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Days of recounts loom as voters struggle to fathom complex voting slips

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Britons hurt in Kenya bus crash

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Genocide in the past leaves Rwanda in need of funds now

Britain to give £16m Rwanda aid direct to humanitarian agencies

Britain is to give £16m in aid to Rwanda after support for the country was suspended amid claims that its rulers were linked to militias accused of rape and murder.

UK business fears over Kenya vote

The coming elections in Kenya are causing major consternation in London amid fear that the outcome may unravel key British strategy in east Africa.

British actor Keith Prosser is being held in a Ugandan prison after appearing in a play about the plight of homosexuals in the country.

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Keith Prosser starred in The River and the Mountain about a gay businessman in the African country where homosexuality is still illegal

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Country's two key candidates put on spot about violence that engulfed elections four years ago

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At least 51 people have been killed in Zambia after a bus crashed into a truck north of the capital of Lusaka.

Rupp and Farah after the Olympic Men's 10,000m Final

Galen Rupp: Running mate who is out to catch Mo Farah

The American athelete took silver when his training partner won 10,000m gold at London 2012. Now he is aiming to reverse the roles, he tells Simon Turnbull

Somali journalists in Mogadishu protest as they demand for the release of a colleague Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim

Dark side of 'new' Somalia: woman jailed for accusing security forces of rape

Outcry as reporter she spoke to is also sentenced to a year for ‘offending institutions’

Zimbabwe finance minister reveals country has just £138 left in the bank

Tendai Biti made the extraordinary revelation at a press conference yesterday

Album review: Monoswezi, The Village (World Music Network)

The taut, brittle sound of Hope Masike's mbira forms the delicate, complex web over which purring sax, anchoring double bass and an array of subtly played percussion creates a smooth Scandinavian minimalist jazz vibe.

Twitter suspends account of Islamic militants al-Shabaab

After losing Somalia's cities to African Union forces and scores of fighters to defections, Islamic militants al-Shabaab lost their online platform today as Twitter suspended their account.

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