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Ugandan rebels hack six DR Congo civilians to death

Goma, DR Congo | AFP |  Six civilians were hacked to death in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo in an attack by Ugandan Islamist rebels, local officials said Tuesday. Fighters from the Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked a small village in North Kivu province on Monday, …

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Rwanda accuses 22 French officers over 1994 genocide

Kigali, Rwanda | AFP |  Rwanda has published a list of 22 French officers it accuses of helping plan and execute the 1994 genocide, in the latest sign of deteriorating relations between the two countries. Rwanda’s National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (known by its French acronym CNLG) issued …

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S.Africa’s Zuma starts court bid to block graft report

Pretoria, South Africa | AFP | South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma launched his court bid Tuesday to block the publication of a potentially explosive report that resulted from a probe of his ties to a powerful family of Indian businessmen. The report investigated allegations that Zuma allowed the Gupta family …

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UN commander sacked in South Sudan for failure to protect

United Nations, United States | AFP | UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday sacked the commander of the peacekeeping force in South Sudan following a damning report showing failure to protect civilians during violence earlier this year in Juba. The report from a UN special investigation found that a lack …

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Elephant poaching costs Africa tourism $25 million

Paris, France | AFP |  Stopping the killing of elephants for their tusks could add some $25 million (23 million euros) to Africa’s annual tourism income, more than offsetting the anti-poaching spend, a study said Tuesday. While the figure pales in comparison to the estimated value of the black market …

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US extends sanctions on Sudan

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | President Barack Obama has extended US sanctions on Sudan for another year, saying Khartoum’s policies remained an “extraordinary threat” to the national security of the United States. Sudan has been subject to a US trade embargo since 1997 for its alleged support for Islamist groups. …

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Tanzania to support Kenyan bid for AU chair

Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli has commended Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta’s nomination of Ambassador Amina Mohamed  for the position of African Union Commission Chair and assured her of Tanzania’s endorsement. Amina Mohamed is Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs. She joins the race after the withdrawal of Uganda’s Dr. Wandira …

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