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Summary

  1. Joao Lourenco set to become Angola's first new president since 1979
  2. Nigeria's president cancels second cabinet meeting in three weeks
  3. Togolese opposition groups hold huge protests
  4. South Africa's deputy president mentions sex scandal in parliament
  5. Kenyan pupil in court after nine died in school fire
  6. South African Kevin Anderson reaches US Open semi-finals
  7. UN to get tough on those accused of derailing Mali's peace process

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By Natasha Booty and Damian Zane

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A reminder of today's African proverb:

He who rushes to the battlefield does not know that war is death."

An Igbo proverb sent by Chris Obidike in Owerri, Nigeria

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Share of vote in Angola

The results of Angola's general election have just been announced and the vote share and make up of parliament is as follows:

  • MPLA 61.07% - 150 MPs
  • Unita 26.67% - 51 MPs
  • Casa-CE 9.44% - 16 MPs

The remainder of the votes went to smaller parties.

Joao Lourenco will be inaugurated as the country's first new president since 1979 on 25 September.

Joao Lourenco
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Joao Lourenco: Can 'Angola's JLo' fill Dos Santos' shoes? - BBC News

Four arrested after 'car thieves walk naked' in Kenyan city

Wanyama wa Chebusiri

BBC Africa

There was drama in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa when two suspected car thieves, one of them with a snake around his neck, walked naked through the streets.

But it turned out to be a publicity stunt.

The men, covered in mud, were said to have been bewitched after stealing a car.

According to the Standard newspaper, the car owner had first reported his vehicle missing to the police but they could not find his vehicle.

The owner was then advised to seek the help of a local witch doctor who demanded a fee of $1,000 (£765), the Standard adds.

The witch doctor assured the car owner that the suspected thieves would be seen dancing naked in broad daylight on one of the busiest streets in Mombasa.

But a policeman, quoted on a Kenyan TV station, said this was a publicity stunt and four people have now been arrested in connection with the incident: the witch doctor, the two naked men and the man who reported that his car was stolen.

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BreakingAngola's governing MPLA wins general election

Angola's electoral commission has just announced that the MPLA - in power since 1975 - won last month's general election with 61.07% of the vote.

Commission president Andre da Silva Neto said that the MPLA's Joao Lourenco is now president-elect - replacing Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has been president since 1979.

Cholera outbreak hits camps for Nigeria's displaced

Mary Harper

Africa editor, BBC World Service

The UN says cholera is spreading rapidly through camps sheltering people displaced by an Islamist insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria.

It says more than 530 suspected cases had been registered in camps in Borno state, three times the number reported five days earlier.

More than 20 people have died.

Nearly two million people have been displaced by the conflict between Boko Haram militants and government forces.

Last month the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund, which is managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, allocated $10.5m (£8m) for life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable.

A young child stands by a doorway in an IDP camp in Nigeria
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The UN says that more than half of the displaced are children

Angola's final election results being announced

After a delay of more than two hours, the electoral commission is now announcing the final results from last month's general election.

Angola's main TV channel is broadcasting a live feed from the results centre with pictures showing André da Silva Neto, the president of the electoral commission:

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Thousands march against Togo's president

As we reported earlier, massive anti-government demonstrations have been taking place in Togo's capital, Lomé, and at least nine other towns across the country.

News agencies have been sharing photographs of the scene in Lomé:

Protestors in Togo
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'Dictatorship feeds on silence and inaction' reads this protester's sign
Protestors in Togo
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Faure refers to President Faure Gnassingbé
Protestors in Togo
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Protesters are heeding a call from the opposition to turn out and demand constitutional reform, to limit the maximum number of presidential terms.

Access to the internet and social media networks are reported to be disrupted.

In Kara, the third largest city in the north, supporters of the government prevented people from demonstrating.

Referring to the protesters, Public Service Minister Gilbert Bawara said:

We cannot ignore their worries... the problems have to be fixed once and for all.

All the parties want these reforms - including the government - and we take the whole world as a witness to it."

Opposition leaders say the government is merely playing for time and have called for a second day of protests tomorrow.

Tunisia's PM unveils new cabinet focused on reform

Rana Jawad

BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis

Youssef Chahed
AFP

Tunisia's Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has named a new cabinet.

