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Ailing president eyes fourth term in Algeria vote ALGIERS: Algerians will vote in a presidential election Thursday with Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has ruled the oil-rich North African nation for 15 years, the firm favourite for re-election despite chronic health problems.The 77-year-old president has been conspicuous by his absence from the campaign trail, looking frail on the rare occasions he has appeared in public since suffering a mini-stroke last year, with a team of high-profile allies instead making his case.Despite rehabilitation treatment and assurances from former premier Abdelmalek Sellal, who is spearheading the campaign, that he is "improving day by day", many doubt whether Bouteflika is fit to continue for another five years.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Libya rebels hand over oil ports to army BENGHAZI: The Libyan army said it had taken control Wednesday of two oil ports under a weekend deal to end a crippling nine-month blockade by rebels seeking autonomy in the country's east.Colonel Ali al-Shikhi, spokesman for the army general staff, said men under its command had taken control of Al-Hariga and Zueitina ports.The rebels' seizure of four eastern oil terminals last July in pursuit of their campaign for restored autonomy for the eastern Cyrenaica region ...
Security Council 'to give green light' to Central Africa mission UNITED NATIONS: The Security Council of the UN is expected to adopt a resolution Thursday authorizing the deployment to Central African Republic in September of about 12,000 peacekeepers, diplomats say.The resolution will be submitted by France and will see a force initially comprising up to 10,000 military personnel and 1,800 police deploy to a country where thousands have been killed since sectarian violence broke out a year ago, triggering fears of genocide.The resolution authorizes soldiers ...
West Africa Ebola outbreak among 'most challenging' ever: WHO GENEVA: West Africa's Ebola unprecedented outbreak is among the "most challenging" for health workers since the deadly disease emerged elsewhere in Africa four decades ago as the suspected death toll topped 100, the WHO said Tuesday.Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said the agency was concerned about the spread of the virus from its epicentre in the forests of southern Guinea."We have not had an Ebola outbreak in this part of ...
Two foreign nationals shot dead in central Somalia: official MOGADISHU: Two foreign nationals were shot dead on Monday at an airport in Galkaio, central Somalia, officials and witnesses said."Two white men have been shot inside the airport as they got off a plane," local security official Mohamed Mire said.Witnesses said one of the victims died on the spot while the other was rushed to hospital where he later died.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Chad says UN accusations over Central Africa killings 'defamatory' N'DJAMENA: Chad on Saturday dismissed as "defamatory and tendentious" UN accusations that its troops carried out an unprovoked attack when they opened fire in a crowded market in the Central African Republic's capital, killing at least 30 people."The government of the Republic of Chad expresses its surprise and indignation faced with the purported investigation published by the United Nations Human Rights Commission," said a government statement sent to AFP.On Friday the UN said that an ...
West Africa gears up to fight Ebola, killer fevers BAMAKO: Several west African countries geared up on Friday to tackle killer haemorrhagic fevers including Ebola, which has claimed more than 80 lives in Guinea and just seen suspect cases emerge in Mali, after Liberia and Sierra Leone.The health minister in Mali, one of Guinea's neighbours, late Thursday announced three suspect cases of Ebola and said the victims had been placed in isolation, while test samples were sent to the US Center for Disease Control.On ...


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