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Egypt's Sisi to skip Obama's Africa summit WASHINGTON: New Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will not attend an unprecedented gathering of African leaders here next week, a US official said Thursday, after he was given a belated invitation.Morocco's King Mohamed VI will also be a no-show at next week's gathering to be hosted by President Barack Obama, the US official said."The Egyptian president and the king of Morocco won't come to the summit," the official told AFP, asking not to be identified, and without specifying why.Egypt, a key regional US ally, had initially not been on the 50-strong guest-list for the summit, because its membership of the African Union had been suspended following the military ousting of elected president Mohamed Morsi.But Cairo was re-admitted to the African Union in June and the White House issued an invitation for Egypt to attend the talks, which begin on Monday and last three days.Only four African nations -- the Central ...

Chile, Japan sign mining deals, share earthquake science SANTIAGO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sealed a series of deals on a visit to Chile Thursday in areas ranging from mining to minimizing damage from earthquakes.Abe is on a five-country Latin American tour that comes just after rival Asian giant China's President Xi Jinping wrapped up his own visit to the region.Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said she wanted her country, with its long Pacific coastline and abundant ports, to be Japan's gateway to the ...

Kerry announces 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza NEW DELHI: Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza conflict, US Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Nations announced early Friday.Kerry said the two sides would begin the truce at 8 am local time (0500 GMT) and that Israelis and Palestinians would enter talks in Cairo.The top US diplomat said the ceasefire would last for 72 hours "unless extended.""During this time the forces on the ground will remain ...

Powerful Taiwan gas explosions kill 20, injure 270 TAIPEI: Gas leaks triggered a series of powerful explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, killing at least 20 people and injuring up to 270, officials said Friday, warning that the toll is expected to rise.The explosions sparked a massive inferno that ripped through the city's Cianjhen district, sending terrified residents fleeing a huge ball of flames."The blasts killed at least 20 people and left 270 others injured," the National Fire Agency said, adding ...

Israel-Palestinian talks soon in Egypt: official NEW DELHI: Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet as soon as Friday in Egypt to start discussions after a Gaza ceasefire, a US official said.The official, who was accompanying Secretary of State John Kerry on a visit to India, said that acting US Middle East envoy Frank Lowenstein would head Friday to Cairo for the talks. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Manila to evacuate 13,000 amid renewed Libya clashes TRIPOLI: The Philippines was preparing Thursday to evacuate 13,000 citizens from Libya as violence raged and after a Filipino worker was beheaded and a nurse was gang-raped there.Greece is also sending a warship to evacuate some of its citizens as well as people from other countries.Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario was heading to neighbouring Tunisia to organise an evacuation as fighting resumed between militias seeking to control the Libyan capital's crippled international airport.Del Rosario ...


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