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Continue reading for news including stories on the confirmed death of Mali coup leaders Abou Zeid and Mokhtar Belmokhtar, private foundation investment in Africa, Kenyatta's early lead in the Kenya presidential election and CORD's reaction, the detention of Dr. Kiiza Besigye in Uganda, and how the M23 split might affect the current DRC peace talks.

Tchad : Idriss Déby Itno confirme la mort d'Abou Zeid et de Mokhtar Belmokhtar
Chadian President, Idriss Deby, reaffirmed on Monday, March 4, the two Islamist leaders Mokhtar Belmokhtar and Abou Zeid were killed "during clashes that took place on February 22 and March 2" in northern Mali. Algiers, Bamako and Paris refuse, in turn, to confirm or deny the deaths.
To read the full article, visit "Jeune Afrique" here

Ces milliardaires qui croient en l'Afrique
While the financial crisis weighs on official development assistance, new charities emerge. With their funds, these private foundations have an increasing influence on the agenda of the countries where they operate, all of which is out of political control.
To read the full article, visit "Jeune Afrique" here

Don't panic, CORD tells supporters
"The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has appealed to its supporters not to panic following preliminary results which show Jubilee's Uhuru Kenyatta taking a lead. At 6PM, Uhuru had garnered 2,726,266 against Cord's Raila Odinga 2,139, 951 leading to anxiety among the coalition supporters."
To read the full article, visit "The Standard" here

Kenyatta takes early lead in Kenya elections
"Kenya's presidential hopeful Uhuru Kenyatta has opened an early lead as the country counts ballots."
To read the full article, visit "Mail and Guardian" here

Uganda: Besigye Intercepted On His Way to Court, Detained
"Police on Tuesday morning intercepted former Forum for Democratic Change president Dr. Kiiza Besigye at his home in Kasangati as he departed for court in Kampala."
To read the full article, visit "AllAfrica News" here

M23 split likely to impact the DRC peace talks
"Leaders in the Great Lakes Region are assessing the likely impact of an apparent split in the M23 group on ongoing negotiations between the rebels and the Democratic Republic of Congo government."
To read the full article, visit "The East African" here

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