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UN envoy urges Libyans to form unity govt without delay TRIPOLI: UN envoy Martin Kobler deplored a decision by Libyan authorities to postpone the formation of a new unity government that was expected on Sunday, saying timelines must be respected.A presidential council headed by businessman Fayez al-Sarraj had been expected to announce by Sunday a cabinet line-up as part of a UN-brokered deal to end years of bloodshed in Libya.But the council said on its Facebook page that the formation of the much-delayed unity government "has been postponed by 48 hours", without elaborating.Kobler, who arrived Sunday for talks with Libyan politicians, bemoaned the move."I regret the decision of Presidency Council to postpone the formation of the Government of National Accord. #Libya can no longer wait," he wrote on Twitter.He called for "timelines to be respected", stressing that the Libyan people were "suffering the consequences"."I urge Presidency Council to adhere to new timeline it has committed itself to, ensure the expeditious ...

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Peacekeepers concerned over new fighting in Sudan's Darfur KHARTOUM: The UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Sudan's Darfur said Sunday it is "deeply concerned" about an surge in fighting between government forces and rebels in the conflict-hit western region.The UNAMID mission said it was "deeply concerned about ongoing fighting between government forces and armed movements in the Jebel Marra area, central Darfur," near one of its bases in the town of Nertiti."UNAMID personnel in Nertiti also reported five bombs being dropped on an area northeast ...

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Sixty-three hostages evacuated from besieged Burkina Faso hotel OUAGADOUGOU: Sixty-three hostages, including 33 wounded, were evacuated in the early hours of Saturday from a Burkina Faso hotel besieged by Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen, communication minister Remis Dandjinou told AFP."There are some dead but we don't have the numbers. The assault is ongoing with the Burkinabe forces supported by French special forces," Dandjinou said, adding that amongst those rescued was labour minister Clement Sawadogo.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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WHO confirms new Ebola case in Sierra Leone a day after all clear GENEVA: The World Health Organization on Friday confirmed a new death from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a day after West Africa celebrated halting the spread of the virus. "We can confirm the Ebola case in Sierra Leone," the WHO said in a statement, after a 22-year-old female student was taken ill near the Guinean border and died three days ago, with an initial swab testing positive for Ebola.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Suspected Ebola death in Sierra Leone hours after WHO gives all-clear FREETOWN: A woman in Sierra Leone is thought to have died from Ebola, officials said Thursday, just hours after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to an epidemic of the disease.The female student was taken ill in the northern village of Bamoi Luma near the Guinean border and died soon after, with an initial swab testing positive for Ebola, a senior health ministry official told AFP. "Complete findings will be made known to ...

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WHO declares Ebola outbreak over as Liberia gets all-clear MONROVIA: The world breathed a sigh of relief Thursday as a two-year Ebola epidemic that killed 11,000 and triggered a global health alert was declared over, with Liberia the last country given the all-clear.The deadliest outbreak in the history of the feared tropical virus wrecked the economies and health systems of the three worst-hit west African nations after it emerged in southern Guinea in December 2013. At its peak, it devastated Guinea, Liberia and Sierra ...

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Egypt extends mandate in Saudi-led Yemen coalition CAIRO: Egypt said on Thursday that it would extend for one year its support for Saudi-led coalition forces battling rebels in Yemen."The National Defence Council agreed to prolong the participation of its armed forces engaged in a combat mission in the Gulf, the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandab Strait," a statement from the office of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said.Egypt, the Arab world's most populous nation, has taken part in coalition raids on Iran-backed ...