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:$107,000 Bonus for Kenyan MP’s Rejected

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Kenya’s president has vetoed legislation that would have given members of parliament $107,000 send-off bonuses. President Mwai Kibaki on Saturday ordered the country’s attorney general to redraft the measure to ensure that it is compliant with the constitution. Under Kenya’s constitution, civil servants’ pay is regulated by a Salaries and Remunerations Commission. Members of the […]

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French Forces Drive Out Militants in Northern Mali Town

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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French airstrikes in Mali’s key northern town of Konna have driven back Islamist militants who had captured the town earlier this week. Officials said Saturday that French forces had pushed rebels from Konna. The Islamists’ takeover of the town had placed the militants within 25 kilometers of Mopti, the northernmost city under Malian government control. […]

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French Hostage Killed in Rescue Attempt in Somalia

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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French officials say a military agent held hostage in Somalia since 2009 is believed to have been killed during an overnight raid by French troops trying to rescue him. The French Defense Ministry said Saturday Denis Allex was apparently killed during a rescue attempt, along with a French soldier. Another soldier is missing. The Ministry […]

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French Forces Drive Out Militants in Northern Mali Town

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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France’s prime minister says French forces continued air strikes in Mali Saturday, driving Islamists militants out of the northern town of Konna. Militants had captured the town earlier this week. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said French forces are also preparing for any rebel surge on the Malian capital, Bamako. He said troops will remain in […]

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French Hostage Killed in Rescue Attempt in Somalia

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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French officials say a military agent held hostage in Somalia since 2009 is believed to have been killed during an overnight raid by French troops trying to rescue him. The French Defense Ministry said Saturday Denis Allex was apparently killed during a rescue attempt, along a French soldiers. Another soldier is missing. The Ministry says […]

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French Hostage Killed in Rescue Attempt in Somalia

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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French officials say a military agent held hostage in Somalia since 2009 has been killed during an overnight raid by French troops trying to rescue him. The French Defense Ministry said Saturday Denis Allex was killed by his captors along with two French soldiers who died in the rescue attempt. The Ministry says 17 Somalian […]

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Somali Islamists Say French Fail in Hostage Rescue Attempt

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Reports from southern Somalia say French commandos have attempted to rescue a French security advisor who had been kidnapped in Mogadishu in 2009. Residents in the town of Boulmarer say they heard gunfire and explosions shortly after spotting helicopters in the air. They also report seeing a number of casualties after the clash, although the […]

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CAR Rivals Agree to Form Unity Government

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Rebels and the government in the Central African Republic have agreed to form a unity government, with President Francois Bozize remaining in power. Margaret Vogt, the United Nations’ representative in the CAR, outlined the agreement Friday after the sides reached their agreement in Gabon’s capital, Libreville. The deal calls for Mr. Bozize to stay until […]

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C.A.R. Rivals Agree to Form Unity Government

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Rebels and the government in the Central African Republic have agreed to form a unity government, with President Francois Bozize remaining in power. Margaret Vogt, the United Nations’ representative in the C.A.R, outlined the agreement Friday after the sides reached their agreement in Gabon’s capital, Libreville. She says the agreement calls for Mr. Bozize to […]

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C.A.R. Rebels Agree to Cease-fire

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Rebels in the Central African Republic say they have agreed to a temporary cease-fire deal with the government. Representatives of the Seleka rebel coalition say they reached the agreement Thursday, during talks with the C.A.R. government and opposition leaders in Gabon’s capital, Libreville. The cease-fire is reportedly for one week. There was no immediate word […]

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