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Zambia's ruling party mends rift to make Lungu its presidential candidate

LUSAKA - Zambia's ruling party has settled on Defence Minister Edgar Lungu as its presidential candidate, it emerged on Saturday, ending months of in-fighting that had threatened its chances at a Jan. 20 election.

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Sierra Leone's leading doctor dies of Ebola 18 Dec 2014

FREETOWN - Sierra Leone's leading doctor died of Ebola on Thursday, hours after the arrival in the country of an experimental drug that could have been used to treat him, the government's chief medical officer said. | Video

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Kenya security law approved despite disruptions in parliament 18 Dec 2014

NAIROBI - Kenya's parliament approved new anti-terrorism laws on Thursday after chaotic scenes in which opposition legislators, citing a threat to civil liberties and free speech, threw books at the Speaker, shouted, chanted and sprinkled water over his deputy. | Video

At least 28 killed in Central African Republic clashes - Red Cross 18 Dec 2014

DAKAR - At least 28 people, including a Red Cross volunteer, have been killed in clashes between Muslim rebels and Christian militia in Central African Republic, a senior official with the humanitarian organisation said on Thursday.

Cameroon army kills 116 Boko Haram militants, defence ministry says 18 Dec 2014

YAOUNDE - Cameroon's army killed 116 Boko Haram militants on Wednesday when they attacked a base in the Far North region of the country, said defence ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Didier Badjeck.

Nigeria sentences 54 troops to death for mutiny 18 Dec 2014

ABUJA - Nigeria has sentenced 54 soldiers to death by firing squad for mutiny while fighting against insurgents in the northeast, their lawyer said on Thursday.