Mugabe threatens takeover of firms
The European Union and United States cited human rights abuses and widespread election fraud as they imposed financial sanctions against Mr. Mugabe and top members of his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front.
Muslim cleric arrested after posters defaced
LAGOS | Nigerian police on Wednesday said they arrested a prominent Muslim cleric and four others accused of defacing campaign posters of the president and his running mate in the country’s restive northwest.
Federal police spokesman Olusola Amore said that Abubakar Jibril was arrested Monday in the city of Sokoto. He said Mr. Jibril and four others had painted over President Goodluck Jonathan’s posters and were “saying all sorts of things to incite the public.”
The arrest comes ahead of April polls in which Mr. Jonathan, a Christian from the south, is running for re-election.
Rebels step up attacks on civilians
KINSHASA | A U.N. official says a brutal Ugandan-led rebel group has intensified attacks, killings and kidnappings in Congo’s volatile northeast.
U.N. refugee agency spokeswoman Celine Schmitt said this week that the Lord’s Resistance Army has killed 35 people, kidnapped 104 and displaced more than 17,000 since January. She counted 52 raids by the group in 2011. Local officials confirmed that attacks had increased.View Entire Story
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