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Nigeria president orders probe of political hit list charge

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said Monday he had ordered a probe into a rash of allegations, including the creation of a political hit squad, levelled against him by former leader Olusegun Obasanjo. Obasanjo, who served as president from 1999-2007, penned an open letter to Jonathan on December 2 that accused him of training a private militia to assassinate political rivals. A founding member of Jonathan's Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Obasanjo also accused the president of gross incompetence and urged him not to seek reelection in 2015.

Clashes over Congo Republic security official killed at least 22

BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - At least 22 people were killed when security forces raided the house of Republic of Congo's former deputy intelligence chief and clashed with his security guards, a morgue official said. Gunfire rang out early on Monday as police and soldiers surrounded the home of Colonel Marcel Ntsourou, shutting down roads, schools and businesses in downtown Brazzaville.

Nigeria's Jonathan told not to stand in 2015 by mentor Obasanjo

* Obasanjo compares situation with brutal Abacha-rule * Former leader says Jonathan promised not to seek 2nd term * Presidency says claims are reckless and baseless By Joe Brock ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has been told it would be "morally flawed" for him to run for re-election in 2015, in a scathing letter from his mentor and former head of state Olusegun Obasanjo.

Nigeria's Jonathan told not to stand in 2015 by mentor Obasanjo

By Joe Brock ABUJA (Reuters) - One of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's predecessors and mentors has turned against him, penning a scathing denunciation that could deepen division in the ruling party and potentially embolden Jonathan's rivals. Former president Olusegun Obasanjo, once Jonathan's principle sponsor, wrote in a letter that it would be "fatally morally flawed" for Jonathan to seek re-election in 2015.

Three Chinese in Tanzanian court over ivory haul

Three Chinese nationals have been charged in Tanzania for possessing 706 tusks from poached elephants, court officials said Saturday. Police and wildlife officers have cracked down on suspected poachers amid a surge of killings of elephant and rhino in the east African nation, operating under what was reported to be a shoot-to-kill policy and making sweeping arrests.

AFP Africa News Agenda

What's happening in Africa on Friday: + Uganda holds Congo rebel chief + Madagascar election results to be announced KAMPALA: Democratic Republic of Congo's M23 rebel chief Sultani Makenga is held by Uganda's army after crossing the border following his defeat by UN-backed government forces. File picture. (DRCONGO-UNREST-UGANDA) ANTANANARIVO: Madagascar's electoral authority announces at 1200 GMT the official results of the first round of the island's presidential election after a ballot recount. (MADAGASCAR-VOTE-RESULTS)

'Italy is not racist,' Africa-born minister says

Italy's first black minister defended her adopted homeland Friday, insisting it is not racist even though she endured a series of racially-charged threats and taunts since assuming her post.

France arrests Congolese general for alleged 1999 massacre

PARIS (Reuters) - French authorities on Thursday arrested a Congolese general and put him under formal investigation for crimes against humanity over the 1999 disappearance of hundreds of refugees, a judicial source said. General Norbert Dabira was later set free but put under "strict judicial control", the source said.

Zimbabwe vote 'free' and 'credible': African Union

The African Union on Friday declared Zimbabwe's vote free and credible, saying flaws had not stopped the will of the people from being expressed. "This election is free, ... credible," said former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, who heads the AU's vote monitoring mission. "There are incidences that could have been avoided, but all in all we do not believe that these incidents will amount to the results not reflecting the will of the people," he said. rm-fj/jg/hmn

Tanzania to open embassy in South Korea

DAR ES SALAAM, July 8 (Yonhap) -- Tanzania has agreed to set up an embassy in South Korea in the near future, visiting South Korean Parliamentary Speaker Kang Chang-hee said Monday after meeting with the African country's president. South Korea opened its embassy in Tanzania soon after the two countries established official ties in 1992, but Tanzania so far has had its embassy in Tokyo cover South Korea.
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