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Police clash with Shiites in northern Nigeria

In this edition: Nine people are killed in northern Nigeria as police clash with Shiites, and the Congolese government cracks down on the media as the prime minister and his cabinet resign.

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At least nine people have been killed in northern Nigeria in clashes between police and members of a Shiite Islamic sect. The Islamic Movement in Nigeria claims that as many as 50 of its followers died after security forces opened fire on a religious procession in Kano on Monday. There have been several incidences of violence involving the sect over the last year. Last December, more than 300 believers were gunned down in Zaria and buried in a mass grave, and last month ten more were killed in the town of Funtua in northern Katsina state. The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has been banned in Kaduna state and branded an unlawful society.

Meanwhile, in DR Congo, Prime Minister Augustin Ponyo resigns along with his cabinet as part of a deal that will allow President Joseph Kabila to stay on in power past the end of his constitutional mandate in December. The accord also delays presidential elections until 2018. The deals have been rejected by the main opposition bloc and dozens of people have been killed in street protests demanding that Kabila leave as originally scheduled.

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