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Senegal's Foreign Minister Aissata Tall Sall on Sunday said she hoped China would lend support in the fight against insecurity in the conflict-ridden Sahel region at the start of a China-Africa summit.

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Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok said Saturday he has replaced Sudan's police chiefs after more than 40 people were killed in a crackdown on protests following last month's military coup.

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Protesters in Niger blocked a French military convoy on Saturday shortly after it crossed the border from Burkina Faso, where it had been stuck for a week due to demonstrations against the former colonial ruler there, France's army said.

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A French military convoy heading to Mali on Saturday ran into more trouble in a town in Niger after being delayed for more than a week by protests in Burkina Faso, with the local mayor reporting three deaths and 18 wounded.

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Police fired tear gas in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, on Saturday during a demonstration against the government's failure to stop a wave of violence by Islamist militants. 

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With a growing number of countries imposing travel restrictions from southern Africa amid the new Omicron variant fears, Botswana’s Covid-19 task force chief Kereng Masupu, told FRANCE 24 his country was taking all necessary public health measures to stem a viral spread.

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Algerians vote on Saturday in local elections seen as key in President Abdelmadjid Tebboune's push to turn the page on the two-decade rule of late president Abdelaziz Bouteflika. 

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South Africa and its neighbours are increasingly isolated from the rest of the world. The US joins a growing list of countries banning travellers hailing from southern African nations due to fears of a new COVID-19 variant.

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As fighting in Ethiopia’s civil war moves closer to the capital Addis Ababa, foreign nationals are scrambling to leave the country as soon as possible. FRANCE 24 spoke to one French expatriate about the shock of suddenly having to leave.

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Tens of thousands of people returned to the streets of Sudan on Thursday, demanding the return of civilian rule. This despite military leaders reinstating Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. 

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Senegal's book industry has been riding high on the wave of Mohamed Mbougar Sarr's Goncourt prize. The 31 year-old sensation is reviving interest in Senegalese writers after he won France's top literary award earlier this month.

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A French app called The Sorority, aimed at preventing violence against women, was launched a year ago and has recently made its debut in Morocco. It has been a breath of fresh air for its early adopters in the North African country, who denounce what they see as a society plagued by sexual violence.

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Scientists in South Africa said Thursday they had detected a new Covid-19 variant with multiple mutations, blaming it for a surge in infection numbers.

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FRANCE 24's reporters take us to Khartoum's breadbasket to hear how Sudanese farmers feel about the coup and the protest movement rocking the country. 

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Armed men attacked a bilingual school in south-west Cameroon, killing at least four students and one teacher and leaving several others hospitalised.

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Libya's election commission said on Wednesday that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former ruler and a major candidate in December's planned presidential election, was ineligible to run, compounding the turmoil surrounding the vote.

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Ethiopia hailed the return of precious artefacts looted by British soldiers more than 150 years ago, after a long campaign for their restitution. Calls have long been mounting in Africa for Western countries to return their colonial spoils.

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Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister has gone to the battlefront, his government announced Wednesday, after the leader said martyrdom might be necessary in the yearlong war with rival fighters approaching the capital.

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International alarm mounted on Tuesday over the escalating war in Ethiopia as Tigrayan rebels claimed to be edging closer to the capital Addis Ababa and more foreign citizens were told to leave.

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As fighting intensifies in Ethiopia, more foreigners are being told by their governments and employers to leave the country. Despite the continued clashes between federal forces and Tigrayan rebels, US and AU peacebrokers say they have made fragile progress in encouraging negotiations.

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FRANCE 24's reporter Bastien Renouil was in the Sudanese capital Khartoum when the military staged a coup on October 25. The power grab came as a surprise to few Sudanese. Many had suspected that the military did not intend to truly relinquish power, after having ruled the country for decades.

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