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Gallup research about the optimism of countries in 2012 was released today. There's a lot of takeaways from the data, but one of the most fascinating is the overwhelming optimism in Sub-Saharan Africa. Around nine out of ten people in all of these countries — amongst the poorest in the world — see their lives as better in five years.
Nigeria plans to withdraw some of its troops from Mali because they are needed back home, where the country is battling a deadly Islamist insurgency. It was not clear how many troops would be pulled from the troubled west African nation, where Nigeria currently has some 1 000 troops.
Two witnesses due to testify in Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's trial have withdrawn over security concerns, the International Criminal Court has said. A third witness's evidence is no longer considered necessary and has been dropped by the prosecution. The ICC's chief prosecutor has previously accused Kenya's government of not protecting witnesses.