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HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's cabinet is proposing designating health services as "essential" to be provided at all times to try to limit strikes by medical personnel as a work stoppage by public sector doctors over pay entered a second day on Wednesday.

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African grocer Shoprite Holdings said on Wednesday several stores in its home market, Nigeria and Zambia were closed and extensive damage had been done to several supermarkets over the past 24 hours.

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CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South African business leaders on Wednesday urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to push through reforms faster to lift the economy and curb investment outflows, as executives and policymakers gathered for a continental economic summit.

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BAMAKO (Reuters) - A makeshift bomb exploded under a passenger bus travelling in the violence-plagued central Mali region of Mopti on Tuesday, killing at least 14 people and wounding 24, the security minister said.

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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis heads to Mozambique on Wednesday to encourage the country's fragile peace, starting a three-nation African tour where climate change, poverty and corruption will also be high on the agenda.

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African police arrested more than 80 people and confirmed five deaths as riots in Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria intensified on Tuesday, spreading to surrounding townships with roving groups attacking mainly foreign-owned shops.

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ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - A coalition of Ethiopian opposition parties on Tuesday threatened to boycott a national vote next year without changes to an electoral law they view as biased towards the ruling party.

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BAMAKO (Reuters) - At least eight people were killed in Mali when a makeshift bomb exploded under a passenger bus travelling in the violence-plagued central region of Mopti, the bus company said on Tuesday.

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HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean public sector doctors went on strike on Tuesday for the second time in less than a year to demand a further salary increase amid soaring living costs, as President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government struggles with a deteriorating economy.

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BISSAU (Reuters) - Police in Guinea-Bissau have seized more than 1.8 tonnes of cocaine hidden in flour bags in the biggest seizure in the country's history, authorities said on Tuesday.

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DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Opposition lawmakers in Tanzania on Tuesday boycotted the swearing in of a ruling party lawmaker who replaced a fierce critic of the president following his expulsion from parliament.

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KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan's prime minister has approved 14 members of his cabinet, the first to be appointed since the fall of long-term leader Omar al-Bashir in April, a source said on Tuesday.

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CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South African chef Mario Barnard said he was "grossed out" and did not entirely enjoy eating grilled scorpions and crunchy insects mixed with garlic and spices on a trip to Thailand four years ago.

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GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's former health minister has been questioned by police over his management of funds in the country's response to the Ebola epidemic, his lawyers said on Monday.

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) said on Monday its threatened de-registration for not complying with labour laws had been halted and that it was in the process of meeting government requirements.

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HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's public sector doctors went on strike on Tuesday after the government failed to meet their demand to have their wages benchmarked in the U.S.

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ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Heavy rain in Ivory Coast's cocoa-growing regions threatens to compromise bean quality, raising fears of flooding and crop disease, farmers said on Monday.

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OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Two senior allies of Burkina Faso's deposed former president Blaise Compaore were sentenced to 10 and 20 years in prison respectively on Monday for organising a 2015 coup attempt against a transitional government.

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TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian presidential candidates began campaigning on Monday for the Sept. 15 election against a backdrop of economic troubles and a militant shooting that underlined the challenges facing the only democracy to emerge from the 2011 Arab uprisings.

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ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria's army chief Ahmed Gaed Saleh on Monday called on the electoral commission to issue on September 15 a formal announcement of a coming presidential election, state television reported.

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BERLIN (Reuters) - A German minister has described the slaughter of Herero and Nama tribespeople in Namibia more than a century ago as genocide, one of the most senior government members to use the term while compensation claims are under discussion.

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Police arrested dozens of people in South Africa's commercial capital Johannesburg on Monday after rioters looted shops, burned tyres and blocked road junctions - the second outbreak of urban rioting in a week.

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BAMAKO (Reuters) - Fifteen people were confirmed dead after a day of rescue in the remains of a three-storey building which collapsed in Mali's capital Bamako, an official said on Monday.

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GABORONE (Reuters) - Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi has set Oct. 23 as the date for parliamentary and local elections, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said on Monday.

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TUNIS (Reuters) - A Tunisian policeman and three Islamist militants were killed on Monday in a security operation in a remote area near the Algerian border, police said.

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