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New Somali president calls on al Shabaab to surrender

New Somali president inauguratedSomalia's new president was inaugurated on Wednesday, promising his people the era of al Shabaab and other Islamist militant groups was over.

Mapisa-Nqakula lists “a big scarf” and a miniature building among gifts she received

Defence minister list gifts for Parliament ethics committeeIncluded among the 14 items listed by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula in the latest register of MPs interests are “a big purple scarf” along with a “wrist watch and defence headquarters miniature”.

ISS: Military policing of Parliament: what does SA law say?

SANDF soldiers outside Parliament.Shortly before his annual State of the Nation address earlier this month, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma announced that he had authorised the ‘employment’ of 441 members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) ‘for service in cooperation with the SA Police Service (SAPS) to maintain law and order during the opening of Parliament .’

Cabinet reshuffle in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso Cabinet reshuffleBurkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore handed control of the defence portfolio to a new minister as the country battles to contain the spread of Islamist militant violence.

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