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Protests hit Burkina Faso over army takeover

The army takeover in Burkina Faso after President Blaise Compaore's resignation has prompted protests in the capital and international condemnation.

Boko Haram denies ceasefire claim by Nigeria's government

Boko Haram has denied claims by Nigeria's government that it has agreed to a ceasefire and will release more than 200 abducted schoolgirls.

Colonel Isaac Zida has become the second military man to claim to be head of state following President Compaore's resignation

Burkina Faso: Military divided over who rules

A split has emerged within Burkina Faso's armed forces over who is leading the country following the resignation of President Blaise Compaore after 27 years in power.

Burkina Faso unrest: President Blaise Compaore resigns

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore has announced his resignation, following violent protests at his attempt to extend his 27-year rule.

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Nigeria bus station blast 'kills at least eight'

At least eight people have died in an explosion at a major bus station in Gombe state in north-eastern Nigeria, witnesses have told the BBC.

Parliament was ransacked and set ablaze

ECOWAS concerned about events in Burkina Faso

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has followed with grave attention the events unfolding in Burkina Faso and the tension surrounding the process leading to the consideration of a draft bill on constitutional amendment.

UNAMID was deployed in late 2007 to help end bloodshed among militias, rebel forces and gangs in Darfur [Reuters]

South African peacekeepers ambushed in Sudan

Two South African peacekeepers were wounded when gunmen opened fire on their patrol in Sudan's troubled Darfur region.

President Goodluck Jonathan

Jonathan picks nomination forms

ABUJA—PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan Thursday stormed the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, where he collected the expression of interest and nomination forms of the party to vie for the 2015 presidential election.

 Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader and Alex Badeh, Chief of Defence Staff

Nigeria: Terrorists overrun security capo's home town

YOLA —Few hours after the commercial nerve centre and the second biggest town in Adamawa State fell into the hands of Islamic sect, Boko Haram, the insurgents, yesterday, overran Vimtim, the home town of the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh.

The defence forces have been trying to disperse the protesters

Burkina Faso president declares state of emergency

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore has imposed a state of emergency to end violent protests against his 27-year rule.

It is unclear if Guy Scott will be able to run for president because he is not a third generation Zambian

Zambia: Vice-President Guy Scott named acting leader

Zambian Vice-President Guy Scott has been named acting leader following the death of President Michael Sata.

Zambian President Sata 'dies in London'

Zambian President Sata 'dies in London'

Zambian President Michael Sata has died after receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness, family sources and Zambian media say.

Nigeria: Robbers write to residents; Demand 'end of year gifts'

Residents of Onimaba, Lagos have been living in fear since last week Thursday when a letter purportedly written by armed robbers circulated their streets.

Cholera outbreak kills dozens in Niger

Niger has seen more than 1,300 cases of cholera since the beginning of the year, with 51 people dying of the disease, the United Nations has said.

Boko Haram: How three girls escaped Nigeria captors

For six months the world has waited for news of the fate of more than 200 girls abducted by Nigerian militant group Boko Haram.

Boko Haram kidnaps 30 in northeast Nigeria

Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped at least 30 boys and girls from a village in northeast Nigeria during the weekend.

Mali confirms first Ebola case

The Mali government has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the country.

It said a two-year-old girl had tested positive for the haemorrhagic virus. She recently returned from the neighbouring Guinea.

Many Tunisians fear armed groups will cause serious instability as the country prepares for landmark election [AFP]

Police battle fighters in Tunisian town

A member of Tunisia's security forces has been killed in a shootout with an armed group at its hideout in a town near the capital.

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