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Congo military plane crashes in Kinshasa, killing 12 – minister

KINSHASA (Reuters) – A military cargo plane crashed in Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa on Saturday, killing its 12 crew members, the defence minister said. “I confirm that a military aircraft crashed this morning,” said Defence Minister Crispin Atama Tabe. “All 12 members of the crew died.” According to an army officer who witnessed […]

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Eastern Congo rebels aim to march on Kinshasa – spokesman

By Fiston Mahamba GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – A rebel spokesman in eastern Congo said on Friday that his movement intended to march across the country to the capital Kinshasa to depose President Joseph Kabila, who refused to quit power at the end of his mandate last year. Led by self-proclaimed ‘general’ William […]

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Cameroon orders Anglophone region total lockdown for three days

YAOUNDE (Reuters) – Cameroon authorities on Friday banned all gatherings of more than four people, ordered bus stations, eateries and shops to shut and forbade movement between divisions of its English-speaking region for three days to prevent planned protests. Anglophone Cameroonians plan to demonstrate on Oct. 1st, the day of their independence from Britain, over […]

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Security firm finds some Macs vulnerable to ‘firmware’ attacks

By Stephen Nellis (Reuters) – Since 2015, Apple Inc <AAPL.O> has tried to protect its Mac line of computers from a form of hacking that is extremely hard to detect, but it has not been entirely successful in getting the fixes to its customers, according to research released on Friday by Duo Security. Duo examined […]

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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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