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DR Congo warlord Bemba jailed over war crimes

DR Congo warlord Bemba jailed over war crimes

international Congolese ex-rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba has been jailed for 18 years following a landmark conviction at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and sexual violence. Bemba, a former vice-president of DR Congo, was convicted in March of crimes committed in the neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002-2003. He was accused of […]

Nigeria violence: Bomb at fish market kills at least 20

Nigeria violence: Bomb at fish market kills at least 20

At least 20 people have been killed after female suicide bombers attacked a fish market in Nigeria's north-eastern city of Maiduguri, eyewitnesses have told the BBC. The attackers disguised themselves as beggars to try to enter the market, eyewitnesses say. One woman blew herself up inside the market, while another fled, detonating her vest nearby, […]

US cameraman in Liberia diagnosed with Ebola

US cameraman in Liberia diagnosed with Ebola

A cameraman working in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola and is to be flown home to the US for treatment. The 33-year-old freelancer has been working in the country for three years for a number of media outlets, most recently NBC News. More than 3,330 people have died in four West African countries in […]

Mali investigators find mass grave in search for soldiers

Mali investigators find mass grave in search for soldiers

A mass grave containing 21 bodies has been found in Mali by investigators looking for missing red beret soldiers. Mali's chief prosecutor, Daniel Tessougue, told the BBC that the remains were found buried at Diago, about 20km (12 miles) north of capital Bamako. The bodies were "probably" those of soldiers loyal to the former president, […]

Abubakar Shekau of Nigeria’s Boko Haram ‘may be dead’

Abubakar Shekau of Nigeria’s Boko Haram ‘may be dead’

  Nigeria's militant Islamist leader Abubakar Shekau may have been killed by the security forces during a shoot-out, an army spokesman has said. An "intelligence report" showed that Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram group, may have died between 25 July and 3 August, Lt-Col Sagir Musa said. Boko Haram, which has waged an […]

Nelson Mandela ‘responding better to treatment’ – Zuma

Nelson Mandela ‘responding better to treatment’ – Zuma

South Africa's first black President Nelson Mandela is "responding better" to treatment in hospital, President Jacob Zuma has said. Mr Zuma told parliament he was happy with the progress being made by Mr Mandela after a "difficult few days". The 94 year old is spending his fifth day in a Pretoria hospital suffering from a […]

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