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Suspected cattle thieves kill 26 in Nigeria

Twenty-six people were killed in two days of violence blamed on cattle thieves in northern Nigeria, the National Emergency Management Agency said on Wednesday.

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Zimbabwe opposition takes to streets in vote-rigging warning

Thousands of Zimbabwean opposition supporters took to the streets of Harare on Wednesday demanding fair elections following alleged irregularities in the electoral roll ahead of the July 30, 2018 vote.

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Sierra Leone launches corruption inquiry into former government

Sierra Leone’s President, Julius Maada Bio, will launch a commission to investigate accusations of widespread corruption under his predecessor, Ernest Koroma, the government said.

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Zimbabwe President launches space agency ahead of elections

Zimbabwean President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, on Tuesday launched a space agency, hailing it as a "milestone" as he campaigns ahead of elections at the end of the month.

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Senegalese government accused of misusing courts to skew vote

The lawyers of two key Senegalese opposition figures sentenced for corruption have accused the government of misusing the courts to stop them from contesting next year's presidential election.

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Uganda police fire teargas, bullets at social media tax protest

Ugandan police fired live bullets and teargas Wednesday to break up a crowd of demonstrators who had gathered to protest a controversial tax on the use of social media.

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S Sudan killed hundreds of civilians: UN

At least 232 civilians were killed and 120 women and girls raped in “scorched earth” attacks by South Sudan government troops and aligned forces in opposition-held villages earlier this year, the United Nations human rights office said.

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Ivory Coast President names new government

Ivory Coast President, Alassane Ouattara, named a new government on Tuesday, but the key positions of finance, defence and agriculture were unchanged, a presidential spokesperson said.

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Twenty-one feared dead in Nigeria capsize

Twenty-one people are missing, feared dead, after their boat capsized in northern Nigeria, emergency services and rescue workers said on Tuesday.

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Eight states sound alarm over Sahel hunger

Eight West African states have called for emergency aid for four countries in the Sahel facing food shortages as a result of jihadist violence.

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