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Bashir pledges peace in first South Sudan visit since split JUBA: Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on Friday he wanted peace and normal relations with South Sudan in his first visit there since it split off from his country in 2011 after decades of civil war.The neighbours agreed in March to resume pumping oil through pipelines from south to north and ease the tensions which had threatened to reignite the war between them that had killed more than two million people.Diplomats hope Bashir's visit will help the two sides overcome deep mistrust and solve their remaining disputes over the ownership of Abyei and other contested border regions.Bashir, who cancelled a visit to Juba a year ago when border fighting almost flared into full-scale war, said in a speech in the southern capital that he had ordered Sudan's borders with South Sudan to be opened for traffic."I have instructed Sudan's authorities and civil society to open up to their brothers ...

Angola consumer inflation speeds up to 9.11pc LISBON: Angola's annual consumer inflation sped up to 9.11 percent year-on-year in March from 9.04 percent in February, the National Statistics Institute (INE) said on Friday. But month-on-month inflation braked to 0.66 percent in March from 0.82 percent in February, the INE added in a statement. Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...
'2 killed' as Sudan's South Kordofan capital shelled KHARTOUM: Two people were killed and eight wounded as suspected rebels shelled the capital of Sudan's war-torn South Kordofan state on Friday, residents said, as President Omar al-Bashir visited Juba.The attack struck the east of Kadugli town at about 1:30 pm (1030 GMT), they said. "Two shells hit an open area and three struck houses which burned to the ground.Two people were killed and eight injured," said one resident, who witnessed the attack across from ...
'Somali pirate' given 11 years in Japan jail: report TOKYO: A Japanese court on Friday sentenced an African man, one of four who attempted to hijack a Japanese tanker off the coast of Oman, to 11 years in jail, a report said.The 21-year-old man was a juvenile under Japanese law at the time of the incident and among four Africans, believed to be from Somalia, arrested in March 2011 over the attack in the Indian Ocean, Jiji Press said.Men armed with submachine guns tried ...
S. African cop filmed beating woman CAPE TOWN: South Africa's under-fire police force faced a fresh scandal Friday after footage emerged of an off-duty officer hitting and kicking an unarmed woman.The security footage, broadcast by the eNCA television channel, shows the man striking the woman to the ground on a petrol station forecourt before launching a sustained assault.Two uniformed officers are also filmed at the scene, making modest, and ultimately unsuccessful, efforts to restrain their colleague.But the solidly built man strikes ...
Sudan's Bashir leaves for South Sudan: official media KHARTOUM: Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has flown out of Khartoum for an official visit to South Sudan, official media reported on Friday, in a sign of easing tensions after border clashes last year."President Bashir left for Juba accompanied by a high-level delegation," the state SUNA news agency said in a brief dispatch.Bashir will be making his first journey over the disputed frontier since he attended South Sudan's independence celebrations on July 9, 2011, following a ...
Nigerian police free journalists held over report on president ABUJA: Nigerian police have freed four journalists arrested this week for a report in which they accused Goodluck Jonathan of launching a dirty tricks campaign against the opposition, their newspaper said on Thursday.The four reporters for local daily Leadership were detained on Monday after reporting that Jonathan had issued orders to frustrate a newly potent opposition by any means, including surveillance, ahead of 2015 presidential elections. The story did not say to whom the directive ...


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