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UN still awaiting Kabila go-ahead for DR Congo offensive UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations is still waiting for President Joseph Kabila to sign off on a joint military plan to drive out rebels from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN said Friday.UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters that Kabila had not signed a joint directive on the military operation despite appeals by the Security Council and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon more than a week ago."We are obviously making preparations for this action," Dujarric said. "For such a major operation, it's important that the government be fully on board. The contacts are ongoing."The UN's 20,000-strong MONUSCO force is preparing to launch the offensive against the Hutu rebels, but the mission's success hinges on an active role by the Congolese government troops.The rebels from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) are facing military action after failing to meet a January 2 deadline set by the UN ...

South Africa's Zuma asks parliament to reconsider mineral bill JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma has asked parliament to reconsider a bill giving the state a free 20 percent stake in gas and oil ventures, believing it might not survive a potential challenge that it is unconstitutional, the government said. Parliament passed the changes to its main petroleum law last March, alarming companies such as Shell, Total and Exxon Mobil, which are looking to explore in South Africa. "After careful consideration of the Bill ...
Missing children rescued from Mozambique floods MAPUTO: Eighteen children who went missing when floods surged across parts of Mozambique have been rescued from a tiny island of dry land where they survived on fruit for several days, local authorities said."The children were found safe and sound yesterday by a government helicopter," Mocuba district administrator Teresa Mauaio told AFP by telephone Friday.Aged around 15, the children were taking part in a traditional coming-of-age ritual when they were surprised by rising waters, she ...
Two soldiers killed in Mali militant attack BAMAKO: At least two Malian soldiers were killed Friday in a militant attack on the town of Tenenkou in central Mali."Several people from both sides" may have died in the clash between troops and Islamist fighters in the town 470 kilometres (292 miles) north of the capital Bamako, a UN military source told AFP. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Red Cross nurse dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone FREETOWN: A nurse working for the Red Cross in Sierra Leone has died of Ebola in the eastern district of Kenema, where no new cases had been reported for 37 days, the organisation said Thursday.The man, who was working at the IFRC Ebola treatment centre in Kenema, "passed away on 13 January 2015 and was confirmed positive for Ebola virus disease later that day", the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) ...
Nigerian president visits Boko Haram heartland MAIDUGURI: Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday made a surprise visit to the troubled northeast, which is in the grip of escalating Boko Haram violence that is threatening next month's election.An AFP reporter in the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, said the president arrived in the city shortly before 3:00 pm (1400 GMT) and was met at the airport by the state governor Kashim Shettima.He was accompanied by the chief of defence staff, Air Marshal Alex ...
100 feared missing after boat sinks in Central Africa BANGUI: Nearly 100 people are feared missing in the Central African Republic after a boat caught fire and sank on a river in the impoverished country earlier in the week, officials said on Thursday.The accident occurred on Monday, after a boat carrying an estimated 100 people left the capital Bangui on the Oubangui River. Some 125 kilometres downstream, the boat's motor exploded, starting a fire that quickly engulfed the vessel as terrified passengers jumped overboard, ...


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