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U.S. General Demoted Over Misuse of Funds

Posted November 14th, 2012 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A four-star general who once led the U.S. military’s Africa Command has been demoted for misusing taxpayer money. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said this week General William “Kip” Ward, former head of AFRICOM, will lose one of his four stars and will be forced to repay $82,000 to the military. Investigators have concluded Ward […]

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AU Endorses Mali Military Intervention

Posted November 14th, 2012 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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The African Union has endorsed a plan for military intervention to help oust Islamist militants from northern Mali. Following AU approval Tuesday, the proposal must now clear the United Nations Security Council. AU Peace and Security Council Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra urged the world body to authorize an initial one-year deployment. He says the effort aims […]

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30 Kenyan Police Killed in Ambush

Posted November 12th, 2012 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Gunmen in northern Kenya have killed at least 30 police officers who were hunting for cattle rustlers. Kenyan police say the officers were ambushed Saturday as their truck drove through the remote northern Baragoi district. Search and rescue teams found 11 bodies on Saturday and another 19 the next day. Nine survivors of the attack […]

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West African Leaders Approve Military Plan for Mali

Posted November 11th, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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West African leaders have approved a military strategy to help Mali retake control of the north of the country from Islamist rebels. Leaders from the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) agreed on an African force made up of some 3,000 troops with a one-year mandate. The majority of the troops would come […]

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West African Leaders Meet, Discuss Military Plan for Mali

Posted November 11th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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West African leaders met in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to discuss a military strategy to help Mali retake control of the north of the country from Islamist rebels. Leaders from the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States gathered in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, Sunday to approve the blueprint, which was drawn up by African […]

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Guinea’s Treasury Chief Assassinated

Posted November 10th, 2012 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The chief of Guinea’s treasury has been assassinated. Gunmen opened fire on Aissatou Boiro’s car Friday night in Conakry, the capital. Boiro was investigating an alleged plot by high-ranking officials to embezzle nearly $2 million from the Treasury. A Guinean government official told the French news agency that the murder was nothing more than other […]

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Darfur Peacekeepers Find Attacked Village ‘Deserted’

Posted November 8th, 2012 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Peacekeepers in Sudan’s Darfur region say a village that was reportedly attacked last week is now “completely deserted.” The U.N.-African Union Mission in Darfur, UNAMID, said Thursday that a team visited the Sigli village in North Darfur state this week to verify the attack. The mission says the team found burnt houses, killed animals, and […]

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Bad Construction to Blame for Ghana Building Collapse

Posted November 8th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Ghanaian officials say faulty construction is to blame for the deadly collapse of a multi-story shopping center in the capital, Accra. The building collapsed early Wednesday, killing at least seven people. Authorities say more than 60 survivors have been pulled from the rubble. Rescue efforts are continuing, and an 18-person team from Israel is expected […]

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Ghanaian President Promises Punishment for Deadly Building Collapse

Posted November 8th, 2012 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama has vowed to hold responsible whoever is at fault for a deadly retail store collapse in the capital, Accra. The six-story building collapsed early Wednesday, killing at least four people. Authorities say more than 50 people have been pulled from the rubble. A statement from the president’s office Thursday says […]

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Shopping Mall Collapses in Ghana; Unknown Number Trapped

Posted November 7th, 2012 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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A multi-storey shopping center has collapsed in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, and dozens of people are feared trapped in the rubble. Rescue workers rushed to the scene and began pulling people from the debris after the collapse early Wednesday. Witnesses say at least one person was killed. There was no immediate word on what caused […]

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