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Leaders push for South Sudan talks as fighting continues in oil-producing region

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Children displaced by the fighting in South Sudan wait behind the fence of the United Nations Mission facility on the outskirts of the capital Juba. Tens of thousands of refugees have fled the crisis

UN votes unanimously for more peacekeepers for South Sudan amid reports of mass graves, extrajudicial killings and rapes

Reports have moved the UN to action as tensions between ethnic Dinka and Nuer in the world’s newest nation escalate

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The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has asked judges to delay the start of the war crimes trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta due to a lack of evidence.

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Somalia woman arrested after saying she was raped by a colleague at gunpoint

The alleged victim remains in police custody after telling a radio station she had been sexually assaulted and held captive overnight

Gay rights in Uganda: Retired British man Bernard Randall to stand trial for ‘nonsensical’ Ugandan gay sex picture charges

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Internally displaced people gather at the Mbuzi hilltop near Rutshuru

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The UK aims to help vaccinate up to 360 million children by 2018

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African budget airline Fastjet takes off on international flights

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The African Union's executive council has condemned the International Criminal Court's charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya as "totally unacceptable" and indicated that the continent's leaders could split from the body.

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The death toll from the Lampedusa disaster has hit 250 after Italian divers recovered more bodies from the wreck of the smugglers' ship that sank off the tiny island's coast.

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