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Russia asks to punish for UN chopper down MOSCOW: Russia on Saturday urged South Sudan to punish those responsible for shooting down a UN helicopter, killing all four Russian crew on board.   "We call on the government of South Sudan to carry out the necessary investigation, punish the guilty and take every measure to guarantee that this never happens again," the foreign ministry said in a statement on its website after Friday's incident.   Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...

Six killed in Kenya tribal violence NAIROBI: At least six people were killed and several wounded on Friday in an attack on a village in southeast Kenya, where deadly tribal violence erupted last summer, police said.   "Unknown people raided Kipao village at dawn and unleashed terror," a police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity, adding that six people were killed. The head of the province confirmed the attack but did not give a death toll.   Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
Mandela JOHANNESBURG: Nelson Mandela's condition was serious when he was admitted to hospital 13 days ago, but the 94-year-old icon's health is improving, South African President Jacob Zuma said Thursday.   "His condition was serious but he is responding well to treatment and has steadily improved over the last few days," Zuma told members of the ruling African National Congress at the close of a party conference.   Mandela was airlifted on December 8 from his rural village in the ...
S.Africa JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday wrapped up a key conference of the ruling African National Congress with a warning to party rebels after successfully fending off a challenge for the ANC's top job.   Despite disgruntlement from some sections of the party, Zuma won the backing of more than 75 percent of the vote at the ANC conference -- defeating Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and making himself the odds-on favourite to retain the country's ...
33 dead in Sudan bus collision KHARTOUM: Thirty-three people were killed and 24 injured when two inter-city buses collided in Sudan late on Wednesday, in one of the country's worst road accidents in years, police said.   The crash between a full-sized passenger bus and a minibus occurred near the small community of El Kamlien, about halfway between Khartoum and Wad Medani.   "The minibus tried to overtake another vehicle and then collided with the bus," which was travelling in the opposite direction, a police ...
UN envoy calls for both talks and military prep in Mali NIAMEY: Crisis talks with the Islamist militants occupying northern Mali need to go hand in hand with credible preparations for an African-led military intervention, the United Nations's special envoy for West Africa said on Wednesday.   "No pacifist solution will be possible without credible military preparation," UN envoy for the Sahel region Romano Prodi said after talks with Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou.   "Once the military action is credible, it will be necessary to move ahead with parallel negotiations."   West ...
Outcry as Cambodia protest shooting charges dropped PHNOM PENH: Cambodian rights campaigners on Wednesday slammed a court decision to drop charges against a former governor who was the prime suspect in the shooting of three female garment workers earlier this year.   The trio, employees of Puma supplier Kaoway Sports, were wounded after a gunman opened fire on a protest in February demanding better working conditions at factories in eastern Svay Rieng province.   Chhuk Bundith, governor of Bavet City at the time of the shooting, ...


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