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Gambian president's final rally
Supporters cheer Gambian President Yahya Jammeh during his final rally in Banjul, Gambia, Tuesday, Nov. 29. Gambia's opposition parties are rallying together behind a single candidate for the first time in decades, forming a coalition they hope will oust longtime President Yahya Jammeh, who has been accused of human rights abuses throughout his 22-year rule.
 
Ugandan prosecutors charged the Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere with murder Tuesday, accusing him of commanding a militia from his palace with the aim of creating an independent state straddling Uganda and Congo.
 
President Jacob Zuma escaped a move to oust him as the leader of South Africa by senior members of his ruling party, it was announced Tuesday.
 
A public television station in Morocco apologized again on Monday after uproar on social media followed its broadcast of an item on makeup to hide the bruises of battered women.
 
An Irish father and daughter team taking part in a cross-Africa rally escaped unhurt after crashlanding their 1930s biplane on the way to Kenya's capital, where participants staged an airshow Sunday, organizers said.
 
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.
 
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