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UN Security council set to vote on police presence in Burundi

The UN Security Council could vote as early as Friday on a French-drafted resolution that would lay the groundwork for a UN police presence to help quell violence in Burundi, diplomats said. The draft resolution requests that UN Secretary-General...

For calling Rwanda a ‘police state’, Kagame a dictator, top military figures get 20 yrs

A Rwandan military tribunal on Thursday condemned two senior army figures to 20 years in prison for inciting rebellion, an AFP correspondent at the Kigali court said. "The court condemns Colonel Tom Byabagamba to 21 years in jail and...

Djibouti president set to secure 4th term in new presidential vote

After 17 years under his rule, few doubt Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh will fail to win a fourth term in polls next week, with a divided opposition already calling the vote a sham. Supporters of Guelleh -- president...

Death of Rwandan politician in Burundi jail fuels tensions

A retired senior Rwandan politician has died in a Burundian jail where he was being held on suspicion of spying, both countries said on Thursday, adding to cross-border tensions that have increased dangerously in recent months. Jacques Bihozagara former...

John Magufuli of Tanzania calls for less dependence on foreign donor

Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Sunday appealed to Tanzanians to work hard in order to enable the east African nation to lessen foreign donor dependence.  The head of state was speaking at a special Easter mass at the Azania...

DR Congo want UN to half number of peacekeepers in the country

The Democratic Republic of Congo called for halving the size of the UN peacekeeping force in the country by the end of the year. The mandate for the 20,000-strong peacekeeping force expires in March, but the United Nations envisions...

South Sudan gov’t to stop paying hotel bills for rebel advance team

South Sudan’s government said at the end of this week it will stop paying the hotel bills of about 600 rebel advance team members who have been living in Juba since last December to work out the modalities for...

Eritrea frees 4 Djiboutian POWs after 8 years

After nearly eight years in prison, four Djiboutian prisoners-of-war have been released by Eritrea. A total of 19 POWs were captured by Eritrea in June 2008 during a border skirmish, but some of them escaped prison in September 2011,...

ICC to hand down verdict against DRCongo ex-leader Jean-Pierre Bemba

War crimes judges will deliver their verdict Monday against former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba, blamed for vicious rapes and killings by his private army in neighbouring Central African Republic over a decade ago. Former Congolese vice president...

30 al Shabaab militants killed in two clashes with AMISOM in Somalia

Thirty insurgents in Somalia's Al-Qaeda-aligned Shabaab jihadist group were killed Wednesday in heavy clashes in the south and northeast of the country, Kenya's armed forces and local authorities said separately. In the first incident, the Kenya Defence Force (KDF)...
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At least 15 civilians killed by rebels in retaliation for military offensives

Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 15 people overnight in eastern Congo, local officials said on Saturday, in the...
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US urges Libya’s Khalifa Haftar to end attack on Tripoli

The United States has urged Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar to end his offensive to seize Tripoli and accused Russia of exploiting the conflict.The US...

South African police forcefully remove refugees from UNHCR building in Pretoria

South African Police on Friday started removing refugees who have been camping at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' (UNHCR) offices in Pretoria.The...

Malema tweets support for Burna Boy, assures of protection, AKA wants apology

South Africa's firebrand opposition politician Julius Malema has tweeted to reassure Nigerian music star Burna Boy of his safety if he visits South Africa...

More death in Guinea as protests against Alpha Conde rages on

A young demonstrator was killed in Guinea on Thursday during protests against President Alpha Conde’s perceived attempt to extend his mandate, the security minister...