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Latest update : 2017-12-05

Report claims rebels were recruited to crack down on DR Congo protesters

In tonight's edition: DR Congo is accused of having recruited exiled M23 rebel fighters and unleashed them on protesters a year ago, and Zimbabwe's new president hands top cabinet posts to military figures who staged the intervention that forced Robert Mugabe's resignation after 37 years at the helm. Finally, a lifting of the ban of Nigeria's rosewood tree trade threatens these endangered tree species.

DR Congo is accused of having recruited exiled rebel fighters and unleashed them on protesters calling for President Joseph Kabila to step down. The damning report by Human Rights watch says M23 fighters contributed to deadly violence a year ago.

And Zimbabwe's new president hands top cabinet posts to military figures who staged the intervention that forced Robert Mugabe's resignation after 37 years at the helm. Emmerson Mnangagwa says he's sure his new team can bring the change so many Zimbabweans hope for.

The UN's new deputy chief, Amina Mohammed, has been accused of having taken kickbacks to authorise the export of rosewood to China before quitting as Nigeria's environment minister. Since her exit, the ban on exports has been lifted by her successor and trade in the endangered tree is likely to be further ramped up.

By Laura DI BIASIO , Georja CALVIN-SMITH

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2017-12-15 DR Congo

DR Congo former child soldiers awarded $10 mn in damages in landmark ruling

A landmark punishment for the use of child soldiers. A former warlord in the Democratic Republic of Congo liable for 10 million dollars in reparations. Seven years after the...

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2017-12-14 Sierra Leone

Somalia's Shabaab kill 18 policemen in academy bombing

At least 18 people are dead in Mogadishu after a suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest. The victims were all policemen in training. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for...

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2017-12-13 counter-terrorism

Saudi Arabia and UAE pledge €110.5 million for G5 Sahel joint force

Germany's chancellor is among world leaders in Paris for a summit to prepare the launch of the G5 Sahel force, with Saudi Arabia and the UAE joining the ranks of donor nations...

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2017-12-12 Paris

African leaders meet in Paris ahead of G5 Sahel summit

African heads of state join world leaders in the French capital for the second anniversary of the Paris Climate Accord. It comes ahead of a summit on the G5 Sahel Initiative....

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2017-12-11 Islamic State (IS) group

AU warns 6,000 jihadists could return to Africa

Some 6,000 Islamic State group fighters could be on the brink of returning home to Africa. The African Union says countries across the continent must bolster intelligence...

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