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South African police block student march to Zuma's office PRETORIA: South African police on Thursday fired stun grenades to disperse several hundred students who attempted to march to President Jacob Zuma's offices in the capital Pretoria to protest against tuition fees.The students had planned to deliver a list of demands to Zuma's office at the Union Buildings in the latest stage of weeks of often violent demonstrations.But police in riot gear prevented about 500 students from approaching the buildings, with some protesters trying to force their way through high fences.The students held posters saying "Free education for all", "South Africa is radically unequal" and "We want peace and free education".Stun grenades were fired after the students threw objects at the police.The march was part of a wave of unrest at universities around the country, as students protest against fee increases that they say force poor students out of education.Students have torched buildings in several institutions and dozens have been ...

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Nigeria's Buhari says will ‘redouble’ efforts to bring back rest of Chibok girls ABUJA: Nigeria will double down in its efforts to bring home the rest of the more than 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in the northeastern town of Chibok in 2014, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Wednesday. "We shall redouble our efforts to bring the rest back home," Buhari said while meeting 21 Chibok girls which were released by Boko Haram last week after talks with the government brokered by Switzerland and the International Red ...

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South Africa's anti-graft watchdog to keep Zuma report until court case heard CAPE TOWN: The new head of South Africa's anti-graft watchdog said on Wednesday she would not release a report on allegations of political interference by President Jacob Zuma's allies pending completion of a court case on the matter. The court will on Nov. 1 hear an application by Zuma that the report be held back because he has not had the chance to question witnesses and review any evidence that implicated him.Three Indian-born businessmen -- ...

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Nigeria overnight lending rate at record high on tight liquidity LAGOS: Nigeria's overnight interbank rate was quoted at a record high of 150 percent on Tuesday, two days after lenders placed funds with the central bank to participate in last Friday's currency forward auction, traders said. They said few deals were done on Tuesday due to a shortage of naira on the money market, with lenders loath to place funds until the result of Friday's currency auction was published. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Inter-ethnic violence kills over a dozen in southeastern Congo KINSHASA: More than a dozen people have died since the weekend in fighting in southeastern Congo between Bantus and Pygmies, local activists said on Tuesday, in the latest escalation in a bloody three-year ethnic conflict. The Luba, a Bantu ethnic group, and the Twa, a Pygmy people who inhabit the Great Lakes region, have been in conflict since May 2013 in Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga region, known for its rich deposits of copper and ...

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Gunmen kill 11 in C. Africa camp: UN BANGUI: Eleven people were shot dead on Saturday in a camp for displaced people in Central African Republic, the UN's MINUSCA mission said, days after 30 others were killed in fresh sectarian violence "Eleven people were killed and about 10 others taken to hospital" after an unknown number of gunmen began shooting in the camp for internally displaced people in Ngakobo, 300 kilometres (180 miles) northeast of the capital Bangui, a statement said."Those responsible for ...

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Nigeria's Buhari vows to keep pressing for release of kidnapped girls BERLIN: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said his government would continue working to free the remaining girls kidnapped by the militants group Boko Haram in 2014 after the group on Thursday released 21 girls on Thursday. "About 100 more (girls) are still in the hands of the terrorists," Buhari told reporters in Berlin after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "We hope we'll get some intelligence to go about securing the balance." Buhari ...