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Private firm hired to hunt for EgyptAir black boxes CAIRO: Egypt hired a private firm Friday to help in the hunt for the black boxes from the EgyptAir plane that crashed last week en route from Paris to Cairo, authorities said.Egyptian civil aviation officials said in a statement they had signed an agreement with Deep Ocean Search (DOS) to carry out the search and retrieval process of the two data recorders.EgyptAir Flight MS804 crashed in the Mediterranean last Thursday between the Greek island of Crete and Egypt's north coast with 66 people aboard, including 30 Egyptians and 15 French nationals. French and Egyptian aviation officials have said it is too soon to determine what caused the disaster, although a terror attack on the Airbus A320 has not been ruled out.DOS says it can operate in depths of up to 6,000 metres (20,000 feet) and has a robot that is capable of mapping the seabed.France's aviation safety agency has said ...

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Blast kills five soldiers and wounds four in Mali: army BAMAKO: Five soldiers were killed Friday and four others wounded in northern Mali when their vehicles were hit by an explosion, authorities said."Two vehicles from the Malian armed forces were blown up by an improvised explosive device causing the death of five Malian soldiers and wounding four others," an army statement said.The government pledged in the statement that "everything will be done to locate and bring those responsible to justice" for the attack between the ...

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South Africa's parliament approves land expropriation bill JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's parliament on Thursday approved a bill allowing state expropriations of land to redress racial disparities in land ownership, an emotive issue two decades after the end of apartheid. Most of South Africa's land remains in white hands and many commercial and small-scale farmers are currently facing tough times because of the worst drought in at least a century. The bill, in the works since 2008, will enable the state to pay for ...

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UN condemns killing of Slovakian nun in volatile South Sudan NAIROBI: The United Nations' most senior humanitarian official in South Sudan denounced on Wednesday the killing of a Slovakian nun who was working as a doctor in the country, where violence is hampering efforts to relieve widespread hunger and sickness. Sister Veronika Rackov? is the 54th aid worker to be killed in South Sudan since violence erupted in the world's youngest nation in December 2013, the United Nations said. "I am deeply saddened by this ...

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Buhari's Lagos no-show dismays Nigerian business LAGOS: At least the taxi drivers of Lagos are happy, even if businessmen in Nigeria's commercial capital are not.A year after becoming president, Muhammadu Buhari pulled out of his first official visit to Lagos on Monday, averting citywide gridlock but angering business leaders who say the 73-year-old former military ruler is deaf to their plight.With Africa's largest economy now contracting, the foreign exchange market frozen by red tape and a new Niger Delta insurgency sending ...

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South Africa's Zuma to hear if 800 graft charges reinstated PRETORIA: South African state prosecutors will Monday respond to a court ruling that President Jacob Zuma should face almost 800 corruption charges, in a move that could threaten his hold on power.The charges, relating to a multi-billion dollar arms deal, were dropped in 2009, clearing the way for Zuma to be elected president just weeks later.The prosecutor justified dropping the charges by saying that tapped phone calls between officials in then-president Thabo Mbeki's administration showed ...

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UN says Sudan refuses to renew permit of senior humanitarian official KHARTOUM: The United Nations said on Sunday that Sudanese authorities had declined to renew a permit for the head of its humanitarian coordination office in Khartoum, Ivo Freijsen, saying he was being effectively expelled from the country. A statement from the UN humanitarian country team in Sudan expressed "shock and disappointment at the de facto expulsion by the Government of Sudan of one of its senior UN officials." It said Freijsen was the fourth UN ...