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ELECTIONS: Lawyer of Gabon’s Ping reported missing

Libreville, Gabon | AFP |  A lawyer for the Gabon opposition leader Jean Ping, who is still disputing the re-election of President Ali Bongo, has been missing for three days, according to Ping’s team. Eric Iga Iga, one of two lawyers who represented Ping in Constitutional Court in September when …

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At least 25 dead in blast at Cairo church

Cairo, Egypt | AFP | A bombing in a Cairo church on Sunday near the headquarters of the Coptic pope killed at least 25 people, state media reported. It was the deadliest suspected attack on the country’s beleaguered Christian minority in recent memory. The explosion ripped through the church around …

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Liberian president’s plane denied landing rights in Gambia

UN Security Council demands Gambia’s Jammeh hand over power United Nations, United States | AFP | The UN Security Council on Saturday demanded that Gambia’s leader Yahya Jammeh hand over power to the president-elect after he rejected the election results in a dramatic political U-turn. In a unanimous statement, the …

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Over 100 feared dead in Nigeria church collapse

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP |  A church roof has collapsed in southeastern Nigeria causing “many deaths and injury” the country’s president said Saturday, with state media reporting that up to 200 people could have been killed. The evangelical Reigners Bible Ministry in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom state was packed …

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Gambian leader’s election defiance sparks global concern

Banjul, Gambia | AFP |  Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow on Saturday called on longtime leader Yahya Jammeh to drop his challenge to last week’s election results following a dramatic political U-turn that has prompted fears for the West African country. A week after conceding defeat, Jammeh on Friday declared he …

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Youth, trade top agenda at first AU election debate

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP |  Five candidates running for African Union chief took part Friday in the bloc’s first leadership debate, calling for more youth involvement in the grouping and greater integration between member nations. The candidates from Kenya, Senegal, Chad, Botswana and Equatorial Guinea took to the stage …

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Somalia sets yet another date for presidential vote

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP |  Somalia’s top political leaders have announced the presidential election will be held on December 28, the fourth date so far set to conclude drawn-out, delayed and limited polls. The new timetable was laid out in a joint statement issued late Thursday by the government, the …

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Gambia’s new leader claims military’s support

Banjul, Gambia | AFP | Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow vowed Thursday to set up a South Africa-style truth commission as he claimed the army’s support after his surprise election in the west African nation. Barrow, whose shock victory this month ended the 22-year rule of Yahya Jammeh, said the country’s …

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