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Anti-EU UKIP party loses its only lawmaker

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LONDON UKIP party, widely credited as having been a major factor behind the country's decision to leave the European Union, lost its only lawmaker on Saturday when Douglas Carswell announced he was leaving the party.

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South Africa's Gordhan to court investors in Britain, U.S 5:22pm GMT

JOHANNESBURG South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan embarks on a week-long non-deal investor roadshow in Britain and the United States on Monday as weak economic growth and ruling party tensions put the country's investment grade at risk.

Thousands of protesters call for Guinea Bissau leader to quit 5:13pm GMT

BISSAU Thousands of protesters in Guinea Bissau's capital on Saturday demanded President Jose Mario Vaz step down to resolve a political crisis that has paralysed the coup-prone West African country.

Militia fighters decapitate 40 police officers in Congo ambush 3:06pm GMT

KINSHASA Militia fighters decapitated about 40 police officers after an ambush in central Democratic Republic of Congo, local officials said on Saturday, the deadliest attack on security forces since an insurgency erupted in the region last year.

Tuareg rebels say to boycott Mali peace conference 2:38pm GMT

BAMAKO Mali's main Tuareg separatist factions said on Saturday they would boycott talks with the government next week on implementing a nearly 2-year-old peace accord that has been riven by quarrelling.

Niger frees 15 accused of complicity in coup attempt 10:19am GMT

NIAMEY A court in Niger has freed fifteen civilians accused of complicity in an attempted putsch against President Mahamadou Issoufou, their lawyer said on Saturday.

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Link seen between Russia and Libyan commander Haftar - U.S. general 24 Mar 2017

WASHINGTON The head of U.S. forces in Africa told reporters on Friday there was an "undeniable" link between Russia and powerful Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar, underscoring U.S. concerns about Moscow's deepening role in Libya.

More authority to act in Somalia would be 'very helpful' - U.S. general 24 Mar 2017

WASHINGTON The head of U.S. forces in Africa told reporters on Friday that greater authority to fight al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants in Somalia would lead to more flexibility and quicker targeting, but that a decision had not yet been made by the White House.

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Shell to start cleaning up 2008 Nigeria oil spills in April, says official 24 Mar 2017

LONDON The head of a group helping organise Shell's clean-up efforts in an oil Delta community in Nigeria said on Friday he was hopeful clean-up work after two spills in 2008 could start in April.

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Carlyle extends private equity oil rush with $587 million Shell deal 24 Mar 2017

LONDON Carlyle Group has bought Royal Dutch Shell's onshore oil fields in Gabon for $587 million (470 million pounds), continuing the growing trend of private equity investors looking to squeeze extra profit from oil majors' unloved assets.

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South Africa's Brait suspends LSE listing plan on Brexit uncertainty 24 Mar 2017

JOHANNESBURG South Africa's Brait SE has suspended plans to list on the London Stock Exchange, the investment firm said on Friday, citing uncertainty over Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

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