5 billion of public spending to boost economic growth and create jobs.

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Burkina Faso cracks down on motorbike riding extremists

Growing attacks by motorbike-riding extremists who flee into the forest have led Burkina Faso's government to ban the use of motorbikes and bike carts from sunset to sunrise in its troubled east.

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Pope accepts resignations of two more Chilean bishops

Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignations of two more bishops from Chile, which is investigating more than 100 cases of sexual abuse by the clergy, the Vatican said.

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Macron honours Algerians who fought for colonial France

French President, Emmanuel Macron, announced honours on Friday for Algerians who fought alongside French troops in Algeria's war of independence, part of fresh moves to confront France's painful legacy in North Africa.

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Death toll reaches 100 in Tanzania ferry disaster

More than 100 bodies have been retrieved after a ferry sank on Lake Victoria, Tanzanian state radio reported on Friday, and hundreds more were still feared missing as rescuers searched for survivors from daybreak on the morning after the disaster.

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António Guterres to launch Youth 2030 strategy

The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, says he will launch a new strategy called Youth 2030 during the UN General Assembly next week in the hope of spurring governments to do more to respond to the aspiration of young people.

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