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UN mulls medal for peacekeepers

4 hours 57 min ago
The UN Security Council hears a proposal to create a medal for bravery in UN peacekeeping, to be named after a Senegalese soldier who saved lives during the Rwandan genocide.

Head of oldest African park shot

5 hours 51 min ago
The Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park - Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo - is shot and wounded in an ambush.

Igesund set to learn inquiry outcome

6 hours 4 min ago
South Africa coach Gordon Igesund will on Thursday learn the findings of the inquiry into allegations he incited players to strike.

'Last' Chadian soldier leaves CAR

6 hours 18 min ago
Chad has withdrawn all its peacekeepers from the Central African Republic, an official confirms, after accusations they sided with Muslim rebels.

Reeva Steenkamp shot in 'rapid fire'

8 hours 24 min ago
A forensics expert contradicts police ballistics testimony by telling the trial of Oscar Pistorius that his girlfriend was shot in quick succession.

VIDEO: Abducted Nigerian girls still missing

9 hours 57 min ago
Security forces in Borno State in Nigeria are searching for 100 teenage girls abducted by suspected members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Search after Nigeria school kidnap

11 hours 26 min ago
The Nigerian military joins the search for at least 100 teenage girls abducted from a school in the remote northeast.

Remittance fees 'hurt Africans'

11 hours 28 min ago
Communities in sub-Saharan Africa are being "hurt" by high fees charged by money transfer operators, charity Comic Relief says.

Footballer defrauded by life coach

15 hours 38 min ago
A life coach who defrauded Nigeria's Peter Odemwingie and six other clients out of more than £80,000 is spared jail.

Uplifting letters of hope sent to children of Syria

Tue, 2014-04-15 20:10
Somali refugee children's letters of hope to homeless Syrians

On a hill, in sight of Europe

Tue, 2014-04-15 19:56
Trying to get into Europe from Morocco

VIDEO: Teaching photo tagging in rural Uganda

Tue, 2014-04-15 19:53
Meet the woman teaching photo tagging to people in rural Uganda

Jordanian envoy kidnapped in Libya

Tue, 2014-04-15 17:38
Masked gunmen kidnap Jordan's ambassador to Libya in the capital, Tripoli, in an attack that left his driver wounded, officials say.

Nigeria's social media lesson to the world

Tue, 2014-04-15 13:44
What Nigeria has to teach the world about social media

'Mass abduction' at Nigeria school

Tue, 2014-04-15 13:25
Armed men have abducted some 100 students from a girls' school in north-eastern Nigeria, officials say.

Pistorius trial sees Valentine card

Tue, 2014-04-15 12:05
Oscar Pistorius' murder trial sees a Valentine's card which his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was going to give the athlete before he shot her dead.

Can Algeria's ailing president win a fourth term?

Tue, 2014-04-15 11:51
But Algeria's Abdelaziz Bouteflika is still likely to be re-elected

AUDIO: 'Killing books' in Libya

Tue, 2014-04-15 11:39
Libyan author Mansour Bushnaf says Libya does not have much of reading culture because under Col Muammar Gaddafi, people were afraid of books.

South Sudan rebels 'seize' oil hub

Tue, 2014-04-15 08:56
Rebel forces in South Sudan say they have recaptured the oil hub of Bentiu and want oil companies to halt operations.

Injured Toure ruled out for two weeks

Tue, 2014-04-15 07:52
Manchester City's Yaya Toure will be out for up to two weeks with a muscle injury picked up in the defeat by Liverpool.

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