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Morsi's fugitive son arrested at Egypt train station CAIRO: A son of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, who was sentenced to a year in prison for possession and use of hashish, was arrested early Friday at a train station south of Cairo, security officials said.Abdullah Morsi, 19, who security officials said was on the run, was arrested while boarding a train heading to Upper Egypt. His arrest was also reported by the official MENA news agency.An Egyptian court on July 2 had sentenced him and one of his friends to a year in prison.The two were initially arrested on March 1 after allegedly being found in possession of two hashish joints while they were in a car parked by the roadside in Qalyubia province, north of Cairo.But they were freed the next day pending investigation after agreeing to give urine samples, which the prosecution says tested positive.A court in Banha, in the Nile Delta province of Qalyubia north ...

World to celebrate 1st Mandela Day since icon's death JOHANNESBURG: People around the world will celebrate "Mandela Day" Friday for the first time since the iconic South African leader's death by doing good deeds on what would have been his 96th birthday.For the past five years millions have volunteered 67 minutes of their time on July 18 for the common good to mark Nelson Mandela's 67 years of activism for South Africa's freedom.Mandela died on December 5 last year aged 95 after a lengthy ...
Defeat of Shebab 'matter of time': ex-envoy DAR ES SALAAM: A former top UN envoy said on Wednesday that Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels will be defeated if foreign governments stay the course in backing the fragile government in Mogadishu.Speaking at Land Forces East Africa, a two-day regional defence conference and military technology exhibition, the former envoy to Somalia played down a recent upsurge in Shebab attacks inside the country and across the border in Kenya. "It's really just a matter of time ...
Uganda lifts TV station's 'sleeping president' ban KAMPALA: Uganda's government said Wednesday it was lifting a ban on a TV station's coverage of presidential events imposed after the media outlet aired images it said showed President Yoweri Museveni asleep in parliament.In a brief statement, government's spokesperson Ofwono Opondo said the presidential security service had decided to "reinstate NTV coverage of President Museveni's functions" as of Thursday, ending a month-long ban.NTV Uganda, part of the Nation Media Group and east and central Africa's ...
Almost seven million need aid in Sudan: UN KHARTOUM: Worsening conflict in Darfur and an influx of people fleeing war in South Sudan helped push to almost seven million the number needing aid in Sudan, the UN said Wednesday.The figure is a jump from the United Nations' previous estimate of 6.1 million, issued last year.Aid agencies urgently need funding "to assist 6.9 million people in need of humanitarian assistance (roughly 20 percent of Sudan's population)," a UN statement said."The Sudan humanitarian response plan ...
Egypt road crash kills 17: state TV CAIRO: At least 17 people were killed in Egypt on Tuesday when a bus ploughed into a truck south of Cairo, state television reported.The accident occurred near the town of Safaga, 570 kilometres (355 miles) south of Cairo, the report said, adding that 25 other passengers were injured in the crash.Traffic accidents are common in Egypt, where roads are often poorly maintained and traffic regulations are little enforced.In March, 24 people were killed in a ...
Libya weighs international help after clashes: spokesman TRIPOLI: The Libyan government said Tuesday it was considering calling for international forces to help re-establish security, after a flare-up of violence in the capital Tripoli."The government is looking into the possibility of making an appeal for international forces on the ground to re-establish security and help the government impose its authority," a government spokesman said in a statement.It also said the forces would help protect civilians and prevent anarchy.The statement comes after deadly clashes ...


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