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South Sudan president appoints rival as deputy, sealing peace deal

JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir has re-appointed his rival Riek Machar as vice president, a decree said on Thursday, sealing a deal to try to end months of civil war in the world's newest nation.
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Nigerian army economical with truth, 750 missing in Zaria

TEHRAN, Feb. 02 (MNA) – The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has stated that the Nigerian army is not telling the truth by claiming that only seven people were killed during a clash between both parties in Zaria, Kaduna state....
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South Africa's Zuma to pay back money for home upgrade

Johannesburg (AFP) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma will pay back some of the public funds used to upgrade his private home, his office said Wednesday, attempting to end a two-year scandal that has plagued his government....
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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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