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Military ignored warning of Baga, Monguno attacks

New evidence shows that the Nigerian military was repeatedly warned of impending Boko Haram attacks on the north-eastern towns of Baga and Monguno which claimed hundreds of lives, and failed to take adequate action to protect civilians, according to Amnesty International.

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South Africa: Zuma expected to play key role at AU summit

Cape Town, South Africa - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is expected to play a key role at the 24th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) which gets underway in Addis Ababa on Thursday. He is accompanied on the trip to the Ethiopian capital by Minister of International Relations Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Public Services Minister Collins Chabane and State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo.

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US: Arrests, detention of anti-Nations Cup protesters worry US

Washington, DC, US - The United States has expressed deep concern by reports of the arrests and indefinite detention of Equatoguinean citizens protesting the expenditures incurred by the Government of Equatorial Guinea to host the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations football tournament.

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Mauritius moves to improve youth welfare

Port-Louis, Mauritius - Mauritian Youth and Sports Minister Yogida Sawmynaden Thursday launched a research report on 'Determinants of Youth Behaviour in Mauritius' in a bid to improve the welfare of the youth population in the island, PANA reported from here.

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UN Mission in Mali investigates violent protests

New York, US - The UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has launched an investigation into the events surrounding a violent protest in the northern city of Gao on Monday during which several people were reportedly killed and a number of others injured.

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UN chief condemns attack on hotel in Tripoli

New York, US - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the car bomb and gun attack against the Corinthia Hotel in Libya's capital, Tripoli, on Tuesday, in which three people were reportedly killed and half a dozen or more injured.

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US think-tank urges int'l community to assist Nigeria against Boko Haram

New York, US - A US think-tank, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, on Wednesday urged the international community to assist the Nigerian authorities in holding all perpetrators of mass atrocities accountable, including the leadership of Boko Haram and members of the security forces who have been accused of extra-judicial killings and other grave violations of human rights as they battle the insurgency.

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FAO calls for urgent attention to farmers in southern Malawi after intense flooding

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Wednesday it is working closely with Malawi’s government on a US$16 million response plan aimed at protecting farmers from severe flooding that has destroyed fields and homes, washed away animals and crops, and threatens local food security in the southern Africa country. “Failure to respond promptly will have lasting consequences,” said Florence Rolle, FAO Representative to Malawi.

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African Unionsays gains against Ebola encouraging

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - As civil society organizations express concern over fulfillment of pledges, the African Union (AU) Wednesday said situations in the three Ebola affected countries were improving. 'Number of daily cases are declining in the three countries with Liberia leading the way, the most gains in battling the viral disease,' Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Commissioner for Social Affairs of the African Union, announced on Wednesday.

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CPJ says Tanzania bans circulation of regional weekly

Dakar, Senegal – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has disclosed that Tanzanian authorities banned the circulation of the privately-owned regional weekly, The East African, in the country. In a statement issued late Tuesday evening and obtained here by PANA, CPJ said Tanzania slammed the ban on 21 January, citing the newspaper's lack of registration.

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Nigerian authorities had prior information on Boko Haram attacks

New evidence shows that the Nigerian military were repeatedly warned of impending Boko Haram attacks on Baga and Monguno, which claimed hundreds of lives, but they failed to take adequate action to protect civilians, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

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Reckless driver of politician's vehicle jailed for five years

Cape Town, South Africa – South Africa’s notorious blue-light brigade problem was back in the spotlight on Wednesday when a Johannesburg court sentenced the driver of a provincial politician to five years imprisonment for knocking over a teenager three years ago.

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Strengthen EA standby force capacity - Kenya urges AU

Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya's Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohamed, has called for the strengthening of the logistical capacity of the East African Standby Force (EASF). The EASF is a sub-regional mechanism of the African Standby Force set up with the mandate of enhancing peace and security in the East African region.

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Malawi farmers need help after flooding - FAO

Nairobi, Kenya - Farmers in southern Malawi urgently need seeds and livestock after intense flooding destroyed their fields and homes, washing away animals and crops and threatening local food security, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a press statement Wednesday, obtained here by PANA.

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Kagame says East African Standby Force ready to deploy

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and current Chair of the East African Standby Force, has informed the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, that the East African Standby Force is ready for deployment.

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2015 AFCON: Notebook

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea - The following are short notes from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) taking place in Equatorial Guinea: Frenchman Alain Giresse has indicated that he would not be signing a new deal as coach of Senegal after the Lions of Teranga exited the tournament on Tuesday.

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2015 AFCON: Match against Senegal took toll on my players - Algeria Coach

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea - Algeria coach Christian Gourcuff has admitted that Tuesday's 2-0 win against Senegal that took his side through to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals in Equatorial Guinea had taken its toll on his players.

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2015 AFCON: We did well despite ouster - South Africa coach

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea - Despite being eliminated in the group stage at the ongoing 2015 African Nations Cup (AFCON) taking place in Equatorial Guinea, South Africa coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba has insisted his side performed well.

