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Niger Junta Ends Military Accord With Benin Amid Regional Standoff


The junta in Niger on Tuesday said it would end a military pact with neighboring Benin, accusing it of authorising the deployment of troops on its territory for a possible military intervention against Niger by the West African regional bloc.

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A Tanzanian Opposition Leader Was Arrested Briefly Amid Human Rights Concerns

By Evelyne Musambi | Associated Press

Tanzania’s opposition leader Tundu Lissu was arrested and later released on bail by the police who accused him of unlawful assembly and obstructing police officers. Lissu was barred from attending a human rights rally Sunday in Ngorongoro, in the north of the country. In speeches at other political rallies, he had been critical of the government’s new port deal with a Dubai-based company.

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Gabon Junta Eyes Two-Year Transition Period Before Holding Elections

Agence France-Presse

"It's good to set off with a reasonable objective by saying: We have the desire to see the process come to an end in 24 months so we can go back to elections," said Raymond Ndong Sima, prime minister during the transition. That period could end up being slightly longer or shorter, he added.

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Islamists Kill Dozens of Civilians and Soldiers in Two Attacks in Mali

By Elian Peltier | The New York Times

Islamist militants staged separate attacks on a passenger ferry and a military camp in northern Mali on Thursday, the government said, killing dozens of civilians and soldiers in a region of the West African nation that is increasingly controlled by armed groups.

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