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Somali pirates release fishermen held for five years

Four Thai fishermen were among 24 crew members captured in 2010 when pirates hijacked Taiwan-flagged fishing vessel.

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DR Congo launches offensive against FDLR rebels

Army takes on group made up of mainly Rwandan Hutu rebels in South Kivu province, sparking fear among civilians.

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#Kenya police say armed groups killed 173 people in 2014

Figure for last year is higher than 2013 when al-Shabab killed at least 67 people in assault on Nairobi's Westgate Mall.

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#Chad claims killing hundreds of Boko Haram fighters

Army says it killed 207 fighters near Nigerian town close to the border with Cameroon.

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US nominates first ambassador to #Somalia since 1991

President Obama names long-time diplomat Katherine Dhanani as potential envoy, to mark nations' deepening relationship.

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Suicide blasts at Nigerian bus stations leave 22 dead

Suicide bombers strike bus stations in the north of the country leaving at least 22 dead and scores wounded.

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Rights group critical of Egypt's air strikes in #Libya

Amnesty International says Cairo failed to protect civilians in raids launched after beheadings of Egyptian Christians.

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Kenyan court strikes down media restrictions

High Court disagrees with government which said the measures were needed to fight al-Shabab.

President Uhuru Kenyatta

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Several killed in suicide bombing attack in #Nigeria

Female suicide bomber kills at least five people and wounded dozens at a security checkpoint in town of Potiskum.

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Hundreds rescued as fire hits S Africa gold mine

All 486 workers brought safely to surface after a fire struck gold mine outside of Johannesburg.

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