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Comments by a white South African woman calling black people "monkeys" have sparked widespread outrage. On Facebook, Penny Sparrow used the word to describe New Year's revellers on Durban's beach because of the mess she said they made. She was condemned by many on social media and the hashtag #RacismMustFall was trending on Twitter. The South African Human Rights...

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Only 26% of money spent and collected by the Kenyan government has been fully approved in an audit for 2013-2014. The auditor-general, whose report covered an annual budget of about $16bn (£10bn), said there were "disturbing problems" in government's accounting. It comes just days after US President Barack Obama warned on his visit to Africa that "the cancer of...

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Now more than ever, Africa appears on course to being declared free of polio. The continent has not had a case of polio reported for the last 12 months. " is extremely encouraging and demonstrates real progress. However, it must also be taken within context, and with caution," said Dr Hamid Jafari, who heads the World Health Organization's...

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The streets of Zimbabwe's main cities are deserted during a nationwide stay away to protest at the lack of jobs and unpaid wages. The protests were organised through the messaging site WhatsApp but it is not clear which group is behind it. The internet was often unavailable on Wednesday morning but the government has denied blocking it. The BBC's...

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Mobile phone giant MTN fuelled the Islamist-led insurgency in Nigeria by failing to disconnect unregistered sim cards, the Nigerian president has said. Muhammadu Buhari made the comment during a visit to Nigeria by his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma. Last year, Nigeria fined the South African-owned firm $3.4bn (£2.7bn) for missing a deadline to disconnect cards. Nigeria believes...

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Doctors in Ghana have suspended a strike over working conditions after three weeks, the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) said. Outpatient services at state-run hospitals have been closed because of the dispute. The GMA say the government has failed to define working conditions for medical staff, including overtime pay. But the union said on Friday that its members would return...

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You know there is trouble when you walk into East Africa's biggest supermarket and on the shelves where usually there is sugar, there are now eggs. Over the past month or so, Tanzania has been grappling with a shortage of sugar. Government and business accuse each other of creating the crisis, but many here believe it started with the...

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A lone dancer weaves arabesque shapes with the red tip of his cigarette to the rhythm of loud Amharic music in a dark closeted bar in Ethiopia's capital - oblivious to a recent ban on smoking in public places. The night-time corners of Addis Ababa have long allowed revellers in a deeply conservative society to embrace activities that might...

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A small but increasing group of African governments is blocking social media during elections. Clare Spencer asks why and how this is done and how people get around it. Why are African governments blocking social media? It is safe to say governments aren't blocking social media to cut off the supply of cute kitten pictures. It's political. African...

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Almost a quarter of a million children in parts of Nigeria's Borno state formerly controlled by Boko Haram are suffering from severe malnutrition, the UN children's agency says. Tens of thousands will die if treatment does not reach them soon, Unicef warns. In areas where Boko Haram militants had been in control, it found people without water, food or...

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