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December, 11, 2016

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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.
 
A car bomb exploded near a police station in a busy market in the Somali capital on Saturday, killing at least 11 people and injuring 16 others, a police official said.
 
Supporters of gay rights won a victory at the United Nations Monday when an African attempt to suspend the first U.N. independent expert charged with investigating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity failed.
 
Tanzanian rats will train to sniff out trafficked pangolins
The pangolin, a scaly anteater coveted by poachers, might have a new champion: rats that will be trained to sniff out trafficked pangolin parts in shipments heading from Africa to Asia.
 
Vintage biplanes on cross-Africa trek land in Sudan
A dozen biplanes taking part in a vintage air rally bound for Cape Town arrived in Sudan's capital on Sunday, with one participant walking away from a bad landing.
 
Police officers have killed four suspected extremists in Kenya's volatile Mandera County, a border region hard-hit by recent attacks by the Somali extremist group al-Shabab.
 
Ten people died when an overcrowded ferry on the Ugandan side of Lake Albert capsized in strong winds, local police said.
 
Abuse victims confront Tunisia's old demons
Victims of rape and torture under successive dictatorships started testifying on live television Thursday as Tunisia -- in a rare move for the Arab world -- tries to deal with decades of abuse.
 
At least 73 killed in Mozambique truck blast
At least 73 people were killed and scores more injured when an oil tank truck burst into flames in a village in western Mozambique on Thursday, the nation's public radio announced.
 
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