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Hemmed in by hate, last Muslims in C.Africa capital pray for escape

Hundreds of Muslims, among the last remaining in the Central African Republic's capital after months of brutal sectarian violence, are trapped in a slum desperately hoping to be saved from militia attacks. Some 1,300 refugees are thought to be holed up in the PK-12 neighbourhood -- an area 12 kilometres outside the capital Bangui -- having fled from all corners of the conflict-ravaged country.

Car bomb kills four in Kenyan capital

By Humphrey Malalo NAIROBI (Reuters) - Four people killed when a car bomb exploded outside a police station in a poor neighborhood of the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Wednesday, the Interior Ministry said. Police officers had earlier stopped the saloon car at traffic lights and were taking the occupants for questioning when the bomb exploded, the ministry said.

Gunmen kill 17 in Nigeria village raid

Gunmen killed at least 17 people in an attack on a village in eastern Nigeria where scores of people have died in ethnic violence in recent weeks, police said Wednesday. Residents of the predominantly Christian village in Taraba state put the death toll from Tuesday's attack at 35 and said another 15 were still missing. Religiously-divided Taraba has suffered a wave of ethnic and sectarian violence pitting the mostly Christian ethnic Jukun against their Muslim Hausa and Fulani neighbours as they jostle for political control of the state.

Four dead in Nairobi car bomb explosion

At least four people, including two policemen, were killed on Wednesday when a car bomb exploded outside a police station in Nairobi near a major Somali neighbourhood, Kenya's government said. "At least four dead after a sedan exploded at Pangani police station, of which two are police officers," the interior ministry tweeted. "Agents intercepted the suspect car at traffic lights and took the suspects away for questioning," it added, without giving further details. ayv/sd/cah/cc

37 killed in DR Congo train crash

Dozens of people were killed when a passenger train sped off the rails in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, the government said. An investigation is under way into the cause of the crash, government spokesman Lambert Mende said on Wednesday. "Thirty-seven people have died, but the police fear that there will be more," Mende told AFP. He said it appeared that engine failure had caused the train to speed out of control near Kamina in the mineral-rich southern province of Katanga.

Mine injures peacekeeper as diplomats visit Mali's Kidal

BAMAKO (Reuters) - A mine exploded in the northern Malian town of Kidal on Wednesday, seriously injuring a United Nations peacekeeper but not affecting a delegation of visiting diplomats, a U.N. spokesman said. There was no immediate claim for the blast but al Qaeda-linked Islamists who seized northern Mali in 2012 have carried out a series of insurgent-style attacks since they were scattered across the Sahara by a French-led offensive last year.

Egypt FM heads to US as helicopter delivery freeze lifted

Egypt's foreign minister Nabil Fahmy was travelling to the United States on Wednesday, his ministry said, a day after Washington decided to provide Cairo with 10 Apache military helicopters. Washington had imposed a temporary freeze on the delivery of major weapons to Egypt, including the Apaches, following the military-installed authorities' brutal crackdown on supporters of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi since his ouster last July.

US says violence in South Sudan is "abomination"

The White House expressed horror Tuesday at what it called the "abomination" of spiralling violence in South Sudan, where rebels took another town from government troops in a worsening civil war. The rebels seized the town of Bentiu last week, unleashing two days of ethnic slaughter as they hunted down civilians sheltering in mosques, churches and a hospital, butchering dozens on the roadside, according to the United Nations. mdl/dw/dh

Senegal's ex-president Wade to return home

Senegal's former president Abdoulaye Wade is due to return home Wednesday after moving abroad following his election defeat, his party said, a move that comes as his son faces trial for corruption. Wade, who held power from 2000 to 2012, spent nearly two years in France after suffering a bitter defeat to current President Macky Sall, his former prime minister turned arch-rival, in March 2012.

UN evacuates 100 Muslims from C. Africa capital

The United Nations has evacuated almost 100 Muslims from the capital of the crisis-torn Central African Republic to "save their lives", according to officials. Supported by staff from the UN's refugee agency, 93 Muslims were transported east from Bangui to the town of Bambari, according to El Hadj Abacar ben Ousmane, senior official in the town some 300 kilometres (185 miles) from the capital. Sectarian violence in the former French colony has killed thousands in the last year.
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