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Zimbabwe probes post-election violence

A public inquiry into the deaths of six people after Zimbabwe's landmark elections started hearing oral testimonies on Tuesday with witnesses pointing fingers at the opposition, which has already labelled the probe "pre-emptive".

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WHO convenes emergency meeting on DRC's Ebola outbreak

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it is convening a meeting on Wednesday to determine whether Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'s latest Ebola outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.

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Ethiopia gets first female Defence Minister

Ethiopia's new Cabinet is now a record 50% female, including the country's first woman defence minister, after lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously approved the nominations put forward by reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

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Amnesty criticizes France over arms exports to Egypt

Amnesty International is criticising the French government and accusing it of breaking its own rules over arms exports it has made to Egypt.

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Uganda landslide death toll rises, begins relocations

The death toll from a landslide in Uganda last week has risen to 43 and displaced residents deemed most at risk in the disaster-prone region will be resettled immediately, the government said on Tuesday.

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UN provides death toll update from Niger floods

Forty-five people have died in the arid west African country of Niger in flooding since June, and nearly 209 000 have been affected, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

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E Guinea President hands out top military posts to family

Equatorial Guinea's President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who has ruled the small, oil-rich state with an iron fist since 1979, has appointed several members of his family to top military positions.

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Morocco train death toll rises to six

A Moroccan official says at least six people have been killed and dozens are injured in a passenger train derailment.

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Boko Haram kills another aid worker in Nigeria

Islamic State-allied Boko Haram jihadists have killed another kidnapped female aid worker in northeast Nigeria, the government said on Monday, a month after one of her colleagues was murdered.

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Ethiopia creates 'Peace Ministry' to tackle violence in sweeping reshuffle

Ethiopia's Prime Minister created a new "Ministry of Peace" in sweeping cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday as he sought to tackle a wave of ethnic violence.

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