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October 24, 2014
Nigeria tries 59 soldiers on mutiny charges
Abuja (AFP) Oct 15, 2014
Fifty-nine Nigerian soldiers appeared before a military tribunal on Wednesday charged with mutiny and conspiracy to commit mutiny over claims that they refused to fight Boko Haram militants. The soldiers, all members of the 111th Special Forces Battalion, all pleaded not guilty at a general court martial sitting in the capital, Abuja. Last month, 12 Nigerian soldiers were sentenced to death for mutiny after shots were fired at their commanding officer in the restive northeast city of Maiduguri e ... read more

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Ten Chinese and 17 local hostages have been released in Cameroon, where they were kidnapped earlier this year in raids blamed on the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, Cameroon's president said Saturday. ... more
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Dhlakama: Mozambique's comeback kid rides election wave
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Obama maintains child soldier sanctions against Myanmar
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C.Africa president calls for lifting UN arms embargo
Central African Republic President Catherine Samba-Panza called Saturday for lifting a UN arms embargo on her country to allow the military forces to be equipped and shore up UN peacekeepers. ... more
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Gunmen kidnap Chinese national in central Nigeria: police
Gunmen kidnapped a Chinese national from his residence in central Nigeria's Kogi state, police said on Wednesday, vowing to track down the attackers and free the hostage. ... more
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'Much to be done' for DR Congo to meet peace deal: NGOs
The Democratic Republic of Congo still has a long way to go to meet its pledges under a peace deal agreed last year, 10 Congolese NGOs said on Wednesday. ... more
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UN officially takes over peacekeeping operations in C. Africa
A new UN mission on Monday officially took charge of peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic, with the tough task of ending ethnic and religious bloodshed there and helping bring back stability. ... more
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Obama to discuss Ebola response with top medical experts
President Barack Obama will meet leading US medical experts next week as he considers how to follow through on his pledge to step up aid to Africa over the Ebola epidemic. ... more
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Mozambique rebel leader to hit the campaign trail
Days after coming out of hiding to sign a peace deal with the government, Mozambican rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama said he was ready to start campaigning for October presidential elections. ... more
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Rwanda arrests prompt purge speculation
A string of arrests of prominent Rwandan military figures, some of them close to the central African nation's inner circle of power, has prompted speculation of a major political crisis. ... more
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Nigeria's military under fire over Boko Haram response
When Nigeria's new chief of defence staff was appointed earlier this year, he promised a swift end to the deadly violence being waged by Boko Haram Islamists. ... more
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Somalia's Shebab rebels appoint new leader
Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants on Saturday announced the appointment of a successor to their former leader who was killed in a US air strike. ... more
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African troops seize new town from Islamists in Somalia: army
Somali and African troops have captured a new town from Shebab Islamists during a major offensive, the army said Thursday, days after US air strikes targeted the extremists' leader. ... more
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US targets Shebab leader in Somalia air strike
US forces have carried out air strikes against senior members of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels, with casualties reported but uncertainty hanging over the fate of the group's leader, officials said Tuesday. ... more
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US forces conduct operation in Somalia: Pentagon
US military forces carried out an operation against Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants in Somalia on Monday, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said. ... more
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Nigeria launches national identity card scheme
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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
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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
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