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December 23: A force of 100 Burundian soldiers arrives in Mogadishu to support the African Union Mission to Somalia and prepare for the arrival of an additional 1,700 troops. (BBC)

December 18: Jacob Zuma is elected president of the African National Congress, replacing Thabo Mbeki. (The Times) (Guardian Unlimited)

December 12: Somali pirates abandon the Japanese chemical tanker MV Golden Nori, hijacked in October, after a six-week hostage standoff. (BBC)

December 11: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a South African Nobel laureate, calls on the African National Congress to select someone other than Jacob Zuma as its leader. (BBC)

December 4: The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo pledges "fires support" to government forces fighting rebels loyal to Laurent Nkunda. (BBC)

December 4: Chadian government forces battle rebels of the Rally of Forces for Change in eastern Chad. (BBC)

November 30: The World Health Organization reports a decline of 91% in deaths in Africa from measles between 2000 and 2006, attributing the change to vaccination efforts supported by the Measles Initiative. (BBC)

November 25: The Oscar Foundation Free Legal Aid Clinic-Kenya, a human rights organisation, alleges that Kenyan security forces killed thousands during a crackdown on the Mungiki sect. (BBC)

November 22: Nur Hassan Hussein, chief of the Somali Red Crescent Society, is named Prime Minister of Somalia. (BBC)

November 20: Ian Smith, the former Prime Minister of Rhodesia, dies at age 88 in South Africa. (BBC)

November 3: A statement attributed to Ayman al-Zawahiri claims that the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group has joined al-Qaeda. (BBC)

October 30: Patricia Etteh resigns her position as Speaker of Nigeria's House of Representatives amid accusations of corruption. (BBC)

October 11: The Sudan People's Liberation Movement suspends its participation in the Sudanese national unity government, formed after the January 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that concluded the Second Sudanese Civil War. (BBC)

October 5: Following an accident that temporarily trapped over 3,000 miners underground, the government of South Africa closes the Elandskraal mine for six weeks. (BBC)

October 4: An Africa One Antonov An-26 crashes shortly after takeoff in a residential area in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing at least 50 people, including many on the ground. (BBC)

October 3: A fire destroys approximately one-quarter of the Bakaara market in Mogadishu, the largest open market in Somalia. (BBC)

September 24: The Nigerian militant group Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta calls off a ceasefire declared in May. (BBC)

September 11: The World Health Organization confirms an outbreak of the Ebola virus in Kasai-Occidental province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (BBC) (New York Times)

September 8: A suicide attack by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb against a naval base in Dellys, Algeria kills more than 30, two days after a suicide bomber killed over 20 people in Batna. (BBC)

September 4: Rebel forces led by General Laurent Nkunda occupy large areas of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (BBC)

August 27: Driss Basri, former interior minister of Morocco under King Hassan II, dies in Paris, France at age 69. (BBC)

August 24: The opposition All People's Congress defeats the ruling Sierra Leone People's Party in the 2007 Sierra Leonean parliamentary elections. (BBC)

August 15: The Orange Democratic Movement, Kenya's leading opposition political party, splits into two factions headed by Kalonzo Musyoka and Raila Odinga. (BBC)

August 9: The National Assembly of Mauritania adopts legislation criminalising slavery. (AFP via News Limited)

August 8: Two fossils found in Kenya challenge existing views of human evolution by showing that Homo erectus and Homo habilis lived side by side in eastern Africa for half a million years. (New York Times)

July 31: The UN Security Council approves a resolution to send up to 26,000 troops and civilian police to Sudan's Darfur region. (BBC)

July 28: The government of Liberia removes a six-year ban on the mining and export of diamonds, imposed during the Second Liberian Civil War by ex-President Charles Taylor to comply with UN sanctions. (BBC)

July 27: The UN Monitoring Group on Somalia reports that the Islamic Courts Union has received armaments, including surface-to-air missiles, from Eritrea. (BBC)

July 17: The supreme court of Libya commutes the death sentence of five Bulgarians and a Palestinian convicted of injecting over 400 children with HIV to life imprisonment. (Guardian Unlimited) (

July 4: The ninth summit of the Assembly of the African Union, held in Accra, Ghana, ends without agreement on a timetable for creating a unified government for the content. (BBC) (GhanaHomePage)

July 3: Ghana introduces a new currency, the Ghanaian cedi, to be used alongside the old until December 2007, when the old ceases to be legal tender. One GH¢ is 10,000 old cedis. (GhanaHomePage) (

May 31: The National Assembly of Niger passes a motion of no confidence in the government of Prime Minister Hama Amadou, who promptly resigns. (BBC) (APA)

May 5: Kenya Airways Flight 507 crashes shortly after takeoff from Douala International Airport in Cameroon, killing 114 on board. (CNN) (BBC)

May 4: The opposition Front for Democracy and the Republic of Mali requests that the Constitutional Court annul the presidential election of April 29. (BBC)

May 2: The International Criminal Court issues arrest warrants for Sudanese Humanitarian Affairs Minister and Janjaweed leader Ali Kushayb for war crimes committed during the Darfur conflict. (BBC)

April 30: According to a Reuters count, political violence in Algeria has claimed 165 lives in the first four months of 2007. (Reuters)

April 24: Fighters of the Ogaden National Liberation Front attack an oil field in the Somali Region of Ethiopia, killing 74 and taking captive seven Chinese workers. (BBC)

April 22: Eritrea withdraws from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development following a dispute with Ethiopia over Somalia. (Al Jazeera)

April 10: A Somali committee reports that 1,086 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Mogadishu from March 29 to April 31 in battles pitting Ethiopian and Somali Transitional Federal Government forces against fighters of the Popular Resistance Movement and Hawiye clan militamen. (Reuters AlertNet)

April 5: Guillaume Soro, former leader of the rebel New Forces (FN), replaces Charles Konan Banny as Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire. (BBC)