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Interpol closes file on Zambian ex-president's son JOHANNESBURG: Interpol has cancelled a demand for the arrest of the son of former Zambian president Rupiah Banda, his lawyer said on Friday.The international policing body could not find enough evidence against Henry Banda to justify a red notice, which requests an arrest be made, according to his lawyer Nicqui Galaktiou."Interpol on April 16 cancelled the red notice and all information relating to Mr Banda was deleted from Interpol's databases," Galaktiou told AFP.Banda's lawyers learned early last year that Zambian President Michael Sata's government had reported their client to Interpol amid corruption allegations.He has been out of the country since his father lost power to populist Sata in a presidential election in 2011 and currently lives in South Africa.Sata has since hauled many members of the former government to courts in what critics have described as the persecution of political opponents.But there was not sufficient evidence to implicate Henry Banda, ...

Libya's army chief making "important decision" with premier TRIPOLI: Libya's army chief of staff will make an "important decision" together with the prime minister on Tuesday, a defence ministry spokesman said, denying media reports that the head of the armed forces had quit.Earlier in the day, the defence minister announced his resignation in protest at a siege by gunmen of two government ministries that he called an assault on democracy in Libya, two years after the uprising that toppled dictator Muammar Gaddafi.Copyright Reuters, ...
Angola sovereign fund head named finance minister LUANDA: The chairman of oil-rich Angola's $5-billion dollar sovereign wealth fund, Armando Manuel, was named finance minister late Monday in a first cabinet reshuffle after elections last year.Manuel, economic advisor to President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, replaces Carlos Alberto Lopes, the president's office announced in a statement.No information was available on whether he would remain at the head of the sovereign fund, though he gives up his advisor post.Manuel's new job clears the way for ...
Central Africa to probe ousted leader Bozize BANGUI: The Central African Republic's interim government has opened a probe into human rights abuses committed under ousted president Francois Bozize, Justice Minister Arsene Sende said on Saturday. The minister told national radio he had instructed prosecutors to open an investigation "because crimes and other grave human rights violations were committed and continue to be committed by ex-president Francois Bozize and some of his allies."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Tanzania warns Congo's M23 rebels to stop threats ARUSHA: Tanzania on Saturday said Democratic Republic of Congo's M23 rebels must end threats over the country's planned sending of troops as part of a UN force to tackle the insurgents."This is intimidation, they must stop it," Tanzanian foreign minister Bernard Membe told parliament. "If they provoke us, we will retaliate."Last month the M23 rebels, who operate in eastern DR Congo, warned they would retaliate if attacked by a new United Nations peacekeeping force, in ...
20 killed in sectarian violence in Nigeria: aid worker KANO: At least 20 people were killed in violent clashes between Christian and Muslim mobs in central Nigeria's Taraba state on Friday, prompting a round-the-clock curfew, an aid worker has told AFP."We have recovered 20 bodies from the violence so far," the source said Saturday, adding that the unrest had occurred in the town of Wukari, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) from the state capital Jalingo."We are still going round the town in search of ...
Egypt eyes 5.5pc budget deficit in 2016-17 CAIRO: Egypt hopes to lower its budget deficit to 5.5 percent in the 2016-1017 fiscal year from 10.7 percent in 2012/13, the finance minister told Egypt's Al-Ahram daily newspaper on Saturday.Egypt's budget deficit will reach 197.5 billion Egyptian pounds ($28.7 billion) or 9.5 percent of gross domestic product in the fiscal year starting July 1 after a revised 184.9 billion pounds or 10.7 percent in 2012-13, according to a draft budget previously seen by Reuters.The ...


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