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French, Belgian and three others dead in Mali shooting: police BAMAKO: Five people, including French and Belgian nationals, were shot dead overnight in an attack on a restaurant in the Malian capital Bamako, police and an AFP reporter on the scene said on Saturday."This is a terrorist attack, although we're waiting for clarification. Provisionally, there are four dead -- one French national, a Belgian and two Malians," a policeman told AFP, adding that the dead included a police officer passing at the time of the shooting.A source at the Gabriel Toure hospital in Bamako said a third European, whose nationality was not immediately clear, had died on arrival while eight people were wounded.Firefighters carried the body of the French national from La Terrace in Bamako's lively Hippodrome district following the attack shortly after midnight, according to an AFP correspondent who witnessed the aftermath.In moments after the attack the body of the police officer and a guard of a private home ...
Steyn praises firefighters for saving Cape Town home AUCKLAND: South African spearhead Dale Steyn praised firefighters who saved his Cape Town mountain home from the devastating flames which have engulfed one of the country's most popular tourist destinations.Emergency rescue workers said several homes were destroyed in the wildfires while one firefighter was injured as the inferno raged through South Africa's spectacular Table Mountain.An estimated 3,000 hectares of land have been destroyed, according to local media, with helicopters dropping water bombs on to the ...
Global Ebola conference seeks end to W.Africa outbreak BRUSSELS: Leaders of Ebola-hit countries in west Africa will attend an international conference in Brussels Tuesday to mobilise a final push to end the outbreak and ensure the delivery of nearly $5 billion in aid pledges.Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma and Alpha Conde of Guinea, the three countries hardest hit by the epidemic, will be joined by top officials from around the world for the EU-backed meeting.The conference comes ...
Libya asks UN to approve arms contracts UNITED NATIONS: Libya urged the UN Security Council on Wednesday to approve a request for military purchases as it struggles to combat Islamic State extremists and protect its oil fields.The internationally-recognized government, one of two bodies that claims to rule troubled Libya, has asked the council's sanctions committee to grant an exemption to an arms embargo and allow it to beef up its air force."The leadership of the Libyan army has submitted specific requests for ...
Raging wildfires destroy homes in Cape Town, dozens evacuated CAPE TOWN: Four houses were destroyed and dozens of people evacuated from their homes on Cape Town's southern peninsula as wildfires whipped up by strong winds raged over nearby mountains on Monday, firefighters said.A massive firefighting operation has been launched, with helicopters water-bombing blazes threatening seaside villages from Muizenberg to Noordhoek, Cape Town Disaster Risk Management said on Monday."Unfortunately, four homes have been destroyed, but we have 28 fire-fighting vehicles and 16 supporting vehicles on ...

 





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