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1st Progress Report of the Commission of the African Union on the situation in the Central African Republic and the activities of the Afican-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic AMANI AFRICA II Cycle Women and children in armed conflicts/ Gender mainstreaming AU Policy Framework on Security Sector Reform (SSR) The African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) Make Peace Happen Campaign

Africa Brief - Compiled by situation room

Tuesday 02 September 2014
A man escaped from an Ebola quarantine centre in Monrovia and sent local people fleeing in fear as he walked through a local market in search of food. The patient, who wore a tag showing he had tested positive for Ebola, held a stick and tried to get away from doctors in the centre in the Paynesville neighbourhood as they arrived on the scene attempting to catch him. The patient escaped from Monrovia's Elwa hospital, which last month was so crowded it had to turn away Ebola victims. More than 1,550 people in four West African countries have died from the virus since the outbreak was first recorded in March.

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Tuesday 02 September 2014
Editor's note: This report was originally published last year after an attack on a Kenyan mall. It has been updated to include recent events involving terrorist group Al-Shabaab and its leader. (CNN) -- He is merciless toward opponents, secretive to the point of being a recluse and a true believer in the cause of global jihad. And from his hideout somewhere in southern Somalia, Mukhtar Abu Zubayr, the emir of Al-Shabaab, has planned numerous terror attacks, including the deadliest in Kenya since the U.S. Embassy bombing in 1998. Zubayr, who is also known as Ahmed Abdi Godane, already has a price on his head.

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Tuesday 02 September 2014
MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA— Islamist Boko Haram insurgents have overrun much of a northeastern Nigerian town after hours of fighting that killed scores and displaced thousands of residents, security sources said on Tuesday. The Islamists launched an attack Monday on the town of Bama, 70 kilometers from the Borno state capital of Maiduguri. They initially were repelled, but came back in greater numbers overnight, the sources and witnesses said. Nigeria's defense spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. The sources said there were heavy casualties on both sides, and one said at least 5,000 people fled the town.

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Tuesday 02 September 2014
. Tuesday 2nd September, 2014. The toll from an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has increased from 13 to 31, an advisor to the minister of health said Tuesday. "The official account was 13 deaths, and then we add the 18 deaths, giving us a total of 31 deaths," Shodu Lomani told Xinhua. The Ebola outbreak was recorded in Djera, a remote region in the country's northwest province of Equateur. The government has banned travel out of the affected region by anyone who may show signs of the Ebola virus disease, said Lomani. It is the DRC's seventh Ebola outbreak, which the....

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Tuesday 02 September 2014
At least one policeman was killed when the military disarmed police stations on Saturday. Radios were also jammed in what the prime minister said was a clear coup attempt in the country of about 2 million people. The military said they merely acted on information that police would be arming demonstrators in a political protest. Prime Minister Thomas Thabane fled to South Africa, where he has been meeting with regional leaders. It is not yet clear when he will return to Lesotho, but the streets are unprotected by police until a resolution is found.

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Tuesday 02 September 2014
Abubakar Shekau, leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram. Credit: AFP Nigeria faces an open-ended fight against Boko Haram unless it changes its approach to ending the insurgency, according to a new research paper published on Tuesday. Marc-Antoine Perouse de Montclos, from the French Institute of Geopolitics in Paris, said the military and political response had to change and that "years of mishandled responses" had effectively fuelled the violence. Restoring the trust of civilians after a string of military human rights abuses is also vital, he added, although he warned that direct foreign military....

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Tuesday 02 September 2014
CAIRO— Sudan has closed all Iranian cultural centers in the country and expelled the cultural attaché and other diplomats, a government source said Tuesday, without explaining the move. Sudanese media speculated the expulsions were linked to government concerns that Iranian officials were promoting their Shi'ite brand of Islam in the largely Sunni country. There was no confirmation from authorities. In Sudan, many people follow the traditional Sufi tradition of Islam. The country, isolated by U.N. and Western sanctions partly linked to its conflict in Darfur, has sought allies and donors....

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Tuesday 02 September 2014
14:42 4 UN soldiers killed, 15 wounded in northern Mali. Four United Nations soldiers were killed on Tuesday when the convoy they were traveling in struck a landmine in northern Mali, Reuters said. Another 15 were wounded, according to a spokesman for the country’s UN peacekeeping mission. “It was a convoy that left Kidal and was heading to Aguelhok,” spokesman Olivier Salgado said. Six of the soldiers were “very seriously wounded,” he added.

