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Congo voters cast ballots in election delayed for 2 years

Voters lined up to pick a successor to President Joseph Kabila, who has ruled the central African country since 2001. Sunday's vote would have marked the country's first-ever democratic transfer of power, but an electoral commission's decision to delay voting in three opposition strongholds has all but guaranteed contested results.Kabila has ruled Congo for
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Protests erupt in Congo over presidential election delays

Police fired tear gas to disperse dozens of protesters who blocked roads and burned tires in Beni, one of three cities where elections have been delayed because of terrorism and an ongoing Ebola outbreak.Voters in the cities of Beni, Butembo and Yumbi will not be able to cast their ballots until March, the Independent National Election Commission (CENI) said Wednesday,
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Sudan: 19 dead as violent protests continue for 10th day

Demonstrators burned tires on residential streets as organizers urged protesters to gather in large numbers near their mosques after Friday prayers. Large military vehicles were present on streets, and soldiers were stationed outside banks and petrol stations.According to Reuters, security forces also used tear gas and stun grenades to break up protests.The grass-roots
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Clashes in Tunisia after journalist sets himself on fire

Abderrazek Zorgui posted a video on social media before he died on Monday, saying that he was going to set himself alight due to the difficult social circumstances experienced by him and his family. The video has since been removed.In a statement, Tunisia's national journalists' union said Zorgui died after he set himself ablaze "due to harsh social circumstances
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Gunmen storm foreign ministry in Tripoli

The building was stormed by three men armed with machine guns, a spokesperson for the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord told CNN. Three people who worked there were killed. One victim was a high-ranking official, the spokesperson added. Eighteen others were injured, according to the Health Ministry.The gunmen died in the attack that happened at around
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Sudan cracks down on growing anti-government protests

The protesters — organized by a group of professional unions including doctors, lawyers, teachers and students and supported by two of the largest opposition parties — are calling for President Omar al-Bashir to step down.The demonstrations began over fuel shortages and a spike in food prices that saw the cost of bread double in the past year.But they soon evolved into a
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Nigerian professor in sex for grades scandal gets prison term

Akindele was convicted after pleading guilty to four criminal charges, including demanding gratification from a student and sexual coercion of a student, according to court documents seen by CNN.Akindele had pleaded not guilty to the charges in earlier court appearances at the Federal High Court in Osogbo, southwest Nigeria. However, he changed his plea during his third