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A look at the issues behind one of the stories making headlines on the African continent.

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African news explained - Only two rape convictions in a mass trial of 39 soldiers on charges of rape and murder in DRC

A court in the Democratic Republic of Congo has acquitted dozens of soldiers who were facing rape charges after it was alleged that that they had sexually assaulted women in Minova, in the east of the country. But the court sentenced the accused to long jail sentences for looting and wasting ammunition.Holly Dranginis, a researcher with the Enough Project, an anti-genocide group based in Washington DC, comments.

5 MIN2014 MAY 6
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African news explained - Only two rape convictions in a mass trial of 39 soldiers on charges of rape and murder in DRC

African news explained - World press freedom day in Africa

Although the world celebrated freedom of the press at the weekend, many African governments cast a baleful eye on journalists. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta cautioned that press freedom is not absolute, urging reporters to be more responsible. In Zambia, Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda warned that the government is considering arresting reporters who harbour political motives. And in Somalia, journalists remain targets in what is the most dangerous country for reporters in Africa. The Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists, Omar Faruk Osman, says death threats come with the job.

5 MIN2014 MAY 5
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African news explained - World press freedom day in Africa

African news explained - Church representatives visit South Sudan

A high-level delegation representing Christian churches arrived in Juba,In South Sudan, on Friday. The group includes leaders of ACT Alliance, an umbrella group of religious NGOs who give aid, the World Council of Churches, the All-Africa Conference of Churches and the World YWCA. Isaiah Kipyegon, a church leader, comments.

4 MIN2014 MAY 2
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African news explained - Church representatives visit South Sudan

African news explained - US Navy Seals take control of rogue Libya oil ship

US Navy Seals have boarded and taken control of an oil tanker that had loaded crude at a Libyan port held by militias in the east of the country and escaped to sea. No one was hurt in the operation, which came at the request of both Libya and Cyprus. The oil tanker is now expected to be taken to a government-controlled port in Libya. Anas El Gomati, a Libyan analyst of the Sadeq Institute, comments about the relations between Washington and Tripoli.

5 MIN2014 MAR 18
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African news explained - US Navy Seals take control of rogue Libya oil ship

African news explained - South Sudan opposition leaders to return to face trial for treason

In South Sudan the trial of four men for treason is slated to return to court on Wednesday. Pagan Amum, the former head negotiator for the government, Majak D'Agoot, the former deputy minister for defense, Oyai Deng Ajak, ex-National Security minister and Ezekiel Gatkuoth, former ambassador to the US have been held since December 17. One group of human rights campaigners called Justice4Juba4 have called for the men to be released due to a flawed legal system. Jason McCue from Justice4Juba4, comments on why they believe the men won't get a fair trial.

5 MIN2014 MAR 17
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African news explained - South Sudan opposition leaders to return to face trial for treason

African news explained - Gambia's new party declared political war on Yahya Jammeh

A group of former top military officers from Gambia have formed a new political party, called the National Resistance Movement of the Gambia (NMRG). The group says that it gets its funding from the Gambian people. Alhajie Kanteh, one of the founding members, says that they created their movement to get rid of Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh.

5 MIN2014 MAR 14
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African news explained - Gambia's new party declared political war on Yahya Jammeh

African news explained - Strike-hit African diocese finds comfort in pro-poor stance of Pope Francis

Pope Francis became head of the Roman Catholic Church a year ago. He has sought to bring about a renaissance of the Church after years of corruption and sex scandals. He has reached out to non-Catholics and insisted that he wants a Church "for the poor". What does that mean? RFI asked South African bishop Kevin Dowling, whose diocese has been grappling with the strike in the platinum mines – now in its seventh week.

6 MIN2014 MAR 13
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African news explained - Strike-hit African diocese finds comfort in pro-poor stance of Pope Francis

African news explained - Africa's top Tweeting cities

A new study is due to be released today on how the social media platform Twitter is being used across the African continent. The in-depth research, will reveal which African cities tweet the most and what subjects are the most hotly discussed. RFI spoke to Matthew Gould, one of the team who undertook the study at Portland Communications, about the impact of Twitter in Africa.

5 MIN2014 MAR 12
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African news explained - Africa's top Tweeting cities

African news explained - Violence spreads in Sudan's Darfur

The United States has accused the Sudanese government of supporting mercenaries in the Darfur region, and has urged Khartoum to prevent further violence there. The State Department singled out a militia group called the Rapid Support Forces, believed to be behind recent attacks including violence against civilians and the burning of villages.

5 MIN2014 MAR 10
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African news explained - Violence spreads in Sudan's Darfur

African news explained - Nigeria appoints new defence minister to fight Boko Haram

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan shuffled his cabinet this week after a number of defections from his People's Democratic Party (PDP). General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau, a former military intelligence officer, has been appointed defence minister, as alleged Boko Haram attacks in Borno state escalate. Sebastian Spio-Garbrah, a Nigeria expert, comments.

