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South Africa confronts apartheid-era custody deaths

Timol, a 30-year-old activist with the then-banned South African Communist Party (SACP), was arrested in Johannesburg on the night of October 22, 1971.


South Africa's Jacob Zuma says secret no-confidence vote in him "not fair"

A secret ballot is seen by Zuma`s critics as emboldening lawmakers from his own party to support his ouster by shielding them from pressure.

Top South Africa court okays secret ballots in Zuma no-confidence vote

"The speaker of the National Assembly has constitutional power to prescribe that voting in a motion of no-confidence in the President of the Republic of South Africa be conducted by secret ballot," the chief justice said.

Egypt census workers detect another baby boom

Family planning efforts have lapsed over the past decade, particularly during the chaotic years following the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

Algerian man dangles infant out of 15-storey window for 1,000 Facebook 'likes` Algerian man dangles infant out of 15-storey window for 1,000 Facebook 'likes`

A court has sentenced the man to two years in prison after charging him with endangering the baby's safety.

Five killed in Boko Haram mine blast, ambush

Five people have been killed in a landmine explosion and a roadside ambush in northeast Nigeria blamed on Boko Haram.

Death toll from central Africa clashes rises to around 100: Local officials

The death toll from clashes in Central African Republic has surged to around 100.

Egypt's constitutional court temporarily halts all verdicts on islands transfer deal: State Media

The ruling came a week after Egypt's parliament backed plans to hand over two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia under an accord that has attracted widespread public criticism.

Portugal forest fire: Death toll rises to 64, PM Antonio Costa asks emergency services for answers Portugal forest fire: Death toll rises to 64, PM Antonio Costa asks emergency services for answers

Data from the European Forest Fire Information System showed that an area of more than 30,000 hectares had burned in the past seven days, making it the largest ever fire in Portugal.

Over 3,300 dead in 8 months of DR Congo unrest

The UN's MONUSCO peacekeeping mission had previously spoken of "more than 400 dead" while about 1.3 million people are estimated to have fled their homes in the Kasai provinces.

Car bombing on government building in Somali capital kills at least 10

More than 10 persons died, 20 others were wounded. The explosion destroyed the building of Wadajir District headquarters.

UN court to review Rwanda genocide conviction

Augustin Ngirabatware was convicted for his role in Rwanda`s 1994 genocide in which an estimated 800,000 people were killed.

Six killed in Mali resort attack

On November 29, 2015, terrorists attacked the Radisson Blu Hotel also in the capital killing 20.

Resort outside Mali's capital under attack

Security has gradually worsened in Mali since French forces pushed back allied Islamist and Tuareg rebel fighters in 2013 from swathes of the north they had occupied the previous year.

PM Narendra Modi expresses grief over loss of lives in Portugal forest fire

More than 100,000 hectares of the country`s mainland was devastated by a series of fires last year. 

At least 62 killed in forest fire still raging in Portugal At least 62 killed in forest fire still raging in Portugal

The government declared three days of mourning and sent two army battalions to help the emergency services.

31 Egyptians get death sentence for killing top prosecutor 31 Egyptians get death sentence for killing top prosecutor

The ruling is set to be sent to the Egyptian Mufti, an Islamic scholar and legal expert, although his opinion is non-binding.

Jihadists kill two, kidnap others in Mali army camp attack

MINUSMA began operations in 2013, providing security to and assisting Malian troops in a region which fell to jihadist groups linked to Al-Qaeda in March 2012.

No link between Palestinian Jerusalem attackers and any armed group: Israeli police

No connection has been found between three Palestinians who carried out a fatal attack in Jerusalem on Friday and any organisation, Israeli police said on Saturday, after Islamic State had claimed the assault.

At least 31 civilians killed in hotel attack in Somalia's capital

Police say nearly 40 people were wounded in the assault that began when a car bomb exploded outside the Pizza House restaurant in Mogadishu.

Several people killed in crash on Bollore-run railway in Benin

Several people were killed in a crash of a train operated by a subsidiary of French industrial group Bollore in Benin.


Teenagers rescued after three-day ordeal in Paris catacombs

Two teenagers were rescued from the catacombs beneath Paris on Wednesday after getting lost in the pitch-black tunnels of the underground burial ground for three days.


Suspected diarrhoea kills 279 people in Sudan: UN

Hundreds of people suffer from water-borne diseases every year across Sudan given the lack of access to clean drinking water.

Kenya foils terror attack planned by Somali militants

Kenya has faced a constant security challenge from across the border ever since it sent its troops into Somalia in late 2011, to help defeat the al Shabaab militants and restore order.

Hamas denies it built tunnel under UN schools in Gaza

Over the years, Gaza`s Hamas rulers have built a labyrinth of tunnels, some passing under the border into Israel which they used to launch attacks during their last conflict in 2014.