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Central African Republic: Returning Muslims "forced to abandon their religion,"-Amnesty

Amnesty International said Friday that many Muslims returning to western areas of the Central African Republic after last year's intercommunal massacres are being threatened and "forced to abandon their religion," Uganda’s Daily Monitor reported Saturday.

"Having forced tens of thousands of Muslims to flee western CAR, anti-balaka militias are now repressing the religious identity of the hundreds of Muslims who remained or who have returned," said Joanne Mariner, the London-based rights group's senior crisis response adviser.

Italian airport authorities seize US $205,000 from American rapper Snoop Dogg

Italian airport authorities and Italian Finance Police seized US $205,933from American rapper Snoop Dogg at an airport in Calabria, CNN reported Sunday.

A police source  reportedly told CNN that during a normal check at Lamezia Terme, the rapper was found with $422,820 in U.S. cash, CNN says the maximum amount of cash that passengers traveling through Italy can carry without declaring it is €10,000 ($11,010.25). The rules were put in place to prevent money laundering.

Zimbabwe: Authorities push to extradite American killer of Cecil Lion

Zimbabwe’s environment minister Oppah Muchinguri has said his country is working around the clock to have the American dentist who killed Cecil the lion extradited to Zimbabwe.

The announcement made Friday is the first official comment from Zimbabwe following Cecil’s killing which grabbed worldwide attention this week.Muchinguri said Prosecutor General had started the process to have 55-year-old Walter Palmer extradited from the United States. He described Cecil as an exceptional black-maned lion renowned by tourists in the Hwange National Park, as an "iconic attraction".

Cameroon: 2000 Nigerians Sent Home In Fight against Boko Haram

Thousands of illegal Nigerians who have been living illegally in Cameroon have been deported as part of new security initiatives aimed at preventing further attacks by Boko Haram Militants.Regional newspaper L'Oeil du Sahel reported that about 2,500 Nigerians had been "rounded up" in Kousseri, in the far north of Cameroon, and sent back to their country on Thursday.

Colombia: Airforce plane crashes killing 11 people

At least 11 people were killed on Friday after a Colombian airforce plane crashed caused by what officials say was due mechanical problems, AFP reported on adding that earlier in the day, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos had announced that 12 people died in the mishap, but officials walked that figure back a short time later.

UK: Four killed as Saudi-registered private jet crashes in Hampshire

During an attempt to land at Blackbushe Airport in Yateley, a Saudi-registered private jet - which was arriving from Italy – crashed  at a car auction site in Hampshire  killing four people on Friday, according to BBC.

According to reports, the pilot and all three passengers were killed but no-one on the ground was injured, Hampshire Constabulary said.

US: Uber taxi booking service to invest US$1billion in India

According to a BBC report on Friday, UBER, the taxi booking service has said it will invest $1bn (£0.64m) to expand its business in India.The US company reportedly wants to use the money to expand to more cities and invest in new products and payment solutions.

BBC says the decision comes after the firm in June said it wanted to invest the same amount in China, also to expand to more cities in the country.Earlier in the year, Uber was banned in India after rape accusations against one of its drivers.

Uganda: Ex- Premier Amam Mbabazi to run for President as Independent Candidate

Former Prime President of Uganda, Mr. Amam Mbabazi has abandoned his earlier ambition to challenge President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni for the National Resistence Movement (NRM) at primaries as the party candidate for the 2016 general elections.

In a press conference, Mr. Mbabazi  reportedly said he will not contest for presidency on the NRM ticket on grounds that the party primaries are illegal, according to Daily Monitor’s report on Friday.