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Mali Gov’t Soldiers Fire Warning Shots at Rebels

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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Malian soldiers have fired artillery at Islamist fighters who tried to push toward the government-controlled south of the country. Military sources said Tuesday that soldiers fired “warning shots” overnight to halt the advance of fighters toward Mopti, a government stronghold about 650 kilometers northeast of the capital, Bamako. The French News Agency says the fighters […]

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Ghana’s Mahama Sworn in For New Term

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama has been sworn in for a new term after narrowly winning an election last month. The main opposition New Patriotic Party boycotted the ceremony Monday in the capital, Accra. They dispute the results of the vote and have challenged the election in the country’s Supreme Court. Mr. Mahama won 50.7 […]

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South Africa Deploys Troops to Central African Republic

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The South African government has authorized the deployment of some 400 troops to the Central African Republic. A statement issued by the office of President Jacob Zuma Sunday says the deployment is part of its international obligation to the country. It says the soldiers will assist with the capacity building of the C.A.R. Defense Force, […]

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South African Presidency says Mandela’s Health Improving

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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South Africa’s presidency says former president Nelson Mandela has recovered from his recent lung infection and surgery to remove gallstones. A statement from President Jacob Zuma’s office says Mr. Mandela has made steady progress and continues to improve. Mr. Mandela has been receiving treatment at his Johannesburg home. The 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon was hospitalized for […]

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Reports: C.A.R. Rebels Continue Seizing Territory

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Reports from the Central African Republic say a rebel coalition has captured at least one more town just days before they are set to begin negotiations with C.A.R. government officials. Reports from the government and from local residents near the town of Bambari say the new seizures were in that area. The Associated Press quotes […]

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UN Calls for Talks in C.A.R.

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 11:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.N. Security Council has called on the rebels advancing on the Central African Republic’s capital to stop their campaign and join in negotiations to find a political solution to the impoverished country’s problems. The Security Council called on all parties to seek a peaceful solution and engage in negotiations scheduled to be held in […]

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Bozize Supporters Build Roadblocks in C.A.R. Capital

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Supporters of Central African Republic President Francois Bozize have set up roadblocks in the capital, Bangui, saying they want to stop any rebel incursion. French media reports say young men describing themselves as “patriots” are manning checkpoints where they stop vehicles and question occupants in a search for rebel fighters. The rebel coalition known as […]

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60 Crushed to Death in Ivory Coast

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Ivory Coast say at least 60 people were crushed to death during a stampede at a New Year’s celebration in Abidjan. At least 50 others were injured in the incident, which took place early Tuesday in the Plateau district, at a stadium where people had gathered to watch fireworks. AIP television in Ivory […]

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60 Crushed to Death in Ivory Coast

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Ivory Coast say at least 60 people were crushed to death in a stampede early Tuesday in Abidjan. Rescuers say another 200 were injured in the incident, which took place at a stadium where people had gathered to watch a New Year’s fireworks display. There was no initial word on what caused the […]

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C.A.R. Rebels Threaten Capital Despite Unity Offer

Posted January 1st, 2013 at 12:10 am (UTC-5)
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Residents are anxiously celebrating the new year in the Central African Republic where a tense standoff is under way between the government and rebels who are threatening to invade the capital, Bangui. A strict dusk to dawn curfew remains in place in Bangui Tuesday. Fighters for a coalition of three rebel groups, known as Seleka, […]

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