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  • Burundian Mining Minister Ibrahim Uwizeye suspends the operations of several international mining companies, including one running the only rare-earth mine in Africa, saying they were not properly sharing the profits and that the mining contracts signed were "unbalanced". (Africanews) (Xinhua)

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  • Madagascar officials announce that two French citizens arrested over a plot into killing President Andry Rajoelina are former members of the French Armed Forces. The French government says that it is working with its consulate in Madagascar as the French military says that it has no comments on the arrests. (Reuters)
  • Sierra Leone's parliament unanimously votes to repeal the death penalty. The country had moratorium on its use since 1998, after the government executed 24 soldiers for allegedly plotting a coup d'état the year prior. (The Guardian)

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    • An Afghan Tajik asylum seeker who has been held in immigration detention by Australia for eight years sues the Commonwealth government in the Federal Court. A former employee of the Islamic Republican government, the man fled an assassination attempt by the Taliban and argues that his family is still being targeted in Afghanistan and that his indefinite detention prevents him from organising their escape from the violence. The government has requested the case be dismissed and denied they had any legal obligations towards Afghan citizens. (The Guardian)
  • Police in Madagascar arrest six individuals, including a foreign national, after months of investigation into a plot to kill President Andry Rajoelina. The attorney general accuses those arrested of having "a plan for the elimination of the head of state". (Reuters) (Al Jazeera)
  • Tanzanian opposition leader Freeman Mbowe and 15 members of his Chadema party, who were arrested yesterday, are charged with "terrorism", according to a statement from the party. Amnesty International condemns the charges and the United States said yesterday that Mbowe's arrest was "very concerning". (Al Jazeera)

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  • OPEC+ members, particularly Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, reach an agreement to increase oil production, ending disputes that caused prices to reach their highest level since 2014. Per the terms of the agreement, Russia will increase its production from 11 million barrels to 11.5 million by May 2022, while the other members will increase their production by 400,000 barrels per day starting in August. (RFEL)

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