5 MIN2014 MAR 7
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African news explained - Nigeria appoints new defence minister to fight Boko Haram

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African news explained - Only two rape convictions in a mass trial of 39 soldiers on charges of rape and murder in DRC

A court in the Democratic Republic of Congo has acquitted dozens of soldiers who were facing rape charges after it was alleged that that they had sexually assaulted women in Minova, in the east of the country. But the court sentenced the accused to long jail sentences for looting and wasting ammunition.Holly Dranginis, a researcher with the Enough Project, an anti-genocide group based in Washington DC, comments.

5 MIN2014 MAY 6
Comments
African news explained - Only two rape convictions in a mass trial of 39 soldiers on charges of rape and murder in DRC

African news explained - World press freedom day in Africa

Although the world celebrated freedom of the press at the weekend, many African governments cast a baleful eye on journalists. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta cautioned that press freedom is not absolute, urging reporters to be more responsible. In Zambia, Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda warned that the government is considering arresting reporters who harbour political motives. And in Somalia, journalists remain targets in what is the most dangerous country for reporters in Africa. The Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists, Omar Faruk Osman, says death threats come with the job.

5 MIN2014 MAY 5
Comments
African news explained - World press freedom day in Africa

African news explained - Church representatives visit South Sudan

A high-level delegation representing Christian churches arrived in Juba,In South Sudan, on Friday. The group includes leaders of ACT Alliance, an umbrella group of religious NGOs who give aid, the World Council of Churches, the All-Africa Conference of Churches and the World YWCA. Isaiah Kipyegon, a church leader, comments.

4 MIN2014 MAY 2
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African news explained - Church representatives visit South Sudan

African news explained - US Navy Seals take control of rogue Libya oil ship

US Navy Seals have boarded and taken control of an oil tanker that had loaded crude at a Libyan port held by militias in the east of the country and escaped to sea. No one was hurt in the operation, which came at the request of both Libya and Cyprus. The oil tanker is now expected to be taken to a government-controlled port in Libya. Anas El Gomati, a Libyan analyst of the Sadeq Institute, comments about the relations between Washington and Tripoli.

5 MIN2014 MAR 18
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African news explained - US Navy Seals take control of rogue Libya oil ship

African news explained - South Sudan opposition leaders to return to face trial for treason

In South Sudan the trial of four men for treason is slated to return to court on Wednesday. Pagan Amum, the former head negotiator for the government, Majak D'Agoot, the former deputy minister for defense, Oyai Deng Ajak, ex-National Security minister and Ezekiel Gatkuoth, former ambassador to the US have been held since December 17. One group of human rights campaigners called Justice4Juba4 have called for the men to be released due to a flawed legal system. Jason McCue from Justice4Juba4, comments on why they believe the men won't get a fair trial.

5 MIN2014 MAR 17
Comments
African news explained - South Sudan opposition leaders to return to face trial for treason

African news explained - Gambia's new party declared political war on Yahya Jammeh

A group of former top military officers from Gambia have formed a new political party, called the National Resistance Movement of the Gambia (NMRG). The group says that it gets its funding from the Gambian people. Alhajie Kanteh, one of the founding members, says that they created their movement to get rid of Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh.

5 MIN2014 MAR 14
Comments
African news explained - Gambia's new party declared political war on Yahya Jammeh

African news explained - Strike-hit African diocese finds comfort in pro-poor stance of Pope Francis

Pope Francis became head of the Roman Catholic Church a year ago. He has sought to bring about a renaissance of the Church after years of corruption and sex scandals. He has reached out to non-Catholics and insisted that he wants a Church "for the poor". What does that mean? RFI asked South African bishop Kevin Dowling, whose diocese has been grappling with the strike in the platinum mines – now in its seventh week.

6 MIN2014 MAR 13
Comments
African news explained - Strike-hit African diocese finds comfort in pro-poor stance of Pope Francis

African news explained - Africa's top Tweeting cities

A new study is due to be released today on how the social media platform Twitter is being used across the African continent. The in-depth research, will reveal which African cities tweet the most and what subjects are the most hotly discussed. RFI spoke to Matthew Gould, one of the team who undertook the study at Portland Communications, about the impact of Twitter in Africa.

5 MIN2014 MAR 12
Comments
African news explained - Africa's top Tweeting cities

African news explained - Violence spreads in Sudan's Darfur

The United States has accused the Sudanese government of supporting mercenaries in the Darfur region, and has urged Khartoum to prevent further violence there. The State Department singled out a militia group called the Rapid Support Forces, believed to be behind recent attacks including violence against civilians and the burning of villages.

5 MIN2014 MAR 10
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African news explained - Violence spreads in Sudan's Darfur

African news explained - Nigeria appoints new defence minister to fight Boko Haram

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan shuffled his cabinet this week after a number of defections from his People's Democratic Party (PDP). General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau, a former military intelligence officer, has been appointed defence minister, as alleged Boko Haram attacks in Borno state escalate. Sebastian Spio-Garbrah, a Nigeria expert, comments.

5 MIN2014 MAR 7
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African news explained - Nigeria appoints new defence minister to fight Boko Haram
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