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Rwanda: opposition leader Ingabire sentenced to prison

Victoire Ingabire, the leader of the Rwandan opposition party the Unified Democratic Forces, has been sentenced to eight years in jail.

Ms Inagbire was found guilty of treason at her trial, during which the prosecution had asked for a life sentence. Inagbire was also found guilty of “belittling” the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Inagbire, a Hutu, has publicly questioned why the official state memorial to the 800,000 people killed during the massacre does not include any Hutus.

Ms Inagbire was found guilty in absentia, after boycotting the trial which she says is politically motivated. She has 30 days to appeal the verdict.

South Africa: tear gas fired at striking miners

In the latest development in the bitter ongoing dispute involving miners in South Africa, police have again stepped in, firing rubber bullets and tear gas at around 1000 striking miners. The miners have rejected the latest pay deal that the mining companies have offered.

The latest flare-up follow weeks of unrest, during which over 40 people have died in clashes between police and striking workers at the Lonmin-owned Marikana platinum mine near Rustenburg.

Nigeria: Church suicide bomb kills at least seven

At least seven people have died with many more injured after a suicide bombing attack on a Catholic church in northern Nigeria. The attack took place during mass, when a vehicle fitted with explosives drove straight into the church.

The identity and motive of those behind the bombing is still undetermined, but Kaduna – the area in which the bombing took place –  has been a target for Islamic militant group Boko Haram in the past.

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan said the attack formed part of an “”unfortunate and unacceptable trend that threatens the peace and stability of our nation”.

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