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South Sudan denies big military spending despite famine

JUBA, South Sudan: South Sudanese government has denied it is spending more than 60 percent of its revenues on buying weapons to fight rebellion and dissidents instead of using it to help people facing starvation.
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Niger's parliament to investigate 'uraniumgate' sale

NIAMEY (Reuters) - Niger's lower house of parliament voted unanimously on Friday to investigate accusations that President Mahamadou Issoufou's former chief of staff improperly participated in the state mining company's purchase of 5.5 million pounds of uranium....
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Ethiopia trash dump landslide death toll rises to 115

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Emergency workers in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa searched through a mountain of garbage for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday as the death toll from a landslide at a rubbish landfill site rose to 115....
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Light rail fails to fix Ethiopia's traffic troubles

...Many in the city of four million are left with no choice but to rely on the "blue donkeys", as Addis Ababa's cramped minibuses are known.......
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Famine-hit South Sudanese eat weeds and water lilies to survive

THONYOR, South Sudan (Reuters) - Like thousands of other South Sudanese families caught up in famine, Sara Dit and her 10 children are hiding from marauding gunmen in the swamps and islands of the river Nile....
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Tanzanian president tells security forces to target drug traffickers

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - President John Magufuli told Tanzania's security forces on Monday to crack down on the drugs trade and said no one should be spared, even if they are top politicians or their relatives....
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African leaders cautiously back strategy to quit global court

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - African leaders have backed a "strategy of collective withdrawal" from the International Criminal Court (ICC), but it came with unspecified reservations, an African Union official said on Wednesday after this week's African Union summit....
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Trial of Ugandan LRA warlord Dominic Ongwen resumes in The Hague

The Hague (AFP) - Former child soldier-turned-warlord Dominic Ongwen was back in the dock Monday as the first witness appeared in the trial of the Ugandan ex-commander of the Lord's Resistance Army due to last several years....
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Gambia's Jammeh defies African leaders, says he will not step down

BANJUL (Reuters) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh vowed to stay in power when his mandate ends in January, defying calls from West African leaders to hand over to the winner of a Dec. 1 election....
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Girls 'aged 7 or 8' commit suicide attack in Nigeria

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Two girls, thought to be only seven or eight years old, conducted a double suicide attack in a northeastern Nigerian market Sunday, killing one person and wounding 18, officials said....
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