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African Union Holds Training Workshop on Explosive Ordinance Disposal

Friday, October 24, 2014

NAIROBI, Kenya, October 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The Commission of the African Union (AU), in partnership with United Nations Mine Action Services (UNMAS) and the Humanitarian Pea ...

Gunmen face ultimatum in deadly Tunisia house siege

A member of the Tunisian military takes a position near a house in the town of Oued Ellil on October 24, 2014, besieged by a group of gunmen.  By Fadel Senna (AFP) Friday, October 24, 2014

Tunis (AFP) - Tunisian authorities warned Friday that they would storm a house where women and children are caught up in a deadly standoff unless the gunmen inside surrender within hours. "We canno ...

Ivory Coast launches manhunt for Ebola suspect

Medical staff wearing protective masks wait for passengers arriving from Guinea at Abidjan's airport on October 20, 2014.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File) Friday, October 24, 2014

Abidjan (AFP) - The Ivory Coast, currently free of the Ebola epidemic ravaging its neighbours, has launched a hunt for a Guinean health worker who may have fled his home country after possibly catchin ...

EU boosts Ebola aid for west Africa to 1.0 billion euros

German volunteering soldiers train to prepare volunteer helpers for their deployment in Ebola-hit countries at a German army barracks in Appen near Pinneberg, on October 23, 2014.  By Bodo Marks (AFP) Friday, October 24, 2014

Brussels (AFP) - European Union leaders agreed at a summit Friday to boost aid to combat the Ebola virus in west Africa to one billion euros ($1.26 billion), EU president Herman Van Rompuy said. "E ...

Amla-inspired Proteas rout NZ to win cricket series

South Africa's Hashim Amla bats during the one day international cricket match against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui on October 24, 2014.  By Michael Bradley (AFP) Friday, October 24, 2014

Mount Maunganui (New Zealand) (AFP) - South Africa crushed New Zealand to claim a 72-run victory in the second one-day international on Friday, inspired by a superb century from opening batsman Hashim ...

Botswana votes as ruling party faces invigorated opposition

Friday, October 24, 2014

SEROWE (Botswana) (AFP) - Polls opened Friday in Botswana's general elections where the ruling party faces a stern test against an invigorated opposition in a country known as one of Africa's most sta ...

Oil rich Angola seeks to pack a global punch

Angola's recent election to the UN Security Council is part of a wider bid to polish its veteran president's image and transform the fast emerging oil-rich country into a regional powerhouse.  By Khaled Desouki (AFP/File) Friday, October 24, 2014

Luanda (AFP) - Angola's recent election to the UN Security Council is part of a wider bid to polish its veteran president's image and transform the fast emerging oil-rich country into a regional power ...

Wives not cows: Uganda dowry fuels domestic violence

Rose Akurut, a mother of five, sits outside her father's home in Uganda's Bukedea district on September 25, 2014, after she was chased away by her husband who is now demanding a refund of the dowry he paid for Rose.  By Isaac Kasamani (AFP/File) Friday, October 24, 2014

Bukedea (Uganda) (AFP) - When Ugandan farmer's daughter Rose Akurut became engaged to a man from a village far from her own, her parents could not be more thrilled. But the dowry she would bring -- ...

Grace shakes up Mugabe succession battle

Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe speaks during a campaign meeting in Harare on October 8, 2014.  By Jekesai Njikizana (AFP/File) Friday, October 24, 2014

Harare (AFP) - Zimbabwe's ruling party could be heading for a devastating split as bickering between rival factions jostling to succeed ageing ruler Robert Mugabe escalates ahead of a key congress. ...

Nigeria president set to announce re-election bid: source

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria attends a session at the US-Africa Leader Summit in Washington, DC, August 6, 2014.  By Jim Watson (AFP/File) Thursday, October 23, 2014

Abuja (AFP) - A source close to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Thu ...

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Ebola death toll rises to almost 4,900

Funeral workers trained in the burial of Ebola victims lower a body into a grave at the Fing Tom cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone on October 10, 2014.  By Florian Plaucheur (AFP/File) Thursday, October 23, 2014

Geneva (AFP) - The number of people with Ebola is set to hit 10,000 in West Afri ...

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Zambia president flown abroad for medical 'check'

Zambian President Michael Sata gestures upon arrival at Solwezi airport before addressing supporters at an election campaign meeting on September 10, 2014.  By Stringer (AFP/File) Monday, October 20, 2014

Lusaka (AFP) - Zambian President Michael Sata, who has not been seen in public i ...

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South Africa rejects hosting Africa Nations Cup

Sudanese and South African players vie for the ball during their African Cup of Nations CAN 2015 qualifying match in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on September 5, 2014.  By Ebrahim Hamid (AFP/File) Monday, October 20, 2014

Johannesburg (AFP) - South Africa is not ready to host the Africa Cup of Nations ...

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Clashes in Libya's Benghazi leave more than 20 dead

Libyan men loyal to general Khalifa Haftar take position during clashes against Islamists in the eastern city of Benghazi on June 2, 2014.  By  (AFP/File) Saturday, October 18, 2014

Benghazi (Libya) (AFP) - Fierce clashes raged in Benghazi on Friday, leaving mor ...

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Gunmen kill at least 30 in new C. Africa attacks: UN

The Central African Republic was plunged into crisis when the Seleka alliance seized power in March 2013, provoking a bitter conflict that led to UN peacekeepers being deployed in February 2014.  By Marco Longari (AFP/File) Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - Gunmen have killed at least 30 people ...

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