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Tunisian radio stations: French citizen killed in stabbing

TUNIS (Reuters) – Two Tunisian radio stations reported on Monday that a French citizen was killed and a soldier injured in a stabbing incident in the city of Bizerte in northern Tunisia earlier on Monday. Mosaique FM cited a security source and Shems FM cited its own correspondent, but no official was immediately available to comment on the reports. Reporting By Angus McDowall and Tarek Amara; Editing by Toby Chopra

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Mortars fired at Somalia’s Mogadishu airport- sources

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – At least three mortars were fired at Mogadishu’s international airport on Sunday, injuring six people, a diplomatic source said. The airport serves also as compound for several embassies as well as the United Nations and African Union missions. A U.N. source in Mogadishu confirmed the attack but could not say how many people had been injured. Writing by Giulia Paravicini; Editing by Frances Kerry

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Gunmen kill about 15 people in attack on Burkina Faso mosque

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Gunmen killed about 15 people in an attack on a mosque in northern Burkina Faso during prayers on Friday evening, a security source and a local official told Reuters. The gunmen entered the mosque in the village of Salmossi in the Oudalan region bordering Mali and opened fire, the two sources said on Saturday. Others were seriously wounded, the security source said. The identities of the gunmen were not yet clear. An Islamist insurgency by groups with links to Islamic State and al Qaeda has crossed into…

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At least 10 Kenyan police killed by bomb near Somali border – police

NAIROBI (Reuters) – At least ten Kenyan police were killed when their vehicle struck a homemade bomb near the border with Somalia on Saturday, according to a police report seen by Reuters. Police believe the device, for which no one immediately claimed responsibility, was planted by Islamist group Al Shabaab, the report said. Police said in a separate statement that several officers had died, without specifying how many. A similar explosion in June killed around a dozen police. Reporting by Humphrey Malalo; Writing by Giulia Paravicini; Editing by John Stonestreet

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Zimbabwe court rules doctors strike illegal, should return to work

HARARE (Reuters) – A Zimbabwean court has ordered doctors on a 40-day strike over pay to return to work within 48 hours, after a ruling that their boycott was illegal. The Labour Court’s judgment late on Friday says that members of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), which represents junior and middle level doctors in public hospitals, should cease their strike forthwith. The Health Service Board, which employs the doctors, had asked the court to force them to get back to work, arguing that they were not allowed to strike…

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Burkinabes flee their homes en masse as violence spirals -U.N.

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – The number of people forced to flee their homes in two regions of Burkina Faso besieged by ethnic and jihadist violence has increased more than six-fold since January to around 500,000, the United Nations and aid groups said on Friday. Attacks by Islamist militants as well as clashes between herding and farming communities have surged this year, killing hundreds of civilians and soldiers. Once a pocket of relative calm in the Sahel, a semi-arid belt beneath the Sahara, Burkina has suffered a homegrown insurgency for the past…

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Cargo plane crashes in Congo with presidential staff on board

KINSHASA (Reuters) – A cargo plane carrying presidential staff crashed in eastern Congo on Thursday, and all eight passengers and crew are feared dead, a presidential adviser told Reuters on Friday. The plane, carrying President Felix Tshisekedi’s driver, a logistics manager and some soldiers, was headed from Goma to the capital Kinshasa and went off radar on Thursday afternoon, an hour after departing, a statement from the civil aviation authority said. Debris of the plane has been found but the passengers are still missing, said adviser Vidiye Tshimanga. He had…

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Sudan appoints first female judiciary head to fight corruption

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan appointed a woman as the head of its judiciary on Thursday for the first time in the history of the Arab Muslim country, the ruling Transitional Sovereignty Council said. Supreme Court Judge Nemat Abdullah Khair was nominated by the judges’ professional association, which was part of a protest movement that helped oust veteran ruler Omar al-Bashir in April. Taj-Elsir Ali, a former prosecutor and lawyer, was named as the public prosecutor, a government statement said. The two judicial officials “will carry out their tasks in addressing…

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U.S. Treasury sanctions Gupta family, associate over S.Africa graft

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury on Thursday sanctioned three members of the Gupta family, friends of former South African President Jacob Zuma who are accused of influence-peddling, and their business associate for their involvement in alleged corruption. The three Gupta brothers are accused in South Africa of using their relationship with Zuma to profit financially and influence senior appointments. They deny wrongdoing, but their relationship with Zuma is the focus of a South African judicial inquiry into state corruption. “The Gupta family leveraged its political connections to engage in…

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Nigeria seeks $62 bln from oil companies -attorney general

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria is seeking $62 billion from oil companies under regulations that allow the government to revisit revenue-sharing deals on petroleum sales if crude prices exceed $20 a barrel, the attorney general told Reuters on Thursday. The government in Africa’s largest oil exporter relies on oil for some 90% of foreign exchange. Oil prices rose to more than $100 a barrel in 2014 before a sharp drop that triggered a 2016 recession in Nigeria, leaving the government struggling to fund its budgets. A law dating back to the…

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