This latest cabinet reshuffle was expected on Monday, but weeks of political rifts over new appointments delayed the announcement and it appears the prime minister wanted to ensure he had backing from the major political parties before publishing the list.

The key changes being made are in the security and finance sectors.

The new Interior Minister General Lotfi Brahem previously headed up the National Guard.

The defence minister has also been replaced, and the cabinet now has a newly created Ministry for Economic Reforms which will be led by Taoufik Rajhi, a former economic adviser to the prime minister.

The country is under increased pressure from international organisations and European donors to introduce new economic measures to cut public spending.

Tunisia's parliament still needs to vote on the new cabinet line-up for final approval, although it’s unlikely to be challenged.

'Heavy police presence' in Angola's capital

A researcher from Human Rights Watch has shared pictures of policemen on the streets of Angola's capital, Luanda, ahead of the expected announcement of the final results from last month's general election.

She says there's a "heavy police presence":

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'Unprecedented' turnout at Togo protests

Hundreds of thousands of opposition supporters have turned out across Togo today to demand constitutional reform, AFP reports, despite the government's attempt to appease them.

A draft bill to reduce the presidential term limit to a maximum of two has been dismissed by the opposition as merely playing for time.

They are calling for President Faure Gnassingbe to step down and and bring an end to his family’s 50 years in power.

AFP news agency quotes an Amnesty International spokesperson as saying "at least 100,000" people have been protesting in the capital, Lomé.

Opposition party leader Jean-Pierre Fabre has called the demonstration "unprecedented".

South Sudan general stopped from going to Kenya to identify daughter

Ibrahim Haithar

BBC Monitoring, Nairobi

South Sudan’s former army chief General Paul Malong has been denied permission to travel to Kenya's capital, Nairobi, his wife told Amsterdam-based Radio Tamazuj today.

General Pail Malong had asked President Salva Kiir to allow him to go for DNA sampling after his daughter died when a fire broke out at Moi Girls School in Nairobi last weekend.

According to Gen Malong’s wife, his blood pressure shot up after President Kiir rejected his request to go to Nairobi.

He has been confined to his home in Juba by the government for security reasons.

The general's wife urged the government to announce charges against him instead of restricting his movement.

Earlier today, one schoolgirl appeared in court in connection with the fire, which the government says was started deliberately, and she has been detained for seven days.

People looking anxious after school fire
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Nine people died in Saturday's fire

Angolan results announcement delayed

Angola's electoral commission was expected to announce the final results from last month's general election at 15:00 local time (14:00 GMT), but this has now been delayed.

The BBC understands that this is because there was a last-minute change to the venue for the announcement.

Angolan TV hosts 'democracy party' ahead of official election results

We're expecting the official results of Angola's elections, held last month, this afternoon.

And ahead of the announcement, Angola's international TV channel is hosting what it calls a 'democracy party' with entertainers singing about peace and guests praising democracy in the country.

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Angola's main opposition parties have complained about irregularities in the results announced so far - which showed the governing party in the lead - but these have been dismissed by the electoral commission.

You can watch the live stream here.

US airstrike 'kills three militants' in Somalia

US forces, with the help of the Somalia government, have carried out what the Pentagon called a "precision airstrike" in central Somalia killing three al-Shabab militants, a statement from the Department of Defense says.

It adds that the airstrike took place in the Bay region, 75km west of the capital, Mogadishu.

The US is supporting the Somali government in its efforts to regain control of the country from Islamist militants.

Last month, US forces were accused of killing civilians in an attack on an al-Shabab-held area.

Ramaphosa: I need to take responsibility for affair

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa began his parliamentary question session with short statement addressing the sex scandal that he has been embroiled in.

Earlier this week, he admitted to having an extra-marital affair, but denied reports of multiple affairs.

Today, addressing parliament's presiding officer, Mr Ramaphosa said: “I thought I should do something unprecedented and start off with a matter that has embroiled me in my personal life.”

Then a visibly subdued deputy president made this promise: “I will be addressing this matter in a day or two. I do need to take responsibility and be accountable."

Mr Ramaphosa is one of the front-runners to succeed President Jacob Zuma as head of the governing ANC, when it elects a new leader in December.

Some MPs from the opposition benches were heard shouting: “Resign, resign!”

Cyril Ramaphosa
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Cyril Ramaphosa earlier this week said he was the target of a smear campaign

Uhuru Kenyatta's party objects to new election team

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee party has said that nine members of the electoral commission's special team that will help organise the presidential election re-run are "known to be partisan".

