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935,000 displaced in Central African Republic amid ‘unprecedented’ violence

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Targeted attacks against children, looting and burning of houses have been reported in the ongoing sectarian violence in Central African Republic by the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR. Hundreds of thousands have fled to refugee camps or hidden in the bush. Violence between mostly Muslim ex-rebel Seleka members, whose leader seized power last March, and Christian vigilante groups “has pushed the number... 

11 die in Somali capital terrorist bomb attack

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Photo taken on September 12, 2012 shows the Jazeera hotel in Mogadishu as AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia) forces stand guard after a bomb exploded while newly elected Somali president Hasan Sheikh Mahmud was staying. At least 11 people have been killed and 17 others wounded in three bomb blasts that hit the Somali capital Mogadishu. The attacks were carried out late on Wednesday near Jazeera... 

DR Congo army kills 40 people taking part in uprising

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Congolese security forces have killed at least 40 people involved in a violent uprising in the capital Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) army says. The army said it had regained control of the state television headquarters, RTNC, army headquarters and the international airport in Kinshasa following an attack by some 70 gunmen early Monday. The clashes reportedly broke out between supporters... 

South Sudan to attack Bentiu if truce rejected

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A South Sudanese minister has threatened that the government will attack the main stronghold of rebel forces if they reject Juba’s offer for a ceasefire. On Saturday, South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei said the government troops are prepared to push the rebels out of Bentiu, the last state capital controlled by forces loyal to rebel leader Riek Machar. “We will flush (Machar) out... 

Thousands killed in South Sudan violence: UN

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The United Nations says there is “no doubt” that thousands of people have been killed in the weeklong fighting across South Sudan, while official figures put the death toll at nearly 500. “Absolutely no doubt in my mind that we’re into the thousands” of dead, said Toby Lanzer, the top UN humanitarian chief in the country, at a press conference in the capital Juba on Tuesday. UN... 

Violence continues to spread across South Sudan

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Clashes continue between government forces and troops loyal to fugitive former vice president, Riek Machar, as violence spreads across several regions of South Sudan. The UN says the unrest has now spread from the capital Juba to other parts of the country. The latest fighting took place near Bentiu, the capital of oil-producing Unity State. Up to 500 people have been killed since the violence broke... 

Ugandan MPs pass bill punishing homosexuality with life in prison

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The Ugandan parliament has ratified a bill that will see homosexuals imprisoned for life, if the person is caught in the act more than once, according to activists and reports on Friday. One gay activist speaking to AFP following the vote said that now he is “officially illegal.” This is the toughest measure to have been accepted in the country yet, although there was an even more severe version... 

Hunt for mysterious interpreter who faked sign language at Mandela memorial

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President Barack Obama delivers a speech next to a sign language interpreter (R) during the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg. South Africa is searching for a sign language interpreter who failed to translate what world leaders said at the memorial of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela on Tuesday. Outraged by the incident, the... 

Bubonic plague outbreak kills 21 in Madagascar

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Bubonic plague is mostly transmitted to humans by rats and fleas. At least 21 people have died this week in northern Madagascar after contracting pneumonic plague, the Health Ministry says. A village near the northwestern town of Mandritsara on the island of Madagascar is where at least 21 people perished following a deadly outbreak of the plague, the ministry said on Wednesday. Medical experts from... 

France starts deploying troops to north, east CAR

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France has begun deploying troops to the north and east of the Central African Republic (CAR) to join an African-led stabilization force in the violence-stricken country. “The French forces, pre-positioned in Cameroon, have crossed the border and have started reconnaissance missions in the east,” French army spokesman, Gilles Jarron, announced on Saturday. Jarron further stated that the French... 

Discover the Real Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela, working with the Soviet Union, wanted to replace Apartheid tyranny with a Marxist dictatorship. He and his followers hijacked the Anti-Apartheid Movement in an attempt to bring communism to South Africa. He was a member of the South African Communist Party and a co-founder of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress which targeted white civilians. Mandela... 

Anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela dies at 95

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South African anti-apartheid communist leader Nelson Mandela has died aged 95 at his Johannesburg home, family and friends had gathered to pay their last respects to the iconic figure that inspired millions around the world. South African president Jacob Zuma addressed the nation on live television to make the announcement that Mandela, or Madiba as he is known in the country, had died at the age... 

Angola reportedly bans Islam, destroys mosques

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Angola has reportedly banned the religion of Islam and begun destroying mosques, becoming the first country in the world to do so. On Friday, several newspapers in the South African country quoted the Angolan Minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva, as saying that “the process of legalization of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human rights… Mosques would therefore... 

30 million living in slavery worldwide: WFF report

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A report by an international foundation on modern slavery has revealed that nearly 30 million people are enslaved across the globe. The index released by the Walk Free Foundation (WFF) on Thursday said the slaves are either trafficked into brothels, forced into manual labor, fall victims to debt bondage, or are even born into servitude. Almost half of these people are in India, where “by far... 

African leaders open summit on relations with ICC

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African heads of state have taken part in a summit meeting on relations with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Ababa. The summit kicked off on Saturday, with the African leaders urging the international body not to prosecute the continent’s incumbent heads of state. They also called on the ICC to defer the trials of presidents of Kenya and Sudan. Kenyan... 
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