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April 24, 2015
Niger says 2.5 million suffering food insecurity
Niamey (AFP) Apr 21, 2015
More than 2.5 million people in Niger are suffering from food insecurity because of a shortfall in the cereal harvest due to bad weather and crop pests, the agriculture minister said Saturday. "A survey conducted since December 2014 indicated that 15.7 percent of the population, or 2,588,128 people, are in a situation of food insecurity, including 410,297 in severe insecurity," Maidagi Allambeye told MPs. The situation has been aggravated by the presence of some 200,000 refugees who had fled ... read more

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Regional troops retake Nigerian town from Boko Haram
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Nigerian army chief vows crackdown on election unrest
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Gun drills and discipline at S.Africa anti-poaching school
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E. Guinea's president warns of 'serious terrorist' threat to country
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DRCongo, UN Security Council at loggerheads over troop drawdown
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Mali rebels hopeful of 'decisive' meeting on peace deal
Mali's Tuareg-led rebels voiced hope Tuesday that their next meeting with international mediators would prove "decisive" for a peace deal that has been stalled for months. ... more
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Mali rebels ask to meet mediators to improve peace deal
Mali's Tuareg-led rebels called Monday for a meeting with Algerian mediators to "improve" a proposed peace deal with the government in Bamako, describing the accord as a "good basis" for progress. ... more
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UN probe finds 'ruthless repression', rights abuses in Eritrea
Eritrea's government is using the country's stand-off with arch-foe Ethiopia as a "pretext" to commit a litany of rights violations and ruthlessly repress opposition, United Nations investigators said Monday. ... more
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SA mercenaries in Nigeria: apartheid-era veterans still finding work
South Africa was one of the first countries in the world to ban mercenaries but remains a major supplier of military instructors, some of them from the time of the brutal apartheid regime. ... more
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US strike targets Shebab militant in Somalia
The US military has carried out an air strike against an al-Shebab militant in Somalia and is checking whether the senior figure was killed in the operation, the Pentagon said Friday. ... more
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Sierra Leone war criminal returned from Rwandan jail
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France to boost Sahel troops to help Boko Haram fight
France will boost its military presence in the troubled Sahel region of Africa where jihadist groups operate to support the fight against Boko Haram, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Wednesday. ... more
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Mali rebels begin talks to mull peace deal
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UN black-lists seven DR Congo officers
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France begins troop drawdown in Central African Republic
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Mali government signs peace deal, Tuareg rebels delay
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Offensive against Islamists progresses: Nigeria military
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Nigerian military claims success, civilians killed in air strike
Nigeria on Wednesday claimed to have killed more than 300 Boko Haram militants in a counter-offensive, as Chad pushed into rebel-held areas but an air strike left at least 20 civilians dead. ... more
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Pygmy attacks on Bantu rivals in DR Congo leave 27 dead: UN
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