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Zuma commends UN resolution on Africa Union Mission in Somalia

“The current strength of the AMISOM which is 17,731, will rise to 22,126 uniformed personnel.”

100 anti-Saudi Arabia protesters arrested in Ethiopia

Three Ethiopians were killed by Saudi security officials.

Insecurity: China urges Nigeria to address poverty, under-development

The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria stated this on Thursday. China has called on Nigeria to address the root causes of insecurity such as poverty and underdevelopment to ensure peace and stability in the country. The Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China to Nigeria, Deng Boqing, also urged Nigeria not to rely on military solution […]

Boko Haram: 17,000 Nigerians seek asylum in Chad, Cameroon, Niger – UNHCR

Refugees fleeing unrest in Northeast Nigeria.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister

Furious Israel confronts U.S., rejects proposed Iran nuclear deal

Israel at loggerheads with ally, US

Zuma explains Africa’s stance on ICC

The AU wants an amendment to the ICC laws.

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Mortar hits Vatican embassy in Damascus, no casualties

The Vatican confirmed there was no casualty. The Vatican Embassy in Damascus was hit by mortar fire on Tuesday but there were no casualties, a Vatican spokesman said. It was not clear if the embassy was deliberately targeted. It is located in the wealthy Maliki area of the Syrian capital, where there are several embassies […]

CPJ asks French, Malian authorities to investigate killing of French journalists

The two French journalists were killed in Mali.

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WHO donates 6.5m CFA worth of materials to fight cholera in Togo

Togo had a cholera outbreak in August

Cash-strapped Guinea-Bissau postpones election until 2014

The polls are rescheduled due to lack of funds

Rescuers find 87 dead migrants in Niger desert

The dead were mostly women and children.

Central African Republic: Soldiers ‘Out of Control’ in CAR, Says Amnesty

Cape Town — The rebel fighters who overthrew the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) earlier this year, and who now comprise the country’s armed forces, are “out of control”, says the international advocacy group, Amnesty International. In a report released on Tuesday, Amnesty says senior military and government officials in the CAR told […]

US Senator apologises to Nigerians over 419 remarks

The Senator said his comment was meant to be a joke.

Doctor convicted in Michael Jackson death leaves prison

Conrad Murray was released after serving half of his four-year sentence.

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Africa: Advances and setbacks in Polio fight

As the global community marked World Polio Day last Thursday, recent events show there is both cause for celebration and concern. There have been 296 cases of polio caused by the “wild type” virus so far this year, compared to 171 cases during the same period last year, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, […]

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Africa loses $50 billion annually to illicit financial outflows – AU

The NEPAD stated this in a statement.

Iran suspends 20% production of enriched uranium – lawmaker

“The fuel for Tehran reactor has been provided and there is no need for the 20 per cent enriched uranium for the time being.’’

Vatican confirms communion ban on remarried divorcees

The question of married divorcees is a major issue in Catholic Churches in a number of developed countries.

Gadaffi’s widow demands return of his body

The former dictator was captured and killed by rebels in 2011

EU has new ambassador to Nigeria, ECOWAS

Arrion served in Rwanda, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire.

Israel enacts new law on negotiations with Palestinians

80 of the 120 Israeli parliament members must now approve any deal on Jerusalem.

Suicide bomber kills 13 at restaurant in central Somalia

A legislator confirmed the attack to Reuters. A suicide bomber killed at least 13 people on Saturday outside a restaurant popular with Ethiopian and Somali troops in the town of Baladweyne in central Somalia, local officials said. More than 10 people were also wounded in the explosion near a military base, local legislator, Dahir Amin […]

World court excuses Kenya president, as ex-ICC prosecutor slams colleagues

A former prosecutor for the court said his colleagues ignored political realities in the case against President Kenyatta

Saudi Arabia rejects UN Security Council seat

Saudi Arabia cited the Syrian crisis as a reason for the rejection.

Americans travelling to Cuba in record numbers

Over 98,000 Americans visited Cuba in 2012.