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IS claims killing of Tunisian soldier TUNIS: The Islamic State group on Sunday claimed responsibility for the killing of a Tunisian soldier at his home in a central region that is a major hideout for militant groups."A Tunisian soldier was assassinated in his home yesterday at the hands of Islamic State fighters in Mount Mghilla," the IS-affiliated Amaq news agency said.Public television reported late Saturday that a soldier had been killed at his home by unidentified attackers.Citing defence ministry spokesman Belhassen Oueslati, the channel said army and national guard units had launched a search for the attackers.Contacted by AFP, the defence ministry declined to comment.Since a revolution in 2011, Tunisian security forces have been battling a militant movement responsible for the deaths of dozens of soldiers and police officers as well as civilians.A total of 59 tourists have also been killed.The country has been under a state of emergency since a string of deadly attacks in ...

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Mali militant s say still waging war, dismiss ceasefire report BAMAKO: An al Qaeda-linked militant group has said it is still waging war in Mali, dismissing a report that it had agreed a ceasefire as "completely baseless". Ansar Dine released a statement expressing its "utmost surprise" at the announcement by the head of the West African nation's top Islamic authority, according to a report by the SITE monitoring group late on Tuesday. Mahmoud Dicko, president of Mali's High Islamic Council, had said on Monday that ...

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Nigerian government to resubmit plan to Senate to borrow $30bn abroad ABUJA: Nigeria's government will resubmit to the Senate a request to borrow $30 billion abroad up to 2018, which the house rejected on Tuesday, the information minister said. "It is not unusual for the government and the Senate to have some disagreements, they want more information," Lai Mohammed told reporters on Wednesday. "We will give them all the information they need and we are sure that by the time we finish they (lawmakers) will approve ...

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Sisi promises to re-examine protest law CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said the government will look into revising a protest law under which hundreds of activists have been jailed.Sisi's comments came at the end of a two-day "youth conference" on Thursday, an effort to reach out to young Egyptians as the country braces for austerity reforms to salvage its battered economy.Reading a series of conclusions at the end of the conference, Sisi said the government would look into revising ...

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Nigeria's Buhari asks parliament to approve $30bn of borrowing ABUJA: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has asked parliament to approve plans to borrow $30 billion abroad to fund infrastructure plans until 2018, according to a letter read out on Tuesday in the assembly. Nigeria, an OPEC member, slipped into recession for the first time in more than 20 years in the second quarter largely due to low global oil prices. Crude oil sales account for about two-thirds of government revenue. The borrowing plans included the ...

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Kenya commutes sentences of over 2,700 on death row NAIROBI: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday commuted the sentences of 2,747 death row inmates, who will now serve life in prison.Kenyatta signed documents commuting the sentences during a ceremony at his official residence and also pardoned 102 convicts who were serving long jail terms.Amnesty International welcomed the move, and urged Kenya to officially abolish the death sentence. Kenya has not carried out an execution since 1987"The decision to commute death sentences brings Kenya closer ...

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Three killed in anti-UN unrest in Central African Republic: Red Cross BANGUI: Three people were killed and six wounded in Central African Republic on Monday when UN peacekeepers exchanged fire with armed men during a protest against the UN military presence, the local Red Cross said. The dead and wounded were among hundreds of protesters gathered to call for the UN troops to leave the country, Antoine Mbao-Bogo, president of the CAR Red Cross, said. A UN spokesman said at least four peacekeepers had been wounded. ...