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Nigerian president sacks police chief, deputies 17:36 GMT
ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked the chief of police and his six deputies, the presidency said on Wednesday, a week after the main suspect in a Christmas Day bomb attack escaped from police custody.  Full Article
Rifts on show a year after Egypt's uprising 16:29 GMT 
CAIRO (Reuters) - Tens of thousands massed in Cairo's Tahrir Square and other Egyptian cities on Wednesday, a year after an uprising erupted that toppled Hosni Mubarak, spurred on revolts across the region and exposed rifts in the Arab world's most populous state.  Full Article 
Angola says appointment of election head was impartial 18:03 GMT 
IMF finds most of Angola's missing $32 bln06:57 GMT 
Libyan government concedes to restive town's demands 17:37 GMT 
Boko Haram got al Qaeda bomb training, Niger says 06:58 GMT 
S.Leone energy minister sacked over poor performance 15:29 GMT 
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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa handed a test recall to batsman JP Duminy and dropped Ashwell Prince for next month's tour to New Zealand, Cricket South Africa announced on Wednesday.  Full Article 
WORLD
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama used his last State of the Union speech before the November election to paint himself as the champion of the middle class, by demanding higher taxes for millionaires and tight reins on Wall Street.  Full Article 
ODDLY ENOUGH
RAMALLAH (Reuters) - A 21-year-old Palestinian woman has told authorities she was locked in a bathroom for the past decade by her father, who let her out only in the dead of night so she could clean their house.  Full Article 
AFRICA BLOGS
Will 2012 see more strong men of Africa leave office?
There are many reasons for being angry with Africa ’s strong men, whose autocratic ways have thrust some African countries back into the eye of the storm and threatened to undo the democratic gains in other parts of the continent of the past decades.  Blog 
Operation Somalia: The U.S., Ethiopia and now Kenya
Ethiopia did it five years ago, the Americans a while back. Now Kenya has rolled tanks and troops across its arid frontier into lawless Somalia, in another campaign to stamp out a rag-tag militia of Islamist rebels that has stoked terror throughout the region with threats of strikes.  Blog 
Could Islamist rebels undermine change in Africa?
Creeping from the periphery in Africa’s east and west, Islamist militant groups now pose serious security challenges to key countries and potentially even a threat to the continent’s new success.  Blog 
The children of Dadaab: Life through the lens
Through my video “The children of Dadaab: Life through the Lens” I wanted to tell the story of the Somali children living in Kenya’s Dadaab. Living in the world’s largest refugee camp, they are the ones bearing the brunt of Africa’s worst famine in sixty years.  Blog 
Who among the seven longest serving African leaders will be deposed next?
Several African leaders watching news of the death of Africa ’s longest serving leader are wondering who among them is next and how they will leave office.  Blog 
Was South Africa right to deny Dalai Lama a visa?
Given that China is South Africa’s biggest trading partner and given the close relationship between Beijing and the ruling African National Congress, it didn’t come as a huge surprise that South Africa was in no hurry to issue a visa to the Dalai Lama.  Blog 
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