A powerful former ally of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has launched a party to challenge his 35-year rule.

Nigeria removes 24,000 ghost workers

Monday, 29 February 2016 21:39

The Nigerian government has removed nearly 24,000 workers from its payroll after an audit revealed they did not exist, the Finance Ministry has said.

Justice Clarence Thomas, one of eight judges at the highest court in the US, has broken a 10-year silence at court.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into communal clashes, which have left hundreds dead in central Benue state.

Mr Buhari expressed "deep shock" at the past week's violence between herdsmen from the Fulani ethnic group and local farmers, an official statement said.

Several thousand people have been displaced, according to local media.

Benue has a history of violent attacks and reprisals between semi-nomadic herdsmen and farmers.

The clashes are often linked to cattle raiding.

Mr Buhari called for unity among Nigerians, saying: "There should not be any reason why Nigerians of any group or tongue cannot now reside with one another."

Different groups of Fulani militants killed a total of more than 1,200 people in 2014, meaning that if taken together they would be the world's fourth deadliest militant group, according to the most recent Global Terrorism Index.\

The scope of their attacks is now enough to "pose a serious threat to stability", the report said.

The communal violence in central Nigeria is not connected to the six-year insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in the country's north-east.

Boko Haram was the world's most deadly militant group, according to the report.

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Al-Shabab claims Somali football attack

Monday, 29 February 2016 10:38

Islamist militant group al-Shabab has said it carried out Sunday's attack in Somalia's southern city of Baidoa that killed at least 30 people.

Pakistan hangs killer of state governor

Monday, 29 February 2016 10:24

Pakistan has hanged the former police bodyguard who shot dead Punjab's governor over his opposition to blasphemy laws, officials say.

Huge win for Clinton in South Carolina

Sunday, 28 February 2016 06:15

Hillary Clinton has secured a big win over Bernie Sanders in the South Carolina primary, the latest battleground in the race to be Democratic presidential nominee.

Mugabe's 92nd birthday party criticised

Saturday, 27 February 2016 23:35

Zimbabwe's ruling party has been criticised for hosting lavish 92nd birthday celebrations for President Robert Mugabe while swathes of the population face food shortages.

Most people who survive an Ebola infection will have long-lasting health problems, say doctors from the US National Institutes of Health.

Al-Shabab killed '180 Kenyan troops'

Thursday, 25 February 2016 11:08

At least 180 Kenyan troops were killed when al-Shabab attacked their base last month, Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has said.