Africa

Air France jet just missed mountain

An Air France flight in early May was said to narrowly miss Mount Cameroun, seen here through an aircraft window in 2008.

Air France jet with three dozen people on board narrowly avoided hitting the highest mountain in central Africa, authorities say.

Boko Haram kill at least 43 in Nigeria's northeast

Chadian troops participate in the closing ceremony of operation Flintlock in an army base in N'djamena, Chad, Monday March 9, 2015. The U.S. military and its Western partners conduct this training annually and set up plans long before Boko Haram began attacking its neighbors Niger, Chad and Cameroon. Chadian Brig. Gen. Zakaria Ngobongue said Monday that his soldiers alongside troops from Niger had entered Nigeria but he declined to give further details about the ongoing operation. Ngobongue described Boko Haram fighters as ?bandits and criminals who have nothing to do with religion.? (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Boko Haram militants have killed at least 43 people in a five-hour assault on the town of Gubio in northeastern Nigeria's Borno state.

25 Kenyan police die in attack

Al Shabaab fighters perform military exercises near Mogadishu, in Somalia.

Al Shabaab gunmen killed around 25 Kenyan police, ambushing some officers in a village after others died when their vehicle hit a landmine.

Zimbabweans go hungry

A woman fetches drinking water from a well along a dry Chemumvuri river near Gokwe, Zimbabwe.

A harsh life in southwest Zimbabwe has been made even more difficult by the worst regional drought in a decade.

Oldest known stone tools found in Kenya

One of the ancient stone tools found in Kenya.

At 3.3 million years old, tools found in Kenya are half-a-million years older than homo sapiens.

Zambia lifts ban on big cat trophy hunting

Zambia has lifted a ban on the hunting of big cats.

Zambia has lifted the ban on the hunting of leopards and will allow lion hunting next year.

Burundi president appeals for ethnic harmony

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza shakes hands with his teammate during a football game with his friends in Bujumbura, Burundi.

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza appealed for ethnic harmony, addressing fears that weeks of political unrest could trigger another bout of bloodletting.

Murder case rocks South Africa

Jayde and I were in love and apart from the odd marital argument, which all couples have, we got on very well."

Businessman is accused of hiring men to kidnap and kill his wife.

Executed in 'grossly unfair' trial

Policemen take their positions during the trial of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

Human rights groups had called for a retrial for the six men after the death sentence was upheld on March 24.

Morsi death penalty like 'ancient Egypt' video

Deposed Egyptian president and Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed Mursi.

Cairo judge accused of plunging his country back into the ways of "ancient Egypt", after seeing death for ex-president.

Egypt's ex-president sentenced to die

Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Mursi.

Mohamed Mursi has been sentenced to death for his role in a mass prison break.

Boko Haram makes gains in northeast Nigeria

FILE -This Monday, May 12, 2014, file photo taken from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network, shows their leader Abubakar Shekau speaking to the camera. Shekau has allegedly made a formal allegiance to the Islamic State on Saturday, March 7, 2015, in an Arabic audio message with English subtitles and was posted on Twitter, according to the SITE Intelligence monitoring service. (AP Photo, File)

Boko Haram fighters seized back the border town of Marte in northeastern Nigeria and attacked outlying villages.

Burundi military coup declared a failure video

A protester stands in front of a burned barricade during a protest on Wednesday against Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term in Bujumbura.

The head of Burundi's army says an attempted coup has failed.

President threatens to slit gay men's throats

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh greets supporters during a rally in Gambia in 2011. Photo: Seyllou

Gambia's president sounded a dire warning to homosexuals living in his country.

The secret war on Boko Haram

"I was covering the Chad army offensive inside Nigeria against the insurgent group Boko Haram when I shot this picture. A Chadian soldier told me: 'Come and see this guy, he killed five cutting their throat and he's not even denying it.' That is why one of the soldiers gave him a nickname 'The Butcher'. He was suddenly materialising all the horror and fear behind Boko Haram. The soldiers violently dragged the prisoner to expose him to the press."

