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Suicide bomber kills four in central Somalia: police MOGADISHU: At least four people were killed on Monday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in his car in an attack aimed at a senior police officer in Somalia's central Galkayo region, police said.   "There are at least five people dead, including the bomber," said police officer Mohamed Abdullahi in the town, which straddles the border between the northern breakaway state of Puntland and the self-proclaimed region of Galmudug.   Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...

Three Korean doctors slain in north Nigeria: police       KANO: Men armed with knives slit the throats of three South Korean doctors in a pre-dawn attack Sunday in a volatile town in northeastern Nigeria in the latest in a spate of killings of foreigners in recent months, police said.         The attack in Potiskum also came just two days after gunmen killed at least 10 people in horrifying attacks on two Nigerian polio clinics in a new blow to the campaign to wipe out disease, but ...
Tunisia opposition struggles to carve identity TUNIS: Opposition forces have struggled to carve out an identity ever since Tunisia's post-revolution elections brought Islamists to power at a time of disunity between secular parties.   The assassination on Wednesday of leftist opposition leader Chokri Belaid has thrown up an opportunity to close ranks but it "may be seized or squandered," said Kamel Laabidi, founder of Vigilance for Democracy and Civil State, an NGO.   The only joint initiative adopted by the secular parties has been an ...
Khartoum must act on abuse by security agents: UN expert KHARTOUM: Khartoum must act on allegations of human rights abuses by the country's state security service, the UN's independent expert on human rights in Sudan said on Sunday after a visit to the country.   "I must emphasise that violations of human rights by the NISS has been raised consistently by most stakeholders I met during this visit and I urged the government to take this matter seriously," Mashood Adebayo Baderin, speaking in English, told reporters.   He was ...
Over 100 slain in cattle raid in South Sudan: governor JUBA: Over 100 people were killed on Friday in a cattle raid carried out by heavily-armed rebels in South Sudan's troubled Jonglei state, the governor told AFP.   The people of Walgak in Akobo County were migrating north to the wetlands with cattle "and were being escorted by an army platoon when they came under attack by a huge force using automatic weapons," Jonglei governor Kuol Manyang said on Sunday, adding that the assailants "left 103 people ...
Malian troops foil second suicide attacks GAO: Malian troops shot at a suicide bomber who then blew up at a checkpoint at the northern city of Gao late on Saturday, the second attempted suicide attack on the same location in two days, a Malian military source and a witness said on Sunday.   "It was another suicide bomber the soldiers saw him coming and shot at him and he exploded," the military source, stationed at the checkpoint on the road coming into Gao ...
Khartoum backed militia kill 17 civilians KHARTOUM: Khartoum-backed militia in Sudan's South Kordofan state have killed 17 civilians, rebels said on Saturday, adding to tensions with South Sudan over a failure to implement security agreements.   The rebels accused a group of ethnic South Sudanese of ambushing a civilian lorry on Friday at Abu Nuwara, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the border with South Sudan's Upper Nile state.   "They clashed with the civilians there and there's a lot of casualties," said Arnu Ngutulu ...


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