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Suicide bombing kills 16, Somali official says

A suicide bomber hit an African Union Mission in Somalia convoy on Monday, killing 16 people, Lower Shabelle Gov. Adukadir Mohamed Sidi told CNN.

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U.S. deploys military in Ebola-stricken Liberia. Why?

President Barack Obama said Sunday that the United States must lead efforts in containing the Ebola outbreak, warning about the possibility of a bigger threat to the country if it doesn't act now.

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Ebola virus: 1,900 dead as worst ever outbreak spreads rapidly

The spread of the deadly Ebola virus has rapidly increased, killing almost 1,000 people in the last month alone, official figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO) show.

Ebola-related deaths across West Africa doubled in August as the death toll reached 1,900. There have been 3,685 cases reported since the outbreak.

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Somali girls 'raped' by AU troops

African Union (AU) troops raped women and girls seeking medical aid or water from their bases in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, a rights group says.

The troops had "misused" their power over women fleeing violence and poverty, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.

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Boko Haram crisis: 'Bodies litter' Nigeria's Bama town

Bodies remain littered on the streets of a northern Nigerian town two days after it was seized by militant Islamists, a lawmaker has told the BBC.

Boko Haram fighters were patrolling the streets of Bama, preventing people from burying the dead, Ahmed Zanna said.

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New al-Shabab leader announced

Somalia's Islamist group al-Shabab has named Ahmad Umar as successor to former leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, who was killed in a US air strike.

The group announced the move in an online statement, vowing to take revenge for Godane's death.

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Nigeria's Boko Haram 'seize' Bama town in Borno

Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram has seized the key north-eastern town of Bama after fierce fighting with government forces, residents say.

Thousands of civilians have fled the town, along with soldiers, they added.

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Arrests over Egypt 'gay wedding'


The Egyptian authorities have arrested seven men accused of appearing in a video apparently showing a gay wedding.

The video, showing a group of men celebrating on a Nile river boat, was widely shared on social media.

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240 rebels depart Central African Republic capital

BANGUI, Central African Republic — Witnesses say several hundred Muslim rebels have left the capital of Central African Republic and are now heading back to the country’s north about eight months after they were forced from power.

Authorities say 239 men and their families left Bangui out of about 2,200 who are believed to still be living in the capital.

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China thanks SA for "support" over Dalai Lama

China on Friday thanked South Africa and praised its “correct position” for apparently denying a visa to Nobel Peace Prize winner and Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama for the third time in five years.

An aide to Tibet’s spiritual leader said on Thursday he had cancelled a trip to South Africa for a Nobel laureates’ summit because Pretoria had denied him a visa to avoid angering Beijing.

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Lesotho PM flees 'military coup'

The prime minister of the southern African kingdom of Lesotho has fled to South Africa, alleging a coup by the army and saying his life is in danger.

Speaking to the BBC, Thomas Thabane said he would return from South Africa, which surrounds Lesotho, "as soon as I know I am not going to get killed".

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