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Mon,29Aug2016

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Nigeria: Traditional leaders seek militants' release ahead of Niger Delta talks

Suspected members of the Niger Delta Avengers are seen as they are paraded by the Nigeria military after their arrest in the Nembe waters, Rivers, Nigeria, August 22, 2016. Photo©ReutersTraditional leaders in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta have demanded that authorities release youths arrested by the army before they will mediate in talks with militants who have been blowing up pipelines, a government official said.

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Egypt: Supply minister quits over wheat corruption scandal

Khaled Hanafi. Photo©Amr Abdallah Dalsh/ReutersEgypt's Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafi has resigned amid the highest-profile corruption case since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power in 2014.

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Riek Machar, South Sudan opposition leader in Khartoum for medical treatment

South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar. Photo©Mulugeta Ayene/AP/SIPASouth Sudan opposition leader, Riek Machar, is in Khartoum for medical treatment, Sudan's Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman told the state news agency SUNA on Tuesday.

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Ghana gives illegal gun owners amnesty ahead of polls

File photo©Felipe Dana/AP/SIPAGhana has given people with illegal firearms a 32-day ultimatum to hand over the weapons without the prospect of prosecution as the country gears for the December general elections.

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African countries threaten UN Security Council pull-out

Photo© Rick Bajornas/AP/SIPAAfrican countries are reportedly threatening to withdraw from the United Nations Security Council unless they are allocated a permanent seat.

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South Africa: ANC's coalition overtures rejected, loses metros

Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema. Photo© Herman Verwey/AP/SIPASouth Africa's ruling African National Congress' efforts to hang on to three major metros after a disappointing performance in recent local government elections suffered a major blow on Wednesday after a break-away party rebuffed coalition overtures.

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Zambia's Lungu wins disputed polls

Zambia's president Edgar Lungu led in nearly complete results from an election whose vote-counting process has taken days and prompted opposition allegations of irregularities. Photo©Moses Mwape/AP/SIPAZambian President Edgar Lungu has been re-elected after another close poll amid protests by the opposition that the August 11 vote was rigged.

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