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Central Africa strongman vows to hand over in three years BANGUI: The Central African Republic's new strongman Michel Djotodia vowed Saturday not to contest 2016 polls and hand over power at the end of the three-year transition he declared after his coup a week ago."I ask God Almighty to give myself and my prime minister the strength and intelligence to manage the Central African Republic well over the coming three years. We will hand over power to whoever comes to succeed us," he told a rally of up to 3,000 supporters in the capital Bangui. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...

Mandela has pneumonia, breathing 'without difficulty' JOHANNESBURG: Nelson Mandela was comfortable and breathing without difficulty after being treated for pneumonia, the presidency said Saturday as the anti-apartheid icon spent a third day in hospital. The 94-year-old had fluid drained from his chest which "has resulted in him now being able to breathe without difficulty," President Jacob Zuma's office said in a statement. "He continues to respond to treatment and is comfortable." Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Kenyans await ruling in disputed presidential election NAIROBI: Kenya's Supreme Court said on Saturday it would issue its ruling no later than 1400 GMT on legal challenges to Uhuru Kenyatta's win in a presidential election seen as a test of democracy, five years after vote disputes triggered widespread bloodshed.The country's outgoing president called for calm ahead of a decision that will either confirm the victory of Kenya's richest man Kenyatta or force another vote.Defeated candidate Raila Odinga says the March 4 poll ...
Mandela 'making steady progress' JOHANNESBURG: Nelson Mandela is "in good spirits" and making progress as he spends a third night in hospital for a lung infection, South Africa's government said, seeking to soothe fears over the anti-apartheid hero.Messages of concern for the ailing 94-year-old, one of the towering figures of modern history, have poured in since he was admitted to hospital late Wednesday and President Jacob Zuma's spokesman gave an upbeat report on Friday."He was in good spirits, he ...
Three dead, dozens feared trapped in Tanzania collapse DAR ES SALAAM: At least three people were confirmed dead and dozens feared trapped, including children, after a half-built multi-storey building collapsed in Tanzania's main city of Dar es Salaam on Friday. Hundreds of people, including residents and army rescuers, clawed through piles of rubble in the hunt for survivors, alongside earthmovers and excavators. The shell of the 16-storey building collapsed near a mosque in the Kisutu area of Tanzania's economic capital as many people ...
S. Africa's ailing Mandela making progress, "in good spirits" SOWETO: Former South African President Nelson Mandela has made steady progress and is "in good spirits" after spending a second night in hospital under treatment for a lung infection, the country's government said on Friday.The news came as a relief to South Africans who were anxiously praying and waiting for an update on the health of the 94-year-old anti-apartheid legend, who was undergoing his third hospital treatment in four months."The Presidency wishes to advise that ...
Mandela spends second night in hospital JOHANNESBURG: Nelson Mandela spent a second night in hospital being treated for a lung infection while the South African government sought to reassure the nation about the health of its first black president and hero of the anti-apartheid struggle.The 94-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate received well wishes from global figures including US President Barak Obama after he was admitted to hospital before midnight on Wednesday, his third stint in hospital in four months.The government said ...


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