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South Sudan army, rebels trade blame for downing UN helicopter JUBA: South Sudan's rebels and army traded blame on Wednesday for shooting down a UN helicopter killing three crew and scuppering a day-old ceasefire deal, the fourth in eight months of war."The rebels shot it down," army spokesman Philip Aguer said, while rebel spokesman Mabior Garang said: "This was not our work." The UN Security Council on Wednesday confirmed the cargo helicopter was downed by an "attack" that killed three Russian crew members and injured another, but did not say which side was to blame.Thousands of people have been killed and more than 1.8 million have fled a civil war sparked by a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar.Rebel forces in Unity state, the war-torn region where the helicopter crashed, are led by warlord Peter Gadet, who has been slapped with sanctions for atrocities by both the United States and the European Union.Aguer said ...

Niger parliament head to be questioned in baby-trafficking case NIAMEY: The head of parliament in Niger will be interrogated as part of a probe into international baby-trafficking, sources said on Wednesday.Hama Amadou is suspected of "complicity" in the trafficking of babies born in Nigeria and trafficked into Niger via Benin. But Amadou, who is considered the leading challenger to President Mahamadou Issoufou ahead of elections in 2016, has denounced the charges as politically motivated and said it would involve a breach of his parliamentary ...
Ethiopia's herbal high struggles after foreign ban AWADAY: For a town seen as a key trading centre for khat, a drug that is banned in many countries, Ethiopia's Awaday can seem pretty drowsy and laid-back.As the sun sets on the small eastern town, farmers and brokers of the amphetamine shrub rouse from an afternoon slumber to cut deals in the bustling market, one of the busiest centres of international trade for the leaves.Khat, a multi-million dollar business for countries across the Horn ...
Libyan raids herald bolder Arab action as US role wavers DUBAI: Air strikes by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates on Libyan Islamists as alleged by Washington despite denials from Cairo and the Gulf state would mark an escalation of a regional struggle over the future of the Arab world.If true, Arab responsibility for the attacks would also add to a picture of the West's regional allies acting increasingly independently in the absence of decisive US involvement, seeking security goals with which Washington may not ...
Ebola 'easier to avoid than malaria': USAID MONROVIA: The head of the US Agency for International Development said Tuesday poor understanding of Ebola was undermining the fight against the epidemic, pointing out that the fever is harder to get than malaria.USAID director Jeremy Konyndyk, in Liberia to support the fight against an epidemic which has claimed the lives of almost 1,500 west Africans, told AFP educating people on how to protect themselves was the best way to beat Ebola."Compared to something like ...
170 bodies of African migrants found from Libya shipwreck GUARABOULI: Libyan rescuers have recovered the bodies of around 170 people after a boat carrying illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa sank at sea last week, a coast guard official said on Monday."We freed about 100 bodies trapped in the hold of the 16-metre (50-foot) wooden boat which foundered not far from the coast," Abdellatif Mohammed Ibrahim told AFP.Another 70 bodies were washed up by the tide, including five young children, he said."It looks like the ...
Armed groups in Mali prepare for peace talks OUAGADOUGOU: Ethnic Tuareg and Arab militias from Mali are gathering for talks this week in Burkina Faso ahead of peace negotiations with the government, participants said on Monday."We want to get together to harmonise our points of view on certain issues before meeting with Bamako (the government)," Mohamaed Ag Assaleh, president of the Coalition of the People for Azawad (CPA), told AFP.Discussions among groups that lay claim to a homeland in northern Mali they call ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
Imports $4.338 bln
WeeklyAugust 25, 2014
Reserves $13.925 bln