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France Announces Troop Deployment To Burkina Faso

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French minister of armed forces, Florence Parly has announced her country will be deploying ground troops to the “three borders” area of Burkina Faso.

According to report by Aljazeera, Parly made the announcement during a visit to the country’s capital, Ouagadougou, where she said “the launch of operation ‘Bourgou 4’ will be led by Barkhane (France’s military operation in the Sahel region of Africa), but with the eminent contribution of two Burkinabe companies. The operation will take place in the coming days in the three border area, which is where there is most need.”

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Sources in Burkina Faso suggest the operation has already started and is being carried out at the request of the Burkinabe authorities.

The move represents an expansion of France’s operation in the Sahel which, until now, has deployed the majority of its 4,500 troops to other countries in the region including Mali, Niger and Chad over five years.

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Parly’s announcement represents France’s first major commitment of ground troops in Burkina Faso, although it has given air support to Burkinabe troops and small numbers of French troops are known to have operated in the country for some time.

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Earlier, ANN reported that four persons were killed in an ambush, including the deputy mayor of the northern town of Djibo. Governor of the Sahel region said unidentified armed men ambushed the deputy mayor’s vehicle in Gaskindé community.

Hundreds of people have been killed in a jihadist revolt attacks in northern Burkina Faso,

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Zimbabwe Bans New Electric Water Heaters To Save Energy

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Zimbabwe Bans New Electric Water Heaters To Save Energy

In light of the economic situation, Zimbabwe says its banning the installation of new electric water heaters in an attempt to save power. Many reasons have been given for power shortages as the country deals with prolonged blackouts.  Some businesses have had to change to working night shifts, when electricity is available.

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The state power firm, says customers inability to pay their bills and a recent severe drought that has reduced water levels in Zimbabwe’s biggest hydro-plant are a major cause of the electricity crisis descending Zimbabwe into darkness.

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The country`s energy regulators were quoted as saying, the electricity supplier will no longer be allowed to connect power to premises without solar water heaters.

Nearly half of the country’s 16 million people faces the threat of starvation, in part due to the worst drought in four decades.

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The economic crisis has seen hospitals virtually shut with health workers on strike over pay.

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U.S. To Reevaluate South Sudan Ties After Unity Gov’t Deadline

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U.S. To Reevaluate South Sudan Ties After Unity Gov't Deadline

The United States says it is gravely disappointed with South Sudan’s failure to form a unity government by November the twelfth deadline.   As a result, America says it would “reevaluate its relationship with the nation’s government.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement quote “we will work bilaterally and with the international community to take action against all those impeding South Sudan’s peace process.

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She added that the United States would also seek to establish a new paradigm to achieve peace and a successful political transition in South Sudan with others in the region.

Last week, president Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar agreed to postpone the formation of a coalition government for a hundred days saying security and governance issues needed to be resolved.

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The state department statement said, their inability to achieve this basic demonstration of political will for the people of South Sudan calls into question their suitability to continue to lead the nation’s peace process.

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On Sunday, Pope Francis called South Sudan’s politicians to salvage the peace deal. The pope says he intends to visit the east African country in the coming year.

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South Africa’s SAA Workers Start Strike That Could Cripple Airline

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South Africa's SAA Workers Start Strike That Could Cripple Airline

South African Airways (SAA) workers have begun a strike action on Friday over wages and job cuts. The unions have rejected the airline’s wage offer late on Thursday.  They are also aggrieved by the carrier’s plans to cut more than 900 jobs in a bid to stem financial losses.

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The state-owned carrier has now been forced to cancel all flights, leaving its future hanging in the balance.

SAA says it will lose more than three million dollars per day as a result of the strike by members of the unions representing around 3,000 of its 5,000-strong workforce.  The airline says this would threaten its survival.

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Meanwhile, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has urged SAA’s management to resolve the industrial dispute that has led to the cancellation of all flights. Passengers were reported to have been stranded at the country’s main airport.

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