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115 Nigeria schoolgirls still missing after kidnap: principal LAGOS: A Nigerian school principal on Thursday denied reports from the military that most of the students kidnapped from her school by Islamists were now safe, saying that only 14 of the 129 taken had escaped. "The report from the military is not true," Asabe Kwambura told AFP, referring to an official claim that only eight of the girls were still being held. She specified that Wednesday's report from the area's Governor Kashim Shettima that only 14 had safely returned home was "correct."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

South Africa's Zuma booed at election rally: report JOHANNESBURG: Disgruntled residents in a small South African town booed President Jacob Zuma Wednesday during an election campaign of the ruling ANC three weeks ahead of general polls, according to a report.Rally-goers reacted angrily while Zuma -- under fire for multimillion-dollar state-paid renovations to his private home -- was answering questions from the stage, according to City Press newspaper.Angry residents left early and pelted stones at cars, according to the newspaper.The residents are from the ...
Ailing Bouteflika eyes 4th term as Algeria heads to polls ALGIERS: Algerians vote Thursday in a presidential election, with incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika widely expected to win despite his chronic health problems, warnings of fraud and opposition calls for a boycott.More than 260,000 police have been deployed to protect the 50,000 polling booths set up across Africa's largest country, where 23 million Algerians are eligible to vote in a contest between six candidates after the polls open at 0700 GMT.The 77-year-old president, who rose to power ...
South Sudan oil-state battles 'grave' concern: UN JUBA: United Nations peacekeepers said on Thursday they are "gravely concerned" at heavy fighting in South Sudan's key oil state of Unity, after rebels seized the town of Bentiu in a renewed offensive.The surge in fighting in the four-month-long conflict comes amid warnings by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that more than one million people are at risk of famine in the war-torn young country.Peacekeepers from the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) patrolling the ...
New PM vows to make Madagascar an emerging market ANTANANARIVO: Madagascar's new Prime Minister Roger Kolo took office on Wednesday, vowing to turn the country from down-at-heel international outcast to true emerging market."We will cease to be a trading post and become an emerging market," he said at the handover of power from his predecessor."Madagascar should move from being an exporter of raw materials to an exporter of finished products with high value added."Kolo was appointed by President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who was elected in ...
Ailing president eyes fourth term in Algeria vote ALGIERS: Algerians will vote in a presidential election Thursday with Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has ruled the oil-rich North African nation for 15 years, the firm favourite for re-election despite chronic health problems.The 77-year-old president has been conspicuous by his absence from the campaign trail, looking frail on the rare occasions he has appeared in public since suffering a mini-stroke last year, with a team of high-profile allies instead making his case.Despite rehabilitation treatment and assurances ...
Libya rebels hand over oil ports to army BENGHAZI: The Libyan army said it had taken control Wednesday of two oil ports under a weekend deal to end a crippling nine-month blockade by rebels seeking autonomy in the country's east.Colonel Ali al-Shikhi, spokesman for the army general staff, said men under its command had taken control of Al-Hariga and Zueitina ports.The rebels' seizure of four eastern oil terminals last July in pursuit of their campaign for restored autonomy for the eastern Cyrenaica region ...


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