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The Somali government says it's not ready to take any action that could threaten its relationship with its neighbor Kenya. The announcement comes amidst simmering tensions over potential offshore oil deposits and an incident where Somali government officials and diplomats were denied entry to Kenya this week.

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KIGALI (Reuters) - Rebel official Callixte Nsabimana pleaded guilty in a Rwandan court on Thursday to charges of terrorism, murder and hostage-taking in part of a violent campaign to oust long-ruling President Paul Kagame.

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The ruling on laws that date from the British colonial era disappointed gay rights advocates in Africa, where anti-gay views remain common.

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The ruling on laws that date from the British colonial era disappointed but did not surprise gay rights advocates in Africa, where anti-gay views are common.

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The World Health Organization has certified Algeria and Argentina as malaria-free, following three consecutive years where no new cases of the deadly disease have been reported.  The malaria parasite, which kills more than 400,000 people each year, was discovered in Algeria in 1880.

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The UN named a pointman on Thursday to coordinate the global response to the devastating Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as it ramps up efforts to contain the outbreak.

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HARARE (Reuters) - Veteran Zimbabwean nationalist Dumiso Dabengwa, jailed by Robert Mugabe on treason charges during army massacres that rights groups say killed thousands in his home region in the 1980s, has died aged 79, a state-owned newspaper said on Thursday.

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A civil case traced the man’s journey from an army commander in Somalia to a driver in Virginia for the ride-hailing services.

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FATICK, Senegal (Reuters) - Marie Diouf has built a business gathering salt from marshland she bought in Senegal, succeeding in a trade where most marsh owners are men and earning her the nickname "Salt Queen".

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BLANTYRE (Reuters) - Malawi's President Peter Mutharika has so far taken 40.44% of votes cast in the May 21 presidential election, with 75% of the vote counted, the Electoral Commission said on Thursday.

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The wreck of the Clotilda, which smuggled slaves to the US, is found after a year-long search.

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GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations named an Emergency Ebola Response Coordinator on Thursday to help improve efforts to contain a 10-month epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo that has killed more than 1,200 people.

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Asamoah Gyan is included in Ghana's provisional squad for the Africa Cup of Nations after reversing his decision to retire from the national team.

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Veterinarian Dr. Karin Lourens has become known as Africa’s “pangolin doctor” for leading medical efforts to help the scaly anteaters rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. Case in point, she’s treating an endangered ground pangolin, one of a species found in South and Eastern Africa, and he’s lucky.

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Youssuf Mulumbu is among six loan players to leave Kilmarnock after the club secured third place in the Scottish Premiership.

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PARIS (Reuters) - Libyan eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, speaking on Wednesday with French President Emmanuel Macron, ruled out a ceasefire and said he wanted to rid the capital of militias that had "infested" the U.N.

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MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia has criticised neighbouring Kenya for deporting two Somali lawmakers and a minister after authorities in Nairobi blocked them from entering the country.

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ABUJA (Reuters) - Islamic State's West Africa branch claimed responsibility on Wednesday for a raid in Nigeria two days earlier in which it said 20 soldiers had been killed, and released a video purporting to show the execution of nine other Nigerian soldiers.

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CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South African lawmakers elected Cyril Ramaphosa president on Wednesday, and he promised to create jobs and work for the interests of all citizens, not just members of the majority African National Congress (ANC).

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Over 200 million women and girls alive today have been circumcised. Four of them shared with The Times their pain, emotional trauma and sexual struggles — and their journey to feel whole.

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Veterinarian Dr. Karin Lourens has become known as Africa's "pangolin doctor" for leading medical efforts to help the scaly anteaters rescued from the illegal wildlife trade to recover. Her pioneering tube-feeding and blood testing is helping to improve her endangered patients' survival rate.

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The United States says it is greatly disappointed with South Africa’s decision to send a former Mozambican finance minister home instead of to the U.S. to stand trial on fraud charges.

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Young Nigerian players are being conned, lured by false promises about their future football careers.

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The government cites a growing conflict between humans and the animals, which at times destroy crops.

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An appeals court in Madagascar on Wednesday upheld a six-year prison term for three people trafficking in critically endangered radiated tortoises.    Two men and a woman were also fined more than $26,000 when they were convicted last month.

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