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Nigeria military: ‘No coup planned’

Nigeria's military has sought to allay fears that it is plotting a coup, saying it remains "totally loyal" to President Muhammadu Buhari and civilian rule. Its statement came amid ongoing rumours that some army officers...

Venezuela’s Maduro presses on with constituent assembly

Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro has pressed ahead with plans to create a citizens' assembly to draw up a new constitution. Mr Maduro issued a decree to convene a constituent assembly amid continuing anti-government protests. The president...

Migrant crisis: Mediterranean rescue as 30 drown

At least 30 migrants, some of them young children, have drowned after falling into the sea off the Libyan coast, Italy's coastguard says. The overcrowded boat was carrying about 500 migrants when it suddenly listed,...

Kenyan pupils protest after Nairobi school demolished

Primary schoolchildren have used their desks to block a major road in Kenya's capital Nairobi after their school was demolished. The Kenyatta Golf Course Academy was knocked down at the weekend following a land dispute. They...

Ivory Coast mutiny: Shooting in Abidjan, Bouaké and other cities

Mutinous soldiers have opened fire in four big cities in Ivory Coast, defying a government order to lay down their weapons. Shots rang out near the presidential palace in the main city, Abidjan, the second...

Iran election: Hardliner Qalibaf withdraws candidacy  

Tehran's hardline mayor, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, has withdrawn from Iran's presidential election. Mr Qalibaf called on his supporters to back conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi against the incumbent Hassan Rouhani, a moderate who is seeking a...

Inside Venezuela’s anti-government protests

Venezuelans angry with the government of President Nicolas Maduro have been taking to the streets almost daily since the beginning of April. Despite dozens of people being killed in protest-related violence, the demonstrations show...

Multi-million dollar auction bid for Sierra Leone diamond

Someone has bid $7.7m (£6m) for an uncut diamond weighing 709 carats which has gone on sale at an auction in Antwerp after it was found in Sierra Leone, the BBC's Umaru Fofana reports...

Nigeria Chibok girls: 103 freed girls to go back to school

The 103 schoolgirls released from captivity after being taken by Islamist militants Boko Haram in Chibok, north-east Nigeria, will go back to school in September, a Nigerian minister has said. Aisha Alhassan said the girls...

Zimbabwe opposition leaders form anti-Mugabe alliance

Two leading opposition figures in Zimbabwe have formed an alliance to contest next year's general election against long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party. The leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Morgan...
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