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Fresh violence in Central African Republic kills several, forces thousands to flee: UN DAKAR: Fresh violence in northwest Central African Republic this week has killed several people and forced thousands from their homes, with many seeking refuge in neighbouring Chad and Cameroon, the United Nations said on Friday. The spate of attacks and reprisals took place in Ngaoundaye, about 500 km (300 miles) northwest of the capital, between groups backed by Christian militias and herders supported by Muslim fighters, said the UN peacekeeping mission (MINUSCA). Several people have been injured and killed in recent days, houses have been burned and looted, and thousands of people have been uprooted, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)."This new spiral of violence will likely cause additional needs in CAR while the increasing insecurity is rendering the work of humanitarian actors even more challenging," Michel Yao, the country's humanitarian coordinator, said in a statement.Central African Republic descended into chaos in March 2013 ...

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Second flight recorder retrieved from crashed EgyptAir flight CAIRO: A second flight recorder has been retrieved from the crashed EgyptAir flight MS804, containing data from aircraft systems which could shed light on what brought the plane down last month, Egyptian investigators said on Friday. An Egyptian committee investigating the crash into the eastern Mediterranean Sea made the announcement a day after search teams found the cockpit voice recorder in a breakthrough for investigators seeking to explain what caused the plane to go down, ...

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IMF welcomes Nigeria's decision to end currency peg WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday it welcomed the decision by Nigeria's central bank to abandon its currency peg and adopt a flexible exchange rate policy, saying this was important to reduce fiscal and external imbalances. IMF spokesman Gerry Rice told a weekly news briefing the Fund wanted to see how effectively the naira exchange market functions once the new float system is put into effect next Monday.Nigeria's central bank governor said in ...

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Black box recovered from EgyptAir crash site CAIRO: A search team on Thursday recovered the cockpit voice recorder from the EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean last month, in a major step towards establishing the cause of the tragedy.The device was found broken into pieces but the salvage experts managed to retrieve the recorder's crucial memory unit, Egypt's civil aviation authority said.Officials are preparing to transfer the recorder from a search vessel to the city of Alexandria on Egypt's Mediterranean coast ...

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Nigeria's Buhari is well but will extend UK holiday until Sunday ABUJA: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who travelled to Britain for a holiday and treatment for an ear infection, is very well but will extend his break until Sunday, the vice president said on Thursday."He is in perfect health and ready to resume work on Monday morning," Yemi Osinbajo told reporters in the capital, Abuja. The 73-year-old former military ruler flew to London to see an ear, nose and throat specialist after being examined by two ...

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UN calls for investigations into Tripoli prisoner killings TRIPOLI: The UN envoy to Libya called on Monday for investigations inside and outside Libya into the killing of 12 men jailed on suspicion of crimes against protesters during the 2011 revolution and granted conditional release last week. Libya's judicial police say the men were released from Tripoli's Al-Baraka prison on Thursday, a day before their bodies were found dumped in different parts of the capital. According to their families, the men had been beaten ...

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Morocco arrests Italian suspected of Islamic State ties RABAT: Moroccan authorities have arrested an Italian national who was planning to carry out attacks on targets in the kingdom, the interior ministry said in a statement on Monday. Morocco, a Western ally against militancy, often announces it has broken up militant cells accused of plotting attacks inside and outside the kingdom. The suspected Italian militant, who lives in Belgium, was arrested on June 8 when landing in the eastern city of Oujda, based on ...