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Central Africa: from 2013 coup to key polls

Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) – Here is a snapshot of events since a March 2013 coup in Central African Republic, which holds presidential and parliamentary elections Sunday. – March 2013: The fall of Bozize – On March 24, rebels … Continue reading

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Hopes for peace as S.Sudan president names rival as deputy

Juba (AFP) – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has named his arch-rival Riek Machar as vice-president, raising hopes for the implementation of a repeatedly broken peace deal to end more than two years of civil war. Tens of thousands of … Continue reading

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Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week

MUNICH (AP) — Diplomats agreed Friday to work toward a temporary “cessation of hostilities” in Syria’s civil war within a week, although efforts to secure a lasting cease-fire fell short. The deal appeared to be the result of a compromise … Continue reading

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Banker battles prof for Central Africa presidency

Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) – Both candidates in Sunday’s presidential run-off in the volatile Central African Republic tout their track records in cleaning up the country’s murky public finances and seek to reassure voters battered by years of violence. … Continue reading

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C. Africa sapped by decades of strife and misrule

Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) – Volatile Central African Republic, which votes for a new president and parliament Sunday, is rich in natural resources but mired in biting poverty largely due to chronic unrest. These are the major issues facing … Continue reading

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German economy notches up ‘solid’ growth at end of 2015

Frankfurt (AFP) – Robust domestic demand enabled the German economy, Europe’s biggest, to shrug off external headwinds and notch up “solid and continuous growth” at the end of last year, official data showed on Friday. The federal statistics office Destatis … Continue reading

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Kuwait to sign Eurofighter jet deal with Italy: minister

Kuwait City (AFP) – Kuwait and Italy will finalise a multibillion-euro deal next week for the Gulf state to purchase Eurofighter jets, Kuwait’s defence minister has said. Sheikh Khaled Jarrah Al-Sabah did not specify the number of planes involved in … Continue reading

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Sanders online fundraising gives Clinton a run for her money

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders is giving Hillary Clinton a run for her money, $27 at a time. The insurgent Democratic presidential candidate’s success with low-dollar online fundraising complements his denouncement of big money in politics. When Sanders asks his … Continue reading

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Kasich works to assure South Carolina of conservative record

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — An energized John Kasich heads into South Carolina’s Republican presidential primary hoping to build on a strong showing in New Hampshire, but he’s refusing to tailor or shift his message to fit the state’s … Continue reading

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Clinton, Sanders vigorously agree _ except when they don’t

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders vigorously agreed. Except when they didn’t. The rivals spent much of Thursday’s sixth Democratic presidential debate in a respectful discussion of their marginal differences on issues like immigration, criminal justice reform and … Continue reading

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