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Summit sees US boost security assistance to Africa

US President Barack Obama arrives to attend 'session 3 - Governing for the Next Generation' of the US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC, on August 6, 2014The United States will step up its support for the African militaries battling Islamic extremists or conducting dangerous peacekeeping missions, President Barack Obama said. Marking the end of a historic Washington summit with African leaders and officials representing 50 nations, Obama said boosting Africa’s security would help shore up its economic achievements Tens of billions of dollars in investments and financial support had already been announced, but Obama said the continent needs to redouble reform efforts to deepen growth and opportunity. African countries have impressive economic strides but need to slash corruption, improve human rights, especially the rights of women, and strengthen the rule of law, he warned.

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