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Girl, peacekeeper killed in Sudan shelling: UN KHARTOUM: Shelling killed a four-year-old girl and an Ethiopian peacekeeper in the disputed Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan, the United Nations mission in the area said Friday.Abyei has been contested since Sudan split into two countries in 2011, and there have been tensions between the Arab Misseriya and Ngok Dinka peoples in the region.In Thursday's attack, "seven shells were fired from the northwesterly direction of Abyei town, by unknown persons," the UN mission in Abyei."Five of the shells landed around the vicinity of the residence of the Ngok Dinka paramount chief and another inside his compound, while the third landed at a nearby primary school," UNISFA said."The incident resulted in the death of one Ethiopian military officer and a four-year-old girl from the local community. Three other locals were wounded."The mission said it had placed several units in the area on high alert.There are sporadic reports of violence ...

Former Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo 'fit for trial': ICC THE HAGUE: Former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo has been declared "physically and mentally able" to stand trial for crimes against humanity trial next year, the International Criminal Court said Friday.Three ICC-appointed experts "underlined a vast improvement in Mr Gbagbo's state of health and observes that he no longer suffers from clinical post-traumatic stress syndrome or hospitalisation syndrome," the Hague-based court said in a statement. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Switzerland's super rich getting richer: report GENEVA: Morose economic growth and a turbulent stock market have not stopped Switzerland's super rich from getting a lot richer this year, a report showed Friday.In its annual analysis of the fortunes of Switzerland's 300 richest people, the Bilan magazine said the exclusive club, including the likes of rock and soul legend Tina Turner, have swelled their combined wealth by six billion Swiss francs ($5.8 billion, 5.5 billion euros) to reach a record 595 billion ...

Parents of missing Mexican students set up protest camp MEXICO CITY: Parents of 43 students who disappeared last year camped out Thursday near Mexico's presidential residence demanding a new investigation into their missing children, who investigators say were killed by drug traffickers.Some two dozen parents were joined by relatives and around 100 supporters in a march that ended a few blocks from the Los Pinos presidential residency, which had been cordoned off by police."We demand the appointment of a prosecutor to investigate the case," ...

UK economy slows in third quarter LONDON: Britain's economic growth slowed in the third quarter, official data confirmed on Friday.Gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 0.5 percent between July and September, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a second estimate, in line with market expectations.That was unchanged from the initial ONS estimate and followed second-quarter growth of 0.7 percent. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Greek economy contracts 0.9pc in third quarter: revised data ATHENS: Greece's state statistics agency on Friday drastically revised downwards the economy's third-quarter contraction to 0.9 percent, from 0.5 percent previously."These differences are on account of using new data, not available at the time of the flash estimate," the Elstat agency said, citing a mixture of September balance of payments data, service turnover and jobless figures as factors for the downturn.In an annual comparison, Greek output fell by 1.1 percent from the third quarter of ...

South Korea bans imports of French poultry SEOUL: South Korea has imposed a ban on imports of French poultry and live birds after the European country reported a bird flu outbreak.The move, announced by South Korea's agriculture ministry on Thursday, came after the European Commission confirmed that birds at a French chicken farm were infected with the virulent H5N1 strain of bird flu.The commission ordered all 32 birds at the farm to be culled and called for close monitoring of neighbouring poultry ...


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