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Tunisia pro-Islamic militia says officials released TUNIS: A controversial Tunisian pro-Islamic militia said on Sunday police had released two of its officials arrested at a prohibited meeting. On Saturday, police detained Imed Deghij and Mohamed Amine Agrebi, officials from the League for the Protection of the Revolution, and a handful of their supporters for several hours.The militia, which the opposition says has ties to the ruling Islamist Ennahda party, denounced the arrests and called for demonstrations in Tunis on June 1."It is impossible to bring Tunisia back to dictatorship... back to repression and corruption," the LPR said on its Facebook page. It said the protest, set for the centre of Tunis, was "to tell all the political parties that if they are there, it is thanks to us".The League was formed, with the support of Ennahda and allies of President Moncef Marzouki, as safeguard of the country's January 2011 revolution. For months the opposition has demanded ...

Equatorial Guinea votes in polls criticised as a 'sham' MALABO: Equatorial Guinea voted on Sunday in local and legislative elections denounced as a sham by the opposition, with the party of Africa's longest serving leader expected to clinch an overwhelming victory.The small central west African nation, the continent's third-largest oil producer, has been under the iron-fisted rule of Teodoro Obiang Nguema for 34 years and successive elections have been widely seen as flawed."These are sham elections, just like the other elections organised by the ...
Somali militants attack Kenyan police in cross-border raid MOGADISHU: The Somali militant group al Shabaab said on Sunday its fighters had killed eight Kenyans, including policemen, in a cross-border raid and had taken two captives back into Somalia.A Kenyan official confirmed two policemen had been killed and two were missing but could not confirm if they were kidnapped during the attack on Saturday night."We have gone 35 km into Kenya and burnt their base, Damajale, last night," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's ...
Six dead in latest Guinea riots CONAKRY: At least six people were killed and dozens wounded on Saturday in the third straight day of riots pitting local residents against police in the Guinean capital Conakry.Deadly violence has erupted in recent weeks in the west African nation, where opposition activists have accused President Alpha Conde of seeking to rig elections planned for June 30.Saturday's clashes erupted when police raided several neighbourhoods of the capital seen as pro-opposition, witnesses said.A doctor said the ...
US condemns Niger bombings WASHINGTON: The United States has condemned the "vicious terrorist attacks" at an army base and French-run uranium mine in northern Niger that left 33 people dead."These attacks targeted two of our key partners in the Sahel Niger and France," State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said in a statement late Friday."The United States condemns in the strongest terms the vicious terrorist attacks," he added."We express our condolences to the Nigerien people and their government, who have ...
Hollande invites African leaders to security summit ADDIS ABABA: French President Francois Hollande on Saturday invited African leaders to a "peace and security" summit later in the year."I invite all African leaders to Paris for a meeting that will be devoted to peace and security and therefore in some way also, the fight against terrorism," he told reporters on the sidelines of African Union celebrations to mark 50 years of a continental bloc.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Niger president says militants came from Libya PARIS: The attackers who staged deadly twin bombings at an army base and French-run uranium mine in northern Niger came from neighbouring Libya, Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou said on Saturday."The attackers, according to all the information we have received, came from Libya, from the south of Libya," Issoufou told television channel France 24."Libya continues to be a source of destabilisation for the countries of the Sahel," the semi-arid band of territory that crosses Africa south ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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