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Ghana mall collapse kills at least 3, dozens feared trapped ACCRA: A six-storey shopping mall collapsed in the Ghanaian capital Accra on Wednesday, with at least three people so far confirmed dead and dozens of victims feared trapped, sparking desperate rescues.   One employee at the scene who declined to be named estimated that around 40 workers were in the building when it collapsed, but he was not sure about the number of customers.   President John Dramani Mahama suspended his electoral campaign ahead of December 7 polls in the west African nation and offered prayers for those trapped.   "My son, my son, my son! My son is going to die! Get him for me! He is my only son!" one woman could be heard screaming.   Assistant Police Superintendent Freeman Tettey told journalists that three people have so far been confirmed dead and six rescued.   Family members could be seen at the site attempting to call relatives who may be trapped, while scores of rescue workers at ...

Gold Fields says all South African mines back in production after strikes JOHANNESBURG: Gold Fields, the world's fourth largest bullion producer, said on Tuesday that all three of its operating mines in South Africa were back in production after the end of a 23-day strike at its KDC East mine.   The mine dismissed 8,100 employees on Oct 23 for their involvement in an illegal strike.   "After a deal with the National Union of Mineworkers, the vast majority of them were reinstated to their previous positions," the company said.   Copyright Reuters, ...
Senegal president denounces high interest rates in Africa DAKAR: Senegalese President Macky Sall on Monday denounced exorbitant interest rates in Africa at a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the West African central bank, state media reported.   "It is necessary to lower interest rates ... which are abnormally high in Africa," the Senegalese Press Agency reported Sall as saying.   He protested against "the exorbitant application of prohibitive interest rates on agricultural credit, credit for social housing and credit for women and young children fighting poverty."   The ...
Uganda pledges to repay missing Irish aid: Dublin DUBLIN: Uganda has said it will repay four million euros ($5.2 million) in Irish aid misused by officials in the Ugandan prime minister's office, Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore announced on Monday.   Ireland suspended all government assistance to Kampala last month after an investigation by Uganda's auditor general found that millions of euros in aid had been funnelled into private accounts linked to the premier's office.   Two senior Ugandan officials are facing prosecution, while 17 have been ...
Libya militias battle in streets of Tripoli TRIPOLI: Rival state-sanctioned Libyan militias fired guns and rocket-propelled grenades at each in the Libyan capital on Sunday, leaving the police powerless to protect locals.   At least five people were wounded and a stray bullet entered a hospital, causing panic and increasing concerns about Libya's precarious security situation a year after the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.   By early afternoon the headquarters of a Supreme Security Committee (SSC) militia, a body set up last year to try to ...
Bishop Tawadros Egypt CAIRO: Bishop Tawadros was chosen as new Pope of Egypt's Coptic Christians on Sunday when a blindfolded altar boy picked his name from a chalice in a ceremony invoking divine guidance for the beleaguered minority.   Acting head of the church Bishop Pachomius took the ballot from the boy's hand and, showing it to those crowded into St Mark's Cathedral, announced: "Bishop Tawadros."   The crowd erupted in cheers and applause as church bells tolled in celebration across the ...
Nigerian gunmen burn police station KANO: Gunmen with explosives attacked a police station, a primary school and two cellphone towers in a town in Nigeria's restive northeast early on Sunday and set them ablaze, the military and residents said.   "We heard that there were some attacks in Fika by suspected Boko Haram terrorists.   They attacked two telecommunication masts, a police station and a primary school," Lazarus Eli, military spokesman in Yobe State, told AFP.   A resident said he had seen the bodies of ...


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