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Rwandan president names new prime minister KIGALI: Rwandan President Paul Kagame named the former labour minister Anastase Murekezi as the new prime minister on Wednesday, a presidential statement said.The appointment is expected to bring in a possible cabinet reshuffle, as under Rwanda's constitution, ministers must be chosen or reappointed by the new prime minister."It is a great honour for me to have been appointed prime minister," Murekezi said on his Twitter account."My new appointment gives me a unique opportunity to keep serving my country Rwanda," he added.Murekezi, who has served as the labour minister since 2008, is the fifth prime minister since the Rwandan genocide of 1994. He replaces Pierre Habumuremyi, who had held the post since 2011.Murekezi, 62, married with two children, is a member of the Rwanda's second largest political party, the Social Democratic Party (PSD), a member of the ruling coalition.He trained as an agronomist in Belgium. Rwanda has shown dramatic economic successes ...

Clashes between Libya army, fighters kill 16 BENGHAZI: Sixteen people, most of them soldiers, were killed and 81 injured in clashes between the Libyan army and fighters in the eastern city of Benghazi, medical and military sources told AFP Tuesday."Most of the dead and injured are soldiers. Three civilians, including an Egyptian, were killed when a rocket hit their house," a hospital source said on condition of anonymity.A military official said fighting broke out after an alliance of militia attacked an army ...
Violence simmers in Central Africa as peace talks open BRAZZAVILLE: Key players in the Central African conflict launched a fresh round of talks in Brazzaville on Monday to end more than a year of sectarian bloodshed in the direly poor nation.But even as negotiators huddled in Congo, fresh violence erupted in the capital Bangui with the killing of a former Seleka rebel that sparked an immediate riposte.The three-day forum for reconciliation and political dialogue, chaired by Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso, is aimed a ...
15,000 people displaced after Boko Haram raid in Nigeria: official MAIDUGURI: A massive assault by Boko Haram in the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa displaced more than 15,000 people, an official said Monday, as the security forces sent reinforcements to flush out the Islamist fighters. The attack on Damboa began late Thursday but continued through the weekend, with witnesses saying that civilians were left defenceless by the security forces who withdrew from the area earlier this month. Officials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) ...
South Sudan rebels launch new offensive despite truce JUBA: South Sudanese rebels launched an offensive to retake a key town near the border with Ethiopia on Sunday in what the United Nations said was a clear violation of a truce agreement."This attack represents the most serious resumption of hostilities" since President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, rebel leader Riek Machar, met in May and recommitted to a January ceasefire, the UN mission said in a statement.The fighters loyal to Machar struck Nasir, ...
Militants resume assault on main Libya airport TRIPOLI: Militants resumed their assault on Libya's main international airport on Sunday two days after an abortive truce with the rival former rebels that control it, a security official said."The airport was attacked this morning with mortar rounds, rockets and tank fire," airport security official Al-Jilani Al-Dahesh told AFP."It was the most intense bombardment so far."Militants first attacked the airport last Sunday, forcing a halt to all flights.Their continued offensive has caused extensive damage to ...
Shebab claims deadly strike on Kenya bus NAIROBI: Somalia Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab on Saturday claimed an attack on a bus near the Kenyan vacation island of Lamu in which seven people were killed.The Kenyan Red Cross said five civilians and two police officers died late on Friday when armed men opened fire first on a bus, then on a car and a police vehicle, near the town of Witu, 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Lamu island.Local authorities said four of the seven dead ...


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