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UN chief tells African leaders not to ‘cling to power’ ADDIS ABABA: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told African leaders on Saturday they should not use legal loopholes or undemocratic constitutional changes to "cling to power", and that they should respect term limits.Ban was addressing a two-day summit the African Union, a group of 54 states where several leaders have been in power for decades, some have changed constitutions so they can stay on and others are accused of seeking to remove limits.The debate about term limits has gained momentum after triggering unrest in places such as Burundi and Congo Republic."Leaders should never use undemocratic constitutional changes and legal loopholes to cling to power. We have all seen the tragic consequences when they do," Ban told the gathered presidents, including Zimbabwe's veteran leader Robert Mugabe.It echoed remarks made by U.S. President Barack Obama in the same AU hall on a trip to Ethiopia in July.Mugabe, who turns 91 in February ...

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Egypt says made no arrests in connection to Russian plane crash CAIRO: Egypt's interior ministry denied on Saturday making any arrests in connection with the crash of a Russian passenger plane in Sinai last October that killed all 224 people on board.Sources familiar with the matter had told Reuters on Friday that an EgyptAir mechanic whose cousin joined Islamic State in Syria is suspected of planting a bomb on the plane and had been arrested along with two airport policemen and a baggage handler suspected of ...

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UN backs Burundi force as Africa leaders debate troops ADDIS ABABA: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned African leaders Saturday of the need for action in troubled Burundi at a summit aiming to end armed crises across the continent.African Union leaders face an unprecedented vote on deploying a 5,000-strong peacekeeping force despite Burundi's vehement opposition, but Ban was clear troops were needed to stem the violence."Leaders who stand by while civilians are slaughtered in their name must be held responsible," Ban said, insisting that the ...

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UN alarm at new child abuse claims by foreign troops in C. Africa GENEVA: The UN rights chief expressed alarm Friday at new allegations of child abuse by foreign peacekeepers in troubled Central African Republic, including cases involving European Union troops.Reports first surfaced early last year of sex abuse by troops serving with French and UN missions in the country.The new cases linking EU and French troops detailed in a UN statement are said to date to 2014 but have been only discovered in the last weeks.Of the ...

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Egyptian F-16 crashes, crew killed CAIRO: An Egyptian F-16 fighter jet has crashed with the loss of its crew during a military exercise, the army announced late on Wednesday night."An F-16 aircraft has crashed during an exercise, killing the crew," the army said in a statement, which did not give the location of the incident.Egypt has one of the region's most powerful and well-equipped militaries and was boosted by recent deliveries of F-16 warplanes by Washington and Rafale fighter jets ...

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Burkina Faso army arrests dozens of suspects after armoury raid OUAGADOUGOU: Burkina Faso's army has arrested a total of about 40 suspects after an armoury raid last week on the outskirts of the capital Ouagadougou, a spokesman said on Tuesday. The country is still reeling from an attack by gunmen on a hotel and restaurant in Ouagadougou on Jan. 15 during which 30 people were killed, most of them foreigners. The attack was claimed by an al Qaeda-affiliated group. Authorities blame former members of the ...

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Kerry to press Cambodia PM over rights, political freedom PHNOM PENH: America's top diplomat, John Kerry, will meet Cambodian leader Hun Sen Tuesday with concerns over political repression and human rights topping the agenda as the kingdom's strongman looks to extend a three-decade stranglehold on power.Kerry, who arrived in Phnom Penh from Laos late Monday, will also discuss deepening economic ties with Cambodia, which has emerged from the ashes of Khmer Rouge rule into one of Southeast Asia's fastest-growing economies.But Cambodia's fragile democracy appears ...