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The Africa Report: 15 November

EWN’s Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news

Tensions have flared in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh following the start of the deportation of illegal immigrants.

UNREST AS SAUDI ARABIA LOOKS TO EXPEL IMMIGRANTS

Tensions have flared in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh following the start of the deportation of illegal immigrants.

Saudi Arabian authorities began transporting hundreds of illegal immigrants - mostly from Africa - to deportation centres on Wednesday.

Soon after the process began tensions flared, resulting in the death of three Saudis and two foreigners resisting deportation.

Meanwhile, 23,000 Ethiopians handed themselves over to authorities as illegal immigrants.

With over 9 million migrants in Saudi Arabia and a 12% native unemployment rate, officials have deemed the deportation necessary for job creation.

The deportation comes after an amnesty period ended on 4 November.

RUSSIA AND EGYPT DISCUSS $2 BILLION ARMS DEAL

Foreign and defence ministers from Egypt and Russia are locked in talks of a possible military cooperation and $2 billion arms deal.

On Thursday, representatives from the two nations began discussions for a possible cooperation.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu met with Egyptian leader and military chief General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and the country's Foreign Minster Nabil Fahmy.

The meeting has raised some flags because the US has supplied Egypt with military aid since the 1970's.

Following the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi, the US has cut back on aid and their annual training assistance, souring relations between the two countries.

However, both Russian and Egyptian officials have stated any agreement between them will not replace the aid provided by the US.

DRC RECOMMITS TO PEACE "DECLARATION"

After walking out of peace talks with the M23 rebel group, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has agreed to sign a peace declaration.

Peace talks came to a standstill on Monday when the DRC walked out, stating it would not sign a peace treaty with a group that had already been defeated.

DRC officials have called a peace treaty contradictory to national interests.

The so-called declaration will state that the M23 rebels must disarm and end their 20-month reign of terror in the eastern DRC.