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December 17, 2014
US soldier jailed after joining French Foreign Legion
Washington (AFP) Dec 16, 2014
An American soldier who abandoned his unit to join the French Foreign Legion has been convicted of desertion and sentenced by the US military to four years in prison, the New York Times reported Tuesday. Second Lieutenant Lawrence Franks told a military court that he had been struggling with suicidal urges and that the arduous regimen of the legion was the only way to escape his crippling depression, the Times wrote. "I needed to be wet and cold and hungry," he told the paper, before he was sent ... read more

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DR Congo ex-rebels found in Uganda refugee camp
Around 1,000 ex-fighters from a Democratic Republic of Congo rebel group were found in a Ugandan refugee camp Wednesday, a day after fleeing moves to repatriate them, the Ugandan army said. ... more
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Chinese sugar firm seeks compensation from Madagascar after riots
A Chinese-run sugar refinery in Madagascar damaged last week during a violent labour dispute will seek compensation from the government of the island nation, a spokesman said Monday. ... more
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HRW accuses Sudan army, allies of Blue Nile killings, rapes
Human Rights Watch on Monday accused Sudanese government forces and allied militias of leading a campaign of killings and rapes in areas of Blue Nile state where they are battling insurgents. ... more
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Congolese colonel gets life for crimes against humanity
A court in Democratic Republic of Congo sentenced a former army colonel to life in prison Monday for crimes against humanity in the country's restive east between 2005 and 2007. ... more
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Sudan minister vows to defeat rebels after fruitless talks
Sudan's defence minister said Friday a new army offensive would defeat rebels in the war-torn Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan regions, days after peace talks in Addis Ababa ended without result. ... more
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China 'shocked' by violent dispute at Madagascar factory
China's embassy in Madagascar said Saturday it was "very shocked" by a violent labour dispute at a Chinese-run sugar factory in the west of the island that resulted in four deaths this week. ... more
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Muhammadu Buhari: Nigeria's former military ruler
Retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari has tried three times to become president of Nigeria since the return to civilian rule in 1999 and failed on each occasion. ... more
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Two dead in violence at Chinese-run factory in Madagascar
Two people have died in violence at a Chinese-run sugar refinery in western Madagascar, the country's prime minister said Thursday. ... more
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Deadly air raid hits Libya militia on Tunisia border
An air strike hit a Libyan militia post on the border with Tunisia Friday, killing one person, as the United Nations warned a spate of bombing raids was damaging peace efforts. ... more
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South Africa's Zuma calls China an anti-colonial force
South African President Jacob Zuma said Friday that China's growing influence in Africa would allow the continent to free itself from "colonial shackles" as he wound up a visit to Beijing. ... more
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Nigeria clears impounded cargo Russian plane to leave
Nigeria on Monday said it had given clearance for a Russian cargo plane carrying French military equipment to leave after it was detained in the volatile north. ... more
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Africa likely to see more rain as greenhouse emissions continue
For Africa and its climate, history seems to be repeating itself. A new study suggests an increase in greenhouse gas concentrations several thousand years ago contributed to rapidly rising rainfall levels in Africa. The new findings predict that modern greenhouse emissions could have a similar affect on climate and weather patterns. ... more
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China's Xi hails South Africa's Zuma as 'good friend'
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday hailed visiting South African President Jacob Zuma as China's "good friend", months after the latter's government refused the Dalai Lama a visa. ... more
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Sudan troops beat back rebel attacks in Kordofan, kill 50: army
Sudanese troops repelled rebel attacks on two villages in the war-torn South Kordofan region, killing 50 insurgents and losing four of their own men, the army said on Tuesday. ... more
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Namibian PM wins presidential election landslide
Namibian Prime Minister Hage Geingob and his SWAPO party won a landslide victory in presidential and legislative elections billed as Africa's first e-vote, the electoral commission said Monday. ... more
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Pygmies and Bantus flee a war caused by a tryst
It all began with a love affair a year ago between a Bantu and his Pygmy mistress, a tryst that so unnerved the enemy peoples of Congo's troubled Katanga province that war broke out. ... more
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S.African president due in China next week
South African President Jacob Zuma will lead a high-profile delegation next week to China, its single largest trading partner, to strengthen investment ties, the government announced Thursday. ... more
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Tough talk but no multi-national force yet to fight Boko Haram
Nigeria and its neighbours vowed to have nearly 3,000 troops on the ground to combat Boko Haram by the start of this month but as the year-end approaches, a regional force has yet to be deployed. ... more
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I. Coast police violently break up protest against plastic bag ban
Police in Ivory Coast's commercial capital fired tear gas on Tuesday to disperse a crowd protesting a ban on plastic bags widely used throughout the country for water. ... more
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Decreasing the knowledge gap between men and women in Uganda
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Under threat: Kenya's iconic Nairobi national park
It is an image famous in a thousand postcards: giraffe, rhino and zebra pacing the savannah with city skyscrapers towering in the background. ... more
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Zimbabwe says worst is over as it courts S.African investors
Zimbabwe's economy is on the mend as the worst is over, the country's finance minister said Friday in a bid to assure investors in South Africa that its neighbour was "not a basket case". ... more
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'Budget', 'Plant', 'Chinese': quirky first names abound in DR Congo
Nigeria holds the prize for an eccentric presidential name but move over Goodluck Jonathan, you can also meet Suffering or chat with Chinese in the heart of Africa. ... more
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Five sentenced to death over killing of DR Congo colonel
A Congolese army officer and four Ugandan rebels were sentenced to death on Monday for the killing of a colonel credited with making great strides in restoring peace to the east of the DR Congo. ... more
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