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EU Calls For Dialogue Over Referendum In Guinea

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In the middle of constitutional amendment plan in Guinea that pitches the opposition against the government, the European Union has expressed readiness to contribute to an “inclusive” dialogue in the country.

81-year-old president Alpha Condé made the announcement last week. The opposition has denounced the constitutional referendum as Conde’s ploy to seek a third term in office at the end of 2020. Current constitution limits the number of presidential terms to two.

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Well, the new constitution draft released in December, which will be put to a referendum in less than a month, maintains a two year-term limit.  But the opposition suspects the adoption of a new constitution will serve as a pretext for incumbent Condé, to reset his presidential counter to zero.

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Many protests have taken place in the country since mid-October against the move. At least 29 persons have been killed, including 28 civilians and a gendarme.

The E.U. has said in a statement, unity and peace in guinea must prevail over partisan interests. E.U also said, the preparations for the electoral process and the decision to merge the parliamentary elections with a constitutional referendum are deeply dividing the country.

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Ten Killed In Deadly Somalia Prison Break Attempt

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Ten Killed In Deadly Somalia Prison Break Attempt

Somalia prison officials say 10 persons have been killed following a failed prison break that led to a shoot-out inside the capital -Mogadishu’s main prison.

State radio reported, another six were injured when Somali security forces beat back an uprising in the prison on Monday.

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A senior police officer said mutinous prisoners snatched guns from guards who were on duty on Monday evening, and killed three of them.

There are reports that one of the prisoners managed to get a pistol off a prison warden, then a group of inmates broke into the armoury. The guards and other security forces regrouped and killed the inmates.

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A specially trained police unit was deployed to deal with the violence at the prison which holds some of the most notorious al-Shabab prisoners on either life or death sentences.

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At Least 10 Dead In Ethiopia Protests Over Autonomy

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At Least 10 Dead In Ethiopia Protests Over Autonomy

Ethiopia’s health officials say at least 10 persons have died during clashes between protesters and security forces in the country’s southern region on Monday.

The protests were sparked by Sunday’s arrest of local officials and activists seeking a new autonomous region for their Wolaita ethnic group.

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Spokesman for the opposition party Wolaita national movement party- Matheos Balcha says one of their party members was arrested.

Security forces shot dead protesters in Boditi on Monday, a town 295 km southwest of the capital Addis Ababa. A 14-year-old boy was reported to be among the dead. Opposition spokesperson says 34 persons were injured.

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Prime minister Abiy Ahmed, who came to power in 2018, and introduced democratic reforms, has struggled to appeal to ethnic nationalism.

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France Helps Hunt For Killers Of Aid Workers In Niger

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France Helps Hunt For Killers Of Aid Workers In Niger

Soldiers from France and Niger are collaborating to find killers of six aid workers, their local guide and driver at a giraffe reserve.

The troops began operations on Monday in the reserve and surrounding areas for signs of the gunmen who killed the French international aid workers along with their local guide and driver.

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Attackers on motorbikes ambushed the group on Sunday while driving through the reserve, a popular destination for expatriates, 65 km from Niger’s capital Niamey, in an area considered safe by the government.

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A French military source said, “military operations are ongoing including the use of air support to find the gunmen.

France and other countries have warned people against travelling to parts of Niger where militants, including Boko Haram and an affiliate of Islamic State, operate in rural areas.

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