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Mali’s 2012 Coup Leader Released On Bail Amid Trial Delays

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Mali's 2012 Coup Leader Released On Bail Amid Trial Delays

Mali’s General Amadou Haya Sanogo has been released on bail on Tuesday.  He is the general that overthrew the country’s president eight years ago.  He has been awaiting trial on charges that he got 21 soldiers killed after a failed counter-coup in 2012.

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Relatives of victims, whose corpses were discovered in a mass grave, have been yearning for justice for a long time. But the government of Mali says Sanogo’s trial could forment trouble especially now that the military is on edge.

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Sanogo and other defendants in the case have received two adjournments in the trial.  The first in late 2016, and earlier this month.

No new date has been scheduled.

Sanogo” lawyer, Cheick Oumar Konare says his client is free to move around freely without restrictions under the terms of his bail.

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Amnesty International says Malian authorities have justified the liberal bail conditions for Sanogo on “consolidating social cohesion and concord within the army.”

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Zambian Police Arrest 16 Suspects After Chemical Attacks

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Zambian Police Arrest 16 Suspects After Chemical Attacks

Zambia police said on Thursday, they have arrested 16 persons suspected of being behind a spate of attacks in which people were sprayed with poisonous substances that have caused some deaths.

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The attacks began in December and were initially confined to the mineral-rich copperbelt.  They have since spread to the capital Lusaka.  Police are still trying to pinpoint the exact number of victims.

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Last week, president Edgar Lungu ordered soldiers to join the police in patrolling the streets after the attacks, that have sparked public outrage.

Britain and the United States have issued travel alerts to their citizens following the attacks.

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Lesotho PM Misses Court Date Over Wife’s Death

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Lesotho PM Misses Court Date Over Wife's Death

Lesotho’s prime minister Thomas Thabane, who was accused of killing his wife and was due in court for hearing on Friday, did not show up.  Police said they were unsure of his whereabouts.

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Lipolelo Thabane was shot dead in June 2017 near her home in the capital, Maseru, two days before the minister took office.

Thabane’s current wife, Maesaiah, has also been charged with ordering Lipolelo’s murder. She is currently out on bail.

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The prime minister bowed to pressure and announced on Thursday he would step down in July.  Both Maesaiah and Thomas Thabane, who married two months after Lipolelo’s killing, have denied any involvement in her death.

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Authorities say the prime minister’s whereabouts are unknown.  Some even suggest he might have fled the country.

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South Sudan President, Rebel Leader Agrees To Form Unity Government

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South Sudan President, Rebel Leader Agrees To Form Unity Government

South Sudan’s former rebel leader Riek Machar said he has agreed to form a unity government with president Salva Kiir by Saturday’s deadline, following talks at state house on Thursday.

President Kiir has promised protection for opposition leaders. Machar’s allies had sought assurances for his safety should he formally return to the capital.

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Kiir said the main issues which have not been resolved, such as how he and Machar would share the power, and how opposing forces will be unified, are set to be addressed and finalized in coming days.

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There are expectations the deal will bring an end to South Sudan’s devastating six-year civil war, which has killed some 400,000 persons.

Before the announcement, it had been unclear if the deadline would be met as key benchmarks of the 2018 peace agreement had not been fulfilled. The deadline had elapsed several times without an agreement between the two sides.

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