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Niger: At least 12 police killed as militants storm base

Soldiers pursue the attackers, and are reported to have clashed with them near the border with Mali.

Critics urge WHO to reverse choice of Mugabe as goodwill envoy

GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) should overturn its decision to appoint Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador, global health leaders said on Saturday, describing the move as unjustifiable and wrong.

Niger army stopped attackers at border, gun battle underway

NIAMEY (Reuters) - Niger army reinforcements stopped the perpetrators of a deadly hit-and-run attack on Saturday as they tried to cross back into Mali at the border, triggering a fierce gun battle, a security source in the area said.

Gunmen kill 12 Niger gendarmes in attack near Mali border

NIAMEY (Reuters) - Gunmen mounted on pick-up trucks and motorcycles killed 12 gendarmes and wounded several in an attack on their base in western Niger, near the Mali border, on Saturday, two security sources said.

Robert Mugabe’s WHO appointment condemned as ‘an insult’

The UK government, an array of campaign groups and the Zimbabwe opposition express dismay.

U.N. torture watchdog ends trip to Rwanda, citing obstruction

KIGALI (Reuters) - The U.N. subcommittee on torture prevention has suspended a visit to Rwanda, citing obstructions imposed by the government that compromised its fact-finding mission.

Gunmen kill 8 niger gendarmes, wound several, near Mali border

NIAMEY (Reuters) - Gunmen mounted on pick-up trucks and motocycles killed at least eight gendarmes and wounded several in an attack on their base in western Niger, near the Mali border, on Saturday, two security sources said.

Critics urge WHO to reverse “wrong” choice of Mugabe as goodwill envoy

GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) should overturn its decision to appoint of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador, global health leaders said on Saturday, describing the move as unjustifiable and wrong.

Death toll from Egypt gun battle rises to 52 killed – sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - At least 52 Egyptian police and conscripts were killed and six more wounded in a gun battle on Friday during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in the western desert, three security sources said.

At least 30 police die in clash in Egypt’s Western desert -security sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - Armed militants killed at least 30 policemen in a shootout during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in Egypt's Western desert, security sources said on Friday.

Mogadishu truck bombing death toll jumps to 358

More than 50 people are also still missing after last Saturday's huge truck bombing, officials say.

Bassong banned for speeding in his Maserati

Magistrates are told Sebastien Bassong is "unemployed" and "living off savings".

Millions caught in South Africa’s ‘worst data breach’

Could the accidental publication of millions of South Africans' personal details open a new door for criminals?

Malawi cracks down on ‘vampire’ lynch mobs

Some 140 arrests are made over deadly attacks on people accused of sucking their victims' blood.

Deadly Somalia blast reveals flaws in intelligence efforts

NAIROBI/MOGADISHU (Reuters) - The size and methods of the latest truck bombing in Mogadishu show how international and Somali government efforts to stop the killings are failing, partly because intelligence gathering to counter such attacks is so disjointed, security sources say.  

At least 46 attacks in area of Niger where U.S. troops killed -U.N

NIAMEY (Reuters) - A part of southwestern Niger where four U.S. Green Berets were killed during a mission the U.S. military had considered low-risk has seen at least 46 attacks by armed groups since early last year, a U.N. agency said on Friday.

S.African prosecutors give Zuma Nov. 30 deadline to make presentations in corruption case

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has given President Jacob Zuma until Nov. 30 to make submissions before it decides whether to reinstate 783 corruption charges filed against Zuma before he became president, it said on Friday.

Belgian-based businessman challenges Grace Mugabe’s diamond ring claim

HARARE (Reuters) - A Belgian-based businessman on Friday challenged Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe's accusation that he duped her of a $1.35 million diamond ring and asked her to provide the court with evidence to back her lawsuit.

Thousands of Somalis gather to mourn bomb victims

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Thousands of Somalis prayed in Mogadishu on Friday at a symbolic funeral for more than 300 people killed by the country's deadliest truck bombing.

Former Bertling unit employees sentenced in Angola bribery case

(Reuters) - Three former employees of a former UK division of German logistics and freight company Bertling were sentenced by a London court for bribing an agent of Sonangol, the Angolan state oil group, Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said.

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