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Islamic State sniper hits Iraqi unit as army inches forward in Mosul MOSUL: The Islamic State sniper was a good shot. His round hit the Iraqi soldier just above the eye through a hole in the wall no bigger than 10 inches across. "Come, he's been hit!" shouted one of his comrades, seconds after the sharp crack rang out.Two soldiers crouching behind other peep-holes on the roof rushed inside, keeping their bodies low to avoid being spotted by the sniper. They carried semi-conscious Omar Abdul Wahid, in his late 20s, down two flights of narrow stairs, leaving a trail of bright red blood. They bundled him into an armoured vehicle and rushed him to hospital. The challenge the men faced on Sunday - of dealing with a sole sharpshooter in an area the army entered weeks ago - shows how difficult the battle to recapture Mosul is becoming, with Islamic State deploying snipers and suicide car bombs, and using civilians as human ...

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As Nigeria's recession takes hold, Buhari's shine wanes LAGOS: It's not Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's fault that Nigeria's economy is inextricably tied to the global price of oil, now half of its 2014 peak of over $100 per barrel.But the president's response to the economic crisis has a growing number of people concerned that he doesn't have what it takes to rescue Nigeria from recession.Warning signs appeared early. Buhari took six months after being elected to name a finance minister, then vowed not ...

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South Africa's Zuma to meet with ANC 'integrity commission' JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma will meet with the ruling ANC party's "integrity commission" next week, party officials said, after a year of political scandals and poor local election results.Zuma has deep support within the African National Congress and its lawmakers, but has faced growing criticism from some senior party activists as well as anti-apartheid veterans and trade unions."The Integrity Commission will meet with the President... on the 3rd of December to discuss the ...

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South Africa's Zuma condemns influence-peddling report as unfair CAPE TOWN: South African President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday an anti-corruption watchdog had no right to call for a judicial inquiry into alleged influence-peddling in his government, describing its report as unfair.The report by the Public Protector watchdog, released on Nov. 2, focused on allegations that businessman brothers Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta had influenced the appointment of ministers.While stopping short of conclusive findings, it has increased pressure on Zuma by calling for an ...

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UN base 'targeted' in Central Africa clashes BANGUI: The UN peacekeeping force in Central African Republic (CAR) said Tuesday one of its bases had come under fire during clashes between rival groups, prompting its troops to respond.The violence erupted on Monday between rival factions of the so-called former Seleka Muslim rebel group in the town of Bria, 400 kilometres (250 miles) northeast of Bangui, MINUSCA said in a statement."The MINUSCA base was targeted by some elements of the FPRC before they were ...

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DR Congo police bar anti-Kabila protest KINSHASA: Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo prevented a protest against President Joseph Kabila from taking place in Kinshasa Saturday, with officers occupying the square where the planned rally was due to occur, an AFP journalist said.An opposition movement dubbed "Rassemblement" (the Gathering) had called for a demonstration near parliament to demand that Kabila step down when his mandate ends on December 20. However no protesters or opposition leaders could be seen at the ...

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Ten dead in Uganda ferry accident KAMPALA: Ten people died when an overcrowded ferry on the Ugandan side of Lake Albert capsized in strong winds, local police said.The vessel, with 21 people onboard, was taking passengers from Buliisa to Kagoya, farther south, when the accident happened overnight Thursday, Buliisa police spokesman Julius Hakiza told AFP."We managed to rescue 11 people. The rest drowned," he said. The 10 fatalities comprised six women and four men.Accidents are frequent on the lake, which is ...