With their roots in South Africa's apartheid-era security forces, they do not fit the image of an army of liberation.

Stigma haunts Boko Haram's victims

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau. The stigma of Boko Haram has tainted girls who have escaped their captors.

"Boko Haram wives," the girls were called, because they had been briefly held by Nigeria's Islamic extremists.

Liberia declared free of Ebola

A health worker wearing protective gear attends to a newly admitted suspected Ebola patient in a quarantine zone at a Red Cross facility in the town of Koidu, Sierra Leone.

Slightly more than 13 months since Liberia's first case of Ebola, the West African nation is free of the deadly disease.

Boy found stuffed in suitcase

An eight-year-old boy is seen cramped inside a suitcase on a Spanish civil guard  border security check point between Morocco and Spain's north african enclave Ceuta, Spain in this handout photo released May 8, 2015.

A routine airport scan revealed the desperate measures some migrants take to reach Europe.

Notorious pirate's treasure found

Captain Kidd

Captain Kidd's secret is solved, says treasure hunter who struck silver.

Burundi's political protests turn deadly

Medical workers treat a man who was injured during the protest against President of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza's presidential bid.

Protesters burned a man alive in Burundi's capital, saying he was a member of the ruling party's youth wing.

Boko Haram stoned women

"They were always complaining" - a former Boko Haram captive talks about her captors.

Over the past week, the Nigerian military claims to have freed more than 700 people from Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.

Ethiopians react to ISIS attack

The Ethiopian Community of Auckland gathered at Wesley Community Centre on May 3 to acknowledge the 28 Ethiopians killed by ISIS in Libya.

A memorial service was held on May 3 to honour the nearly 30 Ethiopians killed by terrorist group ISIS in Libya.

3700 migrants rescued video

More than 3700 migrants were rescued from boats off the Libyan coast at the weekend

Nearly 3,700 migrants were rescued from boats near the coast of Libya.

Boko Haram captivity horror video

A soldier from the Nigerian Army talks with hostage women and children who were freed from Boko Haram.

Boko Haram fighters killed men in front of their families before taking women and children into the forest where many died of hunger and disease.

More Boko Haram captives freed

A girl stands in front of soldiers from Niger and Chad in the recently retaken town of Damasak, Nigeria, March 20, 2015. Soldiers from Niger and Chad who liberated the Nigerian town of Damasak from Boko Haram militants have discovered the bodies of at least 70 people, many with their throats slit, scattered under a bridge, a Reuters witness said.

Nigerian military reportedly rescues 160 women and children held captive by Boko Haram.

Islands evacuated after attack

A girl drinks water as women queue for blankets and food given out by Nigerien soldiers in March.

Niger islands evacuated following a deadly attack there by Boko Haram militants.

Nigerian schoolgirls taken from Boko Haram

A girl stands in front of soldiers in the recently retaken town of Damasak, Nigeria.

Nearly 300 girls and women rescued from Boko Haram by Nigeria's army.

One dead after Johannesburg trains collide

Commuter trains collide at Denver station in a suburb on Johannesburg.

At least one person was killed and more than 200 were injured after two commuter trains collided in a suburb of Johannesburg.

#BringBackOurGirls, one year later video

People react during the anniversary of the abduction of the girls during a vigil in Nigeria's capital of Abuja earlier this month.

OPINION: Hope is dwindling for the 219 missing girls' safe return. May they never be forgotten.

Penis transplants offer men hope

Every year, thousands of South African Xhosa youths leave their parents to spend weeks in the care of traditional leaders at an initiation school where they are circumcised, a rite of passage commonly referred to as "Ukwaluka" or "going to the mountain". Unfortunately for some it goes badly.

For members of a South African tribe who undergo a risky traditional circumcision, this procedure is a lifesaver.

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