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2010 May 15, Niger government spokesman Mahamane Laouali Dan Dah said that more than 21,000 tons of food would be given to 1.5 million people in need.
2010 May 15, In Rwanda 2 people were killed and 27 others wounded during two separate grenade attacks in the capital Kigali.
2010 May 15, Sudanese authorities arrested Islamist opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi and closed his newspaper, sparking a furious reaction from the country’s opposition. A coalition of 17 opposition parties, including the heavyweight Umma party, signed a statement condemning Turabi’s arrest as a “violation against freedoms and democratic transformation and the constitution.”
2011 May 15, Egypt’s Pope Shenouda, head of the Orthodox Coptic church, called on Christians to abandon a demonstration against attacks on their community after a clash overnight left 78 wounded.
2011 May 15, Sudan said the northern ruling party won an election for governor in South Kordofan, the north’s main oil state, after a vote the south said was rigged, creating a fresh flashpoint before the south secedes in July.
2011 May 15, Sudan’s army carried out air strikes against the villages of Labado and Esheraya in the troubled western Darfur region.
2012 May 15, In CongoDRC villagers marched on the UN base in the Bunyiakiri district of South Kivu province after an overnight attack which reportedly killed six people. At least 11 Pakistani peacekeepers were injured as villagers opened fire.
2012 May 15, In Kenya a landmine killed a policeman and seriously wounded two others, when it exploded beneath their vehicle as they escorted aid workers near the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp. Attackers fired shots and detonated four grenades outside a nightclub in the coastal town of Mombasa after they were denied entry, killing a security guard and wounding 4 people. One suspect was arrested. Both attacks were blamed on Kenyan recruits of the al-Shabab Somali militant group.
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2012 May 15, South African police fired teargas during clashes between the opposition Democratic Alliance, angered by youth unemployment over 50%, and supporters of Cosatu, the most powerful trade union in Johannesburg.
2013 May 15, In CongoDRC at least 24 militiamen and 3 soldiers died, including a lieutenant colonel, in fighting between soldiers and Mai Mai militiamen in Beni, 220 miles (350 km) north of Goma. 5 others, who were awaiting transfer to a military training center, were also killed.
2014 May 15, Heavily armed fighters, believed to have come from Liberia, seized a border village in western Ivory Coast. They crossed the Cavally River, which forms the boundary between the two West African neighbors, and attacked the village of Fetai.
2014 May 15, In Sudan Mariam Ibrahim (26), a pregnant woman doctor who married a Christian man in 2011 and who was convicted earlier this week on charges of “apostasy,” was sentenced to death. The court in Khartoum also ordered Ibrahim be given 100 lashes for committing “zena” — an Arabic word for illegitimate sex. On May 27 Ibrahim gave birth to her child in jail. On June 23 the Court of Cassation canceled her sentence and ordered her release. On June 24 Khartoum airport passport police arrested Meriam Ibrahim after she presented emergency travel documents issued by the South Sudanese embassy and carrying an American visa. She was freed again on June 26. On July 16 a suit by her father to establish her as his Muslim daughter was dropped.
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2015 May 15, Mali gathered regional heads-of-state, government officials and armed groups for a largely ceremonial signing of a peace accord expected to go ahead without the main Tuareg-led rebel alliance.
2017 May 15, Ivory Coast authorities said they will maintain a “firm line” faced with a four-day nationwide army mutiny, as the revolt spread, paralyzing much of the West African cocoa grower.