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16 dead, 250 injured after earthquake in Northwest Tanzania
A 5.7-magnitude earthquake that struck northwest Tanzania, close to Lake Victoria and the borders of Uganda and Rwanda, has killed at least 16 people and injured 250, local authorities said Sunday.
 
Zimbabwe court lifts ban on protests in capital Harare
Zimbabwe's high court on Wednesday overturned a two-week ban on protests in the capital Harare after a challenge from activists involved in a surge of demonstrations against President Robert Mugabe.
 
More than 100 opposition fighters from South Sudan crossed the border into Congo "in extremely bad shape" and were evacuated to health facilities for medical treatment, the United Nations said Wednesday.
 
Gabon's justice minister resigned on Monday, in the first high-level defection after days of violence following incumbent Ali Bongo's disputed re-election, as the opposition leader called for a general strike to "topple the tyrant."
 
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on Sunday agreed to the deployment of a regional protection force to beef up the U.N.'s large peacekeeping mission in the war-scarred nation after initially opposing it as a breach of national sovereignty.
 
Some officers selling arms to Boko Haram: Nigeria military
Nigeria's military says some officers are selling arms and ammunition to Boko Haram, indicating the corruption bedeviling the country's fight against the Islamic extremists continues despite government efforts to halt graft.
 
Police raid marks Gabon opposition HQ with blood stains, bullet holes
Under a campaign poster promising to protect the people of Gabon from "need and fear," a large patch of blood lay congealing on shiny white tiles.
 
Zimbabwe's 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe has arrived home after an overseas absence that led to concerns over a health crisis, with witnesses saying he joked about the latest rumors of his death.
 
Two killed in Gabon after clashes with police overnight
Two men died after overnight clashes in Gabon's capital Libreville between security forces and demonstrators protesting President Ali Bongo's announced victory in a disputed election, witnesses and an AFP journalists said Friday.
 
As refugee kids die, Nigeria probes food aid theft
Children who escaped Boko Haram's Islamic insurgency now are dying of starvation in refugee camps in northeastern Nigeria's largest city as the government investigates the theft of food aid by officials.
 
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