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October 20, 2017
Pentagon opens Niger ambush probe as new details emerge
Washington (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis revealed new details of a Niger ambush that left four US servicemen dead, including that the body of one slain soldier was not immediately evacuated. Mattis's comments come as questions mount in the US media about what happened on October 4, and criticism over President Donald Trump's handling of the aftermath. The Pentagon boss said the body of Sergeant La David Johnson was "found later" by non-US forces following the ambush, which is thought to have been conduct ... read more

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Chad extends key conservation area in national park
Chad is to boost protection for a key haven for endangered wildlife in the south of the country under an agreement with a conservation group. ... more
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New witness emerges over Rwandan genocide: French legal source
French judges have heard from a new witness who claims to have seen missiles allegedly used to kill former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana, whose death sparked genocide in 1994, a source close to the case told AFP on Monday. ... more
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Rwanda military uses torture to force confessions: HRW
Rwanda's military has used asphyxiation, electric shock and mock executions to torture confessions out of detainees, Human Rights Watch said in a report published Tuesday. ... more
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Nigeria: Cooperation 'key' to defeating jihadists
Greater international cooperation is required to defeat Boko Haram and neutralise the threat from the Islamist militants in Nigeria and beyond, military commanders and politicians said this week. ... more
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Liberian women hold mass fast for peaceful elections
Dressed in identical printed skirts, a hundred Liberian women knelt in prayer after another long day in three weeks of fasting, appealing once more that their country be spared of violence. ... more
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Three US Green Berets killed in Niger
Three US Green Berets and four Nigerien soldiers were killed in a clash on the Niger-Mali border, where Islamic State fighters have established a presence, officials said Thursday. ... more
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Ghanaian villagers profit from monkey business
The villagers of Tafi Atome, in Ghana's Volta Region, grew up listening to tales of their spiritual links to the 1,000 or so mona monkeys that inhabit the surrounding lush forest. ... more
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The link between drought and riots in sub-Saharan Africa
The scientific community has been working on the possibility of a relationship between periods of drought and rioting for several years. The University of Geneva (UNIGE), operating in partnership wi ... more

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New ceasefire signed by armed groups
Former rebels and pro-government fighters have signed a new ceasefire in northern Mali, they told AFP Thursday, after a summer of intense battles in violation of a 2015 peace deal. ... more
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Nigerian journalist detained over report on flood camp protest
A Nigerian journalist was detained for reporting that relief materials were allegedly being diverted from a camp for flood victims, his employers and police said Saturday. ... more
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C. Africa asks UN to send more peacekeepers, ease arms embargo
The Central African Republic's president urged the United Nations on Friday to send more peacekeepers to his strife-torn country and ease an arms embargo in the way of equipping his weak army. ... more
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West Africa steps up battle against pirates and poachers
Armed and stony-faced, six black-clothed members of Senegal's marine special forces board the Chinese fishing boat, alerted by radio that it may be operating illegally. ... more
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Pro-Biafra supporters clash with Nigerian troops
Pro-Biafra supporters clashed with troops in southeast Nigeria on Sunday, with claims that five people were killed, although the army quickly denied any loss of life. ... more
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HRW accuses Mali, Burkina troops of sweeping rights abuses
Malian and Burkinabe soldiers have killed, tortured and disappeared civilians while trying to root out jihadists in central Mali, Human Rights Watch said Friday. ... more
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DRCongo troops chasing reporter 'force entry' at UN base
The UN said Tuesday that soldiers "forced entry" into its base in the volatile Kasai region of DR Congo aiming to arrest a journalist critical of President Joseph Kabila. ... more
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Angolans vote as Dos Santos ends 38-year rule
Angolans voted on Wednesday in an election marking the end of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos's 38-year reign, with his MPLA party set to retain power despite an economic crisis. ... more

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Africa Endeavor 2017 communications conference starts in Malawi
The Africa Endeavor 2017 defense communications and technology sharing conference sponsored by the Armed Forces of Malawi and U.S. Africa Command started Monday in Lilongwe, Malawi. ... more
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Death toll in SLeone flood disaster reaches 441
The death toll from a mudslide and flooding that struck Sierra Leone's capital Freetown has reached 441, the government said on Saturday. ... more
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UN says Nigeria relations 'intact' after unauthorised raid
A UN humanitarian official said Saturday that relations with Nigeria remain "intact" following an unauthorised raid by Nigerian troops at a UN base in the country's conflict-torn northeast. ... more
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Dalai Lama cancels Botswana trip with 'exhaustion'
The Dalai Lama has cancelled a trip next week to Botswana because of "exhaustion" after Beijing expressed anger at the African country for allowing the visit. ... more
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Kenyan opposition demands Odinga be 'declared president'
Kenya's opposition coalition the National Super Alliance (NASA) on Thursday demanded its candidate Raila Odinga be declared president, claiming it had evidence he had won this week's election. ... more
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Nigerian forces in 'unauthorised search' of UN camp
Nigerian forces conducted an unauthorised dawn raid on the UN's main base in the country's conflict-torn northeast on Friday, the UN said, further inflaming tensions between the government and aid groups. ... more
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India Eyes Big Business with Africa in Space Exploration
The recent foray of Ghana into space exploration provides immense business opportunities for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), which boasts the most cost-effective launch vehicle. ... more
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Calls for peace on eve of tense Kenya election
Former US president Barack Obama led international calls for peace Monday ahead of Kenyan elections seen as too close to call, with fears that violence could flare in east Africa's richest economy. ... more
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