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How a preacher sent gunmen into Burkina Faso’s schools

FAUBE, Burkina Faso (Reuters) – When an Islamist preacher took up the fight in Burkina Faso’s northern borderlands almost a decade ago, his only weapon was a radio station. The words he spoke kindled the anger of a frustrated population, and helped turn their homes into a breeding ground for jihad. Displaced protestants, who fled […]
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Algerian court jails 21 protesters

ALGIERS (Reuters) – A court in Algeria sentenced 21 protesters on Tuesday to six months in jail for “undermining national unity”, official media reported, a month ahead of a presidential election. The verdict by the court in central Algiers also included additional six-month suspended sentences for the protesters, who were arrested for raising a flag […]
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Two die during heavy rains in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Two people have died amid downpours in an eastern province of South Africa brought down their house, a few months after many were killed in another torrential rain. “A man and a woman died when their house collapsed,” Robert Mckenzie, media liaison officer for KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Services told Reuters by phone. […]
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Mauritius appoints Renganaden Padayachy as its new finance minister

PORT LOUIS (Reuters) – Mauritius has sworn in Renganaden Padayachy as its new finance minister, local media reported on Tuesday, days after incumbent Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth secured another a five-year term. Padayachy takes the post from Jugnauth, who also held the post alongside his prime minister post. Padayachy had told Reuters ahead of […]
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Guinea president replaces security minister following deadly protests

Guinean President Alpha Conde delivers a speech during a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings in Provence in World War Two which helped liberate southern France, in Boulouris, France, August 15, 2019. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/Pool/File PhotoCONAKRY (Reuters) – Guinea President Alpha Conde announced on Monday that he was replacing his security minister following […]
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Founder of South African asset manager Allan Gray dies at 81

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Allan Gray, founder of the $33 billion South African asset management firm that carries his name, died on Sunday aged 81, the firm said in statement on Monday. “It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the death of Allan William Buchanan Gray on 10 November, 2019, of natural […]
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Dought-hit Zimbabwe readies mass wildlife migration

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe is planning an enforced mass migration of wildlife away from a park in the country’s south, where thousands of animals are at risk of death due to drought-induced starvation. A marabou stork stands on an elephant carcass at a watering hole inside Hwange National Park, in Zimbabwe, October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Philimon […]
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Pope wants to visit South Sudan next year, urges unity government

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Sunday he wanted to make his postponed visit to South Sudan next year, and he urged the country’s leaders to overcome their divisions and bring an end to the suffering of its people. Pope Francis leads a Mass dedicated to the San Giovanni in Laterano Basilica in […]
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Pope wants to visit South Sudan next year, urges unity government

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Sunday he wanted to make his postponed visit to South Sudan next year, and he urged the country’s leaders to overcome their divisions and bring an end to the suffering of its people. Pope Francis leads a Mass dedicated to the San Giovanni in Laterano Basilica in […]