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Africa Brief - Compiled by situation room

Saturday 19 April 2014
Damaged buses are seen at the scene of an explosion at a bus park in Abuja, Nigeria, Monday, April. 14, 2014. Suspected Islamic militants struck at the heart of Nigeria with a massive rush-hour explosion at a bus station Monday that killed 71, with the toll expected to rise in the deadliest attack yet on the nation’s capital. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba) LAGOS, Nigeria. Islamic extremists Saturday claimed responsibility for the massive rush-hour explosion earlier this week that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, killing at least 75 people and wounding 141.

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Saturday 19 April 2014
21:08 Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood leader jailed for insults. Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed El-Beltagy has been sentenced to one year in prison for insulting the judiciary, a local court announced on Saturday. Ousted President Mohamed Morsi and 13 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders also face charges of encouraging the killing of protesters during demonstrations outside the presidential palace in 2012. "The court has decided to imprison the accused, Mohamed El-Beltagy, for one year on charges of insulting the judiciary," Reuters quoted a senior court official as saying.

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Saturday 19 April 2014
JUBA: South Sudan’s army said on Saturday they had “lost communication” with commanders battling rebels in a key oil state where rebels have seized a major town, amid a worsening conflict engulfing the young nation. However, army spokesman Malaak Ayuen said the situation was “all calm” in the flashpoint town of Bor, where at least 58 people were killed and more than 100 others wounded when gunmen stormed a UN base on Thursday. The UN Security Council called the attack on the camp where thousands of civilians were sheltering an “outrage” that may “constitute a war crime.

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Saturday 19 April 2014
CAIRO: Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahri has given his blessing to attacks of Egyptian jihadis on the police and army, but said they should avoid harming civilians. In an audio interview with Al-Qaeda media arm as-Sahab posted early yesterday on a militant website, Al-Zawahri advised jihadis that any armed confrontation should be popularly supported and that victory cannot be achieved without this support. Al-Zawahri said the jihadis should choose their targets very carefully and explain the aims of each operation to the people. He also harshly criticized Egypt’s ultraconservative Islamist....

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Saturday 19 April 2014
Libyan voters went to the polls on Saturday to elect municipal council members in 15 cities, including Benghazi, the country's second city, which is seeking greater autonomy for the eastern seaboard region. With 41 more municipalities due to vote in the next three weeks, the elections pose an organisational and security challenge for a country that is still riven by factional fighting, nearly three years after the civil war that toppled veteran ruler Muammar Gaddafi. Benghazi has until now had only an interim council with piecemeal funding from central government, but the election is meant to....

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Saturday 19 April 2014
ALGIERS - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika looked set to win a fourth term with allies claiming victory in an election on Thursday, despite questions over his health and his rare appearances since suffering a stroke in 2013. Official results were due on Friday, but Bouteflika's camp claimed the independence veteran backed by the dominant National Liberation Front (FLN) party had succeeded in securing five more years at the helm of the North African OPEC state. The 77-year-old Bouteflika, who has appeared in public only a few times since his stroke, earlier voted in Algiers while sitting in a wheelchair.

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Saturday 19 April 2014
PARIS (AP) — Ten months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into neighboring Turkey and reached freedom Saturday, though dozens more remain held in the country's chaotic civil war. Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres — all said to be in good health — were freed over the weekend in unclear circumstances in what has become the world's most dangerous, and deadliest, conflict for journalists. "We are very happy to be free ... and it's very nice to see the sky, to be able to walk, to be able to ...

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Saturday 19 April 2014
CAIRO: The head of Egypt’s censorship board has resigned in protest at a decision to pull Lebanese star Haifa Wehbe’s latest movie, which has been criticized for scenes deemed sexually provocative. On Wednesday evening, prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab ordered “Halawet Rooh” (Beauty of the Soul) not to be screened until the censorship board reviews it again. Revealing clothes worn by the pop and film star in the movie, sexually explicit movements and scenes featuring a young boy fascinated by her have stirred harsh criticism. The censorship board head, film-maker Ahmed Awad, announced his....

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