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Tunisia ruling call for rally in capital TUNIS: Members of Tunisia's main ruling party called for a rally in the capital on Saturday, a day after police clashed with protesters at the funeral of murdered opposition figure Chokri Belaid.   The Ennahda party demonstration was to take place in the centre of Tunis on Habib Bourguiba Avenue, where the latest violence has taken place, the party said in a statement.   The protest would "defend the legitimacy of the national constituent assembly," where the Ennahda-dominated coalition holds a majority, and would "fight against (political) violence" it said the opposition is using.   Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...

Nigeria Flour Mills to borrow to double cement capacity: CFO LAGOS: Flour mills of Nigeria plans to borrow between $400 million to $500 million to construct a new cement plant which will double its existing 2.5 million metric tonnes capacity, its chief finance officer said on Friday.   Jacques Vauthier told Reuters on phone the conglomerate had appointed financial advisers and banks to raise a term loan from the local market for the construction of the plant. He said the details of the loan were still being ...
Gunmen kill 9 in attacks on Nigeria polio clinics: police   KANO: Gunmen attacked two clinics where polio vaccinators had gathered in the northern Nigerian city of Kano on Friday, killing nine people before fleeing, police and residents said.   "Nine people were killed in two separate attacks by gunmen on (motorised) tricycles when they attacked two dispensaries where polio immunisation workers were preparing to go out for polio campaigns," police spokesman Magaji Majia told AFP.   Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013           ...
Kenya suspends top wildlife officials in poaching probe NAIROBI: Kenya's wildlife authorities have suspended two top officials in the midst of investigations into rampant poaching that has decimated elephant herds and other wild animals, officials said Wednesday.   Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said in a statement that the officials were ordered "to take leave to facilitate internal investigations into the wildlife security situation".   Poaching has spiked recently in East Africa, with whole herds of elephants massacred for their ivory.   "The suspensions had to be done to pave ...
Police fire tear gas at protesters in Tunis: AFP TUNIS: Tunisian police on Wednesday fired tear gas at thousands of protesters gathered outside the interior ministry in central Tunis to denounce the murder of an opposition leader, an AFP journalist reported.   The protesters, who massed outside the ministry on Habib Bourguiba Avenue, epicentre of the 2011 uprising that ousted ex-dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, pelted the police with bottles.   The police then responded by firing tear gas, chasing the protesters and beating them with batons.   Copyright ...
Kenya tracks Facebook, Twitter for election ‘hate speech’ NAIROBI: Every day, Kagonya Awori and her tech-savvy team trawl through Facebook and Twitter for warning signs that Kenya's elections in March may unleash the same ethnic violence that took the country to the brink of civil war five years ago.   Sifting through blogs and social media sites, the group of six search for hate speech and inflammatory postings - or any early indications that inter-tribal tensions are escalating.   Awori and her colleagues have reason to be ...
Abidjan confirms French tanker hijacked off Ivory Coast ABIDJAN: A French tanker has been hijacked off Ivory Coast, port authority officials in the economic capital Abidjan confirmed Monday, after a report that the vessel had been seized by pirates.   "The boat was hijacked in international waters," Alexis Guie, in charge of communication at the port, told AFP.   The International Maritime Bureau in Kuala Lumpur earlier said that a French tanker disappeared at the weekend off the west African country, apparently in an act of piracy.   Copyright ...


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