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Suicide bomber hits mosque in northern Nigeria

Attack in Maiduguri kills at least 16, hours after Boko Haram assault on outskirts of city leaves at least 10 dead.

A Hong Kong Customs officer displays seized ivory at the Hong Kong international airport. Photograph: ALEX HOFFORD/EPA

China agrees to phase out its ivory industry to combat elephant poaching

China has committed to phasing out the domestic manufacture and sale of ivory products for the first time.

Buhari promises change for Nigeria

Muhammadu Buhari has been sworn in as Nigeria's president, promising to bring "increased prosperity" to Africa's most populous country.

Militias withdrew from al-Ghardabiya airbase, also a civilian airport, on Thursday (file picture)

Islamic State militants in Libya 'seize Sirte airport'

Islamic State militants in Libya say they have seized the airport in the city of Sirte, as the group continues to make advances in the country.

President Buhari said Nigeria now had "a window of opportunity to fulfil her potential"

Nigeria's President Buhari promises change at inauguration

Muhammadu Buhari has been sworn in as Nigeria's president, promising to bring "increased prosperity" to Africa's most populous country.

Muhammadu Buhari to be sworn in as Nigeria president

Nigeria's president elec, Muhammadu Buhari, is due to be sworn in as leader of Africa's most populous country.

African economies to grow 4.5% on average in 2015

NAIROBI—Africa’s fitful and uneven economic growth will gain momentum this year and next, three prominent organizations said in a joint report released on Monday.

Reports: Boko Haram kills dozens in Nigeria

At least 37 people killed after fighters storm town of Gubio in Borno state in five-hour assault, witnesses say.

Boko Haram fighters have killed at least 37 people and destroyed more than 400 buildings in an assault on the town of Gubio in northeastern Nigeria's Borno state, witnesses say. The latest attack, which a military source said involved about 50 Boko Haram members storming Gubio, lasted for around five hours on Saturday afternoon and ended at about 9.30pm local time, Malam Yusuf Mohammed, a local resident, told the Reuters news agency.

Details of such attacks often take a number of days to surface outside of the affected areas due to poor telecommunications in the remote northeastern region of Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy and most populous nation.

"They came, shooting, threatening to kill everybody. They set fire on many houses, burnt down our peoples' vehicles and motorcycles," Bukar Mondama, the leader of a local vigilante group, told Kashim S

Associated Press

UN officials let claims of child sex abuse in Central African Republic by French soldiers linger for months

For months, the UN's top human rights officials knew about allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, collected by their own staff.

But they didn't follow up because they assumed French authorities were handling it, statements marked “strictly confidential” show, even as France pressed the UN for more information about the case. In a signed statement obtained by The Associated Press, the deputy high commissioner for human rights also says that her colleague who first informed French authorities last July did it because he didn't think the recently created UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic would act on the allegations.

A year after the UN first heard allegations from children as young as 9 that French soldiers had sexually abused them, sometimes in exchange for food, it seems that the only person who has been punished is the UN staffer who told French authorities.

The deputy high commissioner, Flavia Pan

South African miners accelerate job cuts to 35,000 over two years

South Africa’s mining industry has shed more than 35,000 jobs in two years as it has been battered by labour unrest, rising costs and weak commodity prices, reports The Financial Times.

The scale of the job losses — equivalent to one out of 14 workers in the sector — indicates how the labour unrest that has plagued the industry since the police shooting of 34 striking miners at Marikana in 2012 has accelerated restructuring in the sector.

Mining is one of the biggest private sector employers in South Africa and the new data from the Chamber of Mines — seen by the Financial Times — provide the first detailed analysis of the extent of job losses since the shooting.

South Africa is still ranked the fifth largest gold producer. But the sector has been in decline since the 1990s, during which time the number of people emplooyed across the mining industry plummeted from about 800,000 to below 500,000.

Both sectors are dependent on labour intensive, deep lev

Al-Shabaab gunmen killed 25 policemen

Al-Shabaab militants kill 25 policemen in Kenya

Al-Shabaab gunmen killed around 25 Kenyan police on Monday, ambushing some officers in a village in the east of the country after others died when their vehicle hit a landmine planted by the militants.

The Islamist group also burnt five vehicles in the two incidents.

"We took all their weapons. There were some Kenyan forces that escaped in the course of the ambush fighting," he said.

Some 20 police died in the ambush, which occurred in Monday evening in Yumbis village, 45 miles north of the town of Garissa, the Standard and Daily Nation newspapers said.

Police spokesman Masoud Mwinyi confirmed there had been an attack in Yumbis. Other government officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Al Shabaab, which has carried out several at

Nigeria fuel crisis could shut down mobile phones, operator warns

Nigeria's biggest mobile phone operator MTN has warned that its network faces shutdown due to fuel shortages that have crippled the nation.

DP William Ruto addresses wananchi in Nanyuki Town after attending a church service. He told the Opposition to stop blaming their failures on the IEBC and asked them to put their house in order first if they are to gain the confidence of Kenyans.

Kenya: Veep tells Opposition not to blame elections body for their failures

Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto has defended the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from critics, saying the Opposition must put their house in order if they want to earn the confidence of Kenyans.

FILE PHOTO: A suspected offender being forcefully arrested by policemen

Armed robbery suspect arrested on wedding day

The Oyo State Police Command have arrested a suspected member of a robbery gang on his wedding day.

Crowds gathered outside Feruzi's house, inspecting his body

Burundi opposition figure shot dead

The leader of a small Burundian opposition party has been shot dead in the capital Bujumbura, witnesses said, as tensions continue in the country.

Fighters from al-Shabab have killed government officials in similar attacks in the past

Somali MP killed in Mogadishu attack

A Somali member of parliament has been shot dead in Mogadishu in an attack by suspected Islamist militants.

Malawi sex workers to get damages over forced HIV tests

A Malawi court has ruled that 11 prostitutes who were forced to take HIV tests by police six years ago will be awarded damages, a court official said Thursday citing a judgement.

The sex workers were rounded up in 2009 in the southern city of Mwanza, hauled to a government hospital for HIV testing without their consent and the results were disclosed in an open court. High court judge Dorothy Kamanga ordered that the prostitutes "should be compensated and file for compensation within 14 days," according to the ruling handed down on Wednesday and read out to AFP by a court clerk.

A lab technician works in the viral load room at the Thyolo District hospital in Malawi in November, 2014 ©Marco Longari (AFP)

The judge said actions by both police and health workers in subjecting the women to forced HIV tests, and disclosing their sta

China illegally fishing off W Africa - Greenpeace

More than 70 Chinese vessels have been found fishing illegally off the coast of West Africa, Greenpeace says.

Using information gathered from 2000 to 2014, Greenpeace said Chinese companies had fished in prohibited grounds or under-declared their catches. Boats either turned off their identification systems or transmitted false location data, it added. One company's fishing capacity off the coast of Guinea Bissau is said to have exceeded its authorised limit by 61%. The absence of efficient fisheries management in some West African states allows rogue companies to plunder marine resources, the BBC's Thomas Fessy reports from Dakar in Senegal.

Bottom trawlers are considered the most destructive fishing vessel in the industry

In less than a month, Greenpeace documented an average of one new case of illegal practice by a Chinese-

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