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Government and rebel leaders in South Sudan have signed a ceasefire – the first step towards peace in the country after five weeks of violence in which more than 1,000 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands forced from their homes.

Bernard Randall appears in the Entebbe Chief Magistrates Court on 18 November, on charges of 'trafficking obscene publications'. He was cleared of the charges on Wednesday, and it is thought he will be deported to Britain on Thursday.

Briton charged with breaking Uganda's anti-gay laws after intimate images of him appeared in a newspaper is to be deported to the UK

Magistrate orders that the charges be dropped and that the former computer analyst be deported from the east African country on the basis that his visa has expired

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A sports stadium in Mogadishu became a key base for al-Shabaab in Somalia as their influence expanded across eastern Africa. Photographer Johnnie Shand Kydd visited the arena after it was reclaimed by African Union forces

Ke$ha was accused of smuggling a snuff box carved from illegal ivory into the USA this week.

Ke$ha accused of smuggling ivory

Stockpiles must be destroyed to prevent sales of ivory

First smoking, football, films and bras – now al-Shabaab has banned the internet

The Somalian militant group – which frequently uses Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to disseminate its views – says those who do not comply will be dealt with in accordance with Islamic law

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Zambian politician Frank Bwalya charged with defamation for calling President Sata a potato

Mr Bwalya allegedly called the President a "chumbu mushololwa" on the radio.

A displaced family camp under a tree providing partial shade from the midday sun

South Sudan ceasefire talks delayed

Mediators said it was now unclear if South Sudanese rebels would start face-to-face peace talks with the government on Saturday, dampening hopes of a swift end to weeks of ethnic fighting in the world's youngest state.

South Sudan army soldier mans a machine gun northeast of the capital Juba. Both sides in the conflict are reported to have agreed a cease fire ahead of peace talks

US embassy in South Sudan to evacuate more staff from Juba

The move comes as security continues to deteriorate in the capital

Former Rwandan spy chief Patrick Karegeya who has been found murdered in Johannesburg

Former Rwandan spy chief Patrick Karegeya murdered in Johannesburg

An exiled former Rwandan intelligence chief has been found murdered in a Johannesburg hotel room.

Somalia: At least six killed in double 'suicide bombing' at Mogadishu hotel

Two bombers among dead after police shoot and kill attackers as they try to make their way into the hotel

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Kenya: Grenade attack on Mombasa tourist nightclub leaves 10 injured

Area police chief says 'it cannot be anything else but a terrorist attack'

South Sudan army soldier mans a machine gun northeast of the capital Juba. Both sides in the conflict are reported to have agreed a cease fire ahead of peace talks

South Sudan government ‘agrees ceasefire’ with rebels ahead of peace talks

Abrupt conflict has already claimed more than 1,000 lives and seen 180,000 displaced, UN says

Rangers must be able to combat heavily armed poachers

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Elephant poachers are using firearms left over from Mozambique’s civil war to slaughter elephants in neighbouring Tanzania

Elephant appeal: Photojournalist Kate Brooks documents the dangerous demise of these giants of the wild

As a photojournalist, Kate Brooks was used to documenting war zones. Then she discovered a new kind of genocide – the killing of Africa’s elephants

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir, left, sitting with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta - South Sudan's neighbours threw their weight behind President Salva Kiir, saying they would not accept any bid to overthrow his democratically elected government

South Sudan government agrees to ceasefire

Hopes of an end to hostilities in South Sudan were raised on Friday when the government agreed to a ceasefire.

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