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South Sudan refugees fleeing to DR Congo

Thousands of people fleeing violence in South Sudan have crossed the border into northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN said on Wednesday.
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UN re-elects Nigeria as peacekeeping committee chairman

The Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, has been re-elected Chair of the United Nations Special Committee on Peacekeeping known as C-34.

UN chief sees ‘wind of hope’ in African peace deals, elections

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Saturday that a slew of peaceful elections and truces in Africa were signs of a "wind of hope" on the continent.
Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame (L) and Ethiopia’s President Sahle-Work Zewde (R) attend the “Africa leadership meeting, investing in health”, ahead of an African Union summit in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on February 9, 2019. SIMON MAINA / AFP

As Paul Kagame steps down, Egypt takes helm at African Union

Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who led an active, reformist tenure as African Union chair, on Sunday passes the baton to Egypt, seen as more likely to focus on security issues than expanding the powers of the body.

Central Africa government inks peace deal with militias

The government of the Central African Republic and 14 armed groups inked a new peace accord on Tuesday seeking to end years of fighting that have left thousands of people dead.

UN sets course toward easing CAR arms embargo

The UN Security Council is set on Thursday to open the door to an easing of the arms embargo on the Central African Republic, five years after the country stood on the verge of genocide.
Pope Francis crosses himself at the start of the weekly general audience on January 30, 2019 at the Vatican. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO - AFP)

Pope Francis: reaching out to Muslims

Pope Francis has made dialogue with Islam a cornerstone of his papacy, which began in 2013, and visited several countries with large Muslim populations.
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UN: 50 mass graves discovered in western DR Congo

More than 50 mass graves have been identified in western Democratic Republic of Congo after a spate of killings in the region, a UN rights group has said.
The chief of Central African Republic’s soccer federation Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona stands during his initial appearance before the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, the Netherlands, Friday. The former militia leader is suspected of having committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Central African Republic in 2013 and 2014. (KOEN VAN WEEL / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Central African Republic soccer boss appears at global court

The chief of Central African Republic's soccer federation has appeared for the first time at the International Criminal Court following his arrest in France on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes in his home country.
Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo is expected to find out whether he will be freed after seven years behind bars on charges of crimes against humanity.

ICC to rule on release of Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo

Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo is expected to find out whether he will be freed after seven years behind bars on charges of crimes against humanity.
The port of Douala on the Atlantic Coast of Cameroon, Jan. 10, 2018, is the nearest seaport for Chad and the Central African Republic.

Chad, CAR threaten to abandon Cameroon port over alleged corruption

Landlocked Chad and the Central African Republic have dispatched senior customs officials to Cameroon to look into allegations of corruption in the Atlantic Coast port of Douala.

DR Congo violence drives 16,000 into Congo-Brazzaville

Around 16,000 people have fled into the Democratic Republic of Congo's neighbour after inter-communal clashes erupted last month in the southwest of the country, the UN said on Friday.
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UN: CAR rebels buy weapons from Sudan traffickers

Muslim rebels who briefly seized power in the Central African Republic in 2013 have received fresh weapons supplies from traffickers in Sudan even as they take part in peace talks, according to a UN panel of experts.
Patrice Edouard Ngaissona

CAF’s Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona faces ICC for war crimes charges

Ngaissona, who is from the Central African Republic and sits on the board of CAF, has been in a jail near Paris since his arrest on December 12.
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2019: Southern, Mid-Belt leaders warn INEC against rigging

The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) on Sunday called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to resist pressure from those bent on sabotaging 2019 elections.

UNICEF accuses Boko Haram of violations against children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has accused the Boko Haram terrorists’ factions of carrying out grave atrocities against children in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin region over the course of 2018.
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Suleiman Adamu: Saving Lake Chad non-negotiable

The Federal Government on Sunday pledged to strengthen trans-boundary partnerships with Lake Chad Basin member countries to save the Lake from extinction.
Former Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo: Nigeria’s delay in ratifying African free trade agreement regrettable

The Nigerian government’s continued delay in ratifying the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is regrettable, former President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Sunday.

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VP Osinbajo: Green shoots of economic growth are beginning to bloom

The Research Survey Unit of the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU) has conducted a survey on the awareness of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the federal government.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would not “turn back” on a deal with Moscow to buy Russian S-400 missile defence systems in comments published on Saturday.

Recep Erdogan says won’t go back on S-400 deal with Russia

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would not “turn back” on a deal with Moscow to buy Russian S-400 missile defence systems in comments published on Saturday.

Police: Security arrangement intact in Enugu despite polls shift

The Police Command in Enugu State says that election security arrangement still remained intact in the state in spite of postponement.
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Enugu residents rue impact of election postponement on business

Some residents of Abakpa Nike in Enugu State on Saturday bemoaned the sudden postponement of the country’s general elections, saying it will paralyse projections.
AURORA, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 15: Workers are escorted from the property after a shooting the Henry Pratt Company on February 15, 2019 in Aurora, Illinois. Five people were reported dead and 5 police officers wounded from the shooting. The gunman has been identified as Gary Martin, a 45-year-old man believed to be an employee at the company. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP SCOTT OLSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Sacked US man kills five co-workers, wounds five police

A US man being fired from his job shot dead five co-workers at a factory on the outskirts of Chicago and wounded five police officers before being gunned down himself, in the country’s latest mass shooting.