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Burundi police say 450 people killed in political violence in past year NAIROBI: More than 450 people have been killed in Burundi in unrest that began a year ago, the police said in a report on the crisis that has raised fears of a return to the ethnically charged violence of civil war. "The report at the disposal of police shows that 451 people have been killed since the start of the crisis, including 77 police officers and 374 civilians," the police said. The crisis began when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced in April 2015 plans to run for a third term.Despite criticism that that violated the constitution and a peace deal that ended the civil war in 2005, he went on to win July's election. Nkurunziza's camp says a court ruling had declared the former rebel-turned-president eligible to seek another term. The police report said 59 of its officers had been jailed over the last year for "serious misconduct". It did not ...

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UN lifts Ivory Coast sanctions UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Thursday lifted the last remaining sanctions on Ivory Coast and said it would shut down its mission there next year.It was the latest sign that the West African country has bounced back from turmoil.French Ambassador Francois Delattre has described the move to end the 12-year sanction regime and wind down the mission as a "success story" for the United Nations in Africa.The world's top cocoa producer, Ivory Coast ...

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South Sudan's Machar sworn in as VP, president calls for reconciliation JUBA: South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar was sworn in as first vice president on Tuesday, hours after he returned to the capital of Juba for the first time since conflict erupted more than two years ago. Machar took up the post under the terms of a peace agreement reached eight months ago, implementation of which had been repeatedly delayed by disputes between Machar and the government of President Salva Kiir. "Now that Dr. Riek ...

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Six African nations could be malaria-free by 2020: WHO GENEVA: Six countries in Africa, the continent where malaria is most widespread, could be free of the disease by 2020, according to a WHO report published Monday to mark World Malaria Day.One of the goals of the World Health Organization's 2016-2030 programme against malaria is to wipe out the disease in at least 10 countries by the end of this decade."WHO estimates that 21 countries are in a position to achieve this goal, including six ...

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Peace prayers as South Sudan awaits rebel chief's return JUBA: Heads bowed, hundreds of South Sudanese prayed for peace Sunday ahead of the expected arrival in the capital of rebel chief Riek Machar, a move hoped to help end over two years of war.After a week of delays caused in part by disagreements over his bodyguards, including the number of troops and weapons they will carry, the government on Saturday issued clearance for the man due to become South Sudan's first vice president to ...

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UN chief urges South Sudan's Machar to return to Juba UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday pressed South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar to return to Juba "without delay" and begin work in a transitional government.Machar had been expected to return to the capital on Monday, in line with a political agreement aimed at ending the two-year war, but differences over security arrangements in Juba delayed his arrival.Ban said President Salva Kiir's government had agreed to a compromise proposal on the arrangements for ...

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Chad President Deby wins fifth term, opposition cry foul N'DJAMENA: After 26 years in office, Chad's warrior president Idriss Deby was set for a fifth term after being declared winner of an election the opposition said was marred by widespread fraud.Deby won 61.56 percent of the vote in the April 10 presidential election, followed by the opposition's Saleh Kebzabo, who garnered 12.8 percent, according to provisional results released by the national election commission (CENI) Thursday.Gunfire rang out in N'Djamena through the night as Deby ...