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DR Congo: Gunmen belonging to religious sect invade prison, frees leader and 50 other prison inmates

Gunmen from a Christian sect have stormed a prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, freeing their leader and about 50 other inmates, a government spokesman says. Shots were fired and vehicles torched as Ne Muanda Nsemi was freed from the jail in Kinshasa, witnesses said. Police are suspected to have shot dead several prisoners, witnesses added. Mr Nsemi ...

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Ivory Coast: Rebel soldiers accept government proposal on bonus payments to end mutiny

The leaders of a nationwide military mutiny in Ivory Coast have accepted a government proposal on bonus payments and agreed to return to barracks, ending their revolt, two spokesmen for the soldiers told journalists on Tuesday.   Neither Ivory Coast’s defense minister nor government spokesman was immediately available to confirm details of the agreement, but a witness said the soldiers ...

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Ivory Coast Rebellion: Mutinous soldiers under attack by government forces

Ivory Coast’s military says it has launched an operation to restore order after three consecutive days of protests by mutinous soldiers. The soldiers took to the streets in several cities over a pay dispute and blocked off the second largest city, Bouaké, on Saturday. They have said they are willing to fight if the army intervenes. Popular opposition to the ...

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Ivory Coast Mutiny: Rebel soldiers declare they are ready to fight if attacked

Angry soldiers have blocked off access to Bouaké, the second largest city in the Ivory Coast, as a revolt over a pay dispute continues. One of the uprising’s leaders said the soldiers were “ready to fight” if attacked. Sergeant Seydou Koné said they did not want to negotiate with anyone, according to Reuters news agency. The unrest began after a ...

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President Mugabe doesn’t sleep at conferences, he closes his eyes to protect them – Spokesman replies critics

I feel like a failure when there is this reading that the President is sleeping in conferences. – Mugabe’s spokesman Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s spokesman has replied those who accuse the president of falling asleep at public events. He explained that the 93-year-old is not sleeping, but is only protecting his aged eyes from bright lights.   George Charamba was quoted ...

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DR Congo: 1 dies as WHO declares fresh Ebola outbreak  

  The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At least one person has died after contracting the virus in the country’s north-east, the WHO says. The Congolese health ministry had notified the WHO of a “lab-confirmed case” of Ebola, it added on Twitter. More than 11,000 people died in the Ebola ...

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South Africa: 22 year-old woman is the latest victim of murder by boyfriend among 40,000 rape and murder cases annually

The man believed to be the boyfriend of a 22-year-old woman whose killing has shocked South Africa has appeared in court in Johannesburg to face murder charges, local media report. Karabo Mokoena’s mother wept as she arrived at the hearing. A widespread online campaign to find Mokoena was called off on Wednesday when her father confirmed her death. The case ...

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Gambia: President Barrow sacks central bank governor in ‘attempts to re-establish democracy’

President Adama Barrow on Wednesday fired Gambia’s central bank governor and three other bank officials considered loyal to former dictator Yahya Jammeh, a senior official at the bank said Wednesday. Central Bank governor Amadou Colley, two of his deputies and the bank’s financial director, who all served during Mr. Jammeh’s iron-first rule, received their letters of dismissal. A Central Bank ...

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Xenophobic South Africa: Two Nigerians shot dead in Western Cape Province

The Nigeria Union in South Africa said on Wednesday that two Nigerians were shot dead in Western Cape Province of that country. Mike Ibitoye, the Chairman of the Union`s chapter in the province, told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone from Cape Town, South Africa, that the Nigerians were shot by unidentified assailants. “Mr Ernest Ughakwesili, 42, native of ...

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6 killed, 10 injured during car bomb attack in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu

At least six people were killed and about 10 injured Monday in a car bomb attack in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, a police officer on the scene told AFP.   The car exploded next to an Italian cafe on a key thoroughfare in the centre of the city which leads to the presidential palace, in the latest such attack in the ...

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