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US military sets sights on al-Shabab in Somalia

Trump administration plans to pursue wider military involvement, including special forces operations, as ISIL expands.

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Zimbabwe floods killed 246, made thousands homeless

Officials declare national disaster and appeal to international donors for $100m to help thousands affected by floods.

Floods in Zimbabwe

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AMISOM: 57 al-Shabab fighters killed in Juba raid

AMISOM announces one of deadliest attacks on armed group's base in Juba, but al-Shabab says it lost no fighters.

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Bakri Hassan Saleh named PM by Omar al-Bashir

Vice president and close ally of Sudan's leader appointed to post abolished after coup that brought Bashir to power.

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Lesotho's Pakalitha Mosisili loses parliament vote

Prime minister Mosisili expected ask king to call election as parliament votes in favour of replacing him with a rival.

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Somalia declares 'national disaster' over drought

More than 6.2 million people in need of urgent humanitarian aid, including nearly three million who are going hungry.

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Refugee child abuse rampant in Libya: UNICEF

Thousands of refugee children are being abused, exploited and arbitrarily detained in Libya, UNICEF reports.

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Dying of hunger: What is a famine?

Here is an exploration of a term that evokes the very worst of human suffering.

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South Sudan famine: Eating water lilies to survive

Families caught up in famine hide from marauding gunmen in swamps, survive on little more than lilies.

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Blast near Mogadishu hours after al-Shabab vows attack

Explosion hits close to army checkpoint after al-Shabab threatens attacks against new president, Mohamed Abdullahi.

Somali policeman

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