Zimbabwe army gives street vendors ultimatum

Photo©Philimon Bulawayo/ReutersZimbabwe has enlisted the services of the security forces to flush out street vendors in urban areas at a time rising unemployment continues to push thousands of people into the informal sector.

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Nigeria, allies bombard Boko Haram forest stronghold

File photo©ReutersThe Nigerian army has laid siege on a forest considered to be the stronghold of terrorist group Boko Haram as the tide continues to turn against the murderous Islamists.

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French Rafale fighter jet sale to Egypt imminent

File Photo©ReutersFrance is close to selling Dassault Aviation-built Rafale fighter jets to Egypt, sources close to the matter said on Tuesday, as Cairo looks to upgrade its military hardware over fears the crisis in neighbouring Libya could spill over.

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Nigerian army accused of deliberately avoiding Boko Haram

Photo©ReutersThe Nigerian army has been accused of ignoring intelligence reports and warnings of deadly attacks by Islamist group Boko Haram.

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Human security, heart of sustainable growth

It is not possible to promote development without a foundation of physical security. But so often this is allowed to deteriorate to a level where it has to be treated as a priority at the expense of all other activity.

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Murky loan contract as Ghana's public debt snowballs

Ghana's parliament has been dragging its feet in approving a $300 million loan from Russia amid indications the country's public debt continues to snowball.

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South Sudan Vice President wants Ugandan troops to stay longer

Vice President Wani Igga says South Sudan cannot bow to rebel leader Machar's pressure over Ugandan troops’ withdrawal. Photo©ScreenShot via YoutubeUgandan troops stationed in South Sudan are expected to leave that country as part of a peace deal, but that country's Vice President Wani Igga has suggested that the soldiers may be asked to stay longer.

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Ugandan army officers in Somalia trained Al-Shabab fighters

File Photo©ReutersSome rogue instructors in the Ugandan army have been accused of training a number of Al-Shabaab fighters using African Union Mission on Somalia (AMISOM) facilities in Somalia, a Ugandan newspaper has revealed.

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Egypt: Investors, businesses to support Al-Sisi's presidency bid

Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Photo©ReutersForeign investors and local businesses have moved to support Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's presidential bid.

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South Sudanese army accused of hiring mercenaries

South Sudan's army has reportedly recruited mercenaries from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda in their demolition of villages, and the killing of women and children, rebel forces have claimed.

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Somalia needs more weapons - President

 Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud believes the country's national army needs improved equipment and training. Photo©ReutersThe Somalian army needs more time and better equipment to battle al-Shabab insurgents, the war-torn nation's president has said.

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South Sudan defends government soldiers

Both the SPLA and anti-government forces have been accused of committing gross human rights violations. File Photo©ReutersThe South Sudanese army has refuted allegations that it has committed crimes against humanity in the ongoing conflict with rebels where over 1000 people are reported to have been killed.

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South Sudanese army hit by defections

Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) spokesman told journalists in Juba on Sunday that army platoons in several counties had defected. File Photo©ReutersThe South Sudanese army has expressed concern over reports that several army commanders at various levels are defecting to former vice president Riek Macher's rebel forces.

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South Sudan: Tribalism threatens army unity

Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers hold Ak-47 rifles during a rehearsal of the Independence Day ceremony in Juba July 5, 2011. Photo©ReutersThe South Sudan government has moved to prevent growing factionalism within its army as tension grows between soldiers and politicians from the rival Dinka and Nuer tribes.

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Nigeria: Security forces approach and human rights concerns

The Nigerian army has led counter-attacks, weapon seizures, and imprisonment as it steps up an anti-terrorism campaign in northern parts of the country.

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Zimbabwe: Armed security for elephants

Stung by death of about 80 elephants at the country's largest game reserve, the Zimbabwe government says it is now planning to send the army to fight poachers.

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Egypt: For peace, army resorts to force

File Photo©ReutersEgypt's army has vowed to descend heavily on militants who threaten national security as it claimed an upper hand in the two-month-old campaign to rid Sinai of Islamist militants.

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Egypt squared

Egypt's electorate have come of age. But the general political awareness of Egyptians was seemingly misunderstood by ousted president Mohamed Morsi who many felt had violated their rights.

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South Africa denies CAR's wanted ex-president's refuge reports

A 2007 Human Watch Report indicated that during his 10 years in office, Bozize's armed forces engaged in summary executions, unlawful killings, used children as soldiers and many other human rights violations/Photo©ReutersSouth Africa on Thursday denied reports that ousted Central African Republic (CAR) leader Francois Bozize had sought refugee in the country.

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Nigeria, a state of emergency

The military intervention in Baga is seen by some as too heavy-handed/Pius Utomi Ekpei/AfpPresident Goodluck Jonathan's 15 May declaration of a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa – the three states hardest hit by the Boko Haram insurgency – has quietened some critics who said the government had barely acknowledged the seriousness of the four-year-old insurgency.

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