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UN gives $5mn in aid for crisis-hit region in DR Congo

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | The United Nations announced aid worth $5 million (4.7 million euros) on Saturday to help people affected by the humanitarian crisis in the violence-wracked Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The remote, central region has been plagued by violence since mid-August when …

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22 dead in DR Congo army clashes with M23 rebels

Goma, DR Congo | AFP |  The Congolese army said Wednesday it had killed 20 fighters from the M23 militia group and lost two soldiers in clashes with the rebels since the end of January. General Leon Mushale told reporters in the eastern city of Goma that a further 25 …

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UN airstrikes in C.Africa target ‘heavily armed’ militia

Bangui, Central African Republic | AFP | UN peacekeeping mission MINUSCA said it had conducted airstrikes in the Central African Republic Sunday against a “heavily armed” group of fighters advancing on the city of Bambari. This is the second time in as many weeks the UN has fired on gunmen …

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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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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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Mogadishu car bombing ‘kills at least 14’

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | At least 14 people were killed on Sunday when a car packed with explosives blew up near a busy intersection in Mogadishu, officials and witnesses said. “We have counted about 14 people killed and more than 30 others wounded… the area was a busy intersection …

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Mediator seeks heads of state summit on Burundi crisis

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  The mediator in Burundi’s nearly two-year political crisis on Sunday asked regional leaders to call an urgent summit as deep discord and a government boycott hamper peace talks. Former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa wrapped up four days of talks with some 30 Burundian representatives who …

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Intel hub set up in Uganda to fight shadowy rebel group

Kasese, Uganda | AFP | Countries in Africa’s Great Lakes region launched an intelligence nerve centre in Uganda Saturday to better coordinate the fight against a rebel group responsible for massacres in neighbouring DR Congo. A string of bloody killings in which civilians have mostly been hacked to death around …

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Burundi seeks arrest of opposition at Tanzania peace talks

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Burundi’s government on Friday asked Tanzania to arrest several leaders of the main opposition attending peace talks in Arusha in a bid to resolve a nearly two-year political crisis. The talks are the latest effort by former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa to mediate the crisis …

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Burundi govt again refuses crisis talks with opposition

Mediator Benjamin Mkapa and Burundi’s  foreign minister Nyamwite at previous talks.Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Burundi’s government affirmed Tuesday it will shun peace talks with opposition figures planned for later this week in Tanzania, dragging out a political crisis that has stretched for over a year. The talks are intended …

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