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Sierra Leone opposition ‘satisfied’ with police chief sacking

Freetown, Sierra Leone | AFP | Sierra Leone’s opposition on Monday said it welcomed the replacement of the country’s police chief following his sacking amid accusations of institutional political bias and endemic corruption. Former Inspector General of Police Francis Munu was reassigned to an ambassadorial post in neighbouring Liberia after being …

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Twin suicide bombings kill at least 13 in Nigeria

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | At least 13 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in a dual suicide bomb attack at a busy morning market in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, according to local sources. The attacks occurred in the town of Biu, about 185 kilometres (115 miles) south …

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Sudan armed groups still deploy child soldiers: UN

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | The United Nations said Wednesday that some armed groups fighting in Sudan still deploy child soldiers, but acknowledged Khartoum’s efforts to prevent child recruitment into its forces. Olof Skoog, chairman of the UN Security Council’s working group on children and armed conflict, said armed groups including …

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Several dead in gold mine clashes on Mali-Guinea border

Conakry, Guinea | AFP | Several people were killed in clashes between gold miners on the Mali-Guinea border this week, Guinean and Malian officials said Wednesday. Despite having areas rich in gold, both Guinea and Mali are among the world’s poorest countries, with many miners going it alone or in …

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Burundi talks get under way in absence of opposition

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | A new round of talks aimed at ending Burundi’s lengthy political crisis began Tuesday in Arusha, Tanzania, though the negotiations were marked by the main opposition group’s absence. Despite the absence of both the exiled leadership of the CNARED opposition and civil society and church …

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Pakistan minister resigns after violent Islamist protests: state media

Islamabad, Pakistan | AFP | Pakistan’s law minister Zahid Hamid has resigned, state media reported Monday, meeting a key demand of Islamist protesters who have clashed violently with security forces and blockaded the capital Islamabad for weeks. Hamid “has submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to steer …

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Egypt imam vows to return to massacre mosque to finish sermon

Al-Husayniyah, Egypt | AFP | The young Egyptian imam who survived the Sinai mosque massacre that killed 305 people vowed Sunday from his hospital bed to go back and resume the sermon he never finished. Mohammed Abdel Fattah, 26, was delivering the Friday sermon at the North Sinai Rawda mosque when …

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Boko Haram in new raid on town in Nigeria

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Boko Haram fighters briefly overran a town in northeast Nigeria in a raid to loot food supplies, military and civilian militia sources said on Sunday, in the latest attack in the restive region. The attack happened on Saturday evening when a large number of jihadists …

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Israel’s Netanyahu condemns Egypt mosque attack

Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Saturday for countries to unify their efforts against “terrorism” as he condemned an attack on a mosque in Egypt that left 305 people dead. “Israel strongly condemns the horrific and criminal terrorist attack on the Rawda mosque near El-Arish,” …

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