South Sudan president re-appoints rival under peace deal


JUBA South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has re-appointed his rival Riek Machar as vice president, a decree said on Thursday, the culmination of a deal to try to end months of civil war in the world's newest nation.

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U.N. mission sends Burundi officers home over unrest

BANGUI The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic is repatriating three military officers on suspicion they committed human rights violations during political unrest in their home country, Burundi, an internal document showed.

World, United Nations, 12:54pm EST

Central Africans head to the polls under a shadow from the past

BANGUI The smiling faces of two former prime ministers, Anicet-Georges Dologuele and Faustin-Archange Touadera, gaze out from thousands of campaign posters plastered across Central African Republic's dusty riverside capital Bangui.

World, United Nations, 12:42pm EST

Chad's former ruler Habre awaits ruling in landmark human rights trial

DAKAR Chad's former ruler Hissene Habre faces a three-month wait to learn his fate after a landmark human rights trial in Senegal at which victims gave harrowing accounts of arbitrary detention, torture and prisoners being forced to dig mass graves.

World, 11:10am EST

Islamic State fighters head south in Libya, threatening Sahel

DAKAR Groups of Islamic State fighters are quitting their bases in Libya fearing Western air strikes and heading south, posing a new threat to countries in Africa's Sahel region including Niger and Chad, officials and intelligence sources said.

World, Libya, Mali 10:56am EST

South African police fire stun grenades to disperse crowd outside parliament

CAPE TOWN South African police fired stun grenades on Thursday to disperse crowds that were threatening to breach barricades erected outside parliament ahead of President Jacob Zuma's annual state of nation address, a Reuters witness said.

World, 10:44am EST