Daniel Howden

Daniel Howden was formerly Africa Correspondent for The Independent.

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An injured person is carried away following the blast

Somalia: Al-Shabaab militants claim three Britons dead after bomb attack on UN compound

Twenty killed during gun battle with Somali militants as staff try to flee to secure bunker

Al-Shabaab: The key to support of Islamist rebels was their navigation of Somalia's competing complex of clans

Ultimate defeat militants will only come with a comprehensive political settlement for war-torn country

Robert Mugabe has agreed to push back the date for elections in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe in electoral climbdown as he agrees to push back date of vote from end of July

Robert Mugabe has acceded to regional pressure and agreed to push back the date for elections in Zimbabwe. The 89-year-old president had risked a constitutional crisis by using special powers to announce polls on 31 July.

PM Morgan Tsvangirai accuses Robert Mugabe of frog marching Zimbabwe towards another 'illegitimate and violent' election

President invokes powers to bypass parliament and declare elections to be held by the end of July

Mandela is being treated at a hospital in Pretoria

Nelson Mandela said to be 'responding better to treatment' for lung infection

South Africa's President, Jacob Zuma, tells parliament in Cape Town that 'we are very happy with the progress that he's now making'

Greece: State broadcaster ERT monster was created by politicians

Much of what went wrong with modern Greece left its mark somewhere in the gloomy hallways of the headquarters of ERT, the state broadcaster.

A mural of former South African president Nelson Mandela is seen at Regina Mundi church in Soweto

Nelson Mandela in hospital: South Africa holds its breath once more as co-defendant calls for nation to 'release' its hero

The former president’s co-defendant in trial said there was a possibility he would not be well again

Ethiopia has begun diverting the flow of the River Nile as part of its controversial scheme to build Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam

Ethiopia diverts Nile to build mega-dam

Hydroelectric project creating water anxiety in Egypt; reporter covering farm evictions arrested

UN warns DR Congo rebels it will intervene

The United Nations Secretary General has warned armed rebels in Eastern Congo that the organisation's new “intervention brigade” would prevent any repeat of the fighting which has driven thousands of refugees out of camps this week. In a visit to the embattled lakeside city of Goma, Ban Ki-moon said the 3,000-strong force which has begun deployment will “enforce the peace”.

Boko Haram has fought against the government since 2009, demanding Sharia law

Nigerian troops begin biggest ever assault on Islamist sect

Fighter aircraft join renewed offensive against militant group in Borno state

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