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African artists urge French-speaking world to act on Ebola

Malian musicians Amadou (R) and Mariam perform on stage on April 6, 2014 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.  By Sia Kambou (AFP/File) Thursday, November 27, 2014

Dakar (AFP) - A collective of 20 African artists is calling on leaders gathering at summit of French-speaking nations in Senegal to make the Ebola crisis their top priority. The International Organ ...

Zimbabwe economy to grow 3.2 percent in 2015: FM

Zimbabwe's current finance minister and then justice minister Patrick Chinamasa speaks in Harare on June 13, 2013.  By Jekesai Njikizana (AFP/File) Thursday, November 27, 2014

Harare (AFP) - Zimbabwe's economy is expected to grow by 3.2 percent in 2015, the finance minister said Thursday, but the bulk of the new budget would have to be allocated to spending on public wages. ...

Hollande says Burkina coup 'a lesson' to African leaders

Protesters pose with a police shield outside the parliament in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014 as cars and documents burn nearby, in a popular revolt that ousted president Blaise Compaore.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File) Thursday, November 27, 2014

Paris (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande said Thursday the ouster of Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaore should serve as a lesson to others seeking to cling to power on the continent. Ho ...

Most of world's poorest nations stuck in a structural rut: UN

Residents walk in the shanty town of Boa Vista in Luanda, Angola, December 21, 2009.  By Stephane de Sakutin (AFP/File) Thursday, November 27, 2014

Geneva (AFP) - The planet's poorest nations like Ethiopia, Malawi and Angola have failed to cash in on strong economic growth due to a lack of structural reforms and left them wallowing in poverty, th ...

Dozens of Chadian UN peacekeepers desert Mali posts

A Chadian soldier stands on April 16, 2013 next to rocket propelled grenades in the northeastern Malian city of Kidal.  By  (AFP/File) Thursday, November 27, 2014

Gao (Mali) (AFP) - Dozens of Chadian troops from the United Nations peacekeeping force in Mali have deserted their posts in a dispute over pay and conditions, military sources and the soldiers themsel ...

CAR rebel chief freed from jail after abducted Polish priest released

An undated photo released on April 5, 2013 by the Central African People's Democratic Front shows their leader Abdoulaye Miskine standing with fighters in Biti.  By  (FDPC/AFP/File) Thursday, November 27, 2014

Brazzaville (AFP) - A Central African Republic rebel chief has been freed from prison in Cameroon, officials said Thursday, shortly after militants loyal to him released a Polish priest they had taken ...

Amnesty condemns Egypt's 'unlawful evictions' on Gaza border

Residents gather next to the remains of buildings destroyed by the Egyptian military in Rafah, along the border with the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, on November 4, 2014.  By Mohamed el-Sherbeny (AFP/File) Thursday, November 27, 2014

Cairo (AFP) - Amnesty International condemned Thursday Egypt's demolition of hundreds of homes and called for a halt to its "unlawful evictions" of residents to create a buffer zone with the Gaza Stri ...

Schools close in Niger's east over Boko Haram attack fears

A screengrab taken on July 13, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram shows the group's leader, Abubakar Shekau (C).  By  (Boko Haram/AFP/File) Thursday, November 27, 2014

Niamey (AFP) - Schools and health centres were closed in the east of Niger out of fear of attacks by Boko Haram, an Islamist group based in Nigeria which is increasingly staging cross-border raids. ...

Europeans and Africans promise new approach on migration

A group of would-be immigrants is helped by the Italian coastguard on arrival in Lampedusa, July 26, 2008.  By Mauro Seminara (AFP/File) Thursday, November 27, 2014

Rome (AFP) - Ministers from 58 European and African states on Thursday pledged to adopt a new coordinated approach to migration that goes beyond the single issue of policing borders. The fourth rou ...

Boko Haram attacks Nigeria market: military, official

Image grab made on October 31, 2014 from a video obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau (C) delivering a speech at an undisclosed location.  By  (Boko Haram/AFP/File) Monday, November 24, 2014

Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) - Suspected Boko Haram gunmen disguised as traders ope ...

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Boko Haram kills 48 fish vendors in northeast Nigeria

A screengrab taken on October 2, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows group leader Abubakar Shekau.  By - (Boko Haram/AFP/File) Sunday, November 23, 2014

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram gunmen killed 48 fish vendors in Nigeria's res ...

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Egypt's Brotherhood backs Nov 28 Islamist protests

Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood display the Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cairo (AFP) - The blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood on Sunday endorsed a proposed N ...

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Nigeria's Jonathan 'misread' Boko Haram threat: former president

Nigeria's influential ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo (centre) has accused the current leader Goodluck Jonathan of misreading the Boko Haram crisis and allowing the threat to escalate to Thursday, November 27, 2014

Abuja (AFP) - Nigeria's influential ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo has accused t ...

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Somali Islamists execute 28 non-Muslims on Kenya bus

A Muslim schoolboy runs across a road past police officers on patrol in Kenya's coastal town of Mombasa, November 19, 2014.  By  (AFP/File) Saturday, November 22, 2014

Garissa (Kenya) (AFP) - Somalia's Shebab Islamists on Saturday seized a bus in K ...

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Tunisia presidential runoff likely after 'historic' vote

A Tunisian woman raises her ink-stained finger in front of a national flag after casting her vote in the country's first post-revolution presidential election on November 23, 2014, at a polling station in the capital Tunis.  By Fadel Senna (AFP/File) Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tunis (AFP) - Both leading candidates in Tunisia's first free presidential elect ...

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