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Topic - Jean Ping
Nearly 12 million school children across South Africa have kicked off celebrations marking the 94th birthday of Nelson Mandela, the country’s deeply loved anti-apartheid icon, with resounding choruses of “Happy Birthday.”
Attackers threw homemade explosives inside an Islamic school in a predominantly Christian city where some 50 children had gathered for an Arabic class, wounding six pupils and a teacher, authorities said Wednesday.
France declared Libya's airspace "under control" on Friday, after NATO agreed to take control of the no-fly zone in a compromise that appeared to set up dual command centers. Moammar Gadhafi drew a rare rebuke from the African Union, which called for a transitional government and elections.
At least 38 people died over the holiday weekend in attacks across Nigeria, including the six killed at churches in the country's north by suspected members of a radical Muslim sect. In central Nigeria, 32 died in a series of bomb blasts in the worst violence to hit the region in months.
African leaders have pledged thousands of new troops for Somalia to fight al Qaeda-linked militants responsible for the twin World Cup bombings that killed 76 people, and the U.S. has said it will help bankroll the military campaign.
Christians and Muslims clashed in eastern Nigeria, leaving eight people dead and 40 seriously wounded, with six mosques and one church torched, police said Wednesday.
"The events that occurred in your country have prompted me to seek meetings with the authorities to review the situation," AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping told reporters at the airport here.
Jean Ping, speaking to reporters in Ethiopia, added this is one of the reasons the AU is refusing to recognize the National Transitional Council as Libya's interim government.