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CNN video appears to show some kidnapped Chibok girls still alive
Hundreds of people marched in Nigeria's main cities on Thursday to demand the safe return of girls who were abducted by Boko Haram extremists two years ago from a school in the northeastern town of Chibok.
 
Demonstrators in Zimbabwe held the largest protest against President Robert Mugabe in nearly a decade on Thursday, marching through central Harare demanding that the "tired" leader make a "dignified exit."
 
Malawian President Peter Mutharika on Wednesday declared a state of national disaster due to food shortages caused by drought, in the latest sign of alarm over a hunger crisis across southern Africa.
 
The number of children used by Nigeria's Boko Haram to stage suicide bombings has risen more than 10-fold in one of the most "horrific" aspects of the Islamist insurgency, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
 
Italy's foreign minister arrived in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Tuesday in a show of support for a U.N.-backed unity government that Western nations hope can unite the oil-rich country and lead the fight against a powerful Islamic State affiliate.
 
Three years after conflict erupted in the Central African Republic, the biggest killers of children aren't bullets but malnutrition, malaria, respiratory infections and diarrhea, the United Nations said Monday.
 
Darfur votes on status in boycotted poll
The war-scarred Sudanese region of Darfur voted Monday in a referendum on its future status despite international criticism and a boycott by rebel groups.
 
Six million Chadians began voting Sunday in an election likely to see President Idriss Deby extend his 26-year rule in a country increasingly on the frontline of the global war on terror.
 
Egypt has rejected an Italian request to hand over the phone records of mobile subscribers in the Cairo district where an Italian doctoral student resided before being abducted, tortured and killed, a senior Egyptian official said Saturday.
 
Djibouti's Guelleh clutches power, eyes growth
Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh has used his nation's strategic spot on the Horn of Africa to unlock international investment, while keeping a firm hand on the reins of power since taking over in 1999.
 
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