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Cameroon shuts down hundreds of schools opened to absorb displaced pupils

The Cameroon government has shut down more than 260 schools that had been operating informally in the country’s francophone regions.The schools had been opened to help absorb students fleeing the separatist uprising in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions.I travelled to Douala...

Top Rwandan rebel commander arrested in Goma by DR Congo army

The Democratic Republic of Congo's army says it has arrested a powerful Rwandan rebel commander, Nshimiyimana Asifiwe, in the eastern city of Goma reports BBC Africa. His arrest was proof that the military's campaign against the Democratic Forces for the...

Amnesty outraged at Tanzania human rights ban

The international rights organisation Amnesty International has said a decision by Tanzania to withdraw an article which allows its citizens and NGOs to sue it at the African Court on Human and People’s Rights risks deepening repression.In a statement,...

Two suspected militia lynched in Congo DR as UN envoy visits

A crowd in eastern DR Congo on Saturday lynched two people they suspected of being members of a militia blamed for the killing of more than 100 civilians over the past month, an AFP journalist said.The army however said...

Ali Bongo’s spokesman detained in Gabon anti-corruption crackdown

The spokesman for Gabonese President Ali Bongo was transferred to the capital’s main prison on Friday, his lawyer said, one of eight people held in custody under a new anti-corruption drive.Bongo has vowed to crack down on graft since...

DR Congo buries 27 victims killed by rebels as anger mounts

The Democratic Republic of Congo town of Oicha on Friday buried 27 victims of the latest massacre in the country's volatile east, with hundreds paying homage while lashing out at security forces for failing to stop attacks.Mourners gathered in...

Gabon arrest 8 in a crackdown on corruption

Oil-rich Gabon has detained eight people for theft and money laundering following a crackdown on corruption, the prosecutor for the capital Libreville said Thursday.“Eight people have been placed in preventive detention,” Andre Patrick Roponat said, adding that they were...

Fresh rebel attack leaves 19 dead in DR Congo troubled region

Nineteen people have died in the latest rebel attack near the city of Beni, where outraged residents this week stormed a United Nations base to demand protection, the U.N. said Wednesday.The attack in Oicha, about 30 kilometers (18 miles)...

Gunshots near UN camps in eastern DR Congo during protest after attack

Heavy gunfire was heard on Monday outside two UN camps near the eastern DR Congo town of Beni, where people had gone to protest after an armed group killed eight civilians, an AFP reporter said.The shooting came from Congolese...

Freed Cameroon opposition leader Kamto calls for elections boycott

Cameroon’s main opposition figure, Maurice Kamto, on Monday said his party would boycott the country’s legislative and municipal elections on February 9.Kamto said the Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon (MRC) would not take part in the vote.“The MRC,” he...
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Cameroon shuts down hundreds of schools opened to absorb displaced pupils

The Cameroon government has shut down more than 260 schools that had been operating informally in the country’s francophone regions.The schools had been opened...

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