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#Ebola death toll rises to almost 4,900

The number of people with Ebola is almost to hit 10,000 in West Africa, the World Health Organisation said, as the scramble to find a cure gathered pace.

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Several dead in violence in Libya's Benghazi

Clashes in Benghazi and a suicide attack at a security checkpoint east of the Libyan city have left at least 11 people dead, officials have said.

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Police battle fighters in Tunisian town

Tunisian PoliceA member of Tunisia's security forces has been killed in a shootout with an armed group at its hideout in a town near the capital.

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Blast rocks bus station in northern #Nigeria

A large explosion has rocked a bus station in a northern region of Nigeria previously targeted by Boko Haram, witnesses said, in what appeared to be the latest crack in the government's purported ceasefire with the armed group.

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Cuban medics arrive in #Liberia to fight #Ebola

A Cuban medical team has arrived in Liberia to help tackle the spread of the Ebola virus.

Earlier, the foreign ministry said the 52-member team comprised doctors, nurses, epidemiologists, intensive care doctors, general practitioners, surgeons, pediatricians, intensive care nurses, anesthetists and licensed nurses.

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DRC ex-militia leader pleads innocence at #ICC

Congolese ex-militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui has protested his innocence at an appeal hearing before the International Criminal Court, where he was acquitted nearly two years ago of war crimes charges.

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Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years

Olympic and paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.

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Third UN employee dies of #Ebola

A UN staff member in Sierra Leone has died of Ebola, the third employee to succumb to the deadly virus, the organisation has said.

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S Sudan rivals accept responsibility for war

The president of South Sudan and his rival rebel chief have accepted mutual responsibility for a 10-month civil war that killed thousands of people, at a meeting aimed at ending months of conflict in the central African nation.

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Sudan's Bashir to seek re-election in 2015

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir - in power since a 1989 coup - will stand for re-election in April 2015 after being retained as the leader of the ruling party, an adviser has said.

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