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France investigates CAR abuse claim

French troops were deployed to ease tensions in the Central African Republic in 2013 A Parisian prosecutor says an investigation is under way into claims French soldiers in the Central African Republic sexually abused children. France sent an initial 1,600 troops to the ...

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April 29th, 2015

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Egypt jails 69 for church attack

A defence lawyer said there was no proof of the defendants’ involvement in the church attack A court in Egypt has sentenced 69 Islamists to life in prison for setting fire to a church in a town near Cairo. Two minors were also jailed for 10 years for their alleged role

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Togo opposition leader rejects results

Jean-Pierre Fabre (l) was the only serious challenger to President Faure Gnassingbe (r) Togo’s defeated opposition leader Jean-Pierre Fabre says he considers himself the new president, rejecting official election results. Earlier, Togo’s official election body ...

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VIDEO: Anti-government protests in Burundi

There have been protests in Burundi against a decision by President Pierre Nkurunziza to stand for a third term in office. The protests spread outside the capital Bujumbura – to the town of Gitega. In response to the protests, the Burundian government has shut-down ...

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Protest-hit Burundi blocks social media

Messaging services including Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter and Tango have been cut off in Burundi amid protests over the president seeking a third term. The regulator ordered telecoms operators to block mobile access to certain sites, reports AFP. The government has banned ...

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VIDEO: Smuggled across the desert

Before they make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean trying to get to Europe, tens of thousands of African migrants are herded through the desert to Libya. They are robbed and abused by militia and people smugglers. At a checkpoint outside Misrata, border guards ...

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Togo leader extends family rule

President Faure Gnassingbe’s family have ruled Togo for 48 years Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe has been re-elected for a third term, electoral officials say. Provisional results show that he gained 59% of the vote, extending his family’s 48-year hold on

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Mandela widow calls for African unity

Former First Lady Graca Machel wept after her speech at the service Graca Machel, widow of Nelson Mandela, has appealed for African unity at a memorial service for a victim of recent xenophobic violence in South Africa. Ms Machel called Mozambican Manuel Jossias’ ...

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How did Rwanda save 590,000 children?

In 2000, one of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals committed the world to reduce child mortality rates by September 2015. At the time, out of every 1,000 live births, an average of 90 children died before the age of five. Now the average is just 46. The UN says ...

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Burundi’s President Nkurunziza in profile

President Nkurunziza, who qualified as a football coach, has his own team called Hallelujah FC Pierre Nkurunziza, who has caused controversy with his decision to run for a presidential third term, has ruled Burundi for nearly 10 years. Critics of the 51-year-old, who came to

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