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Migrants in Libya subjected to ‘extreme violence’ – UN says

The United Nations called Monday for the immediate release of the most vulnerable migrants held in Libya, many of whom have been subjected to appalling human rights abuses including "extreme violence." Libya has plunged into chaos since the overthrow of...

Malabo orders Total to pay €73m over fraud in oil sale

Equatorial Guinea said Monday it has demanded 73 million euros from French oil giant Total over "fraud" in fuel sales made between 2010 and 2012. "Following an investigation, we found a suspicious and fraudulent situation," said Finance Minister Miguel Egonga...

USA set to sell to Nigeria military hardware worth $593 million

The Pentagon notified the U.S. Congress on Monday of the sale to Nigeria of 12 Super Tucano A-29 planes and weapons worth $593 million, which the West African country wants for its fight against the militant group Boko Haram. The...

Nigerian scientist creates computer that can smell explosives

Nigerian neuroscientist Oshiorenoya Agabi, unveiled computer based on mice neurons at the TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania. The system has been trained to recognise the smell of explosives and could be used to replace traditional airport security, he said. Eventually the modem-sized device,...

Kenya joins Burundi, Rwanda to ban use of plastic bags

Kenyans producing, selling or even using plastic bags will risk imprisonment of up to four years or fines of $40,000 from Monday, as the world’s toughest law aimed at reducing plastic pollution came into effect. The East African nation joins...

New Mosquito-killing drug ‘mimics a sweet treat’

Scientists have developed an insecticide that exploits a mosquito's attraction to sweet substances and makes it believe it is drinking a sugary treat. The drug is laced with chemicals that mimic the sweet smells that lure the insects. It has been...

Doctors arrested in Egypt for ‘organ removals’

The authorities in Egypt say they have broken up a ring of criminals who were involved in the trafficking of human organs. Police have shut down a medical centre near the capital, Cairo, that specialised in kidney transplant, and have...

Police in Mozambique bust trafficking ring

An attempt to illegally take 15 young women from northern Mozambique to Saudi Arabia has been foiled, police say. The alleged traffickers were Mozambicans, Saudis and Tanzanians, some of whom had been arrested, police spokeswoman Malva Brito said. The women, aged...

Fmr Libya PM Ali Zidan freed by abductors

Libya’s former Prime Minister Ali Zidan has been released by his abductors in the capital, Tripoli. The city’s most powerful militia, the Tripoli Revolutionary Brigade, kidnapped him from a hotel in the capital ten days ago, according to witnesses. This armed...

Uganda jails Muslim leader for life over terrorism conviction

Court in Uganda sentenced a Muslim group leader and 3 associates to life in prison after their conviction on terrorism charges related to threats to harm rivals, a judicial official said. Over the last few years more than a dozen...
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Ethiopia blames border row with Sudan on ‘third party’

Ethiopia military has accused an unnamed "third party" of being behind border dispute with Sudan, according to state-owned Ethiopian...

Libya rivals agree steps for interim government

Libya political Dialogue team have adopted a mechanism to select and appoint the next executive authority that will rule...

Tunisia youths clash with police days after revolution anniversary

Hundreds of youths clashed with police in cities across Tunisia late on Monday, throwing stones and gasoline bombs in...
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