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Militants kill 36 civilians in Burkina Faso market attack

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Thirty-six civilians were killed in Burkina Faso on Monday in what the government called a terrorist attack on a market in Sanmatenga province. Armed militants forced their way into the market of the village of Alamou and attacked people there before burning the structure to the ground, the government said in a statement on Tuesday. The bloodshed is part of a surge in violence in the West African country that has killed hundreds, forced nearly a million from their homes and made much of the north ungovernable…

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Angola pleads for help to claw back assets lost to corruption

LONDON (Reuters) – Angola is seeking other countries’ help to recover state funds lost because of corruption, Minister of State for Economic Coordination Manuel Jose Nunes Junior said on Tuesday. Angolan President Joao Lourenco said on taking office in 2017 that he would crack down on graft and reform the economy. “We are activating all the legal, judicial and diplomatic measures to ensure the repatriation of those resources,” Nunes Junior said at Chatham House think tank in London. He declined to say which countries the government had contacted. “We are…

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Nigeria charges ex-attorney general with financial crimes in $1.3 bln oil deal

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s financial crimes watchdog charged a former attorney general suspected of taking bribes to facilitate a $1.3 billion oil block sale, the agency said on Tuesday, in the latest twist in one of the industry’s biggest alleged corruption scandals. An international investigation into the 2011 sale of the offshore oilfield known as OPL 245 by Malabu Oil and Gas has entangled two of the industry’s biggest players, Shell and Eni, as well as an array of powerful figures from the previous Nigerian government. Mohammed Adoke, Nigeria’s ex-attorney…

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Son of Burkina Faso gold miner owner released after year-long captivity

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The son of an Indian gold mine owner in Burkina Faso, who was kidnapped by unidentified assailants in 2018, has been released, his father said on Monday. Kimar Akoliya, whose father Akoliya Patel owns the Ghana-based Balaji mining group, had set off for Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, from the remote Inata mine with two colleagues when they disappeared in September 2018. The identities of those kidnapped had not been previously confirmed. “By God’s grace, it is true,” Patel told Reuters in an email, confirming reports of Akoliya’s…

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In Zimbabwe, a backyard hydroponic farm beats drought to grow veg

HARARE (Reuters) – In a backyard in Zimbabwe’s capital, a 50-year-old mother of two is using hydroponics to grow vegetables for some of Harare’s top restaurants, defying drought and an economic crisis that have left millions needing food aid. Venensia Mukarati, whose day job is an accountant, always had a passion for farming, but no land on which to plant. Just over two years ago she did a web search on how to grow vegetables on the deck of her Harare house, importing a small hydroponics system from Cape Town…

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Iceland’s Samherji exiting Namibia following bribery scandal

WINDHOEK (Reuters) – Samherji, the Icelandic fishing company at the centre of Namibia’s biggest corruption scandal, announced on Friday that it is withdrawing from the southwest African nation. The move comes as former justice minister Sakeus Shanghala and fisheries minister Bernardt Esau, along with two former employees of South Africa’s Investec, remain in custody. The men have been in custody since November after allegations they conspired with Samherji to receive payments worth 100 million Namibian dollars ($6.92 million) in exchange for horse mackerel fishing quotas. Interim Chief Executive, Björgólfur Jóhannsson,…

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Car bomb hits Turkish contractors, police near Somalia capital, six wounded – police

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A car bomb targeting a group of Turkish contractors exploded on Saturday in Afgoye, northwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu, wounding at least six people, police said. It was not known who carried out the attack but residents and police said al Shabaab fighters had tried to attack Afgoye, about 30 km from Mogadishu, late on Friday and were repulsed. “A speeding suicide car bomb rammed into a place where the Turkish engineers and Somali police were having lunch,” police officer Nur Ali told Reuters from Afgoye.…

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Egypt orders release of Turkish news agency employees in Cairo after raid

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s public prosecutor’s office said on Thursday it had ordered the release of five people detained following a raid on Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu news agency office in Cairo, and the company confirmed one employee had been freed. Two Turks were to be handed over to the Egyptian embassy and deported after questioning, while three Egyptians were to be released on a 10,000 Egyptian pound ($630) bail, the prosecutor said in a statement. On Wednesday, Turkey had summoned Egypt’s charge d’affaires to deliver a protest about the raid…

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Niger sacks army chief after deadliest attacks in years

NIAMEY (Reuters) – Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou has replaced the head of the army after two of the country’s deadliest attacks in living memory killed at least 160 soldiers and prompted a rethink in the battle against jihadist groups, the government said. Ahmed Mohamed led the army for over two years, a period marked by a steep rise in attacks by militants linked to Islamic State and al Qaeda that culminated in a daytime raid on a remote army base on Thursday that killed at least 89 soldiers. [nL8N29G0MZ] That…

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Three teachers killed in suspected militant attack near Kenya’s Somalia border – police

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Three teachers were killed near Kenya’s border with Somalia in a suspected attack by al Shabaab militants early on Monday, police said, in what appeared to be the latest in a string of assaults by the group in Kenya since the New Year. A child was also wounded by a stray bullet when the militants attacked Kamuthe primary school, in Garissa County, a police report seen by Reuters said. The militants also burned down a nearby police station and destroyed a telecommunications mast in the attack in…

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