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African nations seek to get rid of 1st UN LGBT expert

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — African nations are seeking to initially suspend and then get rid of the first U.N. independent expert charged with investigating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Benin court drops charges against politician over cocaine haul

COTONOU (Reuters) - A court in Benin on Friday dropped all charges against prominent politician Sebastien Ajavon who was accused of drug trafficking in connection with a haul of 18 kg (40 pounds) of cocaine found last week in a shipping container....
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Tunisian Minister Sacked after Criticizing Saudi Arabia's Links to Terrorism

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Tunisia's religious affairs minister was fired Friday for "attacking the foundations of diplomacy" after he publicly suggested Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabism had links to terrorism. ...
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[Al Shabaab] Islamic State-aligned group takes Somali town, say officials

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A group loyal to Islamic State seized the small port town of Qandala in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region on Wednesday, the first town it has taken since emerging a year ago, officials said....
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Zimbabwe's Mugabe skirts retirement talk at burial of friend

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's veteran President Robert Mugabe on Saturday avoided the controversial subject of his future as he buried a senior political colleague and friend who had been pressing him to retire....
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France says ready to keep troops in West Africa for as long as needed

PARIS (Reuters) - France appeared on Wednesday to accept that it would need to keep thousands of troops in Africa's Sahel region for an indefinite period given the ongoing instability and preponderance of Islamist militants....
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War-weary Libyans miss life under Kadhafi

Tripoli (AFP) - Five years after an uprising killed Libya's Moamer Kadhafi, residents in the chaos-wracked country's capital joke they have grown to miss the longtime dictator as the frustrations of daily life mount....
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Clashes in central Congo kill at least 13

At least 13 people have died in two days of clashes in a city in central Democratic Republic of Congo that pitted security forces against militia fighters seeking to avenge the death of their leader, witnesses and local media said on Friday....
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South Sudan fighters get emergency UN aid in DR Congo

More than 100 fighters loyal to South Sudan's sacked vice-president have been found "in extremely bad shape" by the UN in the Democratic Republic of Congo....
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Iran seeks to strengthen economic ties with Mali

Mali and Iran have resolved to strengthen economic ties....
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