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Catalan leader says Spanish PM might back down on independence vote

MADRID (Reuters) - A jailed Catalan separatist leader standing in Spain's national election this month said on Thursday he expected Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to consider a possible referendum on the region's independence to help secure a second term in office.


Cameroon leader tells separatists to down arms after kidnapping

YAOUNDE (Reuters) - Cameroon's president on Tuesday warned Anglophone separatists to lay down their arms or face the full force of the law, a day after dozens of schoolchildren were abducted in the rebel region.


In peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea, UAE lends a helping hand

ADDIS ABABA/DUBAI (Reuters) - When the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea embraced in Asmara last month, promising to end the two-decade-old state of war between their two countries, it looked like a sudden breakthrough.


Cameroon investigates video showing apparent execution of women and children

YAOUNDE (Reuters) - The Cameroonian government is investigating a video circulated online that appears to show men in military uniform shooting dead two women and two children for being suspected members of the Islamist group Boko Haram.


Cameroon court convicts Anglophone activists of rebellion and terrorism

YAOUNDE (Reuters) - A court in Cameroon on Friday convicted seven activists from the country's Anglophone minority of rebellion and acts of terrorism and gave them sentences ranging from 10 to 15 years, a defence lawyer said.


Two ex-Hong Kong lawmakers convicted of unlawful assembly, further sapping dissent movement

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong court on Friday found two pro-independence activists guilty of unlawful assembly inside the legislature while they were still lawmakers, dealing a further blow to waning political dissent in the Chinese-ruled territory.