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Strike over fuel subsidies quietens Khartoum streets

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP |  Sudan’s ruling party on Sunday criticised opposition groups over their strike call, as many public transport buses stayed off Khartoum streets and shops remained shut in a mixed response to the call. The three-day strike call was to protest a government decision to hike fuel …

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Nigerian militants blow up oil pipeline

Warri, Nigeria | AFP |  Nigerian militants on Sunday blew up a state-run pipeline in the restive oil producing south, in the latest act of sabotage aimed against the strategic sector, a local official said. “The pipeline popularly known as the Abura line was bombed at about 7:30 am on …

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Nande, Hutu attacks leave 34 civilians dead in DR Congo

Goma, DR Congo | AFP | At least 34 civilians were killed Sunday in a flare up of ethnic violence in restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said, following a week of soaring tensions. “The provisional toll is 34 civilians killed,” said local official Joy Bokele, referring to an …

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Men made a mess of Somalia, now women want to fix it

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | Raped, abused and subjected to genital mutilation, many women suffer terribly in Somalia, an unrepentantly patriarchal country shown by successive surveys as one of the worst places to be female. A quota reserving 30 percent of parliamentary seats for women in current elections is supposed …

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Angola: 37 ex-opposition fighters face coup charges

Luanda, Angola | AFP |  Thirty-seven former fighters from Angola’s main UNITA opposition party go on trial Friday accused of attempting to stage a coup earlier this year, the state news agency Angop reported on Thursday. Members of the group face charges of planning an armed assault against the presidential …

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COSATU: It is Ramaphosa, not Zuma, for president

South Africa union federation backs Ramaphosa for power Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday won the support of Cosatu, the biggest union federation, to be the ANC party’s next leader, boosting his chances of taking national power. The African National Congress (ANC), …

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