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Somalia: 30 Ethiopian troops killed in attack by militants

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — At least 30 Ethiopian troops were killed Thursday in an attack on a base for African Union peacekeepers in central Somalia, a Somali military official said.
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Sahel jihadists resorting to soft targets: French commander

N'Djamena (AFP) - The commander of a French anti-jihadist force in Africa's northern Sahel says Islamist insurgents are hitting soft targets elsewhere after losing the initiative in the region....
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Zuma upbeat after Iran visit

President Jacob Zuma’s state visit to Iran ended on a high note with the signing of several agreements to take economic and trade relations to greater heights‚ following the lifting of sanctions in Iran‚ the presidency announced on Monday. ...
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Netanyahu looks to changing Africa for new Israeli allies

Jerusalem (AFP) - Four decades after his brother was killed during a rescue operation in Uganda, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is embarking on an African mission of his own -- but with very different aims....
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Gunmen storm Libya TV station as UN-backed govt told to leave

Tripoli (AFP) - Gunmen stormed the headquarters of a Libyan television station late Wednesday, as the authorities in control of Tripoli demanded the departure of the newly-arrived prime minister designate in a blow to hopes for a peaceful power handover....
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Libya coastguard stops 600 migrants crossing to Europe

Tripoli (AFP) - The Libyan coastguard on Sunday stopped three boats carrying 600 migrants including pregnant women trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, an official said....
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Nigerian parliament approves 2016 record budget

* Budget assumes oil at $38 a barrel * Aims to treble capital spending to diversify * Pressure to raise revenue, seek loans (Adds details, economist, background)...
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We can't pay: Zimbabwe farmers resist compensating evicted white landowners

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's plan to win back international funding by paying compensation to white farmers forced off their land faces a major snag: the black farmers expected to stump up the cash say they don't have it....
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Libya joins Iran in snubbing oil freeze: source

LONDON (Reuters) - Libya does not plan to attend an April 17 meeting of oil producers about freezing supply to support prices, a Libyan OPEC delegate said on Tuesday, joining fellow OPEC member Iran in snubbing the initiative....
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Children sacrificed to bring luck in Uganda elections - charity

KAMPALA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Six cases of the mutilation and murder of children as "good luck" sacrifices were reported during the recent Ugandan elections, a children's charity said....
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