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Zimbabwe's Mugabe marks 93rd birthday in opposition area
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is celebrating his 93rd birthday amid granite hills where ancient spirits are said to dwell, defying calls to resign after nearly four decades in power in a region known for opposing the man who says he'll run again in 2018 elections.
 
'Wedding Party' marks Nollywood breakthrough
Nollywood film "The Wedding Party" has shown Nigerian cinema at the top of its game, with its success at the box office taking it to new audiences across Africa and the world.
 
South Africa honors the dead from WWI ship sinking
It was a cataclysmic loss among many during World War I. On the foggy early morning of Feb. 21, 1917, in the channel between Britain and France, a British steamship accidentally rammed the smaller SS Mendi, sinking the vessel in about 20 minutes and killing more than 600 southern African troops on board, the vast majority of them black.
 
Bodies of 74 migrants heading to Europe wash up in Libya
At least 74 bodies of African migrants have washed ashore in western Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said Tuesday, the latest tragedy at sea along a perilous but increasingly popular trafficking route to Europe.
 
Roaming telescope brings Kenya kids views of space
Thousands of schoolchildren in Kenya are getting a rare opportunity to look at the stars.
 
South Sudan suffering 'man-made' famine
South Sudan's government said Monday that more than three years of war have led to famine in parts of the nation, a tragedy aid agencies criticized as "man-made."
 
New Gambian president marks inauguration
Gambia's new president promised greater freedom, an improved economy and better education as thousands attended a ceremony Saturday marking his inauguration after a tense political standoff with the country's former longtime leader.
 
Boris Johnson hails Gambia leader
U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visited The Gambia on Tuesday, where he hailed the arrival of a new government and its bid to rejoin the Commonwealth group of former British colonies.
 
UN chief 'deeply regrets' US blocking his Libya envoy pick
The United Nations secretary-general said Monday he "deeply regrets" the United States' decision to block a former Palestinian prime minister from leading the world body's political mission in Libya.
 
UN says fighting in 2 South Sudan hotspots is `devastating'
The U.N. peacekeeping department said in a confidential note to the Security Council that recent increased fighting in two hotspots in South Sudan is having "devastating consequences" for civilians.
 
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