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Cameroon: Patients stranded as doctors goes on strike

A doctors’ strike in Cameroon left patients without critical care in the capital Yaoude on Monday, the latest in a string of union actions that have crippled a country in the midst of political crisis. The doctors union, known as SYMEC, demanded better working conditions and pay and left nurses …

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Japanese troops withdrawing from South Sudan mission

Japan on Monday started withdrawing its troops from a U.N. mission in war battered South Sudan, according to an official, a move coinciding with escalating violence in a conflict where killings have been described as genocide. The 350-strong Japanese military contingent, which has been based in South Sudan’s capital Juba …

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Controversial DR Congo police chief sacked, replaced by assistant

The head of police in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) capital Kinshasa, General Celestin Kanyama has been sacked. He has been replaced by his assistant, Colonel Palanga Nawej, the Congolese police said in a statement on Monday. “Colonel Elvis Palanga Nawej has been appointed acting provincial Commissioner of the …

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SA gives asylum to Congolese pastor

Congolese pastor Joseph Mukungubila Mutombo, wanted in his homeland for alleged involvement in violence more than three years ago, has obtained asylum in South Africa, his spokesperson said on Monday. “He has obtained political asylum following a March 30 decision” to that effect, Charlie Mingiedi said. “It is a relief. …

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Mali: Health workers end month-long strike

Health workers in Mali called off a month-long strike on Sunday that paralysed hospitals after reaching an agreement with the government. The stoppage was called by the country’s two main health unions, demanding raises for staff and jobs for contract workers, though a skeleton emergency service was maintained. “The demand …

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Niger president meets student leaders in bid to end protests: Radio

Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou held talks with student leaders on Saturday in a bid to defuse the country’s university crisis after a violent protest left one person dead, a student union head said. “We met with the president and commitments were made to renew the dialogue between the USN (Union …

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