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Egypt road accident kills 18 policemen  CAIRO: Eighteen Egyptian policemen were killed in an accident on Monday after their driver lost control of their truck in the Sinai, where security forces are battling militants, state media reported.   Another six policemen were injured in the accident near the border with Israel, the official MENA news agency reported. The dead and injured conscripts belonged the interior ministry's Central Security Forces, which along with the army has been battling militants behind a series of deadly attacks in the lawless peninsula.   Deadly road accidents are common in Egypt, due to bad road conditions and lax traffic regulations. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...

Libya PM proposes TRIPOLI: Libya's Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagur on Sunday proposed to the General National Congress a "crisis government" of just 10 ministers, after the GNC rejected outright his first proposed line-up.   "In face of the dangers threatening the country, I present to you a crisis government restricted to 10 ministers, rejecting all geographical considerations," the premier told the 200 members of the country's national assembly.   Abdessalem Jadallah al-Salihin, a colonel under the toppled regime of Moamer Kadhafi ...
Miners to lay murder charges against police JOHANNESBURG: Representatives of 12,000 fired Anglo American Platinum workers in South Africa will lay murder charges after a colleague was killed in clashes with police, a leader said.   "What we want to do tomorrow (Monday) is to open a case against the SAPS (South African Police Service)," said George Tyobela, a worker representative.   A man workers identified as Mtshunquleni Qakamba, 48, died when police fired rubber bullets and teargas to disperse a gathering on a hill on ...
Sudan military plane crashes: army KHARTOUM: A Sudanese military transport plane crashed in the desert outside the capital Khartoum on Sunday, killing some and injuring others, the army said.   "The pilot informed the airport that he had a problem with one of his engines," before the plane went down west of Jebel Aulia, Sawarmi Khaled Saad, the Sudanese army spokesman, told AFP.   "There are some people killed and others injured," he said, unable to immediately give the toll.   Saad added that the Antonov ...
Libya PM TRIPOLI: Libya's Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagur faces an uphill task in naming a government on Sunday that balances regional and political interests while also tackling multiple security issues, analysts say.   The embattled premier was granted 72 hours to build consensus and deliver an amended cabinet list after the General National Congress (GNC) rejected his first proposed line-up late on Thursday.   "The central government does not yet have sufficient military capacity to provide adequate security for its ...
UN to name Prodi as envoy for Sahel region  UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has proposed former European Commissioner president Romano Prodi to become envoy to Africa's troubled Sahel region, diplomats said Saturday.   Prodi's designation should be approved by the Security Council and announced Tuesday if none of the 15 members object.   The decision to name an envoy emerged from a meeting on the Sahel and Mali that was held on the sidelines of the recent UN General Assembly.   Prodi, 72, served as Italy's prime ...
Tunisia calls for migrant crisis task force VALLETTA: Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki called on Saturday for the creation of a regional task force to deal with the "humanitarian disaster" which has killed thousands of desperate African migrants trying to reach Europe in small, unseaworthy boats.   Speaking at the conclusion of a meeting of European and north African leaders in Malta, Marzouki said the task force would have to coordinate work already being done by foreign and interior ministries as well as regional bodies.   "We ...


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