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A senior official of South Africa's ruling party on Sunday urged its leadership to resign, including President Jacob Zuma, following divisions over charges faced by finance minister Pravin Gordhan.
 
Cameroon rail accident leaves at least 60 dead
At least 60 were killed when a packed passenger train derailed between Cameroon's two main cities, a hospital source in the capital Yaounde said Saturday, giving a new toll the day after the accident.
 
Albino beauty pageant fights deadly stigma
In many parts of Africa albinos are stigmatized or hunted for their body parts, but for one night in Kenya those with the condition took to the catwalk to show off their unique beauty.
 
South Africa will soon submit a bill in parliament to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, its justice minister said Friday, making the country the second this week, after Burundi, to move to leave the tribunal that pursues the world's worst atrocities.
 
The Congolese capital Kinshasa was gripped by a strike Wednesday in a protest over plans by the president to stay in power beyond the end of his term in December, AFP journalists said.
 
Reports: Chibok girls swapped for detainees, ransom or both?
Conflicting reports emerged Friday about whether the first negotiated release of some Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria in 2014 involved a ransom payment, a prisoner swap for Islamic extremist commanders, or both.
 
Fighting in Central African Republic kills 30: UN
Fighters with the former Seleka rebel group attacked a northern town in Central African Republic overnight Wednesday, and clashes left at least 30 dead and 57 wounded as United Nations peacekeepers confronted them, the U.N. said.
 
Student protests for free education in S. Africa rage on
South African student protesters and police clashed in renewed violence in Johannesburg on Monday as attempts to re-open the top-tier Wits University descended into running battles on campus.
 
Drones carry medicine in Africa
At first, the drone took some explaining. Anxious villagers buzzed with rumors of a new blood-sucking thing that would fly above their homes. Witchcraft, some said.
 
At least 10 people were killed in clashes between the army and suspected Ugandan rebels in east DR Congo, a local activist said Monday, in an area that has suffered a string of massacres since 2014.
 
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