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Boko Haram attacks town previously bombed by Nigerian air force, 15 killed - army

RANN, Nigeria Around 15 Boko Haram fighters were killed when the jihadists attacked a town in northeastern Nigeria, two days after the air force accidentally killed dozens of people there, local and military officials said.

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South Africa's top policeman denies taking bribes after his home is searched 20 Jan 2017

JOHANNESBURG South Africa's acting police commissioner on Friday denied allegations that he took bribes to fund an 8 million rand (488,566 pounds) mansion in an upmarket suburb of the capital Pretoria.

Gambia's Jammeh asks for extension of deadline for him to leave power 20 Jan 2017

BANJUL Gambia's longtime leader Yahya Jammeh has asked the West African bloc ECOWAS for an extension of a midday deadline for him to leave power until 4 p.m. local time (1600 GMT), government sources said on Friday.

Nigerian president urged to halt press harassment after journalists detained 20 Jan 2017

ABUJA A group of Nigerian writers, intellectuals and media figures called on President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday to stop the persecution of journalists, after an online publication's news staff was briefly detained.

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U.N. says 45,000 flee Gambia amid political turmoil 20 Jan 2017

GENEVA Political turmoil in Gambia has driven about 45,000 people, mainly children, to flee into Senegal since Jan. 1, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday, citing figures from the Senegalese government.

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Army mutiny exposes cracks in Ivory Coast success story 20 Jan 2017

ABIDJAN Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara has seduced foreign investors with his single-minded focus on economic reform and growth but entrenched problems within the security forces threaten to undermine a much-lauded recovery.