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Burkino Faso chooses interim President

Officials in Burkina Faso have named former foreign minister Michel Kafando as the country's interim president, tasked with leading the return to civilian rule.

A committee made up of politicians, army representatives, and civil and religious leaders announced their selection of Kafando Monday, a day after beginning talks to fill the post.

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Burkina Faso set to announce interim leader

Burkina Faso is due to announce a new interim president after negotiations between the army, political parties and activist groups.

A list of candidates has been put forward to a 23-member council, which will select a single leader.

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Mahama brokers transitional deal in Burkina Faso

The Chairman of the Economic Community of West African Countries (ECOWAS), President John Mahama led a delegation to Burkina Faso and managed to reached an agreement with various stakeholders to install a transitional government within a year.

Briefing the press after meeting with the leadership of the military, opposition and various stakeholders, Mahama said ECOWAS will install a transitional government that will lead Burkina Faso for the next one year until elections are held and a substantive President and new National Assembly are installed.

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Mali confirms second Ebola death

A Malian nurse has died of Ebola, the second confirmed death from the disease in the country.

Officials say the nurse had treated a man who arrived from Guinea at the Pasteur Clinic in Bamako, and the clinic was now in quarantine.

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WHO says currently no Ebola cases in Mali


Thirty-nine people who traveled on buses with a toddler who died from Ebola in Mali are still being sought for checks, although the country is believed to be free of the disease, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

A WHO spokeswoman said 108 contacts were being followed up, including 33 health workers, but epidemiologists believe those who have not been traced are at low risk, as they are unlikely to have had physical contact with the sick two-year-old.

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Nigeria's fight against extremist Islamic militants including Boko Haram questioned after school bombing

A suicide bomber dressed as a student killed at least 50 people, most of them students, and injured 80 others, detonating an explosive device as children gathered for a morning assembly at a school in the country's north-east.

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Burkina Faso army to cede power to transitional body, interim leader says

Burkina Faso’s interim president Isaac Zida said on Monday that the army would quickly cede power to a transitional government headed by a consensual leader, in a bid to calm accusations that it had seized power in a military coup.

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Boko Haram: Kano receives 92 IDPs from Mubi

The Kano State government yesterday received 92 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who fled from Mubi in Adamawa State in the wake of attacks on the town by members of the Boko Haram sect.

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Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore ousted, army says

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore is no longer in power, an army spokesman has told demonstrators in the capital, Ouagadougou.

Mr Compaore had earlier said he would step down after a 12-month transitional government had ended.

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Chinese Accused of Smuggling Tanzania Ivory in State Visit

An environmental advocacy group accused a Chinese government delegation of smuggling ivory out of Tanzania during President Xi Jinping’s visit in 2013.

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I am Africa's first white democratic leader, says Zambian vice-president


Zambia reverted to white rule on Wednesday when a Cambridge-educated economist became acting president of the country after the death of the incumbent.

Guy Scott, previously vice-president, was promoted to the top job after the demise of Michael Sata on Tuesday.

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