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West African bloc may lift Mali sanctions soon, says envoy 08:47 GMT

BAMAKO (Reuters) - West African leaders may lift painful economic sanctions against Mali once an interim president is inaugurated on Friday in the wake of the Aug. 18 military coup, the bloc's envoy said, praising the junta's leadership.  Full Article

Ivory Coast to free opposition leader's allies in pre-vote peace gesture, spokesman says 08:43 GMT 

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Seeking to calm tensions in Ivory Coast ahead of a presidential election, the authorities plan to release associates of opposition leader Guillaume Soro who have been held in detention for months, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.  Full Article  

Nigerian gas tanker explosion kills at least 28 09:11 GMT 

ABUJA (Reuters) - At least 28 people were killed on Wednesday when a gas tanker exploded in the central Nigerian state of Kogi and started a blaze, a road safety agency official said.  Full Article  

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