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  • Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:26

    Chad army retakes Nigerian town from Boko Haram

    NIAMEY - Troops from Chad have driven Boko Haram fighters from a northern Nigeria border town seized by the Islamist militants late last year, military sources stationed in neighbouring Niger said on Thursday.

  • Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:24

    South African private school firm denies race segregation charges

    JOHANNESBURG - A popular South African private school firm on Friday denied charges of racially segregating classrooms, saying it sometimes separates children based on culture, a policy that has provoked public anger 20 years after the end of apartheid.

  • Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:21

    African Union backs plan for regional task force to fight Boko Haram

    ADDIS ABABA - The African Union has endorsed a West African plan to set up a regional task force of 7,500 to fight Islamist Boko Haram militants, a senior official said on Thursday, a vital step towards securing U.N. Security Council backing.

  • Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:19

    Egypt's Sisi cuts short Ethiopia visit after deadly Sinai attacks

    CAIRO - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi cut short a visit to Ethiopia for an African Union summit on Friday, following a wave of deadly attacks in the Sinai Peninsula claimed by Islamic State's Egyptian wing.

  • Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:18

    South Africa grants parole to 'Prime Evil' apartheid killer

    PRETORIA - Apartheid death-squad leader Eugene de Kock, dubbed 'Prime Evil' for his role in the torture and murder of scores of black South African activists in the 1980s and early 1990s, was granted parole on Friday after more than 20 years in prison.

  • Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:15

    Zimbabwe's Mugabe, 90, becomes African Union chairman

    ADDIS ABABA - Ninety-year-old Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, one of Africa's most divisive figures, ascended to the rotating chairmanship of the African Union on Friday, casting a shadow over the continental body's relations with the West.

  • Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:12

    UN warns Ebola epidemic 'not yet contained'

    Addis Ababa - The Ebola epidemic is decreasing but is still present in a third of the areas of the three worst affected west African nations, UN Ebola coordinator David Nabarro warned Thursday.

  • Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:12

    Sudanese rebels detain six Bulgarians: Bulgarian foreign ministry

    Six Bulgarians working with the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) were detained by Sudanese rebels after their helicopter made an emergency landing in Sudan's war-torn South Kordofan province, the Bulgarian foreign ministry said.

  • Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:12

    Ebola outbreak: Virus mutating, scientists warn

    Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, which first identified the outbreak last March, are investigating whether it could have become more contagious.