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US agrees to pull troops from key drone host Niger: officialsSat, 20 Apr 2024 02:04:22 GMT

The United States agreed Friday to withdraw its more than 1,000 troops from Niger, officials said, upending its posture in West Africa where the country was home to a major drone base.The long-expected move effectively marks a new regional gain for Russia, which has ramped up its focus on Africa and backed military regimes in …

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Togo lawmakers approve contested political reformFri, 19 Apr 2024 21:31:15 GMT

Togo lawmakers on Friday gave final approval to a constitutional reform switching to a parliamentary system that opposition parties say will allow President Faure Gnassingbe to extend his grip on power.The approval came days before April 29 legislative elections in Togo, where the opposition has criticised the reform for creating a new prime minister-style post …

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Kenya mourns defence chief killed in helicopter crashFri, 19 Apr 2024 16:40:36 GMT

Kenya began three days of mourning on Friday after its defence chief and nine other senior officers were killed in a helicopter crash, the latest military accident involving a high-profile figure.A 19-gun salute will take place on Saturday in a military tribute to the former Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces (CDF), General Francis Omondi …

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Kiptum’s death casts shadow over London Marathon for BekeleFri, 19 Apr 2024 11:57:45 GMT

Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele said Kelvin Kiptum will always have a special place at the London Marathon after the Kenyan’s tragic death.Bekele, a three-time Olympic track champion, is gearing up for Sunday’s latest edition of the race in the English capital.But the event will be overshadowed by the absence of long-distance runner Kiptum, who won last …

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Kenya mourns defence chief killed in helicopter crashFri, 19 Apr 2024 07:26:35 GMT

Kenya began three days of mourning on Friday after its defence chief and nine other senior military officers were killed in a helicopter crash, the latest accident to blight the nation’s military.General Francis Omondi Ogolla, the Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces (CDF), was killed when his helicopter went down shortly after takeoff in a …

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Kenya military helicopter crash kills defence chief, senior officersThu, 18 Apr 2024 17:56:44 GMT

Kenya’s defence chief and nine other top brass died on Thursday in a military helicopter crash in a remote area of the country, President William Ruto said.”Today at 2:20 pm, our nation suffered a tragic air accident… I am deeply saddened to announce the passing of General Francis Omondi Ogolla,” Ruto told reporters.The president, who …

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Team behind Italian film ‘Io Capitano’ returns to SenegalThu, 18 Apr 2024 16:46:45 GMT

Members of a 200-strong audience struggle to hold back tears as the credits roll on the film “Io Capitano” in a small auditorium in the outskirts of Senegal’s capital Dakar.The crowd has spent two hours following a pair of Senegalese teenagers as they risk their lives to reach Europe, facing a gruelling journey across the …

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IMF chief urges attention to war-ravaged Yemen, SudanThu, 18 Apr 2024 16:46:37 GMT

International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva on Thursday drew attention to the suffering in Yemen and Sudan, both plagued by civil wars and often overshadowed by the plight of other countries.”When we have these highly visible wars like the one in Ukraine, like the one in Gaza… they overshadow the pain and suffering that is …

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A decade on, Nigeria army rescues abducted Chibok girlThu, 18 Apr 2024 15:49:33 GMT

Nigerian troops rescued another of the missing Chibok girls, 10 years after Boko Haram jihadists kidnapped more than 270 of them from their school in the northeast, the army said on Thursday.A decade after the abduction sparked international outcry, almost 100 of the girls seized at a secondary school in the Chibok district are still thought to …

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