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July 03, 2015
Burkina's leader mediates spat between presidential guard, PM
Ouagadougou (AFP) July 2, 2015
Burkina Faso's president on Wednesday was scrambling to solve the rumbling conflict between Prime Minister Isaac Zida and the presidential guard, which is pushing for the premier to be sacked. "We have met President (Michel) Kafando. We told him our main demand, that the prime minister leaves," a senior officer in the Presidential Security Regiment (RSP) said on condition of anonymity. The RSP is also demanding Security Minister Auguste Denise Barry be dismissed, and is seeking the potential rem ... read more

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Uganda's 'Uber for motorcycle taxis' shows it pays to be safe
When Silver Tumwesigye, a sharply-dressed Ugandan motorbike taxi driver known by his nickname 'Silverstone,' had an accident six years ago it was a double blow. ... more
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French defence minister in Mali visit to shore up peace deal
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Mali on Monday to show his support for a landmark peace deal agreed in the former colony to end years of unrest and ethnic divisions. ... more
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Mali's Tuareg-led rebels sign landmark peace deal
Mali's Tuareg-led rebel alliance signed a landmark deal on Saturday to end years of unrest in a nation riven by ethnic divisions and in the grip of a jihadist insurgency. ... more
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Clashes in Ghana over slum clearance initiative
Protesters from one of Ghana's biggest slums clashed with police in the capital Accra on Monday, after city authorities demolished shanties as part of measures to combat heavy flooding. ... more
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Chad war planes bomb Boko Haram after attacks
Chad said Thursday its warplanes bombed Boko Haram positions in neighbouring Nigeria to avenge twin suicide bombings in the capital this week blamed on the jihadists. ... more
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Three DR Congo guards shot dead while protecting elephants
Two Democratic Republic of Congo soldiers and a wildlife conservation guard have been shot dead in Garamba National Park while attempting to protect elephants from poachers, the park's management said Friday. ... more
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Pro-government fighters refuse to quit key town in Mali
Loyalist militias are refusing to withdraw from a flashpoint town in northern Mali, they said Wednesday, violating a condition for the rebel alliance's commitment to the country's fragile peace process. ... more
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Mali rebels explain peace accord to refugees in Mauritania
Leaders of Mali's Tuareg-led rebel alliance visited Malian refugees in Mauritania on Friday to explain a decision to sign a peace agreement with the government, a member of the delegation said. ... more
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Mali troops get reacquainted with lost north
For Malian troops making their first forays into the country's north since jihadists took control, French military support provides reassurance at a time when they are strangers in their own back yard. ... more
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Boko Haram fight HQ shifting to Maiduguri: Nigeria military
Nigeria's military on Monday said it had begun shifting the command centre for its battle against Boko Haram from the capital to the northeastern city of Maiduguri, following a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari. ... more
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Boko Haram fight HQ shifting to Maiduguri: Nigeria military
Nigeria's military on Monday said it had begun shifting the command centre for its battle against Boko Haram from the capital to the northeastern city of Maiduguri, following a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari. ... more
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I. Coast's former colonial capital looks to the future on centenary
Grand-Bassam's ornate colonial buildings are a striking symbol of France's onetime rule over Ivory Coast, but officials in the former capital say its glory days are yet to come. ... more
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The Kenyan town kept afloat by a foreign army
Alphonse 'Junior' Mutiso, the 32-year-old proprietor of 'Cpt John Cooks Curio Shop' in Nanyuki, Kenya, is an expert in British military badges. ... more
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Mali's Tuareg-led rebels to sign peace deal June 20: chief
The head of Mali's main Tuareg-led rebel groups said Friday his movement will sign a final peace deal on June 20 to end the conflict in the west African nation. ... more
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Probe Nigeria military top brass for war crimes: Amnesty
Amnesty International said Wednesday there was sufficient evidence for the International Criminal Court to probe senior Nigerian officers for war crimes in the battle against Boko Haram, prompting an angry rejection by the country's military. ... more
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Nigerian leader vows to look into Amnesty report alleging army war crimes
Nigeria's new president, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday promised to look into an Amnesty International report urging the International Criminal Court to probe senior military officers for war crimes in the battle against Boko Haram. ... more
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The head of Mali's main Tuareg-led rebel groups on Sunday said he was convinced that consultations underway in Algeria to finalise a peace agreement with the Bamako government would bear fruit. ... more
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Ethiopia's ruling party and its allies have won an overwhelming majority in parliament in weekend elections, the country's electoral board announced Wednesday. ... more
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Tunisian soldier kills 7 in barracks rampage
A Tunisian soldier the authorities say had psychological problems seized a gun at a barracks on Monday and killed seven comrades before being shot dead himself. ... more
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