Boko Haram gunmen have killed 48 people in Nigeria's restive Borno State, near the border with Chad.

Tunisians electing new president

27 contenders are vying to become the Tunisian president as the country votes for the first time since the ousting of dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
Nearly 800 people have been rescued from boats in distress in the Mediterranean in the last 48 hours, Italian and Libyan officials say.
A survivor has told of his narrow escape from a team of Al-Shabab gunmen who stopped a bus in Kenya and shot dead 28 of its non-Muslim passengers.
Somalia's Shabab Islamists say they executed 28 non-Muslim passengers on a bus in Kenya in revenge for police raids on mosques in Mombasa.

Gunmen execute 28 on Kenya bus

Al-Shabab militants have killed at least 28 people in an attack on a bus in northern Kenya, officials say.
Somali Australians are warning that the closure of small money transfer services will have catastrophic consequences for their family members back home.
Nigeria's lower house of parliament has rejected a government request to extend a state of emergency rule in the country's northeast.
Uganda is set to pass a new anti-gay law before the year is out, with a bill that focuses on punishing the promotion of homosexuality progressing.
A group of Melbourne schoolchildren has been asked to step outside of their own lives and into the lives of children in other parts of the world. 
Of course, all this do-gooding is self-reported, so it’s possible that people are making themselves sound better than they are.

Zambia announces January election

An election to replace the Zambia's late leader will be held on January 20 next year, acting president Guy Scott says.

Pistorius's lawyers oppose appeal

Oscar Pistorius's lawyers say the athlete's case should not be referred to South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal because there has been no error in law.
Chocolate is getting more expensive, thanks to growing demand (especially in China) combined with a number of factors that are putting crops at risk.
Career diplomat Michel Kafando has been named as Burkina Faso's interim president following the toppling of its veteran leader.

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