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September 01, 2014
Mugabe says 'friendly' China vows to help Zimbabwe economy
Harare (AFP) Aug 31, 2014
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, returning from a state visit to China, said Sunday Beijing had pledged to assist his southern African country's ailing economy "to the best of its ability". China will "continue to be as friendly to us as it was before ... The support we have asked for in the various areas, China will provide to the best of its ability," Mugabe said in comments carried on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) television after his arrival. Mugabe, who won disputed elections l ... read more

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China's Xi hails Mugabe as renowned leader, old friend
China's President Xi Jinping on Monday hailed Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe - a pariah in the West - as a renowned African liberation leader and an "old friend" of the Chinese people. ... more
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'Crucial' to protect victims in mass trial of DRC officer
It is "crucial" that hundreds of witnesses and victims are protected in the trial of a senior army officer accused of crimes against humanity in the Democratic Republic of Congo, legal activists said on Thursday. ... more
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Pygmies torch DR Congo villages in revenge strike: UN
Pygmy militiamen burned down several villages in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last week, the UN peacekeeping mission said, in the latest ethnic violence to hit the strife-torn region. ... more
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Millions of dollars of weapons worsening S.Sudan war: experts
Millions of dollars of arms shipments have flooded South Sudan since civil war broke out eight months ago, weapons monitors said Tuesday, with countries key to peace also involved in the supply. ... more
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UN peacekeeping chief for C. Africa urges political talks
A new UN peacekeeping mission to be deployed in the Central African Republic next month must be backed up by political talks to restore stability, the head of the force said Tuesday. ... more
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Ex-rebels accuse DR Congo army of executing PoWs
Former rebels beaten last November by government and UN troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday accused the army of executing 10 prisoners of war. ... more
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Three Pygmies 'mutilated and killed by Katanga militia'
Three Pygmies were mutilated and killed by separatist militiamen in the Katanga province of Democratic Republic of Congo, further stoking inter-ethnic tensions, the UN said on Wednesday. ... more
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Activists urge DR Congo to do more to stop illegal logging
The Democratic Republic of Congo takes pride in recent steps to prevent illegal logging in its vast equatorial forests, but experts argue these measures are far from enough to stop a thriving business. ... more
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UN tells DRCongo rebels to disarm or face military action
The UN mission chief in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday warned the last remaining rebel group in the east to lay down arms or face military action. ... more
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1,500 security forces deployed in Sierra Leone for Ebola quarantine
More than 1,500 police and soldiers have been mobilised in Sierra Leone to enforce quarantine measures in areas affected by the deadly Ebola virus, the government said on Saturday. ... more
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Kerry offers financial support to green African initiatives
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington planned to commit $10 million to help African economies develop sound energy and climate policies. ... more
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US and African leaders turn to business at summit
US and African political leaders and corporate chiefs will get down to business Tuesday as Washington hopes an historic summit will trigger a surge in trade and investment between the two sides. ... more
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War-torn Somalia appeals for urgent aid amid drought
Somalia's government begged for help Tuesday, warning the war-torn nation once again faced a hunger and drought catastrophe three years after famine killed more than a quarter of a million people. ... more
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Nigerian army accused of 'extensive' rights violations
Global rights watchdog Amnesty International accused Nigeria's military and its supporting civilian militia on Tuesday of "extensive human rights violations" in their fight against Boko Haram in the country's northeast. ... more
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US woos Africa as rivals eye economic growth
African leaders head to Washington for a landmark US summit this week, with President Barack Obama hoping to boost trade, development and security ties amid growing competition from China on the continent. ... more
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South Africa's life expectancy jumps to 61.2 years
Life expectancy in AIDS-hit South Africa has shot up sharply over the past decade, thanks to life prolonging anti-retroviral (ARVs) treatment, latest estimates from the country's statistics agency showed Thursday. ... more
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Rwanda seeks life for army officer accused of attack plots
Military prosecution lawyers in Rwanda on Wednesday sought a life sentence for an ex-officer accused of plotting attacks on the state, who was extradited from Uganda despite being a refugee. ... more
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No US intent to engage in Africa militarily: official
Washington does not intend to engage in Africa militarily to resolve the continent's conflicts but is boosting efforts to train peacekeepers, a senior US official said Wednesday. ... more
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Tunisia seeks helicopters, weaponry
The North African country of Tunisia is seeking to improve its security capabilities with help from the United States military. ... more
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South Africa jails rhino poacher for 77 years
A South African court has jailed a rhino poacher for 77 years, one of the heaviest sentences handed out for the crime as poaching continues to escalate, an official said Wednesday. ... more
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Mali government, rebels ink accord on ending hostilities
The Malian government and six rebel groups signed an accord on an end to hostilities as part of ongoing peace talks that opened in Algiers last week. ... more
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South Africa sets 5 years to stem military decline
Continental military power South Africa committed Wednesday to save its armed forces from meltdown within five years, amid budget constraints and increasing involvement in peacekeeping missions around Africa. ... more
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Nigeria air force helicopter crashes in restive region
A Nigerian helicopter crashed on Monday in an area where the military is battling Boko Haram Islamists, killing two of the three people on board, a statement said, but there was no indication the chopper was shot down by insurgents. ... more
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