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Rhino anti-poaching deal signed

At least 618 rhinos have been poached in South Africa in 2012, nearly double the number killed in 2010 South Africa has signed a deal with Vietnam to help curb the rising number of illegally slaughtered rhinos, officials announced on Monday. The price of rhino horn - used in traditional medicine in Asian countries - has soared. Rhino poaching is already banned under international conventions but figures show the number of rhinos killed in 2012 was nearly double the 2010 figure.

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Libya ex-PM on trial in Tripoli

Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi appeared in a caged section of a courtroom in Tripoli Libya's former Prime Minister al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi has gone on trial in Tripoli charged with "acts that led to the unjust killing of Libyans".

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Ghana candidate mulls challenge

John Mahama took office in July after the unexpected death of President John Atta Mills Ghana's main opposition party says it is considering legal action to annul President John Mahama's victory in Friday's fiercely contested election.

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March demands Dewani extradition

Shrien Dewani has denied any involvement in his wife Ani's murder A march has taken place in South Africa to demand the extradition of Shrien Dewani, a British man accused of murdering his wife on their honeymoon. The African National Congress (ANC) Women's League said about 500 women joined them in marching to the British High Commission in Pretoria on Monday

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South Africa’s Nelson Mandela ‘looks well’ in hospital

South African President Jacob Zuma has visited Nelson Mandela in hospital and says he "looks well after a restful night", Mr Zuma's spokesperson said.The president has been reassured that Mr Mandela is in the hands of a competent medical team at the hospital in Pretoria, Mac Maharaj told the BBC.The 94-year-old was admitted to hospital on Saturday to undergo tests.South Africans have been waiting for word on Mr Mandela's condition amid messages of hope for a speedy recovery.

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South Africa’s Nelson Mandela in hospital ‘for tests’

Nelson Mandela South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital in the capital Pretoria to undergo tests, officials say.The office of President Jacob Zuma said 94-year-old Mr Mandela was doing well and there was "no cause for alarm".Mr Mandela spent more than two decades in jail under the white minority apartheid regime.He served as South Africa's first black president between 1994 and 1999, and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.Mr Mandela has rarely appeared in public since 2004, when he retired from public life.In January 2011 he was treated for a serious chest infection, and a year later underwent a diagnostic procedure for an abdominal problem.Officials said on Saturday that he would need medical attention "from time to time" because of his age.There is no information yet on what prompted his admission, says the BBC's Andrew Harding in Johannesburg.Mr Zuma said in a statement: "We wish Madiba [Mandela] all the best."The medical team is assured of our support as they look after and ensure the comfort of our beloved founding president of a free and democratic South Africa."The statement gave no further details of Mr Mandela's health.Mr Mandela spends almost all his time in Qunu, a rural village close to where he was born.He is known to be frail and his memory is fading, but visitors have repeatedly said he is in good spirits, says our correspondent.

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South Africa’s Nelson Mandela in hospital ‘for tests’

Nelson Mandela South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital in the capital Pretoria to undergo tests, officials say.The office of President Jacob Zuma said 94-year-old Mr Mandela was doing well and there was "no cause for alarm".Mr Mandela spent more than two decades in jail under the white minority apartheid regime.He served as South Africa's first black president between 1994 and 1999, and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.Mr Mandela has rarely appeared in public since 2004, when he retired from public life.In January 2011 he was treated for a serious chest infection, and a year later underwent a diagnostic procedure for an abdominal problem.Officials said on Saturday that he would need medical attention "from time to time" because of his age.There is no information yet on what prompted his admission, says the BBC's Andrew Harding in Johannesburg.Mr Zuma said in a statement: "We wish Madiba [Mandela] all the best."The medical team is assured of our support as they look after and ensure the comfort of our beloved founding president of a free and democratic South Africa."The statement gave no further details of Mr Mandela's health.Mr Mandela spends almost all his time in Qunu, a rural village close to where he was born.He is known to be frail and his memory is fading, but visitors have repeatedly said he is in good spirits, says our correspondent.

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Egypt opposition shuns Morsi move

The BBC's Shaimaa Khalil says President Morsi's opponents warn he has not heeded their main complaint Opposition leaders in Egypt have rejected President Mohammed Morsi's attempted compromise, which saw him scrap some of his powers but stick to a planned constitutional referendum. Halting the referendum has been a key demand of the opposition, and the leaders called for protests on Tuesday

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Egypt opposition shuns Morsi move

The BBC's Shaimaa Khalil says President Morsi's opponents warn he has not heeded their main complaint Opposition leaders in Egypt have rejected President Mohammed Morsi's attempted compromise, which saw him scrap some of his powers but stick to a planned constitutional referendum. Halting the referendum has been a key demand of the opposition, and the leaders called for protests on Tuesday.

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Egypt’s leader offers concession

  The BBC's Shaimaa Khalil: "This is a major sign of compromise on the president's part" Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has offered a concession to opponents by annulling a decree that hugely expanded his powers and sparked angry protests.

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