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Nelson Mandela statue's hidden rabbit catches government on the hop

Nelson-Mandela-rabbitSouth Africa's arts and culture department says it had no idea two sculptors had secreted a rabbit in nine-metre bronze statue.

A new, nine-metre sculpture of Nelson Mandela is billed as the biggest statue of the South African leader.

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Rare Blue Diamond found in South Africa's Cullinan mine

29.6 carat blue diamondA rare blue diamond has been discovered in a mine in South Africa.

The 29.6-carat stone was recovered by Petra Diamonds at its Cullinan mine, about 40km (25 miles) north-east of Pretoria. "This stone is one of the most exceptional stones recovered at Cullinan during Petra's operation of the mine," the company said.

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Beyond mosquito net hand-outs: the fight against malaria in Nigeria

Mosquito draws bloodAccording to a recent WHO report, Nigeria has one of the highest malaria death rates in the world.

To save lives, NGOs must go further than just distributing mosquito nets.

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Central African Republic crisis: Djotodia future in balance

humanitarian crisisCentral African Republic (CAR) interim President Michel Djotodia is expected to face pressure to step down when he attends a regional summit on Thursday.

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South Sudan crisis: Increased efforts to end bloodshed

South-SudanInternational efforts are intensifying to end the bloodshed in South Sudan, where thousands of people are believed to have died in the past 10 days.

The UN Security Council is almost doubling the number of peacekeepers to 12,500 in the world's newest state.

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South Sudan says order restored after 500 killed, but U.N. still concerned

in-South-SudanOrder has been restored in South Sudan after fighting that left about 500 people dead, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.

Government forces are now in charge of the situation, and flights have resumed at Juba International Airport, the ministry said.

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S Africa investigates 'fake signer' security checks

Thamsanqa-JantjieSouth Africa's deputy disability minister says the government is investigating how a man who faked sign language at the Mandela memorial was given security clearance.

Thamsanqa Jantjie, who stood alongside world leaders at the event, has denied being a fraud, and said he panicked when he began hallucinating.

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Africa, Clooney and an unlikely space race

Africa-Clooney Plans to launch an African space agency are underway, and as Jonathan Kalan discovers, the indirect involvement of George Clooney in the continent's ambitious goals provides an unusual twist.

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Africa's first start-up bus hits the road

from-AfricaImagine a bus, jam-packed with uber-geeks from different countries, taking on a four-day brainstorming marathon across Southern Africa.

Well, imagine no more because it has just become a reality.

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Egyptian General Trumps Miley to Win 'Time' Person of the Year Poll

General-SisiAbdel Fattah el-Sisi, the Egyptian general who played a key role in ousting former President Mohamed Morsi, has won the reader poll for Time's Person of the Year.

To claim the title, he beat out Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, viral star Miley Cyrus, and NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

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