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Relatives try to storm Egypt prison after death sentences CAIRO: Relatives of defendants sentenced to death over Egypt's deadliest football disaster on Saturday tried to storm the prison where they were being held, state television said.   The unrest erupted just minutes after an Egyptian court referred the convictions of 21 defendants to the country's top cleric the Grand Mufti for his final authorisation to carry out their death sentences, as is customary.   Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...

Egypt sentences 21 to death in football disaster trial CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced 21 people to death over football clashes that killed 74 people last year, as relatives of the deceased erupted into cries of joy in the courtroom.   The court has now handed the verdict to the country's top cleric for his final opinion. Executions in Egypt must be authorised by the Grand Mufti.  Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013   ...
Truck hits people boarding Kenya ferry, 11 killed NAIROBI: At least 11 people were killed on Saturday morning when a lorry lost control and rammed into passengers boarding a ferry in Kenya's port city of Mombasa, the Kenya Red Cross and witnesses said.   "So far we can confirm 11 deaths from the ferry tragedy. Scores are still trapped at the scene and more than 20 people have been evacuated," Mombasa regional Red Cross chief Mwanaisha Hamisi told AFP.   She confirmed witness accounts that the "lorry ...
Filipino death toll from Algeria siege rises to eight MANILA: An eighth person from the Philippines has been confirmed killed in last week's siege by militants of a remote natural gas plant in Algeria, the government said Friday.   The eighth Philippine fatality is a male, said foreign department spokesman Raul Hernandez, without naming the victim.   "His body was positively identified by our team in Algeria. We still have one unaccounted for," Hernandez told AFP.   The Philippine government has said 12 other Filipino workers survived the 72-hour hostage ...
Mozambique floods hit power exports, displace 70,000 XAI-XAI: Floods in southern Mozambique have displaced up to 70,000 people and cut power exports to energy-hungry neighbour South Africa in half, officials said Thursday.   The south and centre of the country have been placed on red alert after experiencing the heaviest rainfall since devastating floods killed some 800 people in 2000.   In some places current water levels are higher than they were during that disaster.   As the Limpopo River raged through the southern town of Chokwe, people ...
Algeria signal to militants with overwhelming force LONDON: Algeria's swift use of lethal force against Islamist fighters who seized one of its main gas fields raised concerns in the West but came as no surprise at home and showed clearly how the government would respond to future jihadist attacks.   By the time special forces had cleared the In Amenas complex at the weekend, nearly 70 hostages and militants lay dead.   Some Western leaders seemed unaware of what was happening on the ground, complaining that ...
Egypt treads fine legal line with sukuk bill CAIRO: Egypt's government is using an ingenious stratagem to try to push a bill authorising issues of sovereign sukuk past Islamic scholars, but even if it passes, the bill may not shield authorities from controversy that could slow issuance.   The cabinet last week approved a draft law that would allow the government to issue Islamic bonds; the bill will now be presented for review to the upper house of parliament and religious scholars at Cairo's prestigious ...


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