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Libya war leaves thousands homeless in Tripoli

Tripoli, Libya | AFP |  Layla Mohammed barely had time to gather her children’s belongings before fleeing their southern Tripoli home when shelling targeted the Libyan capital’s outskirts earlier this year. For months she moved her family between apartments as soaring rents in the crowded city exhausted her savings, eventually leaving …

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DR Congo ex premier calls for war on Rwanda

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP |  A former DR Congo prime minister and opposition leader on Monday called for the government to wage war on neighbouring Rwanda as a way to end militia violence. The Democratic Republic of Congo was at the heart of two bitter regional wars between 1997-2003 involving …

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Tensions in Ivory Coast as ex-rebel chief Soro’s plane diverted

Abidjan, Ivory Coast | AFP | Former Ivory Coast rebel chief and presidential candidate Guillaume Soro landed Monday in neighbouring Ghana after his private flight was diverted “against his will”, his party said. Soro’s planned return to the Ivory Coast as candidate in next year’s ballot is raising tensions in …

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Algeria’s powerful army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah is dead

Algiers, Algeria | AFP | Algeria’s powerful army chief General Ahmed Gaid Salah has died of a heart attack at age 79, state television reported Monday. Gaid Salah was seen as Algeria’s de facto strongman following the April resignation of longtime president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the face of massive protests …

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Sudan opens Darfur crimes probe against Bashir regime figures

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP |  Sudan has opened an investigation into crimes committed in the Darfur region by members of the regime of ousted former president Omar al-Bashir, the state prosecutor said Sunday. The conflict between pro-government forces and ethnic minority rebels left around 300,000 people dead and 2.5 million …

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Macron calls for greater ‘political clarity’ from Sahel allies

Abidjan, Ivory Coast | AFP |  President Emmanuel Macron called for greater “political clarity” from Sahel countries hosting French troops fighting Islamist militants on Saturday, as he visited the troubled African region amid criticism of the former colonial power’s role. Macron arrived in Ivory Coast on Friday to celebrate Christmas with …

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