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Kenya to discard the use of kerosene

Tigania Murder

Goodluck's unassailable victory in elections

Goodluck Jonathan has won the Nigerian Presidential Elections with an unassailable lead over his challenger. But the historic value of this election is where Jonathan comes from. Jonathan's victory is a milestone in Nigeria's democracy simply because of where he hails from. NTV's John Allan Namu explains why Goodluck's roots make this election unique and why what Nigerians eat could have predicted this.

Nigeria's Presidential Election

In a country where vote rigging, violence and intimidation have been common, how genuine will Nigeria's election really be? Inside Story, with presenter Ghida Fakhry, discusses with guests: Dapo Oyewole, the executive director of the Centre for African Policy & Peace Strategy; Patrick Wilmot, a political commentator on African affairs; and Jonathan Offei-Ansah, the Editor of News Africa.

Ivory Coast: Laurent Gbagbo's Dramatic Capture

Extraordinary footage has emerged of the moment the former president of Ivory Coast was removed from his bunker and arrested. Laurent Gbagbo was seized from a cellar underneath his residence in Abidjan on Monday. The footage shows troops loyal to the internationally recognised President Alassane Ouattara entering the compound with heavy weaponry. Gunfire can be heard as they clash with Mr Gbagbo's forces in the grounds of the residence. They then enter the building, shoot the lock off a door to access what looks like a reception room. The former president is then seen being given a bullet-proof vest and helmet.

Ouattara to ask ICC to probe Ivory Coast massacres

Ivory Coast's main city is trying to get back to normal but 10 days of fierce fighting for control of Abidjan have left deep scars. The winner in the power struggle - internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara - said his priority is to restore security and basic services.

Ivory Coast Refugees

France boosts military presence amid intense fighting in Abidjan

French soldiers are now reported to be in control of Abidjan's main airport and Paris has sent an extra 300 troops to back up its force there.

Ayo Johnson - Sky News Interview - Ivory Coast Crisis.

Ayo Johnson speaks to Sky News-- The International Committee of the Red Cross reports that 800 bodies have been found in the western Ivory Coast town of Duekoue

Ayo Johnson -- BBC Interview - Côte d'Ivoire - Fight for Abidjan

Ivory Coast's post-election violence reached the heart of Abidjan, the commercial capital, on Friday as forces allied to the president-elect, Alassane Ouattara, surrounded the residence of Laurent Gbagbo, the former president, in a final attempt to force him from office.

Catholic Church reports mass murder in Cote d'Ivoire

Ivory Coast: Rival forces battle for control of Abidjan

Libyan Rape Victim Refuses to be Silenced

NBN reports on a new crime committed by Muammar Gaddafi and his regime: the rape of Iman al-Obeidi. The victim is a "lawyer who embodies the model Libyan woman, but bothered the regime for being a free woman." Iman was detained and raped by 15 of Gaddafi's mercenaries. The regime first accused al-Obeidi of being drunk and mentally ill, then offered to bribe the rape victim in exchange for her silence, a request that was rejected. Benghazi residents held a solidarity rally with Iman and online activists rallied behind her with a Facebook page entitled "We are all Iman al-Obeidi."

Measles Outbreak in Nairobi

The government is confirming that there is an outbreak of measles in the country with the most affected counties being Nairobi and Garissa counties. The disease is however feared to have spread to two other counties in north eastern. To curb its spread the government is planning to roll out an accelerated immunization programme two years after the last programme to curb the spread of the sometimes fatal disease in the affected areas.

Gbagbo's options 'limited'

Monica Mark is a freelance journalist based in Abidjan. She told Al Jazeera that incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo's options are very limited as forces loyal to Alassane Outtara reach Abidjan.

Women vie for votes in Nigerian elections

Of the 469 members of Nigeria's national assembly, only 44 of them are women. Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan has promised to appoint women in 35 per cent of political posts, if he wins next week's presidential elections. Meanwhile, dozens of women are preparing for an uphill battle in the poll beginning on April 9. Al Jazeera's Yvonne Ndege reports from Anambra state in south-eastern Nigeria.

Nigeria and the capture of Jessica Tata

Nigerian Tribune "Jessica Tata, who has dual nationality of Nigeria and the United States, ran a day care centre out of her home in Houston, Texas, until February 24. The day care centre was licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Tata, aged 22, began running the day care centre in March 2010 after obtaining a licence but things went dreadfully wrong on February 24, 2011. Tata had seven children in her care and had no help. She left the children in the house, the oldest only three years old, and went shopping. Leaping flames welcomed her back to the house. Tata was momentarily transfixed with the horror of seven helpless children in a burning house, but then sprang into self-sacrificing action in an attempt to rescue the children, according to her defence counsel. Related articles Jessica Tata charged with 4 counts of murder for a fire in her home that killed 4 children ( Judge sets $1.1 million bail for Tata (