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In tonight's edition: Thousands of Malians take to the streets after the junta calls for protests against sanctions imposed by the West African regional bloc ECOWAS. Also, on the 11th anniversary of Ben Ali's ouster, hundreds of demonstrators in Tunisia defy a ban on public gatherings to protest against President Kais Saied's power grab.

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Tunisian police used tear gas and water cannons on Friday to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who defied a ban on gatherings to protest against President Kais Saied's July power grab.

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Tunisian police used tear gas and water cannons on Friday to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who defied a ban on gatherings to protest against President Kais Saied's July power grab.

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Malians took to the streets massively on Friday, after the military junta called for protests against stringent sanctions imposed by the West Africa bloc ECOWAS over delayed elections. FRANCE 24's Senior Reporter Cyril Payen tells us more.

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France has increased pressure on Mali’s military junta since the West African regional group ECOWAS enforced tough sanctions on the country over the weekend. With the Malian junta calling for protests on Friday against the sanctions and international pressure, particularly from Paris, the stage is set for increased tension between the two countries.

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With hundreds of mountain gorillas in residence, the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is a conservation triumph. But the animals' resurgence is not without consequences, as the majestic creatures find themselves struggling for space to grow and thrive.

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Malians took to the streets by the thousands on Friday, AFP correspondents saw, after the military junta called for protests against stringent sanctions imposed by the West Africa bloc ECOWAS over delayed elections.

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Tunisian police used tear gas and water cannons on Friday against hundreds of demonstrators who defied a ban on gatherings to protest against President Kais Saied's July power grab. Freelance journalist in Tunis, Fadil Aliriza, tells us more.

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Pre-tournament favourites Senegal, heavily impacted by Covid-19 infections, failed to impress again at the Africa Cup of Nations but a 0-0 draw with Guinea in Bafoussam on Friday all but ensured their progress to the knockout stages.

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Penguins have lived in South Africa for millions of years but the adorable little birds are in danger. The population of the Cape Penguins has dropped by half in the past two decades because of climate change.

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At least 108 civilians have been killed this month in a series of airstrikes in the war-torn northern Tigray region of Ethiopia, the United Nations said Friday. 

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African authorities are still trying to get vaccination rate up in the race against Omicron. 39 countries have reported the variant and across Africa, cases are up by 11%. Guinea is seing about 400 a day and he is ramping up its vaccination drive.

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Tunisia's Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party has reiterated calls for demonstrations on Friday marking the anniversary of the country's revolution, defying tightened coronavirus restrictions it says are politically motivated. Freelance journalist Fadil Aliriza is reporting from Tunis.

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Sweden has decided to withdraw its troops this year from a European special forces mission to the Sahel region, and will review its U.N. contribution after the arrival of private Russian military contractors in Mali, its foreign minister said.

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The United Nations called Thursday on Mali's ruling junta to announce an election timetable amid anger over its suggestion of staying in power for five years before holding a vote.FRANCE 24's international affairs editor Armen Georgian tells us more.

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Tunisia's Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party has reiterated calls for demonstrations on Friday marking the anniversary of the country's revolution, defying tightened coronavirus restrictions it says are politically motivated. Freelance journalist in Tunis, Fadil Aliriza, tells us more.

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The Indomitable Lions become the first team to qualify for the knockout round as Vincent Aboubakar and Karl Toko-Ekambi score two goals each to beat Ethiopia 4-1 in Yaoundé. Meanwhile a 1-0 victory for Burkina Faso against Cape Verde leaves Group A wide open ahead of the final round of group stage games.

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The Indomitable Lions become the first team to qualify for the knockout round as Vincent Aboubakar and Karl Toko-Ekambi score two goals each to beat Ethiopia 4-1 in Yaoundé. Meanwhile a 1-0 victory for Burkina Faso against Cape Verde leaves Group A wide open ahead of the final round of group stage games.

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The United Nations called Thursday on Mali's ruling junta to announce an election timetable amid anger over its suggestion of staying in power for five years before holding a vote.

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The killing this week of a prominent senator from Cameroon’s anglophone western region, while the country hosts the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, has put a spotlight on a conflict the government has tried to paper over.

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The killing this week of a prominent senator from Cameroon’s anglophone western region, while the country hosts the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, has put a spotlight on a conflict the government has tried to paper over.

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Sudanese anti-coup protesters stabbed to death a police general on Thursday, authorities said, as thousands who kept up rallies against an October military coup faced tear gas. 

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In Uganda, grasshopper hunters work through the night to catch as many insects as possible. They are sold at dawn at markets, before being grilled. At each major crossroads in the capital, vendors offer them to passers-by, who can't get enough.

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France is to press the European Union to agree sanctions against Mali after its military-dominated leadership shelved a timetable for elections, the French foreign minister said on Wednesday.

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