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Illegal miners try their luck in Mozambique ruby rush

Sita - Deep inside a forest, sweating men haul earth out of rough excavation holes and carry it in bags on their backs to a stream.

189 Islamist suspects stand trial in Mozambique

Maputo - The trial of 189 suspected Islamist militants began in Mozambique on Wednesday, with the accused allegedly involved in attacks against police and civilians in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.

12 killed as jihadists attack village in north Mozambique

Maputo - Twelve villagers were killed and 14 wounded in an attack by suspected jihadists on a village in a gas-rich region of northern Mozambique, a local source told AFP on Friday.

Ruby rush brings 'hell', not riches, to Mozambique village

Sita - Nearly a decade after rubies were first found in northern Mozambique, the discovery has proven a poisoned chalice, says traditional local ruler Cristina Joaquim.

Teen pregnancy epidemic feeds Mozambique's population boom

- In the tiny maternity ward in Murrupelane, two 16-year-old mothers breast-feed their babies, both born that morning.

In Mozambique, a joint fight against climate change and forest loss

Mocuba - From a distance, the Gile National Reserve in northern Mozambique is a vast, dense ocean of green that reaches as far as the horizon.

Mozambique's gas-fuelled future threatened by jihadists

Maputo - An unprecedented wave of jihadist attacks in northern Mozambique has raised fears the country will fail to fully cash in on a gas bonanza.After 180 trillion cubic feet (5.

'Severed his head': Survivors recount Mozambique attack

Pemba - The attackers lured the victims from their homes in the dead of night by shouting "thief", gunning down those who ventured out to intervene, decapitating them and setting one of their heads ablaze.

US warns of 'imminent attacks' in Mozambique

Maputo - The US embassy in Mozambique said Friday it had "information pointing to the likelihood of imminent attacks" in the country's north, which has been rocked by recent attacks blamed on jihadists.

Suspected jihadists kill 5 in north Mozambique: police

Maputo - Suspected jihadists wielding knives and machetes killed five people in a Mozambique region that has been rocked by attacks blamed on radical Islamists, police said Thursday.

Suspected Islamists behead 10 in Mozambique: local sources

Maputo - Ten people including children were beheaded in a village in northern Mozambique in a weekend attack blamed on suspected Islamists, local sources said on Tuesday.

Renamo leader's death a 'game changer' for Mozambique peace process

Beira - The death of Mozambique's former rebel supremo turned opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama has piled pressure on his Renamo party ahead of local elections and ongoing peace talks with an increasingly authoritarian government.

Death of Mozambique rebel leader shakes peace process

Maputo - Mozambique's president said the country's fragile peace process must not collapse after veteran rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama, who had opened talks with the government, died unexpectedly aged 65.

Dissent a perilous path in Mozambique

Maputo - Abductions, beatings, surveillance, threats and even fatal shootings -- critics of the government in Mozambique say that voicing dissent is increasingly dangerous.

Full steam ahead for Mozambique's rail network

Nampula - Dozens of passengers line up in single file along the platform in the dead of night, ready to gather their luggage and pile into the ageing railway carriages.

No escape for Mozambique as debt troubles mount

Maputo - Mozambique's renewed efforts to solve its spiralling "secret debt" crisis have again collapsed, leaving the country struggling to recover its reputation as one of Africa's potential growth hotspots.

Mozambique president, opposition chief hold first meet since 2015

Maputo - Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi and the nation's opposition chief Afonso Dhlakama met Sunday for the first since 2015, a step toward peace after years of instability.

Mozambique's opposition extends truce as step to end war

Maputo - Mozambique's opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama on Thursday extended indefinitely a unilateral truce he first announced in December, calling it the "beginning of the end" of the war between his rebels and the government.

Mozambique battles illegal logging to save tropical forests

Pemba - A squad of Mozambican forest rangers made their first arrest just minutes after arriving at a checkpoint near the northern port city of Pemba.

Ruby rush brings gangland turf war to Mozambique

Sita - The stakes are high in Montepuez where the discovery of rubies has led to violence among miners that has turned the northern town into what some describe as Mozambique's own version of the Wild West.
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