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DRC Clamps Down On Illegal Ports

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DRC Clamps Down On Unregulated Ports Operating Illegally

The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is clamping down on unregulated ports operating illegally.

The commercial company for transport and ports had been created to run several ports on DR Congo’s shores for decades, but authorities say the body created to run them has no control over many ports that now operate outside the regulations.

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The government admits that many years of weak leadership has allowed criminals to control ports and block state security and customs inspections. They now want order to return that will enhance international trade in the region.

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The country, the largest in sub-Saharan Africa, is separated from Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania in the east by several lakes, but it also has a coastline on the Atlantic in the west.

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In recent years, authorities in Angola, Rwanda and Uganda, have clashed with Congolese fishermen and smugglers, who take advantage of the lack of maritime security.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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Ethiopia Charges 2,000 Over Violence After Musician’s Murder

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Haacaaluu Hundeessaa

In Ethiopia, nearly 2,000 persons have been charged over deadly violence that followed the killing of a popular singer in June.

More than three months ago, at least 166 persons were killed when violent protests erupted following the murder of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, some in protests against authorities and some in ethnically-targeted attacks.

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Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, the country’s attorney general, Gideon Timothewos said the arrested persons are being charged for their conduct that resulted in the death of hundreds of citizens.

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He did not give details on the charges or on whether any prisoners had been released without charge.

On June 29, Haacaaluu was shot dead while driving in the capital Addis Ababa. He was one of Ethiopia’s biggest musical stars and a powerful political voice, with many of his songs speaking out on behalf of his Oromo ethnic group and calling for more freedoms.

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