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Hopes of a deal to end DR Congo's dangerous political crisis before Christmas were faltering Saturday after fruitless all-night talks over President Joseph Kabila's refusal to quit power.
 
Giving schoolgirls in the developing world lessons on puberty and free sanitary pads can help boost their attendance at school and may offer them long-term economic benefits, a study said Wednesday.
 
The Gambia is facing prolonged political deadlock after strongman Yahya Jammeh, defiant despite his election defeat, said he would await a court ruling delayed until January before ceding power.
 
Eleven children were killed when a bus driver lost control of his vehicle and ploughed into a Muslim procession marking the birthday of Prophet Mohammed in northern Nigeria, police said Wednesday.
 
Presidential Office regretful over losing ally but stands by decision
The Presidential Office expressed regret Wednesday over Sao Tome and Principe's decision to sever ties but said it resolutely stood by its refusal to engage in "checkbook diplomacy."
 
Sao Tome Breaks Ties with Taiwan
The Republic of China on Wednesday announced an end to diplomatic relations with Sao Tome and Principe, hours after the African country made the same announcement.
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Gunfire was heard in DR Congo's two largest cities as the opposition leader called on citizens to reject President Joseph Kabila whose mandate expired Tuesday with no sign he was ready to leave.
 
Ivory Coast leader seeks strong majority in vote
Ivory Coast voted Sunday in elections that President Alassane Ouattara hopes will strengthen his hold in parliament and keep the world's top cocoa producer in the economic fast lane.
 
Grasshoppers a holiday treat in Uganda
Children scamper in the bush, jumping here and there to catch grasshoppers before they fly away. On a good day, many will walk away with plastic bags filled with the insects to fry and eat as a snack.
 
Congolese cocoa waiting for peace
Antoine Kakule Kihumuledi longs for a car to transport his cocoa crop and, like fellow residents in the Beni region in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, he wants peace so he can pursue his dreams.
 
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