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South African court revokes shale gas regulations; AgriSA

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's High Court has quashed regulations governing proposed shale gas fracking, farmers lobby AgriSA said on Thursday after taking the government to court to stop fracking in Eastern Cape province.

U.N. chief pushes for 900 more peacekeepers in Central Africa

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Amid a U.S. push to cut United Nations peacekeeping costs, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday he hoped the U.N. Security Council would agree to send an extra 900 troops to protect civilians in Central African Republic.

UK banks ‘exposed to money laundering in South Africa’

HSBC and Standard Chartered may inadvertently have been conduits for laundered money, Lord Hain says.

Four killed in Togo as protesters clash with security forces

LOME (Reuters) - Four people were killed in Togo on Wednesday in clashes between security forces and demonstrators calling for an end to a half century of Gnassingbe family rule, the security minister said.

Angola is not the next Venezuela, state oil firm says as it cuts debt

LONDON (Reuters) - Angola is not the next Venezuela, the head of state oil firm Sonangol said on Wednesday while pledging to further cut debt, even if both oil-rich nations have relied heavily on loans from China.

Dare Not Linger: Mandela’s book sequel launched in South Africa

The follow-up to the late South African president's celebrated memoir is launched in Johannesburg.

Algeria’s Said Chitour – spy or journalist?

The family of an Algerian journalist arrested on espionage charges is desperately trying to secure his release.

Militants kidnap four Britons – Nigerian police

The four were reportedly taken by suspected militants last week, police say.

Militants kidnap four British missionaries – Nigerian police

A couple and two others were reportedly taken by suspected militants last week, police say.

Somalis defy police to protest against deadly truck bombings

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Thousands of Somalis demonstrated on Wednesday against those behind bombings that killed more than 300 people, defying police who opened fire to keep them away from the site where their loved-ones were killed.

Four Britons kidnapped in Nigeria’s Delta state -police

ABUJA (Reuters) - Four Britons have been kidnapped in Nigeria's southern Delta state, a police official said on Wednesday.

Plague ruled out in Seychelles but islands on guard: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) - Plague has been ruled out in the Seychelles following lab results from 10 patients, including one earlier deemed a "probable" case, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday as the disease continued to spread in Madagascar.

Kenyan election board head not certain vote will be free and fair

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The head of Kenya's election commission has said it will be "difficult" to guarantee that next week's presidential election will be free and fair, citing divisions in the commission and interference from politicians.

South African egg output tumbles, jobs cut after avian flu

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Commercial egg production in South Africa has tumbled 17 percent and over 1,000 workers have lost their jobs in the wake of an outbreak of avian flu in June, industry experts said on Wednesday.

Kenya opposition calls for protests on date repeat election due

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga called on Wednesday for a mass protest on Oct. 26, the date the country is due to hold a presidential vote that he is boycotting.

Somalia praises “genuine brother” Turkey for quick response to bombs

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Turkey's swift response to Somalia's deadliest truck bombing drew praise from survivors and officials who called Ankara their "only genuine" international partner, an implicit challenge to that Western backers that spend billions on security.

Kenyan election official flees country ahead of presidential poll

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A top Kenyan election commissioner has quit and fled the country ahead of an Oct. 26 presidential election saying the vote would not be credible but incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta restated his commitment to the poll.

Kenyan election board chairman says hard to guarantee free election

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's election board chairman Wafula Chebukati said on Wednesday ahead of a repeat presidential poll on Oct. 26 that it was "difficult" to guarantee the election would be free and fair.

Somali police fire bullets to break up protest against weekend bombing

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali police opened fire to prevent a crowd of protesters demonstrating against last weekend's deadly bombing from accessing the site of the attack, according to a Reuters witness.

Kenya election official Roselyn Akombe flees to US

Roselyn Akombe says she fears for her life ahead of next week's presidential election re-run.

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