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2015 AFCON: Cote d'Ivoire through to quarter final; Mali, Guinea to draw lots

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea - Cote d'Ivoire has reached the quarter final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Equatoial Guinea, thanks to a 1-0 victory over Cameroon in the final group D match played in Malabo on Wednesday.

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South Africa: Opposition calls for AU intervention in DRC

Cape Town, South Africa - Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday called on the African Union (AU) to mediate with a view to ensuring an end to the bloody protests in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has claimed the lives of 42 people.

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Society: Dlamini-Zuma prods AU members to invest more in youth

Africa's leadership must do more and better for African youth, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told the 26th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union.

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Health: WHO calls for better preparedness for Ebola outbreaks

The Ebola outbreak is “clearly” retreating throughout the affected countries of West Africa but the continuing emergency response shows the need for urgent changes so that, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said

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African Union Commission prepares 10-year plan on continental Agenda 2063

After completing its work on Agenda 2063 flagship integration projects, the African Union Commission (AUC) is preparing the first 10-year plan for a concerted shift towards focusing on implementation of this continental vision, the Commission's Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Accra city authorities tear down billboards of Nigerian political parties

The city authorities in Ghana's capital, Accra, have pulled down the advertising billboards of Nigeria's two main political parties which were erected on major roads and intersections. The decision to pull down the billboards came amid fears by some members of the public that Ghana could be drawn indirectly into the politics of Nigeria, with security implications, especially with the Boko Haram terrorists wreaking havoc in Nigeria.

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Regional Search and Rescue programme in Mauritius

Australia launches Regional Search and Rescue programme in Mauritius - The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Monday in Port-Louis launched a Search and Rescue (SAR) Capability Programme for Mauritius, the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

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Security: Amnesty International warns of humanitarian crisis from Boko Haram attacks

Failure to protect hundreds of thousands of civilians from the escalating attacks by the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram could lead to a disastrous humanitarian crisis, Amnesty International warned Monday. The warning came a day after a large scale offensive by the insurgents to seize Maiduguri, capital of North-east Borno State, and the nearby town of Monguno.

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Health: NEPAD joins AU in fight against Ebola

The NEPAD Agency of the African Union (AU) has said it is placing emphasis on mobilising African countries to put in place conducive and enabling environment for conducting clinical trials to test the candidate vaccines and other therapies against the Ebola virus.

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Community judges seek amendment of courts text on enforcement of decisions

Calabar, Nigeria - The new judges of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice have called for the amendment of the Community’s law on the enforcement of its decisions to eliminate the bottlenecks militating against the effectiveness of the Court.

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Darfur Internal dialogue, consultation process launched in Fashir

Khartoum, Sudan - The United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has  facilitated the launch of the Darfur Internal Dialogue and Consultations (DIDC) process at Fashir University in North Darfur, a process that will take place in 64 localities across the five Darfur states, in addition to the capital city of Khartoum.

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2015 AFCON: Group B final matches Monday

2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) - The following are the final Group B matches to be played on Monday at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Equatorial Guinea:

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Nigeria: 'I am committed to free, fair, credible polls', Jonathan tells US

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday restated his commitment to ensure a free, fair and credible polls in the country next month, amid fears over whether or not the elections will be held as scheduled.

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US threatens sanctions against politicians engaged in election violence

Lagos, Nigeria - The US on Sunday canvassed for free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria next month, threatening sanctions against politicians and their collaborators who engage in violence during the polls. The warning was issued by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who made a whistle-stop visit to Africa's most populous nation to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan and his top challenger in the 14 February presidential election, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.

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New York: Ban lauds Morocco's support for peace in Africa

New York, US - The UN Secretary-General has lauded King Mohammed VI of Morocco for his country's valuable support of the activities of the UN, particularly in peacekeeping and in a number of critical issues in Africa and the Middle East.

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John Kerry to meet top presidential contenders

Lagos, Nigeria - US Secretary of State John Kerry will pay a whistle stop visit to Nigeria on Sunday, 25 January, during which he will meet with President Goodluck Jonathan and his top challenger in next month's presidential polls, retired army General Muhammadu Buhari.

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Zambia: President-elect Lungu inaugurated in Lusaka

Edgar Lungu on Sunday took the oath of office as President of Zambia in Lusaka becoming Zambia’s sixth head of state following his victory in Tuesday’s by-election. The ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party won with a narrow victory in elections held 20 January, following the death of President Michael Sata who died last year on 28 October.

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Mauritius: Tourist arrivals surpass the million-mark in 2014

Port-Louis, Mauritius - For the first time in its history, the tourism sector in Mauritius has greeted more than a million tourists in a year or 1,038,968 in 2014, a 4,6% growth as compared to 2013 when a total of 993,106 tourists visited the island.

