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NIGERIA/ADVISERS: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has sworn in 13 advisers, including new appointees for energy and media. The ceremony took place Thursday in the capital, Abuja. Abubakar Sambo, the head of Nigeria's Energy Commission, becomes Mr. Jonathan's his special adviser on energy.
NIGER: Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou says the longer the Libyan conflict drags on, the worse it will be for Libya's neighbors in the Sahel. President Issoufou says the Libyan crisis has security consequences for Niger including the spread of arms, sometimes heavy arms into the Sahel.
DRC/CRASH: A Congolese passenger plane trying to land in bad weather has crashed in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Congolese officials say the plane was carrying more than 100 people when it went down while approaching the international airport at Kisangani Friday.
DRC/RAPE: A Congolese colonel accused of leading his troops on a multi-day rampage and mass rape has turned himself. A military spokesman for the Democratic Republic of Congo said Friday that the colonel, known as Kifaru, surrendered Thursday with about 100 of his men.
SOUTH SUDAN/U.N.: The world's newest nation will have the support of United Nations peacekeepers. The U.N. Security Council Friday unanimously approved the deployment of up to 7,000 military personnel as well as 900 international police for South Sudan.
SOUTH SUDAN: The celebrations have yet to start in South Sudan, set to declare its independence in just hours, but already the soon-to-be nation can rejoice.
UGANDA: Police in Uganda have issued a terror alert, days before the one-year anniversary of twin suicide bombings that killed 76 people.
IVORY COAST: The Ivory Coast government has named a former rebel leader as head of the country's armed forces. The defense ministry named General Soumaila Bakayoko to the post in a statement Thursday
KENYA: Police in Kenya fired tear gas Thursday at a group of protesters demonstrating against high food and fuel prices. The crowd, of about 100 people, marched through downtown Nairobi carrying signs and chanting slogans
ZIMBABWE: A meeting Thursday between the three principals to Zimbabwe's shaky unity government and Finance Minister Tendai Biti failed to produce agreement on whether or how the government could afford to increase the salaries of civil servants.