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Central African Republic minister kidnapped, another targeted BANGUI: Central African Republic's minister for youth and sport was kidnapped on Sunday by gunmen in the capital, Bangui, and a second minister narrowly escaped capture in a town to the north, officials said. The seizure of Armel Ningatoloum Sayo follows the brief kidnapping earlier this week of a UN staff member and a French charity worker, highlighting insecurity in the country despite the presence of French and UN peace keepers. Tatiana Yangeko, Sayo's spokeswoman, said the minister was driving his wife and his brother back from church when four unidentified gunmen in a taxi stopped their vehicle in Bangui's 8th arrondissement, in the north of the capital. "They got out of the taxi, shot in the air and forced the minister out of his car. They fled with him towards Boy Rabe," Yangeko said, referring to a neighbourhood that is a stronghold of the 'anti-Balaka' militia. "We have told ...

Kerry in Nigeria to urge non-violence before presidential vote LAGOS: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Nigeria on Sunday to urge its rival political camps to respect the outcome of a Feb. 14 presidential election, amid concerns that post-poll violence could undermine the fight against Boko Haram militants.Boko Haram has killed thousands, kidnapped hundreds and displaced more than a million people during its campaign to carve out an Islamic state in the northeast of Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation.Overnight Boko Haram attacked ...
Lungu has slim lead in Zambia presidential poll LUSAKA: Zambia's ruling party candidate Edgar Lungu has a slim lead after most votes have been counted in a presidential poll, the electoral commission said on Saturday, with the final tally due later in the day.With no reliable opinion polls in the southern African state, experts have struggled to call a winner in the contest to succeed Michael Sata, who died in office in October aged 77.Patriotic Front candidate Lungu led rival Hakainde Hichilema 48.4 ...
40 dead in DR Congo protests: Human Rights Watch KINSHASA: Forty people have died in protests in the Democratic Republic of Congo against President Joseph Kabila, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday, accusing security forces of using excessive force and then trying to remove evidence.The number of people who have died in DR Congo over the past week in demonstrations against a bill that could extend Kabila's time in power is contested, with the government saying the protests had left 12 dead and a ...
Soweto looting spree sends foreign shopkeepers fleeing SOWETO: Nazil Munssi stared at his ravaged hardware store near Soweto township with tears in his eyes, despondent and terrified after anti-foreign mobs went on a looting rampage this week in South Africa."They are targeting all the foreigners," said Munssi, an Indian national who has lived in South Africa for 26 years. "I don't think it's a safe place anymore. There is no law and order."The outbreak of pillaging, which targeted dozens of stores, began ...
Trial of 2 Ebola vaccines' effectiveness to start in Liberia ISLAMABAD: The first clinical trial to test the effectiveness of Ebola vaccines was expected to begin in Liberia in two weeks.Volunteers in the trial will be given either a vaccine being developed byGlaxoSmithKline, a vaccine being developed by Merck or a placebo. There are expected to be 9,000 people in each arm of the trial, New York times reported.The number of new Ebola cases is waning in West Africa. Officials from the United States Department ...
Bomb explodes outside presidential palace in Cairo, one injured CAIRO: A police officer was injured when a small bomb exploded outside the presidential palace in Cairo on Thursday, police sources said.An unknown assailant on a motorbike threw the bomb in front of the main entrance of the Al-Qubba palace before fleeing, the sources said.There has been a wave of violence in Egypt since Islamist president Mohammed Morsi was toppled by the military in July 2013 and a crackdown was launched on his supporters, leaving ...


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