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October, 22, 2016

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Major rescue operation
Migrants, most of them from Eritrea, jump into the water from a crowded wooden boat as they are helped by members of an NGO during a rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea, about 21 kilometers north of Sabratha, Libya, Monday, Aug. 29.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged Morocco and the Polisario movement campaigning for the independence of Western Sahara to withdraw soldiers and fighters from a buffer strip who have sent tensions soaring.
Japan pledges to invest US$30 bil. in Africa by '18
Japan will pour US$30 billion in investment in Africa by 2018, including US$10 billion in infrastructure development, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Saturday at a summit in Nairobi.
Quinton de Kock responded to a late shift up the batting order with an unbeaten 58 as South Africa reached 100-0 at lunch on the first day of the second test against New Zealand on Saturday.
The government of South Sudan, whose economy has been ravaged by years of war, has adopted an ambitious budget for 2016-2017. The budget of around US$1billion, three times as big as the previous year's.
Police beat anti-Mugabe protesters
Zimbabwe's opposition supporters set up a burning barricade as they clash with police during a protest for electoral reforms on Aug. 26 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Riot police in Zimbabwe fired tear gas, beat up protesters and blocked off the site of an opposition rally in Harare on Aug. 26, the latest in a string of demonstrations to hit the country. The rally -- which was authorized by a court -- was to demand electoral reforms before 2018 when 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled the southern African country for decades, will seek re-election.
Seven people were killed in an attack by Shabaab jihadists on a popular beachfront restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu, city authorities said on Friday.
Chinese-made buses  hit the streets in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Sweaty passengers crammed into battered buses and stuck in traffic jams look on enviously as Tanzania's shiny new commuter buses fly by on the pristine asphalt of dedicated highway lanes.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday praised Nigeria for its recent gains against Boko Haram Islamists but did not endorse military claims that the group's leader Abubakar Shekau has been wounded.
Boko Haram Islamists have killed 10 people and abducted 13 others in a raid on a village near the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok where the militants kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls in 2014, locals told AFP Sunday.
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