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Cameroon sends 14 Boko Haram members to prison: report YAOUNDE: A military court in Cameroon has handed down prison sentences of up to 20 years to 14 Boko Haram members, the country's state broadcaster Crtv reported Friday.The defendants, who were arrested in March after the discovery of a weapons cache, admitted to being part of the Nigerian extremist group at a "public hearing" in the northern town of Maroua, said the report.They had been charged with the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition and of plotting an insurrection."Each of the Boko Haram members (was) sentenced to between 10 and 20 years" in prison, said the report, adding that the sentences cannot be appealed.The trial was reportedly the first of its kind in Cameroon where a large number of members of the radical group have been arrested in the north over the past weeks following attacks on police stations, as well as kidnappings and killings.More than 3,000 Nigerians fleeing Boko ...

South Sudan food crisis worst in the world: UN UNITED NATIONS: South Sudan's food crisis is now the worst in the world, the UN Security Council said on Friday as it called for urgent funding to step up deliveries of desperately-needed aid.Some 3.9 million people a staggering one in three people throughout the country are going hungry as the fighting in South Sudan continues, according to UN officials.The Security Council described a "catastrophic food insecurity situation in South Sudan that is now the worst ...
Nigeria confirms Liberian man died of Ebola in Lagos ABUJA: Nigeria said on Friday that Ebola caused the death of a Liberian national who died in quarantine in Lagos, confirmation that the worst-ever outbreak of the virus has reached Africa's most populous country.Nigeria's Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu told journalists that "thorough medical tests" had confirmed "the virus of Ebola" as the cause of death.The 40-year-old, who died overnight, worked for the Liberian government and had travelled to Nigeria from Monrovia by air via Togo's ...
South Africa to host 2016 AIDS conference MELBOURNE: South Africa's port city of Durban will host the 21st International AIDS Conference in 2016, marking the forum's return to Africa after 16 years, organisers said on Friday.Gathering scientists, policymakers and grassroots workers, the biennial conference is the biggest single get-together on the global HIV/AIDS pandemic.The 20th conference in Melbourne drew around 20,000 people, of whom 13,600 were delegates and the rest were members of the public who attended an outreach event called the ...
Rwandan president names new prime minister KIGALI: Rwandan President Paul Kagame named the former labour minister Anastase Murekezi as the new prime minister on Wednesday, a presidential statement said.The appointment is expected to bring in a possible cabinet reshuffle, as under Rwanda's constitution, ministers must be chosen or reappointed by the new prime minister."It is a great honour for me to have been appointed prime minister," Murekezi said on his Twitter account."My new appointment gives me a unique opportunity to keep ...
Clashes between Libya army, fighters kill 16 BENGHAZI: Sixteen people, most of them soldiers, were killed and 81 injured in clashes between the Libyan army and fighters in the eastern city of Benghazi, medical and military sources told AFP Tuesday."Most of the dead and injured are soldiers. Three civilians, including an Egyptian, were killed when a rocket hit their house," a hospital source said on condition of anonymity.A military official said fighting broke out after an alliance of militia attacked an army ...
Violence simmers in Central Africa as peace talks open BRAZZAVILLE: Key players in the Central African conflict launched a fresh round of talks in Brazzaville on Monday to end more than a year of sectarian bloodshed in the direly poor nation.But even as negotiators huddled in Congo, fresh violence erupted in the capital Bangui with the killing of a former Seleka rebel that sparked an immediate riposte.The three-day forum for reconciliation and political dialogue, chaired by Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso, is aimed a ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
Imports $4.338 bln
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