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AFP Africa News Agenda


What's happening in Africa on Wednesday:

+ Madagascar candidates face off in TV debate

+ UN force to go after armed groups in DR Congo

+ Briton in Uganda gay sex trial due in court

ANTANANARIVO: Madagascar's two presidential candidates square off in the first of three televised debates ahead of a run-off vote on December 20 to decide the island's new leader after a four-year political crisis. From 1700 GMT. (MADAGASCAR-VOTE)

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo: Following after UN peacekeepers are given the go-ahead to tackle armed groups in the strife-torn country.

-- Congolese President Joseph Kabila wraps up a tour of eastern DR Congo ahead of a mini-summit in Paris this week. (DRCONGO-UNREST)

KAMPALA: A retired British man facing two years in jail in Uganda if convicted on gay sex charges due to appear in court. (UGANDA-BRITAIN-HOMOSEXUALITY-COURT)


BANGUI/DOUALA/PARIS: Monitoring the situation in Central African Republic, as troop reinforcements from neighbouring Cameroon ready to deploy to halt the downward spiral of violence in the country. At least 12 people were killed overnight Monday when armed militia attacked their camp about 95 kilometres (60 miles) north of capital Bangui. Picture. Video. (CENTRAFRICA-UNREST-FRANCE)

BAMAKO: Developments after 21 bodies, believed to be those of soldiers close to ousted president Amadou Toumani Toure, were found overnight in a mass grave near the Mali capital Bamako. (MALI-UNREST)

NOUAKCHOTT: Monitoring reaction in Mauritania following the postponement of a second round of legislative and municipal elections. The ruling Union for the Republic won a sweeping victory in the first round, with Islamist party Tewassoul coming in second. (MAURITANIA-VOTE-RESULTS)

GABORONE: African and Asian governments wrap up an emergency elephant summit hosted by Botswana and the International Union for Conservation of Nature aimed at stepping up the fight against poaching and the ivory trade, which is threatening population growth. (BOTSWANA-WILDLIFE-ANIMAL-POACHING)

PARIS: French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici takes part in a conference attended by various African heads of state and ministers, ahead of a landmark France-Africa summit on improving security in the continent. French President Francois Hollande closes conference at 1530 GMT. Picture. Video. Graphic. (AFRICA-FRANCE-SUMMIT-ECONOMY)

ABIDJAN: Former prime minister under Laurent Gbagbo and leader of the Ivorian Popular Front Affi N'Guessan, who was freed from jail in August, holds a conference. (ICOAST-POLITICS)

ABIDJAN: Final day of a conference held by regional body the African Securities Exchanges Association on the role of capital markets. (ICOAST-AFRICA-FINANCE)

PARIS: An appeals court decides whether or not businessman Patrice Talon, who is wanted in Benin over an alleged attempt to poison President Thomas Boni Yayi, should be extradited. (FRANCE-BENIN-COURT-POLITICS-COUP)

RABAT: Morocco's parliament will examine cannabis consumption for medical and industrial purposes for the first time. Morocco is one of the world's top producers of the drug. (MOROCCO-POLITICS-ECONOMY-PARLIAMENT-CRIME-DRUGS)