The vote comes two weeks after the first round of a presidential election that swept aside traditional political parties in favour of independent candidates, a trend likely to be repeated in the ballot for MPs.
Oceanium, an association of amateur divers in the West African state of Senegal, removed hundreds of kilos of plastic rubbish in the waters around the island of Goree off the capital Dakar.
Meanwhile, France has begun asking its European partners to send special forces to Mali and other Sahel nations in Africa, to shore up local forces who are being increasingly targeted by deadly militant attacks across the vast desert expanse.
The agreement sparked fears among some refugees they might be forced home despite assurances from both governments and the United Nations that would not happen.
President Muhammadu Buhari met his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa and stressed the importance of avoiding a repeat of attacks against foreigners that occurred in the country.
The accident happened at around 2pm in Kampene, 180 kilometres south of town of Kindu, when "dozens of people, including children and pregnant women" were at work on the site, a civil society campaigner said.
Government officials say most of the deaths were over business, money disputes, extra-marital affairs, and other personal arguments. Bangladesh embassy says none of Bangladesh's nationals were involved in the killings.
The start of the women's club football league comes amid expectations that current three-year transition period will see liberal policies implemented across the country, including measures to promote freedom of speech, women's rights, sport and arts.
Al Shabab militant group claims responsibility for two suicide car comb attacks that targeted US and European military personnel in Somalia.
UNICEF Spokesperson Toby Fricker said that some 1.3 million people, including around 650,000 children, are now in need of some form of humanitarian assistance.
Horror stories are emerging about life in a two-storey house in northern city of Kaduna as authorities try to find families of some 400 victims, men and boys, who often spent years at the site.
Alaa Abdel Fattah's arrest came two days after Egyptian authorities stifled calls for fresh protests against President Abdel Fattah el Sisi's rule, deploying security forces and closing many of Cairo's main thoroughfares.
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