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Liberia's Weah makes first cabinet appointments

New Liberian President George Weah has appointed the first members of his cabinet, all of them men, largely naming party allies but picking a foreign minister close to former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

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UN troops returning to S Sudan's rebel-held base

The United Nations (UN) peacekeepers are returning to the only UN base in South Sudan "clearly" in an area under opposition control as residents hope for protection from what they call growing attacks by government troops.

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Zambia on verge of containing cholera outbreak

Zambia is close to containing a cholera outbreak that has killed 78 of the more than 3,600 people who have fallen sick since October, the government said on Tuesday.

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Egypt's Brotherhood offers support to presidential hopeful

A senior Muslim Brotherhood leader has written an open letter from exile to a retired Egyptian army general seeking to run for president, listing the outlawed group's conditions for supporting his candidacy.

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Gambia arrests top Jammeh generals

Military authorities in Gambia arrested two of ex-strongman Yahya Jammeh’s generals after they returned unexpectedly from exile over the weekend, the army said in a statement on Monday.

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Egypt arrests presidential hopeful

Egypt's military on Tuesday arrested former military chief of staff and presidential hopeful Sami Annan.

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Kenyan hospital accused of abusing patients

Hundreds of Kenyans have held a peaceful demonstration at the country's largest public hospital to demand that management act on allegations of rape and sexual harassment of patients.

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EU ready to support Zimbabwe

The European Union (EU) is ready to review ties with Zimbabwe and support the country’s re-engagement with international financial institutions once the new government presents clear plans for political and economic reform, the EU’s embassy said.

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S Sudanese rebels demand ransomed for Kenyan pilots

South Sudanese rebels are holding two Kenyan pilots and will not release them until compensation is paid to the family of a civilian killed when their plane crashed; a rebel spokesperson told Reuters on Tuesday.

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SA president describes Masekela as a pioneer

Legendary South African jazz musician, Hugh Masekela has died after a battle with prostate cancer.

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