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Egypt boosts security for protests to mark Mubarak fall CAIRO: Egypt's security forces were on high alert on Monday ahead of pro-democracy protests to mark the second anniversary of former president Hosni Mubarak's ouster, a police official told AFP.   Authorities have boosted security around the presidential palace, the interior ministry and around Cairo's Tahrir Square, as well as around key public installations, the official said.   Marches were due to set off at 5:00 pm (1500 GMT) towards Tahrir epicentre of protests that toppled Mubarak and the presidential palace where violent protests have been staged against Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.   "There will also be extra security around the main metro stations after some groups threatened to block the tracks," the official said.   Protesters briefly blocked trains in a central Cairo metro station, scuffling with passengers and metro police, and a major bridge, witnesses and state media reported.   Opposition parties and movements have called for a day of action, demanding Morsi fulfill the goals of the ...

Guinean military chief killed in plane crash in Liberia MONROVIA: The head of Guinea's armed forces and other senior military officials from the West African state were killed on Monday when their aircraft crashed close to the Liberian capital Monrovia, a presidency official in Guinea said.   "There was the chief of staff and five other military officials on the plane," said the source in Conakry, who asked not to be identified.   "It's clear that everyone on the plane is dead."   The Guinean military chief, General Kelefa Diallo, ...
Suicide bomber kills four in central Somalia: police MOGADISHU: At least four people were killed on Monday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in his car in an attack aimed at a senior police officer in Somalia's central Galkayo region, police said.   "There are at least five people dead, including the bomber," said police officer Mohamed Abdullahi in the town, which straddles the border between the northern breakaway state of Puntland and the self-proclaimed region of Galmudug.   Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Three Korean doctors slain in north Nigeria: police       KANO: Men armed with knives slit the throats of three South Korean doctors in a pre-dawn attack Sunday in a volatile town in northeastern Nigeria in the latest in a spate of killings of foreigners in recent months, police said.         The attack in Potiskum also came just two days after gunmen killed at least 10 people in horrifying attacks on two Nigerian polio clinics in a new blow to the campaign to wipe out disease, but ...
Tunisia opposition struggles to carve identity TUNIS: Opposition forces have struggled to carve out an identity ever since Tunisia's post-revolution elections brought Islamists to power at a time of disunity between secular parties.   The assassination on Wednesday of leftist opposition leader Chokri Belaid has thrown up an opportunity to close ranks but it "may be seized or squandered," said Kamel Laabidi, founder of Vigilance for Democracy and Civil State, an NGO.   The only joint initiative adopted by the secular parties has been an ...
Khartoum must act on abuse by security agents: UN expert KHARTOUM: Khartoum must act on allegations of human rights abuses by the country's state security service, the UN's independent expert on human rights in Sudan said on Sunday after a visit to the country.   "I must emphasise that violations of human rights by the NISS has been raised consistently by most stakeholders I met during this visit and I urged the government to take this matter seriously," Mashood Adebayo Baderin, speaking in English, told reporters.   He was ...
Over 100 slain in cattle raid in South Sudan: governor JUBA: Over 100 people were killed on Friday in a cattle raid carried out by heavily-armed rebels in South Sudan's troubled Jonglei state, the governor told AFP.   The people of Walgak in Akobo County were migrating north to the wetlands with cattle "and were being escorted by an army platoon when they came under attack by a huge force using automatic weapons," Jonglei governor Kuol Manyang said on Sunday, adding that the assailants "left 103 people ...


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