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Fighting erupted in the southern part of Congo's capital Brazzaville on Monday, with heavy fire in opposition bastions between troops and unidentified assailants sending thousands of residents fleeing.
 
Sack gardens provide a new farming option for urban households
Harriet Nakabaale, 45, a resident of Kawaala, a Kampala suburb, lives in a small one-bedroom house set on a plot of land measuring 9 meters wide and 15 meters long. This is typical for many peri-urban poor households who cannot afford the luxury of spacious lawns and tree-lined driveways.
 
Liberian authorities on Saturday called for calm following the discovery of a fresh case of the deadly Ebola virus, more than two months after the epidemic had been declared over in the country.
 
Niger's president sworn in for a second term after disputed vote
Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou was sworn in Saturday to a second five-year term after being re-elected in a run-off vote last month that was boycotted by the opposition.
 
South African President Jacob Zuma faced a chorus of calls Friday to step down after a court ruled that he breached the constitution in a judgment that engulfed him in a fresh bout of controversy.
 
A popular Burundi comedian known as "Kigingi" was arrested this week after poking fun at the president, his family said Friday.
 
Kenya's Olympic chief warned Friday the east African track giants were in danger of missing Rio after politicians failed to pass a law criminalizing sports doping ahead of a key deadline.
 
More than 100 victims tell UN of peacekeeper sex abuse
More than 100 victims have come forward in the Central African Republic with appalling new accounts of sexual abuse, including bestiality, by UN peacekeepers and French troops, the United Nations said Thursday.
 
Libya unity government looks to assert authority in Tripoli
Libya's unity government received a boost to its authority Thursday, as 10 cities formerly under control of a rival militia-backed Tripoli body pledged support to the newly arrived prime minister-designate.
 
A U.S.-based advocacy group says 98 girls in Central African Republic reported they were sexually abused by international peacekeepers, and three girls told U.N. staff they were tied up, undressed and forced to have sex with a dog by a French military commander in 2014.
 
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