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Ghana President John Mahama has decreed the early release of three men convicted over death threats against Supreme Court judges made during a panel discussion broadcast on a local radio station. The case was part of a bid by authorities to ensure stability ahead of a presidential election in December and protect Ghana's image as a beacon of peace in West Africa. Mahama on Friday ordered them freed after they expressed remorse in a direct appeal, said a government statement distributed on Tuesday.
By Lesley Wroughton SOKOTO, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria's air force said it had killed a number of senior Boko Haram fighters and possibly their overall leader, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pledged to consider ways to ramp up military assistance to Nigeria to defeat the militant group. "Their leader, so called 'Abubakar Shekau', is believed to be fatally wounded on his shoulders," the statement by military spokesman Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman added, without going into details on the source of its information. The Obama administration has paid close attention to the fight against the militant group which has declared allegiance to Islamic State and destabilised a whole region by attacking Nigeria's neighbours.
By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - Opponents of Congolese President Joseph Kabila went on strike on Tuesday to demand that he step down when his constitutional mandate expires in December. In the commercial centre of the capital Kinshasa, home to 12 million people, rush hour seemed lighter than usual. Police fired teargas to disperse dozens of protesters from opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi's UDPS party, who threw stones and erected barricades near the party headquarters in Limete, a Reuters witness said.