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Dozens of Mali villagers killed by gunmen

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Fulani are semi-nomadic herders

At least 50 people have been killed in an attack on a village in central Mali by armed men wearing traditional Dogon hunters' clothing, reports say.
Gunmen surrounded the village before attacking people in their homes in Ogossagou in the country's Mopti region, a local official said.
The attack on Saturday targeted members of the Fulani ethnic community.
Ambassadors for the UN are currently in Mali addressing the increasing levels of ethnic and jihadist violence.
The victims of Saturday's deadly attack were “killed with guns and machetes”, a local security official told AFP news agency.

Unconfirmed reports put the death toll far higher.
The mayor of the neighbouring village of Ouenkoro, Cheick Harouna Sankare, described the attack as a “massacre”.
Mali country profileClashes between Dogon hunters and semi-nomadic Fulani herders can occur over access to land and water.
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Somalia’s al-Shabab militants attack ministry

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Al-Shabab have intensified their attacks in the capital recently

Al-Shabab militants in Somalia have attacked a government building in the capital, Mogadishu, killing at least 11 people.
Deputy labour minister Saqar Ibrahim Abdala and several policemen were amongst those killed, officials said.
The militants first staged a suicide car bomb attack and then stormed into the ministry offices.
Al-Shabab has continued to mount regular attacks in Mogadishu since it was forced out of the city in 2011.

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Five rebels were reported to have been involved. Somali officials said they had all been killed and the area secured.

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Cyclone Idai: More bodies under floodwater – UN

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Cyclone Idai is an “unprecedented natural disaster” that no-one could have predicted, a Mozambican minister has said

The UN has said the final casualty figure after Cyclone Idai tore through southern Africa more than a week ago will only be known once the flood waters have receded.
At least 417 people have now been declared dead in Mozambique, Land and Environment Minister Celso Correia has said.
The new figure puts the overall death toll at about 700 people across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
It is expected to rise further.
The United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Saturday that the Buzi and Zambezi rivers were at risk of breaking their banks again.

“We're going to have to wait until the flood waters recede until we know the full expanse of the toll on the people of Mozambique,” OCHA co-ordinator Sebastian Rhodes Stampa said.

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Cyclone Idai: Cholera cases reported in storm-hit Mozambique

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Thousands of people are still awaiting rescue from flooded areas across in southern Africa

A week after the flooded Mozambican port of Beira was hit by Cyclone Idai, cases of cholera have been recorded, a humanitarian aid group said on Friday.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned of the risk of other outbreaks, already noting an increase in malaria.
The storm has so far killed 557 people across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, but the death toll is expected to rise.
Idai made landfall near Beira with 177km/h (106 mph) winds on 14 March.
Aid workers are slowly delivering relief but conditions are said to be extremely difficult, with some areas completely inaccessible and a scarcity of helicopters.

Some 1.7 million people are said to be affected across southern Africa, with no electricity or running water in areas where homes have been swept away and roads destroyed by the floods.

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