African Union peacekeepers accused of abuses in Central African Republic: HRW

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African Union peacekeepers from the Republic of Congo operating in the Central African Republic have been accused of abuses, including torture, killings and detentions, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Monday.The allegations – from witnesses, residents and local officials interviewed by HRW during an investigation by its staff – are likely to embarrass the AU peacekeeping mission, which suffered a blow to its legitimacy in April when Chadian forces were accused of killing 30 civilians.Chad denied the allegation, saying its forces opened fire after being ambushed by Christian “anti-balaka” militia.About 6,000 AU peacekeepers, known as MISCA, are working alongside French and European Union troops to try to restore order in the nation, where months of ethnic and religious violence have killed thousands and made nearly a million homeless.

For full report read ….. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/02/us-centralafrica-violence-idUSKBN0ED1HA20140602

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Cameroon troops kill 40 Boko Haram militants in far north: state radio

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Cameroon security forces killed some 40 Boko Haram militants in clashes in the country’s far north, state radio said on Sunday, shortly after the release of two Italian priests and a Canadian nun suspected to have been held by the Islamist group.A presidency source confirmed the clashes, which took place west of the town of Kousseri, in the region bordering Nigeria and Chad. Cameroon, which has been criticised by Nigeria for not doing enough to fight the Nigeria-based Boko Haram, deployed some 1,000 troops to the far north this week as it steps up the fight against the Islamist militants

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Six Egyptian border guards killed: army spokesman

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Six Egyptian soldiers from the border guard were killed when they were targeted by smugglers and “outlaws” during a patrol in a western part of the country, an army spokesman said on Saturday.The six soldiers, who included an officer, were killed while carrying out a patrol in the western desert area of al-Wahat, the spokesman said in a statement on his official Facebook page late on Saturday.The statement said the attack came in response to security forces’ recent arrest of smugglers and confiscation of weapons, ammunition, cars and drugs.Egypt has long desert borders with Sudan and Libya, where experts say weapons flows have increased since an uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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Algeria detects first two cases of MERS virus

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Algeria has reported its first two cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), better known as the MERS virus.In a statement released on Saturday, Algeria’s Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform said the two men, aged 66 and 59, were pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia.According to the statement, the first victim showed the early symptoms of the disease including fever and a breathing disorder and the second one suffered from a respiratory difficulty and digestive problems while in Saudi Arabia.The two men are receiving the necessary medical care at the hospitals of their respective hometowns.

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Egypt revokes 52 Mursi-era pardons: state media

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Egypt’s interim president has revoked amnesties for 52 people pardoned by ousted president Mohamed Mursi, state media reported, including Islamists affiliated with the banned Muslim Brotherhood.Mursi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, pardoned a number of Islamists during his one-year rule, many of whom had been imprisoned since the 1990s.He was overthrown in July last year by former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi following mass protests against his rule. Sisi was elected president by a landslide this week, according to preliminary results.Since Mursi’s fall, the Egyptian government has cracked down hard on the Brotherhood, which was the country’s dominant force in elections after the 2011 uprising that brought down autocratic President Hosni Mubarak.

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Two killed after peacekeepers clash with protesters in Central African Republic

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At least two people were shot dead on Friday by Burundian peacekeepers who clashed with protesters in the capital of Central African Republic, in a second day of violent demonstrations after an attack on a church ignited tensions.A spokesman for the African Union peacekeeping mission said Burundian troops returned fire after being shot at by members of a crowd calling for their departure and the resignation of interim President Catherine Samba-Panza.However, the protesters said they were unarmed and had come to hold talks with the head of the U.N. mission, which has its headquarters nearby.

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File photo Anti-Balaka

File photo Anti-Balaka

Gunmen on motorbikes kill 32 villagers in northeast Nigeria

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Gunmen mounted on motorbikes killed at least 32 people in the northeastern Nigerian village of Gurmushi, a police source said on Thursday.The attacked occurred along the Cameroon border area of Borno state, the heart of an insurgency by Boko Haram militants fighting for an Islamic state in religiously mixed Nigeria, on Wednesday afternoon.On hearing of the attack, Abba Shuwa contacted his family who live in village, he told Reuters by telephone. They said many of the 32 dead had already been buried.

For full report read ….. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/29/us-nigeria-violence-idUSKBN0E91Q220140529