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Dozens of Chadian U.N. Peacekeepers Desert Mali Posts

Dozens of Chadian troops from the United Nations peacekeeping force in Mali have deserted their posts in a dispute over pay and conditions, military sources and the soldiers themselves told AFP on Thursday.

The soldiers, who are armed, left their station in the northern town of Aguelhoc on Tuesday night, some complaining that they hadn't been paid for up to four months, several sources told AFP.

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Hollande Says Burkina Coup 'a Lesson' to African Leaders

French President Francois Hollande said Thursday the ouster of Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaore should serve as a lesson to others seeking to cling to power on the continent.

Hollande addressed the issue of leaders trying to overstay their welcome in a wide-ranging interview with French media, ahead of a summit of French-speaking leaders in Dakar on Saturday.

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Burkina Faso's Transitional Parliament Meets for First Time

Burkina Faso's interim parliament met for the first time Thursday following the setting up of a transitional government to return the west African country to civilian rule.

A new government lineup was unveiled on Sunday, led by career diplomat Michel Kafando.

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British MP Loses Libel Case Over Foul-Mouthed Rant

Former British government minister Andrew Mitchell on Thursday lost a lawsuit accusing a policeman of lying about an angry exchange they had which cost the lawmaker his job.

A judge ruled that Mitchell probably did refer to constable Toby Rowland as a "pleb" as he was leaving the prime minister's office in Downing Street on his bicycle in 2012.

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11 Burned Bodies Found in Troubled Mexican State

Eleven beheaded bodies were found Thursday in Mexico's troubled southern state of Guerrero, a region still reeling from the apparent massacre of 43 students.

The grisly discovery came as President Enrique Pena Nieto prepared to unveil a new security strategy in response to a wave of protests that erupted after a police-backed gang confessed to killing the 43 students.

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EU Parliament Urges Serbia to Crack Down on War Crimes Suspect

The European parliament on Thursday urged Belgrade, a candidate for EU membership, to crack down on Serb ultra-nationalist Vojislav Seselj who was released by a U.N. war crimes court for cancer treatment.

In a resolution adopted in the French city of Strasbourg, the parliament said it deplores Seselj's "provocative public activities and wartime rhetoric since his provisional release" two weeks ago.

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Captive Colombia General's Release Delayed

Colombian guerrilla group FARC said Thursday it will release a general whose capture has derailed peace negotiations a day later than announced, delaying efforts to get the talks back on track.

"General (Ruben) Alzate and his companions will be released this Sunday," the leftist rebels said in a statement from Havana, where the suspended negotiations had been taking place.

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Kenya Police Allow Mosques to Reopen in Port City

Authorities in Kenya's troubled port city of Mombasa said Thursday they were allowing four mosques to reopen following a string of raids to hunt for weapons and supporters of Somalia's Shebab militants.

Last week police said they found grenades, ammunition and petrol bombs and detained scores of people in swoops on the Masjid Musa, Sakina, Swafaa and Minaa mosques. One person was also shot dead as they tried to throw a grenade at police.

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One Killed in Somalia Bombing

An engineer working with a Turkish company was killed on Thursday in a bomb attack in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, police said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, although Al-Qaida-affiliated Shebab rebels have been blamed for a string of killings targeting politicians, returning diaspora and anyone linked to foreign companies or the internationally-backed government.

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One Dead in Indonesian Protest against Fuel Price Hike

A protester died Thursday as a stone-throwing crowd clashed with police in central Indonesia during a demonstration against a dramatic increase in fuel prices, police said.

The 27-year-old man was found in the street after police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse about 200 demonstrators trying to force their way into the local governor's office in Makassar, on Sulawesi island.

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