Daniel Howden

Daniel Howden was formerly Africa Correspondent for The Independent.

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Kgalema Motlanthe, left, and Jacob Zuma are locked in a power struggle

Deputy threatens to oust president again – only this time, it's Zuma in peril

Five years ago on a shabby university campus in Polokwane, the capital of impoverished Limpopo Province, the President of South Africa was heckled by his own party members as he took to the podium. Within 24 hours Thabo Mbeki had been ousted as leader of the ruling African National Congress.

Police surround the bodies of victims killed in the clashes at Marikana in August

Marikana mine victims: police 'planted' weapons

Photos of protest, in which 34 miners were killed, back claims that South African officers tampered with the crime scene

Barack Obama in Kenya with his relatives

Barack Obama: Mood is subdued in Kenya as villagers pray for the return of their most famous son

In other parts of the world, the excitement of four years ago is minimal – except in China, where elections are unheard of

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir, pictured together in Tehran in 2006

Sudan: the new battlefield in Iran and Israel's covert conflict

Warships from Tehran dock in Port Sudan as tensions between the two Middle East powers escalate

Violent protests have marred Zanzibar’s image

Trouble in paradise as radical Islam grows in Zanzibar

The rising tide of radical Islamism has sparked growing unrest on the idyllic islands of Zanzibar. Daniel Howden reports from Stone Town

Zuma drops his lawsuit over 'rape' cartoon

South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, has dropped a lawsuit against the country’s most celebrated political cartoonist.

Nobel Peace Prize nominee survives assassination attempt

A doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo, whose work treating thousands of rape victims earned him a Nobel Peace Prize nomination, has survived an assassination attempt.

François Hollande said Mali is a major issue for the security of both Africa and Europe

War in Mali 'inevitable' as Europe agrees to foot the bill for tackling Islamists

Foreign Jihadists join al-Qa'ida militants as battle over former French colony looms

Money goes towards recruiting gunmen and to foreign investors in the pirates' lucrative enterprise

Worldwide sea piracy falls to lowest level in four years following international warship patrols in the Gulf of Aden

Attempted hijackings fell from more than 350 to 233 in the first nine months of this year

A UN report claimed Rwandan troops backed the M23 rebellion

Rwanda gets UN seat, despite claims it backed Congo rebels

Critics allege country's government has created a buffer state in eastern Congo led by its allies

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