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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... 

Britain confirms ex-Liberian president to serve 50-year term in UK jail

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Former Liberian president Charles Taylor committed some of the most heinous crimes in human history. The UK government has confirmed that former Liberian president Charles Taylor will serve his 50-year sentence for sponsoring atrocities in Sierra Leone at a British prison. Justice Minister Jeremy Wright said in a written statement to Parliament that former president Taylor will now be transferred to... 

US forces target Al-Shabaab leader in Somalia, seize Al-Qaeda leader in Libya

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US forces carried out two major operations in Africa on Saturday, targeting an al-Shabaab leader in Somalia in connection with the recent Nairobi mall siege and nabbing an Al-Qaeda leader in Libya wanted for the 1998 bombings of US embassies. A US Navy SEAL team approached a seaside house in the Somali town of Baraawe before sunrise in hopes of targeting an Al-Qaeda linked suspect. The operation,... 

Somalia's al-Shabab threatens to escalate attacks in Kenya

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Somalia’s al-Shabab militant group has threatened to increase its deadly attacks against Kenya, days after they killed tens of people at a mall in the Kenyan capital. The al-Shabab fighters vowed to transform Kenyan cities and towns into what they call grave yards, on Wednesday. “We will strike Kenyans where it hurts the most, turn their cities into graveyards and rivers of blood will flow... 

Interpol issues alert for British suspect in Nairobi mall siege

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Fake South African passport of Samantha Lewthwaite Interpol has issued an arrest notice for a British woman who has allegedly been involved in a deadly siege on a shopping center in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. According to Interpol statement, the “red notice” or internationally wanted person alert for Samantha Lewthwaite was issued at the request of Kenya over charges of being in possession... 

Nairobi mall siege: 200 hostages freed, military ‘in control’ of building

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The Kenyan military has reportedly taken control of Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall. Over 200 civilians have been freed and over 60 killed during the three-day bloody hostage crisis in the Kenyan capital. “We’re in control of Westgate,” Kenya’s interior ministry said in a post on Twitter. “We think that everyone, the hostages, have been evacuated but we don’t want to... 

Al-Qaeda hold hostages in Kenya mall siege, 68 dead, 200 injured

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At least 68 people have been killed and 200 others wounded by Al-Qaeda-linked militants in a Nairobi shopping mall, as the hostage crisis there has entered its second day. Foreigners are among the casualties. The Red Cross in Kenya said on Sunday that the death toll in the Westgate mall siege has risen to 68. 10 to 15 gunmen are still inside the shopping center, a Kenyan minister has reported. 30... 

Mugabe vows to press ahead with empowerment program

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says his government will continue to press foreign firms to surrender the majority of their shares to local partners. “The indigenization program is to be pursued with renewed vigor,” Mugabe said on Tuesday, opening a new session of parliament after the July elections. He said the new parliament will amend laws in accordance... 

36 people die in Sudan floods

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A Sudanese man sits next to his house in a flooded street on the outskirts of the capital Khartoum on August 10, 2013. Heavy rain and flooding in a region north of Sudan’s capital Khartoum have killed 36 people, state media says. “Thirty-six people were killed in Nile state and 5,000 houses were destroyed because of heavy rain and floods,” Sudan’s Radio Omdurman reported on Sunday. Khartoum... 

Britain says Zimbabwe elections results seriously questionable

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The British government claims the results of the Zimbabwe presidential and parliamentary elections have been beset with irregularities that call into question its credibility despite observers’ endorsement of the vote. “The irregularities in the lead up to the elections and on Election Day itself, reported by the observer missions and in contravention of SADC (South African Development Community)’s... 

Zimbabwe’s ruling party wins parliamentary elections

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has won most of the parliamentary seats in the general elections, says a senior source in the ruling party ZANU-PF. ZANU-PF party spokesman Rugare Gumbo announced on Friday that Mugabe has won way over 50 percent of the 210 parliamentary seats. The opposition MDC party, which is led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, won only 10 seats. Election results also showed... 

Three Congolese helicopters attack M23 positions in eastern DRC

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Congolese army soldiers Three Congolese helicopters have blasted positions of the March 23 movement (M23) rebels in the city of Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “Our helicopters have just bombarded enemy positions,” an unnamed Congolese officer said on Tuesday, adding, “Until now the enemy has not yet responded,” AFP reported. The attacks, which were the first... 

DR Congo clashes leave at least 130 people dead

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March 23 Movement (M23) rebels Clashes between army forces and rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have left at least 130 people dead, including 10 soldiers, the government says. “Our forces have inflicted very heavy losses on the M23 (March 23 Movement) fighters, 120 have been killed and 12 captured,” government spokesman Lambert Mende said on Monday, referring to clashes that... 
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