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Sarah Morrison finds out what traditional charities think of letting the poor spend it on what they like

Congolese refugees wait at the Busunga border post in Uganda

Congolese refugees flood into Uganda after exiled rebel group renews attacks

More than 60,000 Congolese have fled to Uganda after a rebel attack on a town near the border, continuing an influx that is stretching humanitarian resources.

Zimbabwe hospital charges women $5 for each scream during childbirth

A local hospital in Zimbabwe has been exposed as charging women $5 (£3.30) every time they scream while giving birth, a report reveals.

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British theatre producer David Cecil waving from a court cell at the Makindye Court on September 13, 2012 in Kampala, after being arrested for staging a play about a gay man despite a temporary ban by the country's media authorities

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A British film producer deported to the UK is fighting to get back to his family in Uganda

Oxford gets £50m from books arm as it overcomes African fraud

Oxford University Press (OUP) claimed it has put a fraud scandal behind it as annual sales rose 4 per cent despite "incredibly tough" trading conditions in parts of the eurozone and Africa.

Market Report: Afren strikes oil off Nigeria to end slump

Investors in Afren had a day in the sun yesterday after the oil exploration firm made a major discovery off the coast of Nigeria. It has been an overcast year so far for shareholders, with Afren's shares having been on the slide. But yesterday it unveiled some successful drilling in Nigeria.

Barack Obama will skip a visit to Kenya, his father’s birthplace, during his trip to Africa

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US President Barack Obama will skip a visit to Kenya, his father’s birthplace, during his trip to Africa this week, as the American administration seeks to distance itself from the regime of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Al-Shabaab: The key to support of Islamist rebels was their navigation of Somalia's competing complex of clans

Ultimate defeat militants will only come with a comprehensive political settlement for war-torn country

Ethiopia have eyes on place in World Cup 2014

The African nation are close to a place in the tournament in Brazil

Kenyan veterans waiting for news about their compensation in Nairobi yesterday

Mau Mau victims compensation: There could yet be headaches for the British government

Not all those who suffered have been appeased by William Hague's offer

59 years late - but Mau Mau accept an almost apology

Elderly survivors of brutal colonial torture express satisfaction with Hague’s statement of regret – and sorrow at its cause

Mau Mau suspects at one of the prison camps in 1953

Hague to express 'sincere regret' over Mau Mau uprising and announce compensation of £14m

More than 5,000 now elderly people are each expected to be given £2,600 – about five times the average annual income in Kenya

The Mau Mau War Veterans Association in the central town of Nyeri

Kenyan Mau Mau veterans to get £14m torture settlement from Britain

Move is first official acknowledgement by Britain of the brutal behaviour during 1952-60 uprising

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Mugabe must hold elections by end of July, Zimbabwe court orders

Zimbabwe's highest court has ordered the nation's president to hold crucial elections by the end of July.

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