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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 own parliamentary offices, let alone for the complex process of disarming and demobilising the hundreds of militias."   More than 100 protesters stormed the national assembly's headquarters on Thursday, demanding greater representation for the western town of Zawiyah and reportedly calling for Abu Shagur's resignation.   Pack said the protests show a tendency "to only trust representatives who come from their local area, leading to demands for regional quotas and the allotment of cabinet positions based on region of ...

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 ...
Somali president names new prime minister  MOGADISHU: Somalia's president has appointed as prime minister a relatively little known businessman, Abdi Farah Shirdon Said, senior government sources said Saturday.   "Said has been named as the prime minister," a government official said, speaking on condition of anonymity, ahead of an expected official statement.   President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who himself only took office last month after being chosen by parliament in a UN-backed process, selected his close ally Shirdon to the powerful position, the sources said.   Shirdon, ...
S.Africa JOHANNESBURG: Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) fired 12,000 wildcat strikers on Friday, a high-stakes attempt by the world's biggest platinum producer to push back at a wave of illegal stoppages sweeping through South Africa's mining sector and beyond.   The rand fell sharply after the announcement, suggesting investors fear the sackings could worsen what is shaping up to be the most damaging period of labour unrest in Africa's biggest economy since the end of apartheid in 1994.   Police shot ...
Amplats sacks 12,000 miners amid South Africa strike JOHANNESBURG: Mining powerhouse Anglo American on Friday announced it had sacked 12,000 workers at a South African platinum mine, amid a strike and labour unrest that has killed at least six people in the past week.   The firm said the miners had failed to appear before disciplinary hearings "and have therefore been dismissed in their absence." Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
Czechs nix French Areva bid on nuke plant PRAGUE: Czech state-run power company CEZ said Friday it had ruled France's Areva out of a tender to build two new units at its Temelin nuclear power facility in southern Czech Republic.   Areva "failed to meet legal requirements to build the two units... and other defined criteria," CEZ spokesman Ladislav Kriz said in a statement.   "CEZ has precisely and in detail specified the reasons of Areva's elimination" to the company, he added, saying the reasons were both ...


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