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Congo fire destroys thousands of voting machines for presidential election Thursday, 13 Dec 2018

KINSHASA (Reuters) - A fire overnight at a warehouse in Congo's capital destroyed thousands of voting machines and ballot boxes that were due to be used in the country's long-delayed Dec. 23 presidential election, authorities said on Thursday.  Full Article

Eritrean leader pays first visit to Somalia, seeking closer ties Thursday, 13 Dec 2018 

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki arrived on Thursday for his first-ever visit to Somalia, in another sign of rapidly changing relations in the region following Eritrea's rapprochement with one-time foe Ethiopia.  Full Article  

Nigeria's President Buhari asks to present budget to parliament on Dec 19 -house speaker Thursday, 13 Dec 2018 

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has asked to present the 2019 budget to parliament on Dec. 19, the speaker of the lower house, Yakubu Dogara, said on Thursday, citing a letter from Buhari.  Full Article  

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