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At Least 14 Killed In Attack On Burkina Faso Church

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Burkina Faso Leader Says 14 Slain In Attack On Church

14 persons have been confirmed dead in Burkina Faso after an attack on a Protestant church in the country’s east, the country’s president said on Sunday.

In the attack where several people were also wounded, president Roch Marc Christian Kabore condemned “the barbaric attack” in the town of Hantoukoura near the border with Niger, an area known for banditry.

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Kabore offered his “deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded.”

Further details on the attack had yet to emerge as the identity of the gunmen was not immediately clear. Burkinabe armed forces were caring for the wounded and searching the area, the government said in a statement.

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Since 2015, Islamic extremists have been active in Burkina Faso. Jihadists have attacked police stations and churches across the country’s north but also recently have struck in the east.

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In October, gunmen generally believed to be Islamic extremists attacked a convoy carrying employees of a mining company in that region, killing at least 37 people.

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Rwanda, Private Sector Partner On Education

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Rwanda, Private Sector Partner On Education

Rwanda ministry of education has announced its partnership with the private sector to boost education and achieve its goals.

Members of the private sector have vowed to work closer with the ministry to support the sector as the government pushes for knowledge-based economy.

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The private sector is working to support the government’s efforts through technology, setting up schools, teacher training, finance and community work to accelerate development especially in rural areas.

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Minister of state in the ministry of education, Dr. Isaac Munyakazi says the private sector has much offer in quality education in addition to improving infrastructure.

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Algeria Declares Fmr. PM Tebboune Winner Of Presidential Election

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Algerians Protest Against Disputed Election 

Algeria`s former prime minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune has won the nations’s presidential election with 58% of the vote, in an election marred by protests and a boycott.  74-year-old Tebboune was a civil servant before he became prime minister in 2017, he also served as housing minister and information minister.

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Algeria national electoral body says the voter turnout was just 40% – the lowest ever for a multi-party election in Algeria.

The vote had been boycotted by people in the protest movement who said all the candidates were recycled. Demonstrators wanted a new kind of politics and political candidates. All five candidates in the election are former senior government officials.

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Thousands of Algerians took to the streets in Algiers on Thursday to protest against a presidential election they describe as a charade.  They were chanting “no vote! We want freedom!” They claim it was an election held to keep the ruling elite in power. Police used sticks to disperse marchers in the capital, but had to fall back as the crowd grew.

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EU Removes Gabon From Euro Airspace Blacklist After 11 Years

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EU Removes Gabon From Euro Airspace Blacklist After 11 Years

The European Union has removed Gabonese airlines from a blacklist of airlines that are banned from flying into European airspace.

The clearance was announced earlier this week by EU commissioner for transport Adina Vălean.  This means Gabon airlines, as the National Regional Transport, NRT, can now resume flights to Europe after eleven years.

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The EU commission said it removed Gabon from the list following improvement efforts in aviation safety by Gabonese authorities. It also said, it has cleared all Gabonese air carriers from the eu air safety list.

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Carriers based in the two Congos, Djibouti, and Equatorial Guinea still remain banned. Also blacklisted are Eritrea, Liberia, Libya, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, and the Sudan.

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