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2,000 South Sudanese already entered Sudan in 2017

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP |  About 32,000 South Sudanese have entered Sudan since the start of the year, with tens of thousands more expected to arrive fleeing a famine in their country, the UN refugee agency said Sunday. On Monday, South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation formed after splitting from …

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Timbuktu bars smashed by Muslim protesters in Mali

Bamako, Mali | AFP |  Dozens of young Muslims opposed to alcoholic beverages smashed bars and liquor stalls in the northern Malian city of Timbuktu on Saturday, saying they were “places of depravity”, local sources said. “The youngsters were very organised, having targeted what to destroy,” said a resident reached …

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UN warns Burundi’s president over fourth term

United Nations, United States | AFP |  UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza against seeking a fourth term, saying such a move risks deepening the crisis in the African country. In a report obtained by AFP, the UN chief says he is “very concerned” by recent …

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Supporters gather for Mugabe’s lavish birthday party

Matobo, Zimbabwe | AFP | Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who turned 93 this week, celebrates his birthday on Saturday with a lavish party attended by thousands of loyalists outside the second city of Bulawayo. The ruling ZANU-PF party is hosting the event for Mugabe, who has held power since 1980 …

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Bantus, Pygmies sign historic peace deal in DR Congo

Lubumbashi, DR Congo | AFP |  The Pygmy and Bantu people of the Democratic Republic of Congo signed a peace deal Friday to put an end to decades of deadly violence that has killed hundreds. Pygmies from the ethnic Twa group have been seeking recognition of equal rights with other …

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Lake Tanganyika: 5.7-magnitude quake strikes region

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  A 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit near Africa’s Lake Tanganyika early Friday, the US Geological Survey said, with the epicentre in northen Zambia. The quake, which was 10 kilometres (six miles) deep, struck at 00:32 GMT about 45 kilometres from the Zambian town of Kaputa, which …

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Gambia’s ex-spy chief, 8 others charged with murder

Banjul, Gambia | AFP |  Gambia’s dreaded former spy chief — whose watch was marred by allegations of killings and torture — and eight subordinates were charged Thursday with killing a leading opposition member in April. Yankuba Badjie headed the National Intelligence Agency, which rights groups say carried out arbitrary …

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DRC: 16 killed in three days of clashes with M23

Goma, DR Congo | AFP |  Sixteen people have been killed in three days of fighting this week that pitted the Democratic Republic of Congo’s army against a rebel militia, a military spokesman told AFP Thursday. Guillaume Djike, a spokesman for the army in troubled North Kivu province in the …

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