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March 24, 2017
Nigerian rights group denounces 'attacks' on Amnesty office
Abuja (AFP) March 21, 2017
A Nigerian rights group on Tuesday called for an investigation into "attacks" on the Amnesty International office in Abuja following heavy criticism by the country's military. Protesters had surrounded the Amnesty office in the Nigerian capital on Monday and Tuesday, demanding that the London-based rights group leave the country immediately. The demonstration comes less than a month after the Nigerian military issued a press statement urging Amnesty to "desist from meddling into security issue ... read more

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Nigerian military to probe rights abuse claims
Nigeria's military on Wednesday announced it would look into alleged human rights abuses by troops, including in the fight against Boko Haram, despite having previously dismissed such claims. ... more
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Senegal and Gambia announce new era of ties
Senegal and The Gambia on Saturday affirmed a "new dynamic" between the two countries since the fall of former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, and vowed to strengthen economic and military co-operation. ... more
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11 Malian soldiers killed in attack on border base
At least 11 soldiers were killed in Mali on Sunday in an attack on an army base near the border with Burkina Faso, as rival armed factions surrounded the flashpoint city of Timbuktu. ... more
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PM hails Ben Guerdane battle as Tunisia 'turning point'
The battle against jihadists in Ben Guerdane a year ago was a "turning point" for Tunisia, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said on Tuesday during a visit to commemorate the anniversary. ... more
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Mozambique truce extended by two months
Mozambican opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama on Friday extended a truce between his rebel Renamo group and the government and said peace talks would resume next week. ... more
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Tanzania bans booze sachets
A ban on alcohol sold in plastic sachets will come into force in Tanzania this week, the government said Wednesday, as it seeks to protect the environment and curb youth boozing. ... more
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22 dead in DR Congo army clashes with M23 rebels
/> The Congolese army said Wednesday it had killed 20 fighters from the M23 militia group and lost two soldiers in clashes with the rebels since the end of January. General Leon Mushale told re ... more
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France sends backup to Niger after 16 troops killed
France is to send a contingent of counterterror forces to help the army in Niger after militants ambushed a military patrol killing 16, the defence ministry said. ... more
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UN airstrikes in C.Africa target 'heavily armed' militia
UN peacekeeping mission MINUSCA said it had conducted airstrikes in the Central African Republic Sunday against a "heavily armed" group of fighters advancing on the city of Bambari. ... more
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16 killed in three days of DR Congo clashes
Sixteen people have been killed in three days of fighting this week that pitted the Democratic Republic of Congo's army against a rebel militia, a military spokesman told AFP Thursday. ... more
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DR Congo investigating alleged army massacre video
Democratic Republic of Congo said Wednesday that "as a precautionary measure" it was investigating a video purportedly showing government troops massacring civilians prompted outrage. ... more
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I.Coast hosting bid to save its last chimpanzees
Ivory Coast, which has seen a 90 percent decrease in its chimpanzees in just 20 years, is to host international talks in July in a bid to save the primates. ... more
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Civilians in the crossfire of Boko Haram and the military
The four women lay dazed on the beds of the clinic. The face of one of them was burnt. Another broke her leg during the Nigerian army offensive against Boko Haram Islamists in their village. ... more
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Third S.Sudan military official quits over 'ethnic crimes'
A third top South Sudanese military official has resigned, accusing President Salva Kiir's regime of war crimes and ethnic cleansing, according to a letter seen by AFP Saturday. ... more
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DR Congo dubs video massacre fake, but admits "excesses"
A Democratic Republic of Congo spokesman condemned as a "ridiculous montage" Saturday a video purporting to show a massacre of unarmed civilians by DR Congo soldiers (FARDC). ... more
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A tonne of ivory, hacked into pieces, seized in Uganda
Ugandan authorities have seized more than a tonne of ivory, chopped into small pieces and treated with a chemical intended to prevent it being detected, the national wildlife protection service said Monday. ... more
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Fresh delay for Mali interim authorities amid protests
The scheduled installation of interim local authorities in Mali's troubled north was postponed Saturday over disagreements on the choice of officials, holding up the tricky path to municipal polls. ... more
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Under pressure DR Congo govt vows to stem violence
The Democratic Republic of Congo's government, under pressure to act after months of violence in the south, on Sunday vowed to move away from a solely military solution. ... more
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Interim authorities to begin work in Mali's north
A key step on the road to peace in northern Mali will take place Saturday when interim local authorities begin work, smoothing the path to municipal elections, the Malian government said. ... more
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S. Sudan army says general who quit was 'deeply' corrupt
South Sudan's army said Tuesday a general who quit after accusing President Salva Kiir and his tribe of "ethnic cleansing" was corrupt and had fled to evade arrest. ... more
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UN demands armed groups stop fighting in C. Africa
The UN Security Council on Wednesday demanded armed groups in the Central African Republic immediately halt fighting and join peace talks after UN airstrikes targeted rebel fighters. ... more
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Ivory Coast arrests six journalists over mutiny 'false information'
Six journalists, including three media owners, have been arrested in the Ivory Coast for "spreading false information" about a mutiny by security forces, their newspapers and the public prosecutor said. ... more
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I. Coast govt pursues bid to end mutiny by elite troops
The Ivorian government planned Thursday to pursue talks with elite troops responsible for President Alassane Ouattara's security in a bid to end a revolt by the special forces, a defence ministry official said. ... more
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Ivory Coast govt in bid to end elite troops' mutiny
The Ivorian government on Wednesday pressed a bid to defuse a revolt by special forces, as fears of renewed unrest spread following weeks of protests over pay by security forces. ... more
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