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Army Says East Congo Militia Killed 16 Villagers

BENI, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – A militia killed 16 people during a raid on villages in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said on Monday, in more ethnic violence that the United Nations has warned may constitute crimes against humanity. Attacks by various...
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Algerian Reporter Sentenced for Protest Reporting

A court in Algeria Monday sentenced journalist Khaled Drareni to three years in prison after finding him guilty of inciting unauthorized demonstrations and endangering national unity. Drareni reported on many of the pro-democracy protests that took place in the country over the last two years....
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6 French Aid Workers Among 8 Killed by Gunmen in Niger

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron condemned an attack Sunday by gunmen in Niger that killed at least eight people, including several French aid workers. The attack took place in Koure, only 40 miles from Niger’s capital Niamey. The French aid group ACTED said several...
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Can the Takuba Force Turn Around the Sahel Conflict?

PARIS – Two years after a pan-European military initiative was first proposed to help tackle the Sahel’s Islamist insurgency, the Takuba task force is finally becoming reality, as its first troops arrive amid the coronavirus pandemic, political turmoil and spreading unrest. A group of roughly...
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Analysts Hope Elections Do Not Slow Somalia-Somaliland Talks

NAIROBI – As Somalia and the self-declared republic of Somaliland head toward elections, conflict experts are calling on both sides not to let politics disrupt progress in recent talks. The two sides disagree on the status of Somaliland, which declared independence from Mogadishu in 1991....
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