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Ghana GDP growth at 6.7pc ACCRA: Ghana's unadjusted GDP growth stood at 6.7 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2013 compared with 10.3 percent a year ago, the West African nation's statistics office said on Wednesday.The services sector recorded the highest growth of 12 percent, followed by agriculture at 1.1 percent. Industry recorded a negative growth of 0.8 percent, the office said.Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...

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Family hears prayer for Mandela's 'peaceful end' JOHANNESBURG: Nelson Mandela's close family members gathered to hear a sombre prayer wishing the anti-apartheid icon a "peaceful, perfect, end" as he lay in hospital in a critical condition with life seemingly slipping away.Cape Town Archbishop Thabo Makgoba visited Pretoria's Mediclinic Heart Hospital on Tuesday to pray with wife Graca Machel "at this hard time of watching and waiting".Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, who spent 27 years behind bars for his struggle under white ...

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Six Libyan soldiers killed in ambush: army TRIPOLI: Unknown gunmen launched a dawn attack on Tuesday on a Libyan army checkpoint south of Sirte, the home town of former dictator Moamer Qadhafi, killing six soldiers, a military officer said."An attack at dawn Tuesday against a checkpoint of the army in the town of Khuchum al-Kheil, south of Sirte, killed six soldiers who were on guard duty," local military officer Khaled al-Akari was quoted as saying by Lana news agency."Two vehicles were burned ...

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Mandela relatives gather with condition still critical QUNU: Nelson Mandela's close family gathered on Tuesday at his rural homestead to discuss the failing health of the South African anti-apartheid icon who was fighting for his life in hospital.Messages of support poured in from around the world for the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who spent 27 years behind bars for his struggle under white minority rule and went on to become South Africa's first black president.Mandela remained unchanged in critical condition Tuesday, the ...

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Family gathers as fears grow for 'critical' Mandela JOHANNESBURG: The family of critically ill anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela gathered around his hospital bedside on Monday as millions in South Africa and across the world feared for the worst."Former president Mandela remains in a critical condition in hospital," South African President Jacob Zuma said in a televised address to an anxious nation broadcast around the globe."The doctors are doing everything possible to ensure his well being and comfort," Zuma said.Mandela, the hero of black ...

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Egypt court says Hamas, Hezbollah helped 2011 jailbreak CAIRO: An Egyptian court said on Sunday that the Hamas rulers of Gaza and Lebanon's Hezbollah movement helped prisoners, including current President Mohamed Morsi, escape during the 2011 uprising. The head of the court in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya asked the state prosecutor to investigate the circumstances of the January 2011 breakout from the Wadi Natrun prison, northwest of the capital. He said that the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic group from which Morsi ...

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Ten dead in grenade attack on Kenyan NAIROBI: At least 10 people were killed on Sunday in a grenade attack on a displaced people's camp in the far north-eastern tip of Kenya near the borders with Somalia and Ethiopia, police said."We have lost 10 people after a grenade attack. Those were killed in one of the IDP (internally displaced people) camps where people displaced in recent attacks have been staying," a police officer in Mandera county said, two days after inter-clan violence ...