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Cholera outbreak a crisis in Nigeria

Suspected cholera cases have jumped in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram violence has forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in crowded camps, the Norwegian Refugee Council said Monday.

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More than 200 still missing in California's deadliest wildfire

More than 200 people were missing early on Monday in California’s deadliest and most destructive blaze on record, one of two fires raging in the state which have killed at least 31 people.

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Gabon presidency admits leader Ali Bongo seriously ill

Gabon's presidency admitted for the first time on Sunday that President Ali Bongo, hospitalised for nearly three weeks in Saudi Arabia, is in a serious condition but said his health is improving.

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School fire in Uganda's south leaves nine students dead

Nine students died after fire engulfed a dormitory at a secondary school in southern Uganda early Monday, police said, one of the deadliest in a string of conflagrations at schools across the country in recent years.

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Nigeria appoints new commander against Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army has appointed a new commander to lead the fight against Boko Haram jihadists in the country's restive north-east, where attacks on military targets have spiked in recent months.

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DRC ruling party nods to opposition presidential candidate

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'s ruling party on Monday acknowledged the opposition's choice of a little-known lawmaker to run for next month's key presidential elections but wondered if he would have enough time to prepare.

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Witnessing Ethiopia at work

A recent visit to Ethiopia by a group of Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA Journalist Network, revealed a country at work.

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WHO uncovers big national variations in antibiotics consumption

Antibiotics are used far more in some countries than in others, a survey by the World Health Organisation (WHO) showed on Monday, suggesting that urgent action was needed to slash unnecessary consumption of the medicines.

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Israel-Gaza border quiet after botched Israeli operation

The Israel-Gaza border fell quiet on Monday after a botched Israeli undercover operation in the Gaza Strip led to fighting that killed a Hamas commander, six other Palestinian militants and an Israeli colonel.

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Co-author defends UN migration pact as opposition swells

The Swiss diplomat who helped negotiate a United Nations (UN) migration pact has defended the accord against mounting criticism, saying it helps small countries like Switzerland defend their interests.

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