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May 29, 2016
DR Congo denies getting pistols from North Korea
Kinshasa (AFP) May 14, 2016
The Congolese government on Saturday denounced as an "outright lie" claims in a UN confidential report its soldiers and police have been equipped with pistols from North Korea in violation of international sanctions. "It's an outright lie. There hasn't been any cooperation with North Korea since the death (in 2001) of (Laurent) Kabila," referring to the father and predecessor of the Democratic Republic of Congo's current President Joseph Kabila, government spokesman Lambert Mende told AFP. A UN ... read more

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Drought-hit Zimbabwe has invited local farmers and private game rangers to buy wild animals as it destocks national game reserves to save fauna from starvation, the wildlife authority said Wednesday. ... more
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Kenya torches world's biggest ivory bonfire to save elephants
Eleven giant pyres of tusks went up in smoke Saturday as Kenya torched its vast ivory stockpile in a grand gesture aimed at shocking the world into stopping the slaughter of elephants. ... more
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Senegal signs accord giving US forces permament access to the country
Senegal and the United States on Monday signed a defence accord allowing "the permanent presence" of American soldiers in the west African country, especially to help fight against the terrorist threat. ... more
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Under pressure Sahel jihadists resort to soft targets: French commander
The commander of a French anti-jihadist force in Africa's northern Sahel says Islamist insurgents are hitting soft targets elsewhere after losing the initiative in the region. ... more
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With assistance, Africa targets coordinated fight against Boko Haram
With US and European support, African states threatened by Boko Haram are out to smash the militant Islamist group terrorising the region - but a coordinated response is required if they are to succeed. ... more
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Mozambique police probe reports of mass grave in rebel stronghold
Police in Mozambique said Friday they were investigating reports of the discovery of a mass grave containing 120 bodies in a region which has seen clashes between the security forces and rebels. ... more
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Kenya's mega ivory piles 'will burn even if it snows'
Eleven towering piles of ivory rise above the savannah grasslands of Nairobi National Park, ready to be burned Saturday in a symbolic grand gesture against the trade threatening elephants with extinction. ... more
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Back to the future as S.Sudan's old rivals 'end war', again
The metal gates are still twisted where troops in December 2013 stormed the house of South Sudan's now new Vice President Riek Machar, as war erupted leaving tens of thousands dead. ... more
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Kenya readies to torch tusks in bid to stamp out ivory trade
Thousands of elephant tusks are being piled high into pyres as Kenya prepares to torch its vast ivory stockpile hoping to stop trafficking and prevent extinction of elephants in the wild. ... more
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Nigeria, France step up joint fight against Boko Haram
Nigeria and France on Thursday signed an agreement on closer military cooperation, including intelligence sharing, to strengthen the fight against Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region. ... more
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UN pushes South Sudan to quickly form unity government
The United Nations on Tuesday pushed South Sudan's rival sides to quickly form a new unity government after rebel leader Riek Machar returned to Juba and was sworn in as vice president. ... more
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11 dead including 8 soldiers in Cape Verde shooting: gov't
Eleven men including eight soldiers were shot dead on Tuesday at a military telecommunications centre in Cape Verde, officials said, adding that a missing soldier was suspected of carrying out the attack. ... more
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S.Sudan rebel chief becomes vice-president and urges unity
South Sudan's rebel chief Riek Machar finally returned to Juba on Tuesday and was sworn in as vice-president of the world's newest country, calling for "unity" after more than two years of ferocious civil war. ... more
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South Sudan's long road to peace
South Sudan's rebel chief Riek Machar finally returned on Tuesday to the capital Juba, where he was sworn in as vice-president of a unity government formed to end more than two years of civil war in the world's newest country. ... more
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South Sudan rebel general returns to Juba ahead of top chief
South Sudan's top rebel military commander Simon Gatwech Dual returned to Juba Monday in a key step forward in a floundering peace process, calling for an end to war. ... more
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Climate change brings conflict, Senegal leader warns
Senegal's President Macky Sall sees a link between climate change and security, in particular when it comes to the jihadist threat in the Sahel. ... more
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South Sudan's peace deal hangs by a thread
In a country awash with guns, a faltering peace deal aimed at ending over two years of intense civil war in South Sudan came down to a dispute over just two dozen weapons. ... more
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Amnesty accuses Nigeria's military over deadly Shiite clashes
Amnesty International on Friday accused Nigeria's military of deliberately shooting dead more than 350 Shiite Muslims, burying them in mass graves and destroying evidence of the crime. ... more
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South Sudan rebel delay fans fears for peace
Fragile hopes for an end to South Sudan's civil war are being tested by the rebel leader's failure to return to the capital to form a unity government. ... more
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Gunmen in Burundi shot dead a high-ranking military officer seen as a critic of the regime, a witness and an army spokesman told AFP on Thursday. ... more
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South Sudan rebel homecoming fails again
For the second day in a row South Sudan's rebel leader failed to make his much-anticipated return to the capital, Juba, after more than two years of war. ... more
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South Sudan rebel chief's return delayed
South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar's highly-anticipated return to the capital Juba, to take up the role of vice president, was delayed on Monday, his spokesman said, citing "logistical reasons". ... more
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