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No deal in Congo talks on Kabila's future before expected protests KINSHASA: Talks in Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday between the ruling coalition and the opposition failed to reach a compromise on the political future of President Joseph Kabila, who is due to stay in power when his mandate ends on Monday. Delegates said the talks will resume on Wednesday once the Catholic bishops mediating the negotiations have returned from a trip to Rome. Kabila is required by constitutional term limits to step down after nearly 16 years in power. His government says it cannot organise a presidential election until 2018. The capital Kinahasa is on edge ahead of planned opposition protests against what they say is a bid by Kabila to cling to power and it was not immediately clear what impact Saturday's announcement would have.Felix Tshisekedi, an opposition leader, wrote on Twitter: "The discussions have failed. Congolese people, the ball is in your court! We have reached the ...

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe confirmed as ruling party candidate for 2018 MASVINGO: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was confirmed on Saturday as his party's sole candidate for the next presidential election in 2018, when he will be 94. Supporters at a party conference sang a song titled "Mugabe should rule until eternity" as the veteran leader rose to give a speech in which he called for an end to infighting within the ruling ZANU-PF over his eventual successor. "We came with our problems, which we heard. We ...

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Nigeria's Buhari presents 7.298 trillion naira 2017 budget to lawmakers LAGOS: Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday presented a record 7.298 trillion naira ($23.97 billion) budget for 2017 to lawmakers, which he said was an increase of 20.4 percent on last year's spending plan. He said the budget was based on an exchange rate of 305 naira to the dollar and a projected oil output of 2.2 million barrels per day at an assumed price of $42.5 dollars per barrel. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Tanzania's Magufuli takes anti-corruption drive to ruling party DAR ES SALAAM: Tanzania's president, John Magufuli, has vowed to root out corruption in his ruling party, threatening "no mercy" for anyone giving or taking bribes. Businesses have long said corruption and slow government bureaucracy were major obstacles to investing in Tanzania, which is ranked towards the bottom third of Transparency International's 2015 index of least corrupt countries. "Our party is among institutions accused of rampant corruption - this is not a secret," Magufuli said ...

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UN envoy says Gambia's Jammeh must leave power by Jan. 19 DAKAR: The United Nations Special Representative for West Africa said on Wednesday that Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh would be "strongly sanctioned" if he sought to remain in power after his mandate ends next month. Long-ruling Jammeh lost elections to little-known businessman Adama Barrow on Dec. 1 and conceded defeat in a widely celebrated moment of democratic hope for the continent. But he has since changed his mind and his party is now challenging the outcome ...

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Kiir calls for 'national dialogue' to end South Sudan war JUBA: President Salva Kiir called Wednesday for a "national dialogue" to end the three-year-long civil war in South Sudan.In a speech to parliament, Kiir, whose wrangling for power with his former deputy Riek Machar plunged the world's newest nation into a brutal, destructive and ongoing civil war in December 2013, said the dialogue would "consolidate peace" in South Sudan.Kiir said a panel of "eminent personalities and people of consensus" would guide the national dialogue which ...

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Migrants in Libya facing human rights crisis: UN report TUNIS: Migrants in Libya are suffering consistent and widespread abuse, including arbitrary detention, forced labour, rape and torture, a United Nations report said on Tuesday. Record numbers of migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, have been trying to reach Europe via Libya, usually in flimsy inflatable boats provided by smugglers. Armed groups have taken effective control of official detention centres for migrants amid the political chaos that now reigns in Libya and they also run their ...