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Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow laid to rest in Dakar
Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow, one of the giants of African art, was laid to rest in Dakar on Tuesday, five days after he died at the age of 81.
 
Gambia president's upset gives hope to some
Fatoumata Sawaneh tried to hold back tears while talking about her father, one of hundreds of people who disappeared during the 22-year reign of President Yahya Jammeh in this tiny West African country.
 
The bodies of 51 unidentified victims of fierce fighting in a local kingdom in Uganda's restive Kasese region were buried in a mass ceremony on Sunday, officials said.
 
Gambian president's final rally
Supporters cheer Gambian President Yahya Jammeh during his final rally in Banjul, Gambia, Tuesday, Nov. 29. Gambia's opposition parties are rallying together behind a single candidate for the first time in decades, forming a coalition they hope will oust longtime President Yahya Jammeh, who has been accused of human rights abuses throughout his 22-year rule.
 
Ugandan prosecutors charged the Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere with murder Tuesday, accusing him of commanding a militia from his palace with the aim of creating an independent state straddling Uganda and Congo.
 
President Jacob Zuma escaped a move to oust him as the leader of South Africa by senior members of his ruling party, it was announced Tuesday.
 
A public television station in Morocco apologized again on Monday after uproar on social media followed its broadcast of an item on makeup to hide the bruises of battered women.
 
An Irish father and daughter team taking part in a cross-Africa rally escaped unhurt after crashlanding their 1930s biplane on the way to Kenya's capital, where participants staged an airshow Sunday, organizers said.
 
Kids' hospital fulfils Mandela dream 3 years after death
Brightly painted wards and colourful furnishings are matched by state-of-the-art equipment and pioneering operating theatres at a new children's hospital in Johannesburg honouring Nelson Mandela.
 
Taking flight
Vintage biplanes perform a flyover after arriving in Nairobi National Park in Kenya, Sunday, Nov. 27. Around 20 vintage planes arrived in Nairobi after they were released from two days' detention by Ethiopian authorities, to continue their flights down the African continent from Crete to Cape Town as part of a trans-Africa air rally.
 
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