The commission, the IEBC, has brought in new members to work on the 17 October vote, which was ordered after the Supreme Court annulled last month's election result.

The Nasa alliance of Mr Kenyatta's main rival, Raila Odinga, called for changes in the IEBC make-up immediately after the annulment was announced last Friday.

And this was one of its conditions laid out yesterday for taking part in next month's re-run.

It is not clear if the IEBC set up the special team in response to Nasa's call.

In a letter to the IEBC, Jubilee says it has a "strong objection" to the deployment of this new team.

Supreme Court judges
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The Supreme Court annulled the election by a four to two majority

Another missed cabinet meeting for Nigeria's President Buhari

A student paints a portrait of Buhari
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For the second time since President Buhari's return from extended medical leave in London, Nigeria's weekly cabinet meeting has been cancelled.

Information Minister Lai Mohammed said in a statement that today's meeting is not taking place “due to inadequate time to prepare the documents”.

Mr Mohammed’s statement adds that a two-day public holiday on Friday and Monday to mark the Islamic Eid-el-Kabir celebrations had left little time to prepare for the weekly meeting.

President Buhari led his first cabinet meeting last week since taking leave for an unspecified illness.

His absence sparked numerous protests, including demands that he should resign, as well as calls for more transparency about the president's condition.

The 74-year-old president has been working from home since his return on 19 August, blaming a rodent infestation for keeping him out of his office.

Togo protesters not swayed by president's pledge

Ata Ahli Ahebla

BBC Afrique

We reported earlier that opposition protests in Togo are going ahead today despite the government's attempt to mollify protesters with a draft bill that would limit presidential terms.

Local sources tell me that demonstrations have already started in many cities of the country, and opposition groups are calling for more protests tomorrow in Togo and its diaspora.

Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe has called on parliament to examine proposed a change to the constitution setting a limit of two presidential terms.

The draft was presented last night during a cabinet meeting.

Mr Gnassingbe has explained that this move is to preserve peace in the country, but the opposition believes he is playing for time and says he should step down immediately, to bring an end to his family’s 50 years in power.

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This entry has been amended to clarify the current status of the draft bill.

'Deadly fire at Ethiopia stadium construction site covered up'

The deaths of seven people in a fire at a major construction site in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, have been covered up, reports the Addis Standard online magazine.

The magazine has spoken to some of the nearly dozen others who were injured in the blaze as well as the site manager to confirm the incident, which happened last month at the huge Adey Ababa stadium construction project.

But there has been no official comment on the fire that is reported to have started when a gas cylinder exploded, witnesses told Addis Standard.

The magazine also details the different ways the 200 Chinese and 800 Ethiopian workers are treated on the site.

It alleges that the Ethiopian workers do not have the proper safety clothes.

It has also tweeted some more details:

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Earlier this year, people were sharing pictures of what the completed stadium will look like:

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Four dead in Kenya 'land dispute'

Ferdinand Omondi

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Four people have been killed in a new wave of attacks in Kenya’s coastal region of Lamu.

Residents of the village where it happened have blocked the main road with boulders and burning tyres to express their frustration at the latest killings, which police say are caused by fights for resources.

Armed men are said to have conducted house raids by night, calling the victims out by name and shooting them dead.

No suspects have been charged.

Lamu County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said he suspected that nomadic herdsmen were behind the killings.

He ruled out any involvement of Islamist militants, saying this attack was motivated by a fight for land, noting that the killers knew their victims by name.

Internet slowdown in Togo ahead of protests

Access to social media networks in Togo has been limited and some users say internet speeds have almost ground to a halt ahead of planned anti-government protests.

"Even in most developed countries, authorities take control of telecommunications in some cases,” said government spokesperson Gilbert Bawara on local radio, appearing to confirm an internet blackout.

Journalists for AFP news agency report that mobile internet has been shut down in the capital, Lomé, ahead of the march, but add that wi-fi networks are still working.

Supporters of various opposition groups are assembling across 10 towns in Togo, AFP reports, despite the government's announcement of constitutional reforms aimed at mollifying their concerns.

One Twitter user has shared this photo of scenes in Lomé:

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Today's demonstration follows last week's sentencing of 15 opposition protestors, who were handed jail terms ranging from five to nine months.

