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In this photo taken on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, a woman, left, walk near a memorial for the SS Mendi, right, in Simon's Town, South Africa. South Africa will mark the centenary of the Feb. 21, 1917, Mendi sinking disaster when a British steamship accidentally rammed the smaller SS Mendi vessel in the channel between Britain and France, killing more than 600 southern African troops on board, most of them black.<br>Schalk van Zuydam/AP

South Africa honors more than 600 dead in WWI ship sinking

It was a cataclysmic loss among many during World War I. On the foggy early morning of Feb. 21, 1917, in the channel between Britain and France, a British steamship accidentally rammed the smaller SS Mendi, sinking the vessel in about 20 minutes and killing more than 600 southern African troops on board, the vast majority of them black.

UN: Congo must stop rights violations by its armed forces

The U.N. commissioner for human rights has called on Congo's government to stop human rights violations by its armed forces.

Famine declared in South Sudan, with 100,000 people facing starvation

A severe food shortage has deteriorated into a famine in two counties in South Sudan, the government and United Nations announced Monday, with 100,000 people facing starvation.


Bodies of 74 migrants heading to Europe wash up in Libya

Scores of bodies, presumably of African migrants, washed ashore in Libya, in the western city of Zawiya on the Mediterranean Sea, Libya's Red Crescent spokesman said on Tuesday.


UAE arms show comes as Yemen war, suspicions of Iran linger

Fighter jets screaming overhead and theatrical explosions marked the opening of an arms show Sunday in Abu Dhabi, as a bullet-scarred Emirati armored personnel carrier served as a reminder of the country's ongoing military campaign in Yemen.

Blast in Somalia kills 34 in Mogadishu marketplace

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast. However, Somalia's homegrown Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, often carry out such attacks.


Islamic extremists denounce Somalia's new president

Al-Shabab leader also referred the new president as "evil-minded," recalling his eight-month tenure as the prime minister of Somalia in 2010 and 2011, during which the extremists lost control of Mogadishu.


AFRICOM: Boko Haram weakened in 2016 but still a threat

Boko Haram is splintered, weaker and less organized than it was a year ago, but the Nigerian terrorist group remains a threat to the region, according to U.S. Africa Command.


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