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South Sudan becomes an independent nation

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The BBC's Will Ross describes the celebrations in the capital Juba. South Sudan has become the world’s newest nation, the climax of a process made possible by the 2005 peace deal that ended a long and bloody civil war. Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon are among international dignitaries attending celebrations in the capital, Juba. Sudan earlier became... 

Boat sinks off Sudan, 197 died

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A boat has sunk off the Sudanese coast killing 197 illegal immigrants. A boat carrying illegal immigrants to Saudi Arabia has sunk off the Sudanese coast in the Red Sea, killing at least 197 people, Sudanese media say. “One hundred and ninety seven people from neighboring countries drowned in the Red Sea, inside Sudanese territorial waters, following the burning of a boat that was illegally transporting... 

20 killed in fresh Nigerian violence

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People gather at the scene after a suicide bomb explosion at the Police force headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria on June 16, 2011. At least 20 people have been killed and several others injured in a fresh wave of violence in the troubled northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri. A blast went off near a police barracks on Sunday, killing ten people and injuring several others that are reportedly in critical... 

Zimbabwe: Working for Chinese is 'hell on earth'

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On the northern verges of Harare the ­massive new military ­college is taking shape, a monument to China’s tightening hold on Zimbabwe. The complex is also a symbol of growing hostility from Zimbabwe’s labour force towards Chinese employers. It is being built using a controversial Chinese loan and its workers have gone on strike to protest against beatings by their bosses and low pay. Zimbabwe... 

US sends its drones in Somalia

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American Predator drone firing a Hellfire missile. The US military is reportedly making use of remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicles in Somalia in order to conduct targeted killings in the Horn of Africa nation. An unnamed senior US military official said on Wednesday that the United States carried out a drone attack in Somalia last week, The Washington Post reported. The drone strike reportedly... 

Cemetery of giant creatures found in Central Africa

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A team of anthropologists found a mysterious burial in the jungle near the city of Kigali Rwanda (Central Africa). The remains belong to gigantic creatures that bear little resemblance to humans. Head of research group believes that they could be visitors from another planet who died as a result of a catastrophe. According to the scientists, they were buried at least 500 years ago. At first, researchers... 

End Near for Zimbabwe's Last White Farmers

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Zimbabwean farmers attend a meeting of white commercial farmers in capital Harare. Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court heard a case on behalf of three farmers who claimed the constitution excluded confiscation of their land because they bought their properties after the colonial era ended with independence in 1980. The Supreme Court did not agree and quickly dismissed their application. One of the farmers,... 

At Least 17 Civilians Killed as AU Troops Attack Somali Market

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Somalis carry a civilian wounded by mortar shrapnel during clashes between al-Shabab fighters and government troops, as he arrives at the Medina hospital in Mogadishu. 46 Others Wounded as Govt, AU Capture ‘Part’ of Bakara Market. The Bakara market is not a great place to buy vegetables. Mogadishu’s largest market has for years been a popular battleground for the African Union troops... 

Nearly 100 civilians killed in Sudan army takeover of Abyei

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An internally displaced child from Abyei cries as he waits for food aid in Turalei May 27, 2011. The head of the Abyei administration Deng Arop Kuol, said on Thursday he believes that close to 100 people have been killed in the fighting that saw the northern military take control of the disputed border region. Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir announced that Abyei’s civilian administration... 

Nigeria 'baby farm' girls rescued by Abia state police

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Nigerian police have raided a hospital in the south-eastern city of Aba, rescuing 32 pregnant girls allegedly held by a human-trafficking ring. Aged between 15 and 17 years, the girls were locked up and used to produce babies, said Abia state’s police chief. These were then allegedly sold for ritual witchcraft purposes or adoption. But the hospital’s owner denied running a “baby... 

Activist battles Kenyan tradition of rape 'beading'

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“Josephine” is 12 years old and several months pregnant. She’s a member of the Samburu tribe, living in a small village in a remote part of Isiolo in Kenya’s Eastern Province. The pre-teen, whose identity is being protected, claims she had sex with a relative — a rape sanctioned by the Samburu, through a practice called “beading.” Intricate beaded necklaces... 

New Record: Man marries 107 women and has 185 children

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Trouble and strife: Bello Maasaba is attended to by followers at the home he shares with 89 wives and numerous children in Bida, Nigeria. For many, one wife is enough. But Islamic faith healer Bello Maasaba has only said: ‘I’m done’ after an incredible 107 marriages, producing 185 children. And the 87-year-old Nigerian, who now has an extended family of more than 5,000 people, says... 

Woman raped in Congo 'nearly every minute'

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Women in certain parts of Congo are 134 times more likely to be raped than a woman in the United States. A woman is raped in the Democratic Republic of Congo nearly every minute and is 134 times more likely to be raped there than in the US, according to a new study which found rates 26 times higher than earlier estimates. More than 400,000 women aged 15 to 49 were raped in a 12 month period, the researchers... 

Another Zimbabwean man raped as notorious female rapists strike again

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THE women rapists alleged to be behind a spat of sexual attacks on men around the country struck again last Wednesday when they picked up a man in Harare and took turns to rape him near Chegutu, police have said. Mashonaland West provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Clemence Mabgweazara, told the state-run Herald newspaper that a report regarding the alleged attack, which occurred just before... 

Blasts hit Nigeria ahead of election

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Last week Nigerians voted during parliamentary elections. At least two explosions have hit near one of Nigeria’s voting centers only hours before the polls open for the country’s presidential election. No casualties have been reported after the Friday and early Saturday blasts in the city of Maiduguri, AFP reported. “The attackers, who were in a moving car, threw the bomb which exploded... 
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