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Somali soldiers and police clash with al-Shabaab militants yesterday

Somalia parliament attack: At least 10 dead as Islamist militants launch deadly assault

Al-Shabaab militants stormed Somalia's parliament building yesterday in a deadly and prolonged assault involving a suicide bomber, a car bomb and gunmen on foot and killing at least 10.

Defiant mood: Thousands of Libyans took to the streets on Friday in support of Hifter and to demand the suspension of the Islamist-led parliament

Libya's slow motion coup ends the uprising

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The South African President Jacob Zuma has celebrated being sworn into office for a second term, with a major victory ceremony in Pretoria.

Pictured in 2011, hundreds of newly trained al-Shabaab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18km south of Mogadishu, in Somalia

Somalia parliament attack: Al-Shabaab militants claim responsibility for bombings

A car bomb and suicide bomb exploded on Saturday, leaving several dead

A mother registers her albino child at the Tanzania Albino Society in Dar es Salaam following the killings

Witch doctors arrested after albino woman murdered 'for potions' in Tanzania

The mother-of-two had been severely mutilated

President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan cancelled a second visit

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More than 100 parents of Nigeria’s missing schoolgirls were stood up by a delegation from president Goodluck Jonathan’s government today, after a visit was cancelled at the last minute for security reasons, The Independent has learnt.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives for the Commonwealth Heads of Government 2013 Opening Ceremony on November 15, 2013 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The biannual Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is taking place from November 15-17, amid pressure from human rights groups urging leaders to boycott the summit until Sri Lanka further investigates charges of war crimes. Both the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper and Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Signh have confirmed they will not attend.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott cancelled university visit to not 'give students an excuse to riot'

Thousands of protesters took part in a national day of action against the government's budget cuts on Wednesday

Jungle battle: the platoon faced rebels of the Revolutionary United Front, who were attacking anyone in their path

Mission impossible: How a brief campaign for the British Army's secret X Platoon mutated into a desperate, 16-day siege in Sierra Leone

Just 26 British soldiers faced 2,000 rebels from the Revolutionary United Front. It was May 2000 and the rebels had just reneged on a peace treaty and were brutalising anyone who fell into their path. The Platoon was one of the regiments airlifted into the jungle to fight back. Sergeant Steve Heaney recounts the story of the mission in which he won a Military Cross
The rebel military commander Khalifa Hifter

Libya uprising: Former general Khalifa Hifter declares war on parliament and the Islamist militias

As his power base grows, Mr Hifter has branded his stunning offensive as a war on terrorism

Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to three years in jail

Hosni Mubarak guilty of embezzlement: Ousted Egyptian President sentenced to three years in jail

The ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of embezzlement.

Smoke rises after a bomb blast at a bus terminal in Jos, Nigeria, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Two explosions ripped through a bustling bus terminal and market frequented by thousands of people in Nigeria's central city of Jos on Tuesday afternoon, and police said there are an unknown number of casualties. The blasts could be heard miles away and clouds of black smoke rose above the city as firefighters and rescue workers struggled to reach the area as thousands of people fled.

Nigeria bomb: More than 100 dead in suspected Boko Haram twin car blasts in Jos

At least 118 people have died after twin car bombs exploded at Terminus market in the central Nigerian city of Jos on Tuesday, the National Emergency Management Agency said, raising the death toll from 46 reported earlier.

Oscar Pistorius trial: Athlete to be evaluated as outpatient at South Africa's Weskoppies psychiatric hospital

The athlete is expected to attend Weskoppies psychiatric hospital for 30 days

Defendants in court yesterday during their trial over violence in Alexandria last year following the ousting of Mohamed Morsi. Ahmed Diini was arrested shortly after Mr Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood was deposed

Exclusive: MI5 stands accused of complicity in torture this year after 'trying to recruit man from Egyptian jail’

Ahmed Diini alleges he was tortured in an Egyptian jail, where he claims an MI5 officer visited him

The militiamen are armed with truck-mounted anti-aircraft guns, mortars and rocket-propelled grenade launchers

Libya in crisis: Rival militias position themselves for civil war as country disintegrates

Libya is tipping toward all-out civil war as rival militias take sides for and against an attempted coup led by a renegade general that has pushed the central government towards disintegration.

The wreckage of a car at the scene of a suicide blast in Kano, northern Nigeria.

Four dead in suspected Boko Haram bomb attack in north Nigerian city of Kano

A 12-year-old child is reported to be among the dead

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