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Sudan army battles rebels in border state with South Sudan KHARTOUM: Sudan's army said on Monday it fought off a rebel advance in a volatile state bordering South Sudan, but the insurgents said they had made a "tactical withdrawal" after a successful operation.The remote border area has been plagued by conflict since South Sudan broke away from Sudan as an independent country in July, 2011.Fighting between Sudanese government forces and rebels, who sided with the south in a decades-long civil war that led up to the secession, has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes.Sudan's armed forces spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khalid Saad said the army had repulsed an insurgent attack on the Surkum area in Blue Nile state."The armed forces managed to ... inflict heavy losses on the rebels," in fighting had lasted from late Sunday until Monday morning, he told Reuters.Arnu Lodi, a spokesman for the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N), gave a different account."We ...

Tunisia closes Libyan border post TUNIS: Tunisia has closed a border crossing with Libya after a clash with smugglers in which a Tunisian soldier was killed, state radio and security sources said on Monday. The radio said three civilians two Tunisians and a Libyan were also wounded in the confrontation between the army and armed smugglers near the Dhiba-Wazn border post on Sunday night. It gave no further details, but security sources said the crossing, a major trade route, was ...
Peace holds in heartlands of Kenya election losers KISUMU: Strongholds of defeated presidential candidate Raila Odinga were peaceful on Sunday, apparently reflecting a desire by Kenyans to avoid a repeat of the bloodshed that followed the last election five years ago. Odinga has refused to concede the election to rival Uhuru Kenyatta, but said he would challenge the result in the courts and urged his supporters to refrain from the violence that convulsed Kenya when he lost the disputed vote of 2007. A smooth handover ...
No government attempted military rescue of Nigeria hostages ROME: The killing of foreign hostages by Nigerian Islamists was not the response to a rescue attempt, cited by the Ansaru group as the reason for the deaths, Italy's foreign ministry said on Sunday. "There was never any military attempt to rescue the hostages by any of the governments concerned," the foreign ministry said in a statement. It said the killing "can have no explanation other than blind and barbaric violence."   Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...
South Africa JOHANNESBURG: Global peace icon Nelson Mandela spent the night in hospital months after being treated for a lung infection and gallstones, but the South African presidency gave no news on his condition on Sunday."There isn't an update. I just have to allow the doctors to advise me," said presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj.One of Mandela's grand-nephews insisted that the former statesman was simply undergoing tests."It's a normal check up at the hospital as an old person," ...
Egypt football sentence sparks unrest CAIRO: A court verdict over football violence sparked fresh unrest in Egypt on Saturday, with deadly clashes and buildings torched in the capital, as Islamist President Mohamed Morsi faces growing civil unrest.A Port Said court, sitting in Cairo for security reasons, confirmed death sentences for 21 defendants and handed down life sentences to five people, with 19 receiving lesser jail terms and another 28 exonerated.Fans of Al-Ahly football club, whose members were killed in a ...
Suez Canal unaffected by Port Said unrest CAIRO: Unrest in the Egyptian city of Port Said has not affected traffic in the Suez Canal, a spokesman for the strategic waterway said on Saturday according to state news agency MENA."The canal is far away of any political situation the country is facing and is safe and open to all ships passing through it," Suez Canal spokesman Tarek Hassanein told MENA."Attempts by some citizens to stop car ferries from crossing ... in the city ...


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