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Former interior minister nominated as new Tunisia premier TUNIS: A former Tunisian interior minister has been nominated as prime minister to form a new government after an agreement among political parties in the newly elected parliament, congress speaker Mohamed Nacer said on Monday.The nominee, Habib Essid, worked in the government of autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali but was also interior minister after the 2011 revolution that ended Ben Ali's one-party rule and forced him into exile.His nomination follows the election of Beji Caid Essebsi, also a former Ben Ali minister, as president. Essebi's secular Nidaa Tounes party holds the most seats in the new parliament."We have chosen Essid because he is independent and has experience in the areas of security and the economy," Nacer told reporters outside the congressional palace.He will now appoint a government that must then be approved by a vote in the parliament.Tunisia has been praised as a model for its transition to democracy and ...

At least two dead in Nairobi building collapse NAIROBI: At least two people were killed and several others were injured on Sunday when a six-storey residential building collapsed in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, officials said.Hospital officials said Monday they had treated 28 survivors pulled out of the rubble of the building, situated in Nairobi's Haruma neighbourhood, but it remained unclear if others were still trapped.Kenya's Red Cross said two people had died and 38 had been injured, with search and rescue operations continuing ...
Ebola devastates West Africa, horrifies world in 2014 ISLAMABAD: In 2014, the Ebola virus erupted in West Africa. The epidemic remains a humanitarian crisis of epic proportion.More than 20,000 people likely have been infected by the virus, which so far has killed at least 7,842, the World Health Organization reports.The epidemic began quietly in rural southeastern Guinea in the last days of 2013. The Ebola virus then raged through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.It made forays into Nigeria and Mali, killing more than ...
Four die of bird flu in Libya: minister BENGHAZI: Four people have died of bird flu in Libya in recent days, the health minister of the country's internationally recognised government said on Saturday.Rida al-Awkali said a fifth person suspected of having contracted the virus is currently in hospital in the far eastern city of Tobruk.Three of the victims died in the capital Tripoli, while the fourth died in Tobruk, he added, without saying which strain of the disease they caught.Tobruk is across the ...
Trial opens of ICoast's onetime 'Iron Lady', Simone Gbagbo ABIDJAN: Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo went on trial Friday for "attempting to undermine the security of the state" in events leading to a bloody 2010-2011 crisis that left thousands dead.Gbagbo, who has been held for three years and is also wanted by an international court for crimes against humanity, entered the Abidjan court where she is standing trial with 82 others, to cheers and applause from the public.The 65-year-old wife of ex-president ...
Sudan orders senior UN officials to leave KHARTOUM: Sudan has ordered two senior United Nations officials to leave, a UN spokesman said Thursday, after a recent spike in tensions between Khartoum and the peacekeeping mission in Darfur.UN resident coordinator and humanitarian coordinator Ali Zaatari and the UