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UPDF winds up CAR mission

Uganda is in the process of withdrawing UPDF troops from the troubled Central African Republic (CAR), where Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels fled after they were routed from northern Uganda a decade ago. A total of 31 UPDF soldiers landed at Gulu airfield in the first …

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Pope in Egypt rejects fanaticism, urges charity

Cairo, Egypt | AFP |  Pope Francis rejected fanaticism and appealed for charity on Saturday as he addressed thousands of faithful during a visit to Egypt to promote reconciliation with Muslims and support its embattled Christians. His visit, coming after the Islamic State group (IS) killed dozens of worshippers in …

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Algeria praises UN vote on disputed Western Sahara

Algiers, Algeria | AFP |  Algeria on Saturday hailed a UN Security Council resolution endorsing a new peace initiative on the disputed territory of Western Sahara as a “diplomatic success”. Friday’s vote came as UN military observers confirmed that Polisario Front forces, fighting for independence in Western Sahara, had withdrawn …

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Burundi refugees find hope in ‘at home’ bar in Rwanda

Kigali, Rwanda | AFP |  Outside Rwanda’s national stadium is a bar that has become a second home for Burundian refugees fleeing their country’s two-year-old political crisis. The clues are in the name, “Imuhira” meaning “at home” in Burundi’s Kirundi language, in the voices of those who gather on the …

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CONGO: Militia clashes kill 29 in eastern DRC

Goma, DR Congo | AFP |  Twenty-nine people have been killed in three days of clashes between rival factions of a militia group in a village in Democratic Republic of Congo’s restive east, an official said Friday. The two factions are fighting for control of the village of Bweru in …

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Who is Raila Odinga?

Raila Odinga: Kenya’s tenacious, veteran politician Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | At an age when most would be retired, Raila Odinga, Kenya’s veteran opposition leader and one-time prime minister, is to run again for president — his fourth bid to become head of state. The 72-year-old has been a mainstay of …

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