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August, 27, 2016

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Seven people were killed in an attack by Shabaab jihadists on a popular beachfront restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu, city authorities said on Friday.
 
Chinese-made buses  hit the streets in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Sweaty passengers crammed into battered buses and stuck in traffic jams look on enviously as Tanzania's shiny new commuter buses fly by on the pristine asphalt of dedicated highway lanes.
 
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday praised Nigeria for its recent gains against Boko Haram Islamists but did not endorse military claims that the group's leader Abubakar Shekau has been wounded.
 
Boko Haram Islamists have killed 10 people and abducted 13 others in a raid on a village near the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok where the militants kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls in 2014, locals told AFP Sunday.
 
A reporter from Burundi representing a collective of mostly anonymous journalists reporting from their violence-wracked country has won the 2016 Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism, organizers said Monday.
 
Benin revives hopes of getting railway back on track
At the old train station in Benin's economic capital Cotonou, a rundown locomotive imported from France in the 1960s arduously roars to life, ready to haul 600 tonnes of goods to an inland city.
 
A Nigerian rebel group has announced a conditional cease-fire and agreed to hold talks with the government following months of attacks on key oil and gas facilities that have hammered the economy.
 
South Sudan's former rebel leader and ex-Vice President Riek Machar has escaped to the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo following violent clashes last month, officials said Thursday.
 
Three people, including a policeman, were killed Wednesday in clashes in a town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after a massacre sparked angry accusations of security failures by the government, local officials said.
 
Zambian police said Tuesday they had arrested 150 opposition activists over protests that erupted after President Edgar Lungu was declared the winner of a highly-contested vote.
 
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