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Burundi Forces Kill 18 Bandits During Clashes

Officials in Burundi said Tuesday that security forces have killed at least 18 armed bandits, raising new fears of a return to conflict in the central African nation.

A Burundian government official says troops carried out a raid on the group of gunmen on Monday after hearing reports of looting and violence in the eastern province of Cankuzo, near the Tanzanian border.

Burundi has been relatively peaceful since its Hutu rebel group, the Forces for National Liberation , laid down its arms in 2009 after 20 years of insurgency.

Suspected Rebels Kill 14 Pakistani Soldiers

Suspected separatist rebels have killed 14 paramilitary soldiers in Pakistan's southwest.

Officials say gunmen ambushed the troops late Sunday in the Chamalang area of Baluchistan province. A major was among those killed and several soldiers were wounded in the attack.

Baluch rebels have been fighting the government for decades, demanding greater independence and a larger share of the province's natural resources.

In Pakistan's northwest, security officials say two army officers and more than 35 militants were killed Monday during clashes in the Orakzai tribal agency.

Libya Vows to Try Gadhafi Son, Ex-Intelligence Chief at Home

Libya's new leaders said Sunday they will try Moammar Gadhafi's son, Seif al-Islam, in Libya and will not hand him over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, where he is charged with crimes against humanity.

The leaders also announced the capture of Gadhafi's former intelligence chief, Abdullah al-Senoussi, who is also wanted by the ICC on the same charge.

Ethioipia May Join Battle Against Somalia’s Al-Shabab

African Union officials say Ethiopia may join an alliance battling al-Shabab militants in Somalia, a move that could create a new front against the al-Qaida-linked group.

Ethiopian officials say no final decision has been made on joining a coordinated military campaign aimed at finally stamping out al-Shabab. But foreign ministry spokesman Dina Mufti says Ethiopia will be a part of the process.

Dina says a decision on Ethiopia's participation will likely be announced next Friday, after a meeting of a six-nation regional block known as IGAD .

Deaths Rise as Outlawed Kurdish Guerrillas Continue Fight

The Kurds are the world’s largest ethnic minority without a nation of its own. Less than 20 percent live in northern Iraq where they have achieved regional autonomy. But others are still fighting for increased political and civil rights in Iran, Turkey and Syria. That fight, led by outlawed armed guerrillas, has resulted in the deaths of more than 40,000 people.

More Suspected US Missiles Hit Pakistan

Pakistani officials say U.S. drones have fired missiles at a compound in the country's northwest tribal region, killing eight suspected militants.

Thursday's drone attack took place in the Razmak area of North Waziristan along the Afghan border, a major hub for Taliban and al-Qaida-linked militants. Officials say at least two other militants were wounded.

Nigerian Lawmakers Boost Funding for Fight Against Boko Haram

In Nigeria, federal lawmakers are establishing a special security fund to help the military fight the radical Islamist group Boko Haram.

Senate leaders say the special security fund will enable Nigerian armed forces to better combat violence blamed on the Boko Haram sect. Several joint military task forces have been established in northern states over the last year in response to a series of bombings and shootings

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Defense, Rivers State Senator George Sekibo, says spending on those task forces was not part of the budget.

Jimenez Replaces Cano as Colombian Rebel Leader

Colombia's FARC rebels announced Tuesday that Timoleon Jimenez, better known as Timochenko, was named their new leader earlier this month.

Timochenko replaces former FARC leader Alfonso Cano, who was killed November 4 in a battle with government troops. Cano had led the group since 2008.

FARC rebels have been at war with the Colombian government since the 1960s. Their numbers have dwindled over the years, but some analysts estimate the group has as many as 9,000 fighters.

Security Lapses Threaten Kenya's Dadaab Refugee Complex

The United Nations refugee agency says insecurity continues to affect aid efforts in Kenya's Dadaab refugee complex, more than a month after the kidnapping of three aid workers. It says heavy rains and the risk of waterborne diseases are worsening conditions in the camps.

The U.N. refugee agency reports nearly 100 additional Kenyan police have been deployed in the Dadaab camps over the last month. Nevertheless, it says the situation in the Dadaab camps remains unstable. The agency says refugees and aid workers are uneasy because of what it calls security incidents.