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South Africa a nation “filled with hate”

Nearly 40 years ago, the youth of a sprawling township outside Johannesburg served notice that they abhorred the government’s policies - and the revolution to topple Apartheid began in earnest. The Soweto riots spread and, despite emergency rule in the 1980s, the National Party government was brought to its knees and the country was eventually liberated in the early 1990s. Over the past few days, Soweto has been back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Residents have set their sights on foreign nationals living and working in the area with devastating results.

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New York: Ban nominates experts to review UN peace building architecture

New York, US - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has nominated an Advisory Group of Experts to conduct a policy and institutional review of the UN peace building architecture and to develop recommendations based on this work.

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2015 AFCON: Equatorial Guinea, Congo reach quarter final

2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Bata, Equatorial Guinea - Hosts Equatorial Guinea and Congo reached the quarter finals of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament after beating Gabon and Burkina Faso respectively in their final Group A matches.

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CPJ says DRC stops internet access, cellphone services amid protests

Dakar, Senegal - The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has revealed that authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have shut down internet access and SMS service for mobile phones throughout the country following nationwide demonstrations that led to deadly clashes with the police.

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Tunisia observes 3-day national mourning for 'departed' Saudi King

Tunis, Tunisia - Tunisia has decreed a three-day national mourning following the death of King Abdullah Ben Abdelaziz of Saudi Arabia, says an official communiqué issued here Friday. The communiqué said that the Tunisian president, Béji Caïd Essebsi, will on Saturday travel to Saudi Arabia to personally offer his condolences to new King Salman Ben Abdelaziz, the royal family and the Saudi people.

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Nigeria: Jonathan laments death of Saudi King

Abuja, Nigeria - Nigerian leader, President Goodluck Jonathan, has joined other world leaders in commiserating with King Salman Ibn Abdulaziz and the people of Saudi Arabia on the death of his predecessor, King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz.

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Tanzania's support for military action against FDLR

Said Djinnit welcomes Tanzania's support for military action against FDLR - The United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, Said Djinnit, visiting Tanzania 22-23 January, met the Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Bernard Membe, with whom he reviewed the political and security situation in the region.

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UNHCR, partners renew appeal for support as more flee violence in CAR

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - The UN refugee agency and 18 partners are presenting the Regional Refugee Response Plan to assist more than 460,000 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) who have fled to neighbouring countries, a spokesperson for the agency said Friday as a press briefing in Geneva, Switzerland. 

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Rescued lionesses welcomed at new African home

Johannesburg, South Africa - Two rescued lionesses are settling into their new home at the Born Free Foundation’s Big Cat Rescue and Education Centre at Shamwari Game Reserve, South Africa, following an epic 6,000-mile journey across two continents earlier this week. Eight-year old sisters, Maggie and Sonja, first travelled from Natuurhulpcentrum (a wild animal rescue and rehabilitation centre) in Belguim, to London’s Heathrow airport early on Tuesday 20 January. At Heathrow they were met by Singer, TV Star and Born Free Patron, Peter Andre, who watched them being safely loaded onto the inaugural Kenya Airways Dreamliner flight to Johannesburg via Nairobi.

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Dubai marathon: Ethiopians make clean sweep of titles at Dubai marathon

Dubai, UAE - It was yet another day of dominance for Ethiopian athletes at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon as little-known Lemi Berhanu Hayle and the sublime Aselefech Mergia swept the board in the world’s richest marathon. Just 20 years old, Berhanu left some of the biggest names in long-distance running trailing and in warm weather conditions clocked a world leading time of 2:05:28 to win by 24 seconds from 2013 Dubai and Boston champion Lelisa Desisa. Deribe Robi completed an-all Ethiopian podium with a time of 2:06:06.

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Insurance: 'Drought triggers insurance payout in Sahel'

ARC Insurance Company Limited will pay US$ 25 million in drought insurance claims to three countries in the Sahel this month -- Mauritania, Niger and Senegal. In a statement, ARC said the three countries which paid a combined premium of US$8 million, will use the payout to mobilize early interventions in response to drought based on pre-approved contingency plans.

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Sudan: MSF says hospital in war zone in south Kordufan bombed

Khartoum, Sudan - A French humanitarian medical organization operating in Kordufan region, South West Khartoum, has claimed that Sudanese armed forces bombarded a hospital it is running in the region, injuring one staff and one patient and damaging properties.

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Society: Soweto tense following attacks on foreigners

Cape Town, South Africa - Tension remains high in Soweto following four days of looting in the sprawling township outside Johannesburg, PANA reported here. Police commissioner Lt.-Gen. Lesetja Mothiba on Friday said 39 people were arrested overnight, bringing the total number of arrests to 121. At least 80 shops, owned by Somali, Pakistani and Malawian nationals, have been destroyed.

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UN, international partners call for resolution of Somalia's political crisis

New York, US - The UN and its international partners have voiced concern over delays in resolving Somalia’s long-standing political crisis and in the implementation of a stability-building mechanism as they called on the Horn of Africa nation’s President, Prime Minister and Federal Parliament 'to unite for the greater good of the country'.

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