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( By Omech Anthony)

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.

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.

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.

Ebola vaccine 100 % effective protection-trial results show

In what is seen as mooting "the beginning of the end" of the killer West African outbreak, an Ebola vaccine provided 100-percent protection in a field trial in hard-hit Guinea, researchers and officials said Friday, Daily Nation reported Friday citing an AFP source.

Hailing the results from the first efficacy test of the VSV-ZEBOV vaccine among people living in a high-danger zone, the World Health Organization (WHO) reportedly  said, The world is "on the verge of an effective Ebola vaccine,".

"This is an extremely promising development," added WHO chief Margaret Chan.