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EU pressure aids human rights in Gambia, but activists are wary

Yahya Jammeh.Gambia has taken steps to improve its poor human-rights record after the European Union suspended 150 million euros in development aid this year, activists said on Tuesday, urging tougher action by the international community.

South Sudan rebel team quits Uganda without meeting President Museveni

South Sudan rebels leave Uganda without meeting MuseveniSouth Sudanese rebels wanting to mend ties with Uganda and press for the withdrawal of Ugandan troops from South Sudan left Kampala without meeting the president, blaming miscommunication between the two sides, a rebel official said.

BRICS set up bank to counter Western hold on global finances

BRICS leaders.Leaders of the BRICS emerging market nations launched a $100 billion (£58.36 billion) development bank and a currency reserve pool on Tuesday in their first concrete step towards reshaping the Western-dominated international financial system.

Ghana president names new defence minister in cabinet reshuffle

John Dramani Mahama.Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday appointed a new defence minister in a cabinet reshuffle which also saw the dismissal of the interior and agriculture ministers but left other key portfolios unchanged.

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