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A car bomb explosion near a hospital in the Libyan city of Benghazi has killed at least four people, officials say. The blast follows a string of bombings in the eastern city in recent days. Security remains precarious in Libya since the uprising against long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi, with protests by militias and attacks by Islamists.
The Southern African Development Community on Friday urged Madagascar leader Andry Rajoelina not to run in upcoming elections to ensure peace and stability on the troubled island. The presidents of Tanzania and South Africa Jakaya Kikwete and Jacob Zuma, also called on the wife of Madagascar's ousted leader and an ex-president to pull out of July polls meant to end a four-year political stalemate.
Swaziland's King Mswati III has made it illegal for anyone under 18 years of age to get married. The law is aimed at preventing under-age marriages, of which, many young girls were either kidnapped or forced into marriage, often with no other choice. But child rights group Save the Children says that chiefs are already arguing against it. The tribal leaders feel that the law should only apply to "Western-style" marriages, not traditional ones.