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Burkina Faso: Police Fire Tear Gas To Disperse Protesters

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Burkina Faso: Police Fire Tear Gas To Disperse Protesters

Burkina Faso police was reported to have fired tear gas at protesters in the capital, Ouagadougou on Monday to disperse demonstrators.

Authorities had banned the rally organized to express anger over poor governance, corruption and growing insecurity.

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The protest organizers had a mix of concerns, while critics have accused the government of failing to contain the crisis.

A news reporter says there is growing discontent in Burkina Faso, where Islamist insurgency in the north has forced millions of people to flee their homes. Parts of the country where the militants operate have been under a state of emergency since last year.

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Soldiers Killed In Attack On Mali Army Camp, Militants Suspected

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Soldiers Killed In Attack On Mali Army Camp, Militants Suspected

Mali government says at least twenty soldiers have been killed by suspected Islamist militants in a pre-dawn attack on an army camp in Sokolo- central Mali on Sunday.

Officials said, the identity of the attackers was not immediately clear. But the government said in a statement, terrorists entered the camp killed the soldiers and caused significant material damage.

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An official said the gunmen arrived on motorbikes and that all those killed were gendarmes or paramilitary police. A witness described the scene as complete chaos.

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Islamist groups with links to Al Qaeda and Islamic state often operate in central and northern Mali and have used the area as a base to attack soldiers and civilians in neighbouring Burkina Faso, Niger and beyond.

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Seven Million Ethiopians In Need Of Humanitarian Aid – NDRMC

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Seven Million Ethiopians Need Food, Humanitarian Aid - NDRMC

Ethiopia state owned news agency (ENA) has reported that seven million people are in need of humanitarian aid, including emergency food assistance in Ethiopia.

The National Disaster Risk Management Commission’s spokesperson Debebe Zewede is quoted by E.N.A as saying, the country will need more than 1 billion dollars in humanitarian aid because Ethiopia has been facing a recurrent drought which is affecting the lives of the people and the country’s economy.

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Debebe said initial assessment shows, six million people are receiving food aid this year. Ethiopia is Africa’s second-most populous country with approximately 113 million people.

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Burundi Ruling Party Chooses Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye To Replace Nkurunziza

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Burundi Ruling Party Chooses Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye To Replace Nkurunziza

At the national conference of Burundi’s ruling CNDD-FDD party in the province of Gitega on Sunday, general Evariste Ndayishimiye was confirmed as the candidate in the may presidential elections.

His confirmation points to the fact that president Pierre Nkurunziza may actually retire.  He has served three terms.

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Ndayishimiye is an Nkurunziza ally and ruling party secretary-general.  He has fought as a rebel alongside Nkurunziza during Burundi’s civil war that killed at least 300,000.

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Nkurunziza became president in 2005 after signing the Arusha accord that ended the 13-year civil war.  He was re-elected unopposed in 2010 in an election that was boycotted by the opposition.

He claimed he was eligible for a third term in 2015.  His rationale was that lawmakers, not the general population, chose him for his first term. Critics have called that move unconstitutional.

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