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Zimbabwe opposition chief Tsvangirai suddenly ill, airlifted to hospital – source

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai suffered severe vomiting after a party meeting and was airlifted to a Johannesburg hospital, a senior party source said on Saturday.

Egypt court sentences Mursi to 25 years in Qatar spy case

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ousted president Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood to 25 years in prison in a final ruling over a case accusing him of spying for Qatar, judicial sources said.

Zimbabwe’s Tsvangirai ill after meeting, airlifted to hospital – party source

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai suffered severe vomiting after a party meeting and was airlifted from Harare to a Johannesburg hospital, a senior party source said on Saturday.

Congo security forces kill at least 18 Burundian refugees – sources

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese security forces killed at least 18 Burundian refugees during clashes over plans to send some of them home, local activists and a diplomatic source said.

Somali book fair offers respite from bombs

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Long associated with pirates, famine and bombs, Somalia showed a different face to the world this week as it welcomed foreign writers for the first time to its annual book fair.

Poor rains in Kenya deepens drought, children go hungry – UNICEF

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of children in need of life-saving aid continues to grow in Kenya amid one of most punishing droughts in years and another disappointing rainy season, the United Nations' children agency said on Friday.

Mobile money sent to hundreds of families hit by Sierra Leone mudslide

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Money is being sent via mobile phone to hundreds of families who survived a deadly mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown last month, the United Nations said on Friday.

Tanzania charges officials with economic sabotage over seized diamonds

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzanian prosecutors charged two government officials on Friday with economic sabotage after they were accused of undervaluing an export-bound consignment of diamonds seized from a mine majority owned by London-listed Petra Diamonds.

Africa’s biggest fund manager backs CEO, denies he misused funds

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's state-owned pension fund, the continent's biggest money manager, backed its chief executive on Friday and dismissed newspaper reports he had misused funds and improperly raised salaries for some executives.

Nigeria’s Buhari to pass through London after U.N. General Assembly trip

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will pass through London, where he spent five months on medical leave this year, on his way home from the United Nations General Assembly, his spokesman said on Friday.

What is behind clashes in Ethiopia’s Oromia and Somali regions?

Eighteen people have been killed and thousands displaced since the fighting broke out between Ethiopia's Oromo and Somali communities.

Nigeria boat sinking leaves 33 dead – emergency services

The 70-passenger capacity boat had 150 people on board when it capsized, witnesses say.

KPMG’s South Africa bosses purged over Gupta scandal

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Global auditor KPMG cleared out its South African leadership on Friday after damning findings from an internal investigation into work done for businessmen friends of President Jacob Zuma.

Rising violence in Central African Republic uproots record 1.1mln

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A record number of people - more than 1.1 million - have been uprooted in Central African Republic by spiralling violence between armed groups which threatens to plunge the country back into full-blown conflict, the United Nations said on Friday.

South Africa could restart nuclear tender process soon: Necsa chairman

LONDON (Reuters) - South Africa could restart a procurement process for its nuclear expansion project as soon as next month but the government still has to determine the exact timing, the chairman of South Africa's state nuclear agency Necsa said on Friday.

Rwanda genocide: France keeps 1990s archives secret

A new ruling thwarts a researcher who suspects a French role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

KPMG clears out South African bosses amid Gupta scandal

The global accountancy firm removes top bosses at its South African arm over the Gupta scandal.

Zambian president urges unity as govt, opposition prepare for talks

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Friday called for unity among political groups ahead of talks between the government and the opposition aimed at reconciliation after a political crisis earlier this year.

Guinea bauxite miner SMB says operations blocked by riots

CONAKRY (Reuters) - Riots in Guinea have blocked two of the three sites of bauxite miner Societe Miniere de Boke (SMB) and slowed operations at the third, general manager Frederic Bouzigues told Reuters on Friday.

Global hunger rises for first time in decade: U.N. agencies

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global hunger levels have risen for the first time in more than a decade, now affecting 11 percent of the world's population, as conflict, climate change and economic woes bite, U.N. agencies said on Friday.

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