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UN voices alarm at 'barbaric violence' in DRC

The UN voiced alarm Friday at accounts of "barbaric violence" in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, warning conditions for the 150,000 people returning to the area after fleeing the intercommunal strife are "grim".

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visit to Lilliesleaf farm in commemoration of Nelson Mandela centenary

In a few days, South Africa and the world will commemorate the 100 years since the birth of international icon, Nelson Mandela.

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EU interior ministers meet as nations tussle over migrant response

Interior ministers from 28 European nations are on Thursday holding talks as they face pressure to introduce new policies to stem migrant arrivals, in their first meeting since Austria took the EU helm with promises of a tough response to the issue.

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Cameroon to probe 'army atrocities' video

Cameroonian President, Paul Biya, has ordered an inquiry after the internet release of a video purporting to show government troops executing women and children alleged to back jihadists.

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Amnesty cautions Botswana on sending Namibian refugees back home

Rights group, Amnesty International, has urged the government of Botswana not to force any of the Caprivi refugees to return to their home country, Namibia, if there is "a risk of persecution".

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Libyan commander wanted by ICC 'escapes prison'

A Libyan commander wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes has "escaped" from prison, the forces of military leader Khalifa Haftar said.

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Backlash over Uganda's President 'wasteful spending'

Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, has approved increased security spending for Uganda's 456 members of parliament, including on sharpshooters and armoured escort vehicles after a ruling party lawmaker was shot dead.

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S Sudan MPs extend interim government's mandate

Parliamentarians in South Sudan voted Thursday to extend the mandate of President Salva Kiir's government for an extra three years, in a move likely to deal a blow to peace efforts.

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Congo accuses Uganda of killing 12 fishermen

Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday accused Ugandan forces of shooting dead 12 Congolese fishermen last week on a lake straddling their shared border, something Uganda’s army denied.

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Mozambique President signals peace talks breakthrough

Mozambique's President, Filipe Nyusi, and opposition Renamo leader, Ossufo Momade, on Wednesday announced an apparent breakthrough in peace negotiations over the integration of former rebels into the police and army.

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