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Nigerian government authorities say the rescue of hundreds of schools girls who were kidnapped by militants last week is their top priority.
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Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo say they are still trying rescue people trapped in the mangled wreckage of a derailed train.
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The UN Security Council has expressed its "readiness to consider appropriate measures" against those responsible for mass killings in South Sudan.
South Sudan's army chief has been sacked after rebels seized the oil hub of Bentiu last week, as the US and France called for sanctions.
Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu has hailed South Africa's progress since apartheid, but will not vote for Jacob Zuma's ruling party in May.
Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu has hailed South Africa's progress since apartheid, but will not vote for Jacob Zuma's ruling party in May.
Rescue operations are continuing in a remote, swampy area of the Democratic Republic of Congo after a train crash that has left at least 57 people dead.

Train derails in Congo, dozens dead

A freight train has derailed in the Congo, killing at least 30 people, officials say.
There are fears the world's youngest nation, South Sudan, is on the brink of collapse after four months of civil war.   

French hostage in Mali is dead

A jihadist group in Mali says a 62-year-old French man they kidnapped in 2012 is dead.
Specialist teams are being flown to Madagascar to try to stop a stricken ship off the country's north coast from leaking crude oil.
An Egyptian court trying Al Jazeera journalists has been shown new evidence, described as "meaningless" by Australian Peter Greste.

Massacre in SSudan: UN

The UN says hundreds of civilians sheltering in a mosque and a hospital have been killed in a massacre by rebels in South Sudan last week.
The family of Oscar Pistorius have rejected suggestions he took acting lessons ahead of his murder trial.
A Somali lawmaker has been assassinated by insurgents in the war-ravaged capital, the second such killing in 24 hours, police and witnesses say.

UN evacuates 100 Muslims from CAR

The UN has evacuated 93 Muslims from the capital of the crisis-torn Central African Republic to protect them from Christian vigilante groups.
Poaching of South African rhinos is on the rise, with more than 270 killed already this year, nearly half in the Kruger Park.
The mass abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls blamed on Boko Haram has been described as one of the most shocking attacks in the group's extremist insurgency.
South Sudanese rebels have slaughtered "hundreds" in ethnic massacres, according to the UN.
A Somali politician has been killed in a car bomb in Mogadishu, the prime minister says.
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Hostage in Libya begs for release

A video has been posted by a Jihadist group in Libya showing a sobbing hostage begging for Tunisia's president to negotiate his freedom.
Eleven Algerian soldiers were killed instantly, and another three later died of their wounds after an ambush in the restive Kabylie region.
Gunmen have abducted two foreign workers from an oilfield in Sudan, the army says.
A Guinea spokesman says the government plans to revoke the mining rights to one of the largest untapped iron ore deposits in the world.
Warrap state Information Minister Bol Dhel says more than 100 people have been killed in a cattle raid in the South Sudan state.
Guinean government data says the Ebola virus has claimed 61 lives in the country out of 109 laboratory-confirmed cases since January.
Boko Haram Islamist leader Abubakar Shekau has claimed responsibility for a bombing in the Nigerian capital Abuja in which at least 75 people were killed.
A bomb thrown from a bridge at a traffic police kiosk in Cairo has killed a policeman and injured another officer and a civilian.
Oscar Pistorius' lawyers have denied that a private forensic pathologist is not testifying because of questions about the defence's case.

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