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About 243,000 S.Sudanese refugees in Sudan: UN KHARTOUM: About 243,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Sudan, including tens of thousands in war-torn Darfur, since a civil war erupted in their country in December 2013, the UN said Thursday.South Sudan won independence from Sudan in 2011 but two years later it fell into a brutal civil war that has killed tens of thousands of civilians.Fleeing conflict and food shortages in their country, tens of thousands of South Sudanese have also sought refuge in other neighbouring countries."The total number of South Sudanese refugees who arrived in Sudan is about 243,000 since December 2013," the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, or OCHA, said in its weekly bulletin.It said as of August 16, the number of South Sudanese who arrived since the beginning of 2016 had reached about 90,000, including more than 50,000 who have taken refugee in East Darfur."The flow of refugees into East Darfur remains ...

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Al Shabaab militants bomb Somali beach restaurant, gunfight ongoing MOGADISHU: Al Shabaab militants attacked a beach restaurant in the capital Mogadishu with a car bomb and a gunfight was still ongoing, police and the group said on Thursday. "A car bomb exploded at Banadir beach restaurant at Lido beach and there is exchange of gunfire. We have no other details so far," Major Ahmed Ibrahim, a police officer, told Reuters. Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. "We attacked the Banadir beach ...

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UN blasts DR Congo arrests after strike call KINSHASA: The United Nations condemned Wednesday the arrests of 32 people in DR Congo after a nationwide opposition-led strike call gripped parts of the country, calling some of them "arbitrary".The arrests happened Tuesday in the capital Kinshasa and in Mbuji-Mayi in the centre of the country, said Jose Maria Aranaz, who heads the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO).Eleven of those arrested by police and the national intelligence agency (ANR) remain in custody in ...

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South African finance minister says will not meet police, assets extend slump JOHANNESBURG: South African assets slumped further on Wednesday after Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said he would not appear before police who had requested him to meet them over an investigation into a suspected rogue spy unit in the tax service. The police had on Monday asked Gordhan and other top officials at the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to meet an officer of the elite unit Hawks on Thursday in relation to contravention of surveillance ...

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South Africa's finance minister Gordhan contacted by police JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has been contacted by police, a Treasury spokeswoman confirmed on Tuesday, after a media report said he had been summoned by an elite police investigation unit. An online news service said Gordhan had been told to report to the Hawks police unit regarding investigations into a rogue unit set up at the revenue service while he was its head. "Indeed minister received correspondence from the Hawks yesterday. He's ...

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UN rights chief deplores Gambia opposition detainee death DAKAR: The UN rights chief on Tuesday deplored the death of an opposition party member while in custody in Gambia, urging the authorities to investigate his death along with allegations that detainees are refused medical care. Solo Krummah died in hospital over the weekend, his United Democratic Party (UDP) said, its second member to lose his life in custody since the start of a crackdown on opposition protests earlier this year.There were no details on ...

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Kerry warns against military crackdowns in Nigeria SOKOTO: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday congratulated Nigeria on its recent military successes against Boko Haram, but warned the country will face a blowback if it "cracks down" on the Islamists with excessive force.Speaking at a press conference in the northern city of Sokoto, Kerry praised Nigeria for reclaiming swathes of territory from Boko Haram and releasing thousands of hostages over the past year. Nigeria has made "important progress", Kerry said. "Nigeria ...