They were part of a group of 100 people arrested at march held in Lomé in August, calling for presidential term limits to be imposed.

Moroccan jihadist suspects arrested

BBC World Service

Police in Morocco and Spain have arrested suspected members of a jihadist cell who reportedly simulated beheadings in preparation for major attacks.

The Spanish interior ministry said that the cell comprised five Moroccans and one Spaniard, and added that it was at an advanced stage of activity.

The arrests come just weeks after jihadists, mostly of Moroccan origin, carried out twin attacks in Spain that killed 16 people.

The fight to qualify for Russia 2018

Egypt and Liverpool forward Mo Salah scored the only goal of the game after six minutes
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Egypt and Liverpool forward Mo Salah scored the only goal of the game against Uganda after six minutes

We're getting closer to seeing which nations will qualify for the World Cup finals next year after Tuesday's qualifiers.

Egypt gained revenge for Friday's defeat in Kampala by beating Uganda 1-0 in Alexandria to leapfrog their opponents at the top of Group E.

Mohamed Salah scored the winner after six minutes, netting at the second attempt after Uganda goalkeeper Dennis Onyango blocked his first effort.

The North Africans now have nine points, Uganda seven, while Ghana - who have appeared at the last three World Cups - lie in third with five points after thumping Congo 5-1 in Brazzaville.

Congo, with just one point, can no longer qualify for next year's tournament in Russia.

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Ivory Coast's hopes of reaching a fourth straight World Cup took a knock when beaten 2-1 at home by Gabon.

The slip-up meant Morocco would have topped Group C with a win in Mali but they missed a penalty in a 0-0 draw.

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And things are very tight in group D, where all teams can still qualify for next year's finals in Russia after Cape Verde beat South Africa 2-1 away from home and Burkina Faso and Senegal drew 2-2.

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BreakingKenyan schoolgirl detained in connection with school fire

A Kenyan schoolgirl will be held in custody for seven days in connection with a school fire in which nine people died, a magistrate in the capital, Nairobi, has ruled.

The prosecution had asked for 10 days for the police to finish investigations.

No charges have been mentioned yet.

Magistrate
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'Egypt torture could be crime against humanity'

BBC World Service

A leading human rights group has accused the Egyptian security services of using torture systematically in what could amount to a crime against humanity.

Human Rights Watch has documented a variety of forms of torture gathered from interviews with 19 former detainees, including electrocution and rape with a stick.

Anger over police abuse helped fuel the uprising of 2011.

The current President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has called for an end to such abuse, with several cases of policemen receiving heavy prison sentences for killing detainees.

But Human Rights Watch says much more must be done.

Kenya schoolgirl appears in court over fire

A Kenyan schoolgirl has appeared in court in connection with a fire at a school in the capital, Nairobi, in which nine people died.

Girl covering herself
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The BBC reporter in court says there has been a lot of media interest and that policemen and court orderlies are now trying to prevent journalists from surrounding the girl:

People in the court
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Her lawyers have asked Magistrate Terrisia Nyangena to have the sitting in camera and she is now considering her ruling.

Mauritania storms kills 15

BBC World Service

At least 15 people have been killed in heavy storms in Mauritania.

Dozens of others were injured mainly when buildings collapsed.

There has been extensive damage to property and many people have lost their homes.

The rains hit hardest in central and southern regions of the country.

This is the first time in nearly 20 years that Mauritania has had such severe storms.

'It was horrific' say schoolgirl survivors of Kenya fire

We reported earlier on the Kenyan schoolgirl due to appear in a Nairobi court today in connection with a fire at a school at the weekend, in which nine people died.

“When we heard other screams, we went and tried to put out the fire but it was spreading fast and we ran outside," Nairobi News reports one school pupil as saying.

Another student has told the news site: “Most of the students could not even see where they were going because the lights were switched off, and also because of the smoke.”

“Others choked and fainted and we pulled out the ones that we could. It was horrific,” she adds.

On Monday, Kenya's Education Minister Fred Matiang'i said the incident at Moi Girls School in Nairobi "was not an accident, [but] was arson".

An elderly woman stands outside the school next to a sign bearing its name
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The fire in the early hours at a girls' school in Nairobi is under investigation

This entry has been amended to change the number of girls in court from four to one.

