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Ben Ali brother-in-law dies in custody TUNIS: Moncef Trabelsi, the brother-in-law of ousted Tunisian strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali who was jailed for fraud, has died in custody of a brain tumour, the country's prisons chief said on Friday. "He died at the neurological hospital where he was taken (from jail) on March 18. He had been operated on for a brain tumour," the prisons chief, Habib Sboui, told AFP. Sboui added that Trabelsi, 69, had been unconscious for the past "four or five days". But his lawyer, Wissem Saidi, blamed the authorities for his death, alleging that Trabelsi did not get proper care in custody. "I consider that the ministry of justice and prison authorities are responsible for his death because he was not treated the way he should have been," Saidi told AFP. "My client had been successfully operated on for a brain tumour some 20 days ago but only four days later ...

Mandela is 'fine,' getting better in hospital, wife says JOHANNESBURG: Nelson Mandela's wife has said the 94-year-old icon is "fine" and his health is improving after he was hospitalised more than a week ago for pneumonia, a report said Friday."Madiba is fine, Madiba is getting better and better," said Graca Machel late Thursday, referring to 94-year-old Mandela's clan name, the private eNCA news channel reported.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Egypt's Morsi due in Khartoum for 'historic' visit KHARTOUM: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi arrives in neighbouring Sudan on Thursday for a visit which Khartoum has termed "historic" but which an analyst said should have come sooner.The two-day trip is the Muslim Brotherhood leader's first to Sudan, which Egypt jointly ruled with Britain until 1956.Morsi was elected last June after a popular uprising toppled longtime president Hosni Mubarak.Official media in Sudan said Morsi is to hold talks with his fellow, President Omar al-Bashir, as ...
Leaders weigh Central Africa crisis N'DJAMENA: Central Africa's post-coup crisis will come under the spotlight at a regional summit in Chad on Wednesday, as ousted leader Francois Bozize accuses his former Chadian allies of backing the rebels who unseated him. South African President Jacob Zuma will attend the extraordinary summit as he faces prickly questions over the presence of his troops in the country, 13 of whom were killed in the bloody battle for Bangui. Bozize, who fled Bangui in ...
Gambia wraps up poll campaign amid opposition boycott BANJUL: Gambia wrapped up campaigning on Tuesday ahead of controversial local government elections in which more than half of the ruling party's seats will go uncontested following an opposition boycott. Thursday's polls have been scrapped in 68 of the 114 wards held by the ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction after opposition parties pulled out, claiming the vote would be fixed. Halifa Sallah, Secretary-General of the People's Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism, said ...
Egypt hasn't asked to change $4.8bn IMF loans volume CAIRO: Egypt has not asked to change the size of a proposed $4.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund, the country's finance minister said on Tuesday."We did not request to change it at all," Al-Mursi Al-Sayed Hegazy said in remarks carried by Turkey's Anadolu news agency.Earlier on Monday, a senior IMF official said the amount of the loan may change depending on Egypt's needs. Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...
First political prisoners freed in Sudan under amnesty KHARTOUM: Sudanese authorities released six political prisoners early on Tuesday, an AFP photographer reported, after President Omar al-Bashir vowed to free all political detainees.The six men walked free from Kober prison in Khartoum North.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...


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