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Militant group claims Mali hotel assault after leader 'returns from dead'

ACCRA (Reuters) - If Islamist militant group Al Mourabitoun is confirmed as responsible for Friday's killings at a hotel in Mali it will be the latest time it has staged a major attack despite setbacks and the supposed death of its leader.
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Gunmen attack luxury hotel in Mali capital, 170 taken hostage

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Malian commandos stormed a luxury hotel in Bamako on Friday after Islamist gunmen took 170 people including many foreigners hostage in the capital of the former French colony, which has been battling rebels allied to al Qaeda for several years....
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Nigeria moves to split up delayed oil industry bill

Lagos (AFP) - Nigeria looks set to unbundle a long-awaited oil law to speed up its passage through parliament, potentially unlocking billions of dollars in frozen investments....
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Pope hints Central African Republic visit could be cancelled

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis indicated on Sunday that his planned visit to the Central African Republic this month could be cancelled if violence between Christians and Muslims there worsens....
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Tanzanian opposition says 40 volunteers arrested after election

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania's opposition Chadema party said on Monday police had detained 40 of its volunteers after a combined presidential and parliamentary election at the weekend, in an incident marring an otherwise broadly peaceful voting process....
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Remains of 'Africa's Che Guevara' riddled with bullets: lawyer

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - An autopsy has shown the remains of Burkina Faso's ex-president Thomas Sankara, a leftist hero known as "Africa's Che Guevara", were riddled with bullets, strengthening assertions he was executed in a 1987 coup, a lawyer said on Tuesday....
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S. Africans protest against US singer Pharrell's concert

Cape Town (AFP) - Several hundreds of pro-Palestinian demonstrators on Monday staged a protest against Grammy-winning American musician Pharrell Williams outside a venue where he was holding a concert in Cape Town....
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Chad executes 10 Boko Haram members by firing squad: sources

N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad has executed 10 members of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram by firing squad, a day after they were sentenced on terrorism charges, security sources said on Saturday....
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Burundi president says God will defeat rebels as he starts third term

Nairobi (AFP) - Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza warned rebels Thursday that they would be crushed by God after being sworn in for a controversial third term following weeks of protests and a failed coup against him....
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New Nigerian leader faces monumental struggle with graft

Lagos (AFP) - When Nigeria's new first lady Aisha Buhari appeared at her husband's inauguration wearing what looked like a $50,000 Cartier watch, scores took to the Internet to voice their surprise....
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