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African Union to send 5,000-strong force to Burundi

Posted by on 19/12/2015
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African Union to send 5,000-strong force to Burundi

African Union to send 5,000-strong force to Burundi

ADDIS ABABA: The African Union will send a 5,000 strong force to stop violence in troubled Burundi, giving Bujumbura a four-day deadline to agree but warning it would send troops anyway. The move comes as international alarm grows over spiraling violence in the tiny, landlocked nation which has been mired in bloodshed since April, sparking […]

30 killed in Boko Haram raid on Nigeria villages

Posted by on 16/12/2015
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30 killed in Boko Haram raid on Nigeria villages

30 killed in Boko Haram raid on Nigeria villages

KANO: Brutal weekend attacks on three villages by Boko Haram Islamists in the restive northeast of Nigeria have left 30 dead and 20 others wounded, a vigilante told AFP. “Most of the victims were slaughtered and most of the wounded (had suffered) machete cuts,” Mustapha Karimbe, a civilian helping the Nigerian military fight Boko Haram, […]

Heavy weapons fire erupts in ‘make-or-break’ C Africa vote

Posted by on 13/12/2015
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Heavy weapons fire erupts in ‘make-or-break’ C Africa vote

Heavy weapons fire erupts in ‘make-or-break’ C Africa vote

BANGUI: Heavy weapons fire broke out yesterday in the Muslim district of Bangui, the Central African Republic capital, during a referendum aimed at ending years of bloody sectarian strife, an AFP reporter said. Fire from heavy machine-guns and rocket launchers erupted around a school where voters were waiting to cast their votes, prompting UN peacekeepers […]

zens of corpses lie in streets of Burundi

Posted by on 12/12/2015
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zens of corpses lie in streets of Burundi

zens of corpses lie in streets of Burundi

NAIROBI: Horrified residents awoke yesterday to at least 39 dead bodies scattered in the streets of the Burundi capital, Bujumbura, a day after coordinated armed assaults on three military installations. Witnesses and journalists in Nyakabiga, a hotspot neighborhood for anti-government protests in recent months, reported seeing at least 20 corpses, some apparently shot dead at […]

Attacks on military bases in Bujumbura – 12 insurgents killed

Posted by on 11/12/2015
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Attacks on military bases in Bujumbura – 12 insurgents killed

Attacks on military bases in Bujumbura – 12 insurgents killed

NAIROBI: Heavily-armed gunmen launched coordinated assaults on three army bases in the Burundi capital yesterday, leaving at least a dozen attackers dead, the military said, in the worst unrest since a failed May coup. Army spokesman Colonel Gaspard Baratuza claimed that 12 attackers were killed and 21 captured while five soldiers were wounded, following the […]

Oscar Pistorius bailed, tagged and free to roam

Posted by on 08/12/2015
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Oscar Pistorius bailed, tagged and free to roam

Oscar Pistorius bailed, tagged and free to roam

PRETORIA: Oscar Pistorius, who murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013, was granted bail yesterday and has the freedom of South Africa’s capital Pretoria as he waits to appeal his conviction in April. The Paralympic champion, nicknamed “Blade Runner” because of the prosthetic legs he uses to race, was granted bail of 10,000 […]

Pistorius risks 15 years in jail after a murder conviction

Posted by on 03/12/2015
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New Burkina president vows ‘better tomorrow’

Posted by on 01/12/2015
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New Burkina president vows ‘better tomorrow’

New Burkina president vows ‘better tomorrow’

OUAGADOUGOU: Burkina Faso’s president in waiting Roch Marc Kabore vowed a brighter future for the west African country yesterday after becoming its first newly-elected leader in three decades. Kabore won 53.49 percent of ballots in Sunday’s poll, winning victory in the first round of a vote to restore stability after a popular revolt toppled longtime […]

Pope visits mosque in strife-torn CAR

Posted by on 30/11/2015
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Seven hacked to death in Congo hospital, dozens killed in clashes

Posted by on 30/11/2015
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Seven hacked to death in Congo hospital, dozens killed in clashes

Seven hacked to death in Congo hospital, dozens killed in clashes

KINSHASA: Seven people hacked to death in a hospital were among at least 30 people killed in fighting at the weekend between the army, backed by UN troops, and Islamist Ugandan rebels in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, local sources said yesterday. Intelligence gaps, poor coordination and insufficient resources have rendered the Congolese army and […]

Three dead in attack on UN base in north Mali

Posted by on 28/11/2015
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Three dead in attack on UN base in north Mali

Three dead in attack on UN base in north Mali

BAMAKO: Two UN peacekeepers and a civilian contractor were killed in a rocket attack yesterday on a UN base in northeast Mali, a week after a deadly siege at a Bamako hotel claimed by jihadists. “Our camp in Kidal was attacked early this morning by terrorists using rockets,” said an official from the UN peacekeeping […]

Pope slams rich over injustice to the poor – Pontiff warns against ‘sugar of corruption’

Posted by on 27/11/2015
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Pope slams rich over injustice to the poor – Pontiff warns against ‘sugar of corruption’

Pope slams rich over injustice to the poor – Pontiff warns against ‘sugar of corruption’

NAIROBI” Pope Francis lashed out at wealthy minorities who hoard resources at the expense of the poor as he visited a crowded Nairobi slum yesterday, wrapping up the first leg of a three nation tour. The 78-year-old pontiff was given a rapturous welcome as he arrived in Kangemi, which is home to more than 100,000 […]