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Tuesday 02 September 2014
Egypt’s battle against Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula heated up Tuesday when a security convoy was ambushed, killing 11 members of the nation's security forces and wounding four more, the state news agency reported. The attack came two days after Egyptian forces raided a village in the northern Sinai, with officials claiming afterward that six militants were killed and 10 others arrested. Egypt has waged a more than yearlong campaign against Islamist groups that took root in the peninsula during the yearlong tenure of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who was ejected from office last....

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Tuesday 02 September 2014
The fighting and lawlessness also prompted most countries, including Britain, to close their diplomatic missions in Libya. The conflict is part of a wider struggle among former rebels who helped topple Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 but have now turned their weapons on each other in their fight to take power and control the country's vast oil reserves. "We recognize the legitimacy of the Libyan parliament," Britain's Libya Special Envoy Jonathan Powell said in a televised news conference from Tobruk. Western powers like Britain worry Libya will turn into a failed state that could flood Europe with....

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Tuesday 02 September 2014
analysis. Harare Girazi Mukumba, 64, a communal farmer in Wedza, about 160km southwest of the capital Harare, is old school when it comes to agricultural practices. On his three-hectare plot he uses cow dung manure on his maize, local herbs to treat his cattle, and believes the benefits of chemical fertilizers are a "white man's myth". Repeated crop failures during successive dry spells and drought have ravaged his production and he wants to branch out, like his neighbours, into poultry or piggery to help sustain the four grandchildren he cares for - but he is deemed too old by community-based organizations to merit assistance.

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Tuesday 02 September 2014
AFRICA > A million people at risk as Somalia slides towards famine: UN. NAIROBI - Agence France-Presse A file photo taken on Jan 19, 2012 shows displaced Somali children queuing as they wait for food-aid rations at a distribution centre during a visit to assess the progress of relief efforts by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. AP Photo Over a million people in war-torn Somalia are struggling in conditions close to famine, with hunger and drought due to worsen, United Nations experts said Sept. 2. The grim assessment, based on the latest data collected by the U.N.

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Tuesday 02 September 2014
The former chairperson of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has told the Seriti Commission of Inquiry that former defence minister Johannes "Joe" Modise benefited from the controversial multi-billion arms deal. Gavin Woods is testifying at the inquiry set-up by President Jacob Zuma to investigate allegations of fraud and corruption relating to the deal. The former Inkatha Freedom Party Member of Parliament resigned from his position in 2002 because of interference in his duties. Woods says an investigation by the German public protector found that most of the $25-million paid....

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Tuesday 02 September 2014
A US air raid in Somalia targeted the leader of Somalia's Shebab militants but it remained unclear if the top commander was killed in the strike, two American officials have confirmed. Military and intelligence officers were still assessing the results of Monday's bombing raid, said the US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The operation was carried out exclusively by aircraft and "no ground troops were involved," one of the US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP on Tuesday. The officials confirmed that the attack was aimed at Ahmed Abdi Godane, also referred to as Abu-Zubayr.

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Tuesday 02 September 2014
02.09.2014 20:41 Medical nurses go on strike in Liberia. They demand increase of their salaries and improvement of protection against Ebola. Doctors and nurses have announced that they will not start work until they are given protective kits. Meanwhile, in West Africa the Ebola death toll has already exceeded 1,552 people. The total of 3,069 people has been infected during the recent virus outbreak. The World Health Organization has recognized the Ebola outbreak as an emergency situation of international importance and has issued a recommendation to ban all the infected people from traveling....

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Tuesday 02 September 2014
APA-Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire) The Ivorian authorities on Monday decided to keep the borders with neighboring Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone closed and open humanitarian, economic and health corridors towards countries affected by the Ebola virus outbreak. "Taking note of Ebola developments in West Africa with the presence of the virus in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal, the National Security Council decided to uphold border closure measures", the statement on the National Security Council (NSC) extraordinary meeting, chaired by President Alassane Ouattara reveals.

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Tuesday 02 September 2014
The Pentagon has reached an agreement with the government of Niger to install a drone base in the latter’s territory © Photo David B. Gleason. MOSCOW, September 2 (RIA Novosti) - The Pentagon has reached an agreement with the government of Niger to install a drone base in the latter’s territory, the Washington Post reports. The base will enable the Pentagon to track Islamist fighters who have destabilized parts of North and West Africa, The Washington Post reported Monday referring to officials in Niger and the US. The decision is a result of months of negotiations between Washington and Niger.

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