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Fire Kills At Least 18 Refugees

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ALGERIA At least 18 people died and 37 others were injured when a fire broke out at a camp for African refugees in southern Algeria on Tuesday, Algerian official media reported, citing civil protection services.     Algeria’s south has become a traditional route for African migrants and refugees fleeing poverty and violence in neighboring Mali and Niger. Many seek ...

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10 Civil Society Groups Suspended As Crisis Deepens

Iraqi Army personnel take part during an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in Jurf al-Sakhar

BURUNDI Burundi’s interior minister suspended 10 civil society groups, accusing them of fueling widespread violence in recent months, a senior official said on Tuesday. The turmoil in the East African nation was sparked by a decision by President Pierre Nkurunziza to seek a third term in a disputed July vote. Terence Ntahiraja, the permanent secretary in the interior ministry, told ...

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Female Suicide Bombers Kill Eight


Four civilians were killed in northern Cameroon weekend in a suicide bomb assault by suspected Boko Haram militants in which three female attackers and one man blew themselves up, security sources said. The attack on the village of Nigue, a suburb of Fotokol town, is the latest of many the Islamist militant group has mounted in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and ...

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School Dropout Rate Rising


When Thabiso Dube isn’t helping his mother at home, the scrawny 8-year-old is working alongside her, doing odd jobs in exchange for food. He should be in class, but has virtually dropped out of school because he is always hungry, said his mother Sithandile Dube, of Lupane district in Matebeleland North province. Thabiso only goes to school “if he has ...

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Suspected Drone Strike Kills Al Shabaab Fighters


A suspected drone targeted a base belonging to al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab insurgents in southern Somalia, killing at least five fighters, police and residents said on Sunday. Al Shabaab was not immediately reachable for comment. It was not known who was behind the aerial strike but the United States has in the past targeted al Shabaab fighters. Al Shabaab have ...

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Gays Beg Pope To Preach Tolerance


African gays who often face persecution in the streets and sometimes prosecution in courts have a simple plea for Pope Francis ahead of his first visit to the continent: bring a message of tolerance even if you will not bless our sexuality. Francis travels to Kenya and Uganda, where many conservative Christians bristle at the idea of the West forcing ...

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