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Security is tight in the neighbourhood of Ouaga 2000 as the military tribunal gets under way. This morning, members of victims’ support groups were gathered in front of the court bearing signs demanding justice.

A total of 84 soldiers and civilians are charged with assault, murder, treason and undermining state security in the process of staging an attempted coup on 16 September, 2015. On that day, elements of the old presidential guard tried to overthrow the transitional government put in place after the fall of long-time ruler Blaise Compaore.

Among the defendants are two high profile generals - General Gilbert Diendere, who was head of the presidential guard and Djibril Bassole, a former foreign minister.

More than a week after the Dapchi school girls’ abduction, Nigerian army and police now involved in a very public argument over who should have protected girls.

The row has become a major talking point in the local media: with more than 100 girls still missing, they say security agencies should be focusing on finding them - not having a fight over whose responsibility it was to keep them safe in the first place.

The girls were taken from their boarding school during a raid by Boko Haram militants on 19 February, and have not been seen since.

Two suspected stowaways fell from a New York-bound plane which took off from an airport in Guayaquil, Ecuador and died on Monday.
Officials are reported to have said that the bodies of the deceased stowaways were found on the southern end of the runway of the Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport in Guayaquil.

Two suspected stowaways fell from a New York-bound plane which took off from an airport in Guayaquil, Ecuador and died on Monday.
Officials are reported to have said that the bodies of the deceased stowaways were found on the southern end of the runway of the Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport in Guayaquil.

Kenya's outgoing attorney-general has surprised many by saying the country "has no plans" to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), reports the Daily Nation.

It comes five years after Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta accused the court of "race hunting" on behalf of its benefactors and being a tool to oppress Africans.

A police officer in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been jailed for life for shooting dead an opposition protester in the north-western city of Mbandaka.

The policeman is said to have killed the protester as he was walking home after a demonstration.

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