Official Angolan election result due

Clare Spencer

BBC News

The final, official result of Angola's general election should be known today, according to the government newspaper Jornal de Angola which has the headline: “The electoral commission prepares to announce the official election result”.

Headline frmo website
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It mentions that there have been complaints about the counting from opposition parties, but says these were dismissed by the electoral commission.

Provisional results showed that the governing MPLA had a strong lead with more than 61% of the vote. Parliament will then elect the next president - the country's first new leader since 1979 as President Jose Eduardo dos Santos is stepping down.

Meanwhile on Monday, independent newspaper Folha 8 described the dispute over the counting of the votes as a “deadlock”. It added that the courts do not have the independence needed to resolve this deadlock.

It compared the situation to Kenya, where the Supreme Court overturned August's election result:

Angolan courts have a long way to go before a decision similar to that of Kenya's Supreme Court can be taken in Angola."

The MPLA's João Lourenço
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The MPLA's Joao Lourenco is expected to become the next president

Read more: Joao Lourenco: Can 'Angola's JLo' fill Dos Santos' shoes?

SA's Kevin Anderson reaches semi-finals

Anderson (left) is the first South African in 14 years to reach a Grand Slam semi-final
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Anderson (left) is the first South African in 14 years to reach a Grand Slam semi-final

South Africa's Kevin Anderson ended American hopes in the men's singles as he beat Sam Querrey to reach the US Open semi-finals.

Anderson won 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (9-11) 6-3 7-6 (9-7) at Flushing Meadows to reach his first major semi-final.

The 28th seed will take on Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta in the last four after the 12th seed beat Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-4 6-4 6-2.

Anderson, 6ft 8in, and Querrey, 6ft 6in, met in the tallest Grand Slam quarter-final, semi-final or final of the Open era.

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Lesotho killing was a 'heinous act'

The southern African regional group, Sadc, has condemned Tuesday's killing of the head of Lesotho's army Lieutenant General Khoantle Motsomotso and said it is sending a "fact-finding mission" to the country.

In a statement, Sadc said it learnt of the news with "deep shock, sadness and dismay" and called the shooting an "inexcusable barbaric and heinous act".

Lt Gen Motsomotso and two other senior officers were killed in a shootout at a barracks in the capital, Maseru.

Eyewitnesses said the officers burst into the army chief's office and shot him before being killed by guards.

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane urged people to remain calm.

Sadc described the incident as a "serious blight and set back to the ongoing efforts to restore peace, security and stability to Lesotho".

Thomas Thanane
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Prime Minister Thomas Thabane said that the killing would be investigated

UN to get tough on disrupters of Mali peace process

The UN Security Council has set up a sanctions system allowing the UN to penalise anyone who violates Mali's 2015 peace deal, obstructs the delivery of aid, commits human rights abuses or recruits child soldiers.

Anyone who violates the terms will face a travel ban or asset freeze, according to the resolution which was initiated by France and unanimously adopted by the 15-member Security Council.

A panel of experts has also been established to examine alleged violations.

"Time is not on our side and the peace agreement in Mali is one of the keys to the stabilisation of the regional situation in the Sahel," France's UN Ambassador Francois Delattre told the Security Council.

Islamist militants in northern Mali have continued to carry out violent attacks, undermining the 2015 deal between the government and separatist rebels.

The deal offered partial autonomy to the north of Mali. Tuaregs seized parts of the region in 2012. But the area was then taken over by Islamist fighters linked to al-Qaeda, until they were removed in a French-led military operation in 2013.

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Th UN mission in Mali, Minusma, was established in 2013

Kenyan schoolgirl to appear in court over alleged arson

A Kenyan schoolgirl is due to appear in a court in the capital, Nairobi, in connection with a fire at a school at the weekend in which nine people died.

On Monday, Education Minister Fred Matiang'i said the incident at Moi Girls School in Nairobi "was not an accident, [but] was arson".

There has been a spate of similar attacks on schools in different parts of Kenya, Mr Matiang'i said.

"Most of the investigations are done and I can tell you unequivocally - I have been briefed by the police - that it was not an accident," Mr Matiang'i told a press conference.

Someone being comforted
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Nine people died in the weekend's fire which the authorities say were started deliberately

This entry has been amended to change the number of girls in court from four to one.

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He who rushes to the battlefield does not know that war is death."

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