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Chad ex-dictator found guilty of war crimes
A special court in Senegal sentenced former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre to life in prison on Monday for war crimes, crimes against humanity and a litany of other charges, including rape.
 
At least five U.N. peacekeepers were killed in an ambush in central Mali by suspected militants on Sunday, the U.N. and police sources said.
 
Caravan provides aid, comfort to people of Sahara
Although he was busy coordinating the work of volunteers to prepare meals for the needy during the holy month of Ramadhan, Mr. Bilal had time to explain the work of the association of which he was the principal founder: Terakaft.
 
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni vowed to cut military and security ties with North Korea in line with U.N. sanctions imposed following Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests, a Seoul official said Sunday.
 
Five people were killed when an improvised explosive device exploded in northeast Nigeria, in a region where Boko Haram insurgents have operated for years, the country's military said Sunday.
 
Two weeks after sacking his entire government, the president of Guinea-Bissau on Thursday named Baciro Dja as the West African country's new prime minister, in a move that triggered immediate protests from the ruling party.
 
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has granted amnesty to all female prisoners except those on death row or serving life sentences, as prisons struggle to feed inmates due to lack of funding from the government.
 
Congo park shootout highlights threats to rangers
Shot by elephant poachers, the manager of Congo's Garamba National Park asked a ranger for help to bind his leg with a tourniquet to slow blood loss.
 
In a dark, smoke-filled mine shaft, a group of South African rescue trainees heave and gasp after crawling through a narrow steel pipe -- but commands shouted by an instructor urge them onwards.
 
South Sudanese government soldiers killed, raped, tortured, and detained dozens of civilians in and around Wau town in the country's western Bahr el Ghazal state in recent months, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Tuesday.
 
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