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November 17, 2014
Sudan warplanes bomb South Sudan border zones: reports
Juba (AFP) Nov 14, 2014
Sudanese warplanes have bombed South Sudan, wounding six civilians in areas bordering war zone regions where Khartoum is trying to crush rebel fighters, reports said Friday. Sudan however rejected the claims of fresh bombing raids, which not only raises tensions between the former civil war foes, but also comes as Khartoum holds peace talks with rebels. South Sudan army spokesman Philip Aguer told the independent Radio Tamazuj that bombs were dropped on Wednesday in the Maban district of Upper N ... read more

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Burkina main players consider transition plan
Burkina Faso's political parties, army and civil society groups were on Saturday to consider a plan for a transitional government after last week's ousting of veteran president Blaise Compaore, sources said. ... more
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DR Congo court gives rebel turned general 10 years for war crimes
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Chinese officials 'on illegal African ivory buying sprees'
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Suspected Lesotho coup leader accused of breaking peace deal
A top Lesotho defence official has urged regional powers to "remove" an influential military commander for flouting a peace deal meant to stabilise the tiny African country two months after an attempted coup. ... more
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Burkina army wants to hand over power within two weeks: unions
Burkina Faso's army wants to hand over power within two weeks, labour unions said Tuesday, as international pressure mounted on the country's military rulers for a speedy transition after the fall of president Blaise Compaore. ... more
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Kenyan troops kill six after 'machete attack' on barracks
The Kenyan army said it had repelled a machete attack on a military barracks in a tourist resort near Mombasa on Sunday, killing six assailants. ... more
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French forces engaged in large-scale operation in Mali: army
Fighting between French military forces and jihadists continued overnight in northern Mali where soldiers are carrying out a large-scale operation, the army said Thursday after a staff sergeant was killed. ... more
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Thirty adolescents abducted in northeast Nigeria: local chief
Around 30 adolescents - some of them girls aged as young as 11 - have been abducted in northeast Nigeria over the weekend by suspected Boko Haram rebels, a local village chief told reporters on Sunday. ... more
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Secret talks to end Lesotho military standoff
South Africa's deputy president has held secret talks with a renegade Lesotho military commander, a defence official told AFP on Thursday, as an offer of partial amnesty is floated in the hope of ending a destabilising post-coup standoff. ... more
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Nigeria tries 59 soldiers on mutiny charges
Fifty-nine Nigerian soldiers appeared before a military tribunal on Wednesday charged with mutiny and conspiracy to commit mutiny over claims that they refused to fight Boko Haram militants. ... more
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Horn free: Lagos tries to tackle noise pollution
Nigeria's chaotic megacity Lagos on Wednesday sought to impose a one-day ban on the use of the car horn, hoping to raise awareness about damaging noise pollution and improve quality of life. ... more
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Cameroon vows to 'totally wipe out' Boko Haram after hostages' release
Cameroon's President Paul Biya on Monday vowed his government would go after the Islamist group Boko Haram "until it's totally wiped out". ... more
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Six UN peacekeepers injured in C. Africa
Six UN peacekeepers were injured during an attack by unknown assailants who opened fire on a patrol northeast of the capital Bangui, amid a flareup of violence after months of relative calm. ... more
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27 Chinese and local hostages released in Cameroon: govt
Ten Chinese and 17 local hostages have been released in Cameroon, where they were kidnapped earlier this year in raids blamed on the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, Cameroon's president said Saturday. ... more
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Dhlakama: Mozambique's comeback kid rides election wave
Mozambique's former rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama is pulling huge crowds on his presidential election campaign, to the surprise of observers who wrote him off after his long exile in the bush. ... more
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Obama maintains child soldier sanctions against Myanmar
President Barack Obama has decided to keep Myanmar on the list of nations that are subject to US sanctions over its use of child soldiers. ... more
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'Much to be done' for DR Congo to meet peace deal: NGOs
The Democratic Republic of Congo still has a long way to go to meet its pledges under a peace deal agreed last year, 10 Congolese NGOs said on Wednesday. ... more
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UN officially takes over peacekeeping operations in C. Africa
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Mozambique rebel leader to hit the campaign trail
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Rwanda arrests prompt purge speculation
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