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Kenya watchdog says investigating police over actions at university

NAIROBI (Reuters) – A Kenyan government watchdog said on Friday it was investigating whether police had assaulted students during protests this week at the University of Nairobi over the detention of an opposition lawmaker. Police fired tear gas on Thursday at the protesting students. Video footage posted on social media later in the day showed […]

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Ugandan special forces accused of ejecting MPs from parliament

By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) – At least five Ugandan lawmakers received hospital treatment for injuries sustained while being dragged out of the parliament by plain-clothes security guards that opposition MPs said were really soldiers from President Yoweri Museveni’s special forces. The clashes erupted in the chamber on Tuesday and Wednesday over a motion to […]

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Migrant smuggling crackdown triggered clashes in Libyan city: armed group head

By Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI (Reuters) – An armed group in the Libyan smuggling hub of Sabratha is being targeted because it began stopping migrant boats leaving for Italy, leading to heavy clashes with groups benefiting from the trade, the head of the group said. The fighting over the past two weeks has caused dozens of […]

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Fitch’s BMI says ANC in-fighting to hit South African growth

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s economic growth will be significantly hampered by increasing political uncertainty in the run-up to the ruling African National Congress’s leadership contest in December, Fitch’s BMI research unit said on Thursday. In a report, BMI said a turn to more “radical rhetoric and policy positions by the traditionalist wing of the […]

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Protest at Wal-Mart owned South Africa business turns violent

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A violent protest flared on Friday at a Johannesburg store run by Wal-Mart’s South African unit Massmart where workers have staged a week-long strike over wages. Marune Rossouw, a Thomson Reuters employee, said she was trapped inside the store with other shoppers as protesting staff rampaged through the car park, throwing stones […]

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U.N. Human Rights Council extends Burundi rights probe

GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. Human Rights Council voted on Friday to extend the mandate of a Commission of Inquiry into human rights in Burundi, dealing a blow to an attempt by a group of African countries to replace the commission with a different team. Burundi’s ambassador told the other 46 members of the council […]

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S.Africa court says cannot compel Zuma to set up influence-peddling inquiry

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A South African High Court ruled on Friday that it could not compel President Jacob Zuma to set up a commission of inquiry into alleged influence-peddling in his government. The opposition Democratic Alliance had asked the court to force Zuma to establish a commission based on a report last year by an […]

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Cameroon Anglophone regions to shut Nigeria border over protests

YAOUNDE (Reuters) – The government of one of Cameroon’s Anglophone regions ordered its border with Nigeria closed this weekend in response to calls by activists for protests to demand more rights for the country’s English-speaking minority. The move on Thursday represents an escalation in a crackdown on months of protest spurred by complaints about political […]

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Nigeria’s presidential, parliamentary election to hold on Feb. 16, 2019

  ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s next presidential and parliamentary elections will be held on Feb. 16, 2019, the Independent National Electoral Commission said on its official Twitter account on Thursday. The date will mark the end of ailing President Muhammadu Buhari’s first term. He has not said if he will run again. Buhari came to […]

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U.S. air strike kills ‘several’ Islamic State militants in Libya

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. air strikes killed several Islamic State militants in Libya earlier this week, the U.S. military said on Thursday, the second series of strikes in the country in recent days. In a statement, U.S. Africa Command said the strike took place 100 miles (161 km) southeast of Sirte on Tuesday in […]

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Islamic State set up Libyan desert army after losing Sirte: prosecutor

By Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Islamic State militants in Libya set up a desert army composed of at least three brigades after the lost their stronghold of Sirte last year, a senior prosecutor said on Thursday. Hundreds of militants are believed to have escaped from Sirte before or during the seven-month campaign to oust […]

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Tunisia foils the departure of 555 migrants to Europe in September

TUNIS (Reuters) – The Tunisian navy has arrested more than 550 Tunisian and African migrants trying to sail to Europe in September, nearly three times more than last month, official data showed. Human traffickers increasingly use Tunisia as a launch pad for migrants heading for Europe as Libya’s coast guard, aided by armed groups, has […]

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