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Kenya's High Court rules against government plan to close the world's biggest refugee camp

Kenya’s High Court on Thursday overturned a government order to close the world’s biggest refugee camp, home to more than 300,000 Somali refugees, including some who have lived there more than 20 years.

In Somalia, famine is looming and families with no food or water are leaving their land

In Somalia, the farm animals are dying. The water holes have dried up. The crops have failed.

African leaders amp up pressure on the International Criminal Court, with a plan for mass exit

African leaders have agreed to a plan for a mass withdrawal from the International Criminal Court , amid criticisms its prosecutions focused too heavily on Africans.

Fairy circles: Has one of nature's great mysteries been solved?

Scientists have been divided on what causes these circles in the Namib Desert. But a new Princeton-led study attempts to reconcile both sides of the debate.

Sierra Leone enters Miss Universe competition for first time

Hawa Kamara made history today as the first woman from Sierra Leone to enter the Miss Universe beauty pageant.

Trump travel ban: For Sudanese-Americans, this humiliation is far from new

The ban on travel to the US is a disappointment -- but to be fair, we're used to it. It has never been easy for Sudanese nationals to gain access to America.

Gambia's new President returns to country

Gambia's new President Adama Barrow arrived in the West African country to govern on Thursday, after days of waiting in a neighboring nation.

Armyworms destroy crops in southern Africa

Armyworm moths, in their caterpillar stage, are laying waste to vast tracts of farmland in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Ode to hair: Ivorian women champion afros

Nappys de Babi, an online group based in Ivory Coast capital Abidjan, encourage and support members to wear their hair 'natural'.

Abortion rates went up in some countries the last time 'global gag rule' was in effect

Republican administrations dating back to the Reagan era have sought to reduce the number of abortions around the world by requiring that overseas family planning groups refrain from performing or promoting the procedure as a condition for receiving U.S. aid.

How to hold a fashion show in a war zone

The annual Festival of Fashion and Art for Peace seeks to connect the people of South Sudan, despite the ongoing conflict.

In a final insult, Gambia's ex-leader looted millions of dollars, his successor says

The last act of a dictator who ruled his country for 22 years was massive embezzlement, according to the new government of Gambia, where Yahya Jammeh was forced to give up power under West African military and diplomatic pressure.

Gambia's president to return within a week

Gambia's new president Adama Barrow told CNN he intends to return "within a week" now ousted long-term president Yahya Jammeh has finally left the country.

Troops enter Gambia to remove defeated President

Adama Barrow was sworn in Thursday as Gambia's new President at the West African nation's embassy in neighboring Senegal, but incumbent Yahya Jammeh has so far refused to step down.

Nigeria's fight against Boko Haram is going to be long and messy

The admission by Nigeria that its air force accidentally targeted a camp for people who have been internally displaced represents a significant change in attitude by the forces fighting the terrorist insurgency known as Boko Haram.

Could Trump be a game changer for Africa?

Why would Trump care about Africa? The answer is simple: China.

Roller derby's revival in Egypt

Roller derby is experiencing a global resurgence and Egypt's CaiRollers are leading the movement on the continent.

Gambia: Defeated leader Jammeh says he will step down

Gambia's longtime leader Yahya Jammeh has announced he will step down as president after days of tense negotiations and the prospect of West African military intervention.

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