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February 03, 2016
Millions in Ethiopia facing worst drought for decades: UN
Addis Ababa (AFP) Feb 03, 2016
Ethiopia is struggling with its worst drought for 30 years, with millions in dire need of life-saving aid, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Sunday. At least 10.2 million people need food aid in Ethiopia, a figure the UN has warned could double within months, casting a fifth of the population into hunger. Floods and failed rains caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon have sparked a dramatic rise in the number of people going hungry in large parts of Africa, with Ethiopia of special conc ... read more

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Deploying AU force without Burundi approval 'unimaginable': AU official
The African Union will not deploy peacekeepers to troubled Burundi unless the government in Bujumbura agrees, the AU special representative for the region told French radio RFI on Sunday. ... more
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Four soldiers killed in attack, explosion in northern Mali: military sources
One Malian soldier was killed in a gun attack while at least three others died in a landmine explosion in the country's north on Thursday, military sources told AFP. ... more
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Burkina arrests 11 failed coup soldiers after arms depot raid
Eleven former members of the elite Burkinabe presidential guard which staged a brief but failed coup last year were arrested after a raid Friday on an arms depot near the capital, the army said Sunday. ... more
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Horn of Africa port Djibouti signs China trade deals
Djibouti has signed a series of trade agreements with China including the setting up banking and free trade zones, according to a statement from the strategic Horn of Africa nation's president. ... more
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UN reduces size of peacekeeping force in Ivory Coast
The UN Security Council decided Wednesday to reduce the size of the UN peacekeeping force in Ivory Coast in light of an improved security situation and last October's successful presidential elections. ... more
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Several dead as Shebab storm African Union base in Somalia
Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants stormed an African Union base Friday in the country's southwest, with several killed in fierce gun battles, soldiers said. ... more
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Niger holds 13 over failed December coup
Twelve soldiers and a civilian have been arrested so far in connection with last month's failed coup in Niger, Defence Minister Mahamadou Karidjo said on Wednesday. ... more
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China's imports from Africa plummet in 2015: officials
China's imports from Africa fell nearly 40 percent last year, officials said Wednesday, as low commodity prices and slowing growth in the Asian giant hit trade. ... more
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Mali extends state of emergency until March 31
Mali has extended by three months a nationwide state of emergency initially imposed following a deadly jihadist attack on a hotel in the capital in November, officials said Wednesday. ... more
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Mali pro-govt armed group accuses France of killing 4 fighters
A pro-government armed group in Mali accused the French military on Wednesday of killing four of its fighters during a weekend clash with an Al-Qaeda-linked movement in the country's restive north. ... more
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Malawi suspends 63 civil servants over stolen US funds
Malawi has suspended 63 civil servants who allegedly stole millions of dollars of US funds sent for fighting HIV and AIDS, local media reported Friday. ... more
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Expanded use of yuan to help revive Zimbabwe's economy: Mugabe
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe said Tuesday the planned increased use of the Chinese yuan as legal tender next year will boost liquidity and help give impetus to the faltering economy. ... more
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U.K. to increase support for Nigerian armed forces to fight Boko Haram
The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense will soon bolster its training for the Nigerian Armed Forces to support its fight against Boko Haram militants. ... more
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Tanzania jails 4 Chinese for 20 yrs for smuggling rhino horns
A Tanzanian court jailed four Chinese men for 20 years after they were caught smuggling 11 rhino horns, one of the largest seizures ever made in the east African nation, a lawyer said Friday. ... more
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Nigeria commutes troops' death sentences for refusing to face Boko Haram
Nigerian military has commuted the death sentences handed to 66 soldiers for mutiny over claims they refused to fight Boko Haram Islamists, a spokesman said on Saturday. ... more
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Jihadist fears spark travel warning at Burkina nature park
France has warned against travelling to eastern Burkina Faso and its famed "W" nature reserve, home to large West African mammals including its last wild elephants, due to mounting fears of jihadist attacks. ... more
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Liberia arrests suspects in deadly Ivory Coast attacks
Liberia has arrested three people accused of recruiting fighters for an ambush in neighbouring Ivory Coast earlier this month that left six soldiers dead, a security source said Tuesday. ... more
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Eight members of a pride of lions that featured in a popular wildlife documentary series have been poisoned in Kenya's Masai Mara reserve. ... more
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China, Africa call for homegrown solutions to solving African crises
Fifty African countries and China wrapped up a landmark summit on Saturday vowing to push for homegrown solutions to solve Africa's peace and security woes. ... more
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China's Xi in S.Africa ahead of regional summit
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in South Africa on Wednesday ahead of a two-day summit with regional leaders as Africa seeks further massive investment despite the Asian giant's economic slowdown. ... more
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Cameroon army kills 100 Boko Haram fighters, frees 900 hostages: ministry
The Cameroon army claimed Wednesday to have dealt a major blow to Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists, killing around 100 fighters and freeing 900 hostages in a three-day operation last week. ... more
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China's Xi heads to Zimbabwe ahead of Africa summit
China's President Xi Jinping is due to start a five-day visit to Zimbabwe and South Africa on Tuesday, with African concern over the impact of the Chinese economic slowdown set to dominate the agenda. ... more
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