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Egypt Central Bank governor resigns  CAIRO: The governor of Egypt's Central Bank, Faruq El-Okda, resigned on Saturday, state television reported, after days of speculation that he would step down for health reasons.   State television reported that Okda, the bank's head since 2003, might be replaced by his deputy, Hisham Ramez. It did not say why he had stood down.   Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...

Kenya deputy PM Kenyatta says will run for president NAIROBI: Kenyan Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, charged by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity over deadly 2007-08 election violence, said on Saturday he would run for president in the March vote.   "I have been mandated by (the Jubilee coalition) to be the flag bearer in the March 4 election, and I will never let you down," he said.   The son of Jomo Kenyatta, who is considered the founding father of Kenyan independence, Uhuru Kenyatta ...
UN aircraft faced many attacks in South Sudan: spokesman UNITED NATIONS: The shooting down of a UN helicopter in South Sudan by the army, which killed four Russian crew, is the latest of a long line of UN troubles with government forces in the country, a UN spokesman said Saturday.   The United Nations also rejected South Sudanese claims that the helicopter, shot down on Friday in troubled Jonglei state, had not told authorities in advance of its flight plans.   A UN peacekeeping spokesman, Kieran Dwyer, said ...
Voters, but few tourists, in shadow of Egypt CAIRO: For millennia, the Sphinx guarding Cairo's famed pyramids has gazed upon the rise and fall of civilisations and the passage of countless visitors.   Now though, the ancient statue is looking on an absence of foreign tourists.   They have been chased away, the coterie of local souvenir hawkers and guides in its shadow say, by the political turmoil swirling over the country.   On Saturday, as polling stations nearby received voters for the second round of a referendum on ...
Suicide bombers attack Nigeria telecom firms KANO: Two suspected suicide car bombers blew themselves up in coordinated attacks on Saturday on two major telecoms companies in the volatile northern Nigerian city of Kano, officials said, but no other deaths were reported.   One of the attackers blew himself up when he rammed his car into the gate of an Airtel mobile phone company building, setting it ablaze. The second died when his car exploded outside the office of MTN, Nigeria's largest mobile phone ...
Russia asks to punish for UN chopper down MOSCOW: Russia on Saturday urged South Sudan to punish those responsible for shooting down a UN helicopter, killing all four Russian crew on board.   "We call on the government of South Sudan to carry out the necessary investigation, punish the guilty and take every measure to guarantee that this never happens again," the foreign ministry said in a statement on its website after Friday's incident.   Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
Six killed in Kenya tribal violence NAIROBI: At least six people were killed and several wounded on Friday in an attack on a village in southeast Kenya, where deadly tribal violence erupted last summer, police said.   "Unknown people raided Kipao village at dawn and unleashed terror," a police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity, adding that six people were killed. The head of the province confirmed the attack but did not give a death toll.   Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...


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