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South Sudan president names arch-rival Riek Machar as vice-president JUBA: South Sudan's president Salva Kiir has named his arch-rival Riek Machar as vice-president, after fighting for more than two years of civil war."I, Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan, do hereby issue this Republican Decree for the appointment of Dr. Riek Machar Teny as the first vice President of the Republic of South Sudan," the decree issued late on Thursday night said. The appointment was agreed as part of an August 2015 peace deal, which has been repeatedly broken.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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South Africa's Zuma eyes foreign investors as opposition disrupts speech CAPE TOWN: South African opposition members interrupted the annual state-of-the-nation speech by President Jacob Zuma on Thursday, repeatedly jeering a leader they accuse of mismanaging the flagging economy.Zuma's speech highlighted policies to revive the economy, at a time when the president is under fire over a taxpayer-funded security upgrade to his private home that cost 250 million rand (then $23 million). Anger at the spending was heightened by a sharp downturn in the economy.The central ...

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Mortar attack targeting Somali capital airport: witnesses MOGADISHU: Insurgents in Mogadishu fired "several" rounds of mortar shells targeting the Somali capital's airport, witnesses said Thursday.Heavy explosions could be heard overnight Wednesday by residents in neighbourhoods close to the airport, with official sources there confirming the attack.There were no confirmed reports of any casualties, but some flights were reportedly cancelled on Thursday morning.Mogadishu airport is heavily fortified and adjoins the capital's main base of the African Union mission to Somalia, the 22,000-strong force ...

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At least six dead in Cameroon double suicide attack: security sources YAOUNDÉ: At least six civilians were killed and over 30 injured Wednesday in a double suicide attack in Cameroon's northern border region with Nigeria, which is regularly attacked by Boko Haram fighters, security sources said.The attackers, who were also killed, were both female, said a source."Six civilians were killed as well as two suicide bombers who blew themselves up" during a funeral wake in the village of Nguetchewe, a source told AFP, adding that between ...

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Sudan names new military chief amid Darfur clashes: ministry KHARTOUM: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir named a new military chief of staff Tuesday as his forces battle rebels in the Jebel Marra area of the western Darfur region, the defence ministry said.Bashir issued decrees appointing "Lieutenant General Emadeddin Adawi to the post of joint chief of staff", the ministry said in a statement.Adawi takes over from Lieutenant-General Mustafa Obeid Salim, who held the post from 2013 in what is usually a four-year assignment.The decrees also ...

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Zimbabwe appeals for $1.5 bln to prevent starvation HARARE: Zimbabwe on Tuesday appealed to local businesses and charities for $1.5 billion (1.4 billion euros) aid to save more than a quarter of the population from starvation due to drought."The government of Zimbabwe requires a total of $1 572 009 953 with effect from February to December 2016," Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe's vice president told a news conference in the capital Harare."The amount of rainfall received to date is inadequate to meet basic household consumption ...

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Zuma under pressure as South Africa faces 'testing' year CAPE TOWN: South African President Jacob Zuma delivers a state of the nation address this week to a country facing its toughest year since Nelson Mandela took power more than two decades ago.Special security precautions are in place for Zuma's address to parliament, which last year degenerated into chaos when opposition lawmakers prevented him from speaking and were violently evicted.As the president speaks on Thursday -- if his most vocal opponents in the assembly allow ...