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Zimbabwe veterans' spokesman in court for insulting Mugabe
A senior official with Zimbabwe's war veterans association appeared in court on Friday on charges of undermining President Robert Mugabe, after the group accused him of "dictatorial" behaviour.
 
An elderly Afghan cleric has been arrested after he married a six-year-old girl, officials said Friday, in the latest case highlighting the scourge of child marriages in the war-battered country.
 
Tens of thousands of people rallied in Kinshasa on Friday in support of Congolese President Joseph Kabila just two days after his leading opponent returned home to a massive welcome.
 
The United Nations extended the peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, delaying decisions on giving the force a more robust mandate in the face of rising violence in the world's youngest nation.
 
High school finals are always a terrifying prospect for Egyptian students. After cheat sheets were leaked this year, the exams turned into a nightmare for Mariam Khaled.
 
Mugabe vows 'severe' punishment for loyalists after criticism
Zimbabwe's 92-year-old president on Wednesday said the longtime loyalists who turned against him last week should face "severe" punishment, and he vowed to stay in power for "a long time."
 
S. Sudan soldiers 'raped dozens' near UN camp
South Sudanese government soldiers raped dozens of ethnic Nuer women and girls last week just outside a United Nations camp where they had sought protection from renewed fighting, and at least two died from their injuries, witnesses and civilian leaders said.
 
Liberia slum losing fight against ocean after surviving war and disease
The fishermen, hustlers and market traders of West Point have survived two civil wars and an Ebola epidemic, but this resilient Liberian slum cannot hold back the ocean that is slowly swallowing it.
 
A former Somali MP who joined the Shabab group in 2010 was one of two suicide bombers who killed 13 people near a United Nations and African Union base, the militants announced Wednesday.
 
UN: Western Sahara peacekeeping not fully operational
The Security Council says the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara is not fully operational four months after Morocco expelled most civilian staff members to protest U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon's use of the word "occupation" to describe the status of the disputed territory.
 
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