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Somalia received Saudi aid the day it cut ties with Iran: document

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somalia received a pledge of aid for $50 million from Saudi Arabia this month on the same day it announced it was cutting ties with Saudi rival Iran, a document seen by Reuters showed.
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Siege over at Burkina Faso hotel, separate assault ongoing

Ouagadougou (AFP) - Security forces in Burkina Faso ended a siege Saturday at hotel and a restaurant that were stormed by Al Qaeda linked gunmen, killing three jihadists and freeing 126 people, but another assault was ongoing at second hotel nearby....
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U.S. 'deeply disappointed' Rwandan president will seek third term

KIGALI (Reuters) - The United States is "deeply disappointed" by Rwandan President Paul Kagame's New Year's announcement that he would seek a third term in 2017, according to the U.S. State Department....
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Somalia housing boom as Mogadishu emerges from ashes of war

Mogadishu (AFP) - Somalia's elegant colonial villas were left in ruins by two decades of street fighting among warlords, and the seaside capital Mogadishu was dubbed the most dangerous city in the world....
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Burundi's president threatens to fight African peacekeepers

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza threatened on Wednesday to fight any African Union peacekeepers imposed on his country, in his most confrontational comments yet on a mounting political crisis....
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Rwanda says won't join African Union force for Burundi

Kigali (AFP) - Rwanda will not contribute troops to a peacekeeping mission in neighbouring Burundi, President Paul Kagame said, as he rejected claims his country was arming refugees as rebels....
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[Nigerian] El-Zakzaky’s daughter issues second statement

TEHRAN, Dec. 22 (MNA) – Nusaibah El Zakzaky, daughter of Sheikh Al-Zakzaky has issued her second statement where she has emphasized on her merely being Muslim; “we are not the Shia Movement of Nigeria; we are the Islamic Movement of Nigeria,” she has said...
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Eyewitness Discloses Saudi Embassy's Role in Masterminding Massacre in Nigeria

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Saudi embassy in Abuja directly commanded the Nigerian army attacks on the Shiite Muslims in Zaria region which claimed hundreds of civilian lives, an eyewitness and student of the Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, revealed...
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Violence, fear in northern Mali deprive children of education

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Insecurity in northern Mali has forced teachers to flee and schools to remain closed, leaving hundreds of thousands of children out of education three months into the academic year, the United Nations said on Friday....
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[Daesh] IS in Libya executes two for 'witchcraft' and 'spying'

Tripoli (AFP) - The Islamic State jihadist group has executed a woman for "witchcraft" and a man accused of spying in its Libyan stronghold, news agencies close to the country's rival authorities said Monday....
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