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Africa Brief - Compiled by situation room

Thursday 27 November 2014
A roadside bomb detonated at a crowded bus station in northeastern Nigeria on Thursday, killing at least 35 people, including five soldiers, the Naij.com website reported. Government forces had recaptured the busy Marabi-Mubi junction in Adamawa state near the Cameroon border from Boko Haram militants two weeks ago. Many of the victims of the blast were thought to be people returning from places of refuge during the extremists' monthlong occupation, the Nigerian said. No claim of responsibility was immediately issued after the blast, but suspicion fell on the Boko Haram insurgency that has....

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Thursday 27 November 2014
PARIS - French President Francois Hollande warned African leaders on Thursday against trying to modify constitutions to stay in power and said they should learn from the forced departure of Burkina Faso's president Blaise Compaore. Hollande, who heads to Senegal on Friday for a summit of French-speaking nations, including from West Africa, is trying to balance managing Paris' regional interests, its colonial past, but also its desire to push for greater democracy. Despite writing to Compaore urging him to step down three weeks before a popular uprising swept the Burkina Faso leader from....

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Thursday 27 November 2014
KHARTOUM, Nov 27 (Reuters) - At least 133 people have been killed and more than 100 wounded in clashes between two groups belonging to an Arab tribe in Sudan's West Kordofan state, a tribal leader said on Thursday. The clashes between Awlad Omran and Al-Ziyoud groups of the Arab Mesiria tribe began with a dispute over land, Mukhtar Babo Nimr, the leader of the tribe, told Reuters by phone. "They used guns and heavy weapons in the fighting in the Kwak area of the state of West Kordofan," he added. Government officials were not immediately available for comment.

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Thursday 27 November 2014
Phil Hughes grew up on a banana farm in Macksville, New South Wales, and at the age of 10 — like little boys all over Australia — began playing cricket in the backyard with his brother Jason and dad Greg. The 25-year-old batsman died Thursday in hospital in Sydney, two days after being struck on the neck by a ball during a domestic match. Hughes, who was wearing a helmet, underwent emergency surgery but never regained consciousness; his death was announced by Cricket Australia, a statement from his family read out by national captain Michael Clarke.

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Thursday 27 November 2014
KAMPALA, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Ugandan police is set to start investigating match-fixing claims over some of the Cranes 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying matches. Moses Magogo, President of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations, told Xinhua in an interview on Thursday that because of the public outcry and allegations, they have handed the matter to the police to investigate. "We shall make sure we try to find out the truth because Ugandans deserve to find out," he said. Magogo said the Federation received reports of fans attacking different players for allegedly fixing the match result against Guinea last week.

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Thursday 27 November 2014
Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Canada, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone 11/27/2014 - 20:49 GMT Canada will send 40 military medics to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak, officials said Thursday while also encouraging Canadian health care workers to join the fight. Health Minister Rona Ambrose said an estimated 350 international care workers and specialists are needed at Ebola treatment centers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. These countries are facing a shortage of doctors and nurses, as well as psychologists, water and sanitation engineers, and infection prevention and control staff, she said.

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