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Over 100 feared dead in Nigeria church collapse

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP |  A church roof has collapsed in southeastern Nigeria causing “many deaths and injury” the country’s president said Saturday, with state media reporting that up to 200 people could have been killed. The evangelical Reigners Bible Ministry in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom state was packed …

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Gambian leader’s election defiance sparks global concern

Banjul, Gambia | AFP |  Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow on Saturday called on longtime leader Yahya Jammeh to drop his challenge to last week’s election results following a dramatic political U-turn that has prompted fears for the West African country. A week after conceding defeat, Jammeh on Friday declared he …

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Youth, trade top agenda at first AU election debate

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP |  Five candidates running for African Union chief took part Friday in the bloc’s first leadership debate, calling for more youth involvement in the grouping and greater integration between member nations. The candidates from Kenya, Senegal, Chad, Botswana and Equatorial Guinea took to the stage …

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Somalia sets yet another date for presidential vote

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP |  Somalia’s top political leaders have announced the presidential election will be held on December 28, the fourth date so far set to conclude drawn-out, delayed and limited polls. The new timetable was laid out in a joint statement issued late Thursday by the government, the …

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Gambia’s new leader claims military’s support

Banjul, Gambia | AFP | Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow vowed Thursday to set up a South Africa-style truth commission as he claimed the army’s support after his surprise election in the west African nation. Barrow, whose shock victory this month ended the 22-year rule of Yahya Jammeh, said the country’s …

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British journalist deported from Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |   A British journalist working for The Times of London newspaper said Friday he was being deported from Kenya after being detained for more than a day at the airport without explanation or charge. Jerome Starkey, 35, was locked in a cell overnight after arriving …

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Ghana president concedes defeat, sparking opposition joy

Accra, Ghana | AFP | Ghana’s President John Mahama conceded defeat Friday two days after a hotly contested election, seen as a test for a country generally viewed as a beacon of stability in west Africa. Mahama called to congratulate opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo, whose supporters had already gathered outside …

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GHANA: President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo

Ghana President Mahama concedes defeat Accra, Ghana | AFP | Ghana’s President John Mahama called opposition Nana Akufo-Addo on Friday to concede defeat and congratulate him on victory in the country’s hotly contested election, a party official said. “Yes he has conceded defeat,” George Lawson of Mahama’s New Democratic Congress …

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Burundi peace bid stumbles as opposition slams mediator

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  The latest effort to end Burundi’s dragging political crisis ran into trouble Friday as the opposition accused the mediator of siding with government by accepting it as “legitimate”. Former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa has failed to get peace talks off the ground since he was …

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