MONUSCO base near Semiliki river, Eastern DRC

In the evening of December 7, 2017, around 5PM, a UN Peacekeeping Forces base, known as PK40, located on the banks of the Semuliki river in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was attacked by an armed group. At least 15 United Nations peacekeepers were killed and dozens wounded. Three peacekeepers went missing. One has since been found. It was one of the deadliest attacks on the international peace keeping forces in years, U.N. officials reported on Friday December 8, 2017.

Based on news reports, AfroAmerica Network investigations, and conversations with FARDC and United Nations

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Jose Eduardo Dos Santos with his wife, daughter Isabel, and son-in-law Sandika Dokolo

Two major events in Africa over the last two weeks appear to signal the dawn of a new era. First, the event much publicized: Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe resigned as a President following a bloodless stance against him by his former comrades and freedom fighters in the movement of the Zimbabwe independence. Second, the quiet event in Angola, but significant enough to be comparable to what happened in Zimbabwe.

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Jubilation at the Zimbabwean's parliament as Robert Mugabe resigns

As AfroAmerica Network predicted (see here) Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, a week after the Zimbabwean army and many of his former freedom fighters comrades moved against him. His resignation ends his reign of 37 years. At 93-year-271-day-old, he was the oldest current serving state leader by age.

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Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe leads university commencement, on Nov 17, 2017

The reign of one of the longest serving African dictators is about to end. 93 year-old Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe's hopes of handing power to his wife, Grace Mugabe, appear to be vanishing after his comrades in the Zimbabwean independence freedom resistance movement have finally taken a stand against his autocratic rule and the population has widely supported the end of his reign. But Robert Mugabe is not alone. There are many more tyrants like him across Africa.

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