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Death toll in Egypt train accident climbs to 19 CAIRO: Nineteen people were killed and at least 107 injured on Tuesday when a train carrying military conscripts derailed southwest of Cairo, the health ministry said, revising an earlier toll. The train was travelling from south Egypt to Cairo when two carriages went off the rails shortly after midnight in the Giza neighbourhood of Badrasheen, officials said.   Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...

Trial of Qadhafi TRIPOLI: A Libyan court Monday adjourned to February 11 the trial of Moamer Qadhafi's last premier Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmudi, accused of killing civilians and financial crimes.   Defence lawyers had asked for the delay to allow time to summon witnesses and the judge demanded that all witnesses testify in a single hearing.   "We have two witnesses in custody, Mohamed Abubakar Dhib and Abdelati al-Obeidi, who have been informed by the prosecution. We have other witnesses outside that we could ...
Tunisians take to streets two years after Ben Ali TUNIS: Thousands of Tunisians protested against their Islamist-led government on Monday, exactly two years after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's overthrow in a popular revolt that inspired others across the Arab world.   More than 8,000 secular demonstrators gathered outside the Interior Ministry in Tunis's Bourguiba Avenue, the same spot where mass protests forced veteran leader Ben Ali to accept his rule was over and flee the country on Jan. 14, 2011.   Protesters filled the central boulevard, ...
More than 60 Malian killed in Gao BAMAKO: More than 60 rebels were killed in their bases near the northern Malian city of Gao under intense bombardment by French air power, a security source and residents said on Monday.   Several residents reported the deaths, with one telling AFP by telephone: "At night, the rebels who were hidden in people's homes came out to collect their comrades' bodies."   A regional security source confirmed the reports.   Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Burkina Faso to send 500 troops to Mali: official OUAGADOUGOU: Burkina Faso said on Saturday it would contribute 500 troops to the regional force tasked with wresting control of northern Mali back from Islamist groups linked to Al Qaeda.   Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore, who had taken the lead in efforts to mediate a peaceful solution to the crisis, has given instructions for the deployment as part of the international support mission in Mali, Foreign Minister Djibrill Bassole told reporters.   "A contingent of 500 men from the ...
Algeria ALGIERS: Algeria expressed on Saturday its unequivocal support for the regime in neighbouring Mali, where France and other countries have stepped in to help it battle an Islamist insurgency.   Algiers expresses its "unequivocal support for the Malian transitional authorities, with whom it maintains multifaceted relations, including in the military sphere," foreign ministry spokesman Amar Belani said in a statement.   Malian Prime Minister Diango Cissiko is expected in Algiers on Sunday.   Commenting on the foreign military intervention in the neighbouring country, he said: "It should be noted ...
French gunships stop Mali Islamist advance BAMAKO: Malian troops were poised on Saturday to reclaim a key town from Islamists threatening to advance on the capital after France sent in its air force, opening a dramatic new phase in the months-old conflict.   Witnesses and the Malian army said dozens of Islamist fighters were killed in the battle for Konna, one of the worst clashes since the start of the crisis almost a year ago and the most significant setback inflicted on the ...


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