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DR Congo police bar anti-Kabila protest KINSHASA: Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo prevented a protest against President Joseph Kabila from taking place in Kinshasa Saturday, with officers occupying the square where the planned rally was due to occur, an AFP journalist said.An opposition movement dubbed "Rassemblement" (the Gathering) had called for a demonstration near parliament to demand that Kabila step down when his mandate ends on December 20. However no protesters or opposition leaders could be seen at the square where the demonstration had been called.Under the watchful eye of Kinshasa's police chief General Celestin Kanyama, officers deployed in full force in the square, while their colleagues cordoned off the home of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi and the headquarters of his Union for Democracy and Social Progress Party (UDPS).In the vast, resource-rich nation's second city Lubumbashi, some two dozen protesters tried to take to the streets, but were swiftly detained.In Goma, capital of the ...

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Ten dead in Uganda ferry accident KAMPALA: Ten people died when an overcrowded ferry on the Ugandan side of Lake Albert capsized in strong winds, local police said.The vessel, with 21 people onboard, was taking passengers from Buliisa to Kagoya, farther south, when the accident happened overnight Thursday, Buliisa police spokesman Julius Hakiza told AFP."We managed to rescue 11 people. The rest drowned," he said. The 10 fatalities comprised six women and four men.Accidents are frequent on the lake, which is ...

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12 Haftar soldiers killed in Libya's Benghazi BENGHAZI: Twelve soldiers of armed forces led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar have been killed in two days of fighting with militants in Libya's second city of Benghazi, military sources said Wednesday.They said 10 were killed on Tuesday and another two on Wednesday in west Benghazi. "Our forces have made a clear advance," one military official told AFP.Benghazi, birthplace of the 2011 revolution which toppled Libya's longtime dictator Moamer Qadhafi, has been the scene of daily ...

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UN says Zimbabwe drought relief funding deficit at $140 million HARARE: The United Nations on Thursday said its budget to assist people suffering from Zimbabwe's worst drought in a quarter of a century that left millions in need of food aid had fallen short by $140 million. Some four million people require food aid this year after the severe drought, and the UN said the figure would rise to 5.2 million in the first quarter of next year. "Of the $352 million being sought under ...

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Some 14 million in northeast Nigeria may need humanitarian aid in 2017: UN ABUJA; Around 14 million people will need humanitarian help in the former northeast Nigerian stronghold region of Boko Haram militants and tens of thousands of children will be at risk of dying from famine, a UN official said on Tuesday. The militant group has killed 15,000 people and displaced more than 2 million from their homes during a seven-year insurgency in Africa's most populous nation and biggest energy producer. Nigerian military forces backed by those ...