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AFP Africa news agenda

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AFRICA NEWS HIGHLIGHTS ON THURSDAY

+ Mali faces renewed political turmoil

+ AU tries to revive Sudan-South Sudan peace talks

+ Argentina's Kirchner in Angola for oil-for-food deal

BAMAKO: Mali faces renewed political turmoil after interim President Dioncounda Traore rejected a proposal by the leaders of a March coup for a national convention to choose a caretaker head of state (MALI-POLITICS-UNREST)

-- Pro- and anti-coup groups, religious leaders and diplomats hold talks on the crisis in northern Mali, occupied by Islamist and Tuareg rebel forces in the wake of the putsch in Bamako. From 0900 GMT

KHARTOUM: African Union mediator Thabo Mbeki to arrive to help prepare for resumption of stalled talks between Sudan and South Sudan (SUDAN-SSUDAN-UNREST-UN-AU-TALKS)

LUANDA: Argentine President Cristina Kirchner arrives in Angola for a state visit aimed a securing an deal to trade Angolan oil for Argentine food (ANGOLA-ARGENTINA-DIPLOMACY-TRADE)

ALGIERS: Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's National Liberation Front, which has been in power since independence from France in 1962, celebrates its poll victory after winning 221 of the 462 seats up for grabs. Party meeting from 1400 GMT (ALGERIA-POLITICS)

CONAKRY: The opposition declares a general strike to demand fair and transparent elections in the mineral-rich west African nation, which was ruled by two dictators and a military junta after its independence from France. (GUINEA-POLITICS-DEMO)

TUNIS: Italian President Giorgio Napolitano ends two-day visit.

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