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NOV 20, 2014 - Yahoo! News

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Somali leader sees Islamist rebels out of towns by year-end

By Sabina Zawadzki and Annabella Nielsen COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Somalia's president said on Thursday a military campaign would push Islamist al Shabaab fighters out of all towns and major territories by the end of the year, though the militants would still be able to mount guerrilla attacks. African Union and Somali forces have already retaken many strategic towns and ports ...

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NOV 20, 2014 - The Economist

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The status of Zanzibar: Imperfect union

IN APRIL Tanzanians celebrated the 50th anniversary of the union between mainland Tanganyika and the islands of Zanzibar. In honour of the occasion, the East African nation came together to rewrite its 1977 constitution. But instead of strengthening the union, the process may be tearing it apart.A draft based on public consultations was rewritten by a constitutional assembly dominated by ...

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NOV 19, 2014 - Yahoo! News

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Burkina Faso names army colonel Zida as prime minister

By Mathieu Bonkoungou and Nadoun Coulibaly OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso named Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida as prime minister on Wednesday, four days after he restored the country's constitution under pressure from the African Union and the West. Zida declared himself head of state on Nov. 1 after mass protests toppled President Blaise Compaore who then fled the West African ...

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NOV 18, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Burkina Faso: Transitional president inaugurated

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A former U.N. ambassador was sworn in as Burkina Faso's transitional president Tuesday, tasked with organizing elections after the military briefly took power when the country's leader of nearly three decades was forced into exile. [...] the military faced growing pressure from the African Union and other members of the international community to return the ...

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NOV 18, 2014 - Yahoo! News

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Sudan and rebels end talks but mediators 'positive' for deal

Sudan's government and rebels from war-torn South Kordofan and Blue Nile adjourned a week of peace talks late Monday, with mediators claiming they were "not too far" from a deal. African Union chief mediator Thabo Mbeki, who had opened the talks last week in Ethiopia calling for an "urgent" end to fighting told reporters that both sides had shown "great ...

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