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Ivory Coast's ex-first lady Simone Gbagbo acquitted of crimes against humanity
An Ivory Coast jury on Tuesday acquitted former first lady Simone Gbagbo of crimes against humanity during the 2010-11 post-election crisis in a stunning verdict after the prosecution had sought to jail her for life.



Anti-apartheid hero Ahmed Kathrada dies aged 87
Celebrated South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, a Robben Island prisoner and one of Nelson Mandela's closest colleagues in the struggle against white rule, died early Tuesday aged 87.



Several Egyptian soldiers killed in double roadside bombing in Sinai
Ten Egyptian soldiers were killed in two roadside bombings as they clashed with Islamic State group jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula, the military said on Thursday.



Pope apologises for Church's ‘sins and failings’ in Rwandan genocide
Pope Francis asked for forgiveness on Monday for the “sins and failings of the Church” during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, saying he hoped his apology would help heal the African state’s wounds.



King of Morocco names Saad Eddine El Othmani as new prime minister
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has named Saad Eddine El Othmani of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) as the country’s new prime minister and asked him to form a government, a statement carried by MAP state news agency said on Friday.



‘I am not an accidental president’: Barrow vows change in Gambia
On his first trip outside Africa, new Gambian President Adama Barrow said he was confident France and the EU would boost financial support to his country after 22 years of dictatorship. Barrow estimated that his predecessor, Yahya Jammeh, had embezzled the equivalent of 85 million euros domestically, with inquiries open into his activities abroad. Justice, Barrow insisted, would be served.



East Libyan forces retake key oil ports from rival militia
East Libyan forces said they had regained control on Tuesday of the major oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Es Sider from a rival faction that seized them earlier this month.



Death toll surpasses 60 in Ethiopia landfill collapse
The death toll from the collapse of a landfill on the outskirts of Addis Ababa has risen to 62, state media said Monday, and dozens of people are still missing.



Video: On Saint Helena, Emperor Napoleon is still waiting for his fans
Our reporter has been to the island of Saint-Helena, in the middle of the South Atlantic, where the French emperor Napoleon was exiled by the British in 1815 after Waterloo. Two centuries later, this small piece of land with strong tourist potential remains remote, despite the construction of a brand new airport. For safety reasons, long-haul flights are unable to land. The residents of Saint-Helena remain isolated and few tourists come to see the place where Napoleon lived out his last days.



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