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Senior Somali commander killed in suicide car bomb attack MOGADISHU: A senior Somali military commander and four of his security guards were killed when a suicide bomber rammed a car loaded with explosives into a military vehicle, officials and witnesses said."There was a heavy blast caused by a car loaded with explosives alongside the industrial road, several members of the military were killed in the incident including a senior commander," said security official Abdiaziz Mohamed.Witnesses said a vehicle with a senior military official on board was travelling on the road when another vehicle rammed it, causing a massive blast."The blast was very huge, I saw smoke and fire overshadowing the whole area," said witness Abdi Hassan, adding "we have been told that General Gobale was killed in the suicide attack", The attack was claimed by the Al-Qaeda aligned Shabaab militant group in a statement released by its Andalus radio. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Eastern Libyan commander's forces seize key oil ports BENGHAZI: Forces loyal to east Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar on Sunday seized at least two key oil ports from a rival force loyal to the UN-backed government, risking a new conflict over the OPEC nation's resources. Ahmed al-Mismari, a spokesman for Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), said its fighters seized control of Es Sider, Ras Lanuf and Brega, but still faced resistance at the port of Zueitina and around the nearby town of Ajdabiya. ...

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Tanzania earthquake toll clims to 14 dead, 200 injured DAR ES SALAAM: A 5.7-magnitude earthquake that struck Tanzania, close to Lake Victoria and the border with Uganda, has killed at least 14 people and injured 200, local authorities said Sunday.Deodatus Kinawilo, district commissioner for Bukoba, the town close to the epicentre of the quake, said 14 people had been confirmed dead following the quake that struck early afternoon on Saturday.The previous toll from local authorities was 13 dead and 203 injured.A group of 15 ...

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At least 11 dead, 100 injured in Tanzania earthquake: police DAR ES SALAAM: At least 11 people were killed and around 100 injured in Tanzania's Bukoba district when an earthquake hit the country on Saturday, a district police chief told AFP."We currently have 11 people dead and more than 100 injured, several of whom have been hospitalised... rescue operations are ongoing," Augustine Ollomi, the Kagera province police chief in charge of the Bukoba district said by telephone.Residents of the Tanzanian town of Bukoba, near the ...

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe says judges reckless for allowing protests HARARE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has accused court judges of being reckless in allowing anti-government demonstrations that later turned violent, state media reported on Sunday, a day before a legal challenge to last week's official ban on protests. The southern African nation on Thursday outlawed all demonstrations for two weeks in the capital Harare, which has witnessed protests against Mugabe's handling of the economy, cash shortages and high unemployment.Some political activists have approached the High ...

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1,000 arrests in Gabon's post-vote violence: minister LIBREVILLE: Around 1,000 people have been arrested in Gabon in violence that followed the announced re-election of President Ali Bongo, the interior minister said Thursday."In Libreville there were between 600 and 800 arrests, and between 200 and 300 in the rest of the country," Pacome Moubelet-Boubeya told a news conference.Earlier, Bongo condemned the violence which saw the national assembly set ablaze, saying "Democracy doesn't sit well with an attack on parliament."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Egyptian parliament approves value-added tax at 13 percent CAIRO: Egypt's parliament approved on Monday a long-awaited law introducing a value-added tax of 13 percent, rising to 14 percent in the next fiscal year, a key part of the government's plan to reform the economy and cut its deficit. Parliament had been debating the law for weeks, with dozens of lawmakers opposing the government's initial proposal of 14 percent, for fear of stoking inflation in a country where tens of millions live one pay ...