At least 312 people are believed to have been killed, and more than 1,000 others affected, following a large mudslide near Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.
Africa is the second-largest and second-most-populous continent. The continent covers around 30.2 million km², including adjacent islands. As such, it covers approximately six percent of Earth’s total surface area, and 20.4 percent of its total land area. The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, both the Suez Canal and the Red Sea along the Sinai Peninsula to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.
As of 2013, Africa has a population of 1.1 billion people, and accounts for about 15% of the world’s human population.
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At least 18 people were killed and several others injured following an attack by gunmen at a cafe in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou.
At least two French police officers have been shot and wounded, after attempting to arrest a suspected radical Islamist on the Indian Ocean island of Réunion.
At least 20 children have been killed, after a minibus crash near the South African capital, Pretoria.
At least one policeman has been killed, and three others wounded, after gunfire opened fire on a checkpoint, near Egypt’s St Catherine’s monastery.
At least 26 have been killed, and a further 50 were injured, following an explosion inside a church in Egypt’s Nile Delta, whilst a second blast occurred outside a church in the city of Alexandria.
At least six people have been killed, following a plane crash in eastern Zimbabwe, near the country’s border with Mozambique.
At least one soldier has been killed, and another was wounded, after a roadside bomb exploded in the semi-autonomous Puntland region of Somalia.
Kenyan troops have reportedly killed at least 31 suspected al-Shabaab militants in a raid on their base in southern Somalia.
At least 40 police officers are thought to have been decapitated, following an ambush by militia fighters in central DR Congo.