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DRC army in new offensive against Rwanda rebels BENI: The army in the Democratic Republic of Congo announced Thursday a fresh offensive against Rwandan ethnic Hutu rebels after weeks of heavy international pressure to act.But the military operation was being conducted without the assistance of the UN mission in the troubled central African country."Today we're launching new operations against the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda)," General Didier Etumba said in Beni, in the north of North Kivu province."This is an operation by the FARDC (DRC Armed Forces)," Etumba said, rather than a joint offensive with a special UN brigade deployed in the country."This is not a joint FARDC-MONUSCO operation," confirmed razilian General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, commander of the military force in the UN mission in Congo (MONUSCO).The Kinshasa government and the international community gave the FDLR rebels an ultimatum to lay down their arms and surrender by January 2 or face attacks and ...

Nigeria will not delay elections ABUJA: The head of Nigeria's electoral commission said on Tuesday the country will hold a presidential election as scheduled on Feb. 14, rejecting a call from one of the president's advisors to delay them."We remain committed to implementing the timetable," commission head Attahiru Jega told a news conference. President Goodluck Jonathan's National Security Advisor Sambo Dasuki said last week that Nigeria should delay the election to allow more time for permanent voter cards (PVCs) to ...
Liberia closes Ebola centre at epicentre of outbreak MONROVIA: Liberia's president on Monday announced the closure of an Ebola treatment facility which lay at the epicentre of the virus's worst outbreak in history, as the disease's spread has slowed in the country.Ellen Johnson Sirleaf warned Liberians that while they could not yet afford to relax, the country had made significant progress in the fight against Ebola, and thanked states who helped Monrovia combat the virus."Lofa, the epicentre of the virus, has had no ...
Central African Republic minister kidnapped, another targeted BANGUI: Central African Republic's minister for youth and sport was kidnapped on Sunday by gunmen in the capital, Bangui, and a second minister narrowly escaped capture in a town to the north, officials said. The seizure of Armel Ningatoloum Sayo follows the brief kidnapping earlier this week of a UN staff member and a French charity worker, highlighting insecurity in the country despite the presence of French and UN peace keepers. Tatiana Yangeko, Sayo's spokeswoman, ...
Kerry in Nigeria to urge non-violence before presidential vote LAGOS: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Nigeria on Sunday to urge its rival political camps to respect the outcome of a Feb. 14 presidential election, amid concerns that post-poll violence could undermine the fight against Boko Haram militants.Boko Haram has killed thousands, kidnapped hundreds and displaced more than a million people during its campaign to carve out an Islamic state in the northeast of Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation.Overnight Boko Haram attacked ...
Lungu has slim lead in Zambia presidential poll LUSAKA: Zambia's ruling party candidate Edgar Lungu has a slim lead after most votes have been counted in a presidential poll, the electoral commission said on Saturday, with the final tally due later in the day.With no reliable opinion polls in the southern African state, experts have struggled to call a winner in the contest to succeed Michael Sata, who died in office in October aged 77.Patriotic Front candidate Lungu led rival Hakainde Hichilema 48.4 ...
40 dead in DR Congo protests: Human Rights Watch KINSHASA: Forty people have died in protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo against President Joseph Kabila, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday, accusing security forces of using excessive force and then trying to remove evidence.The number of people who have died in DR Congo over the past week in demonstrations against a bill that could extend Kabila's time in power is contested, with the government saying the protests had left 12 dead and a ...


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