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He said the family of one of the victims had fallen out with another family with close ties to the military.

The men killed were Tuaregs, an ethnic group from northern Mali that has faced discrimination in the country’s south.

Mali’s government said Monday that soldiers had killed about 10 gunmen near the town of Diabaly on Oct. 21.

In September, rank-and-file soldiers killed 16 unarmed preachers in the same region who were coming from Mauritania en route to a religious conference.


Opposition leader gets 8 years for treason, genocide denial

KIGALI — A court in Rwanda has sentenced the country’s top opposition leader to eight years in prison on charges of treason and genocide denial.

Judge Alice Rulisa, speaking for a three-judge panel, said Tuesday the court convicted Victoire Ingabire on charges of promoting ethnic division and genocide ideology.

The court said Ms. Ingabire was given a lighter sentence because she had written a letter to President Paul Kagame asking for leniency.

Ms. Ingabire’s lawyer, Iain Edwards, said his client will appeal the ruling.

Ms. Ingabire is a Hutu political leader in a country run by a Tutsi president who has made ethnic identification taboo.


Census data show progresson water, electricity delivery

JOHANNESBURG — South African census data show that even though more households are gaining access to basic services such as clean water and electricity, a significant number continue to lag behind as the ruling party struggles to reduce the widening gap between the rich and the poor.

Census results for 2011 released Tuesday show that nine out of 10 South African households have access to piped water and that 73 percent of them use electricity to cook, up from 45 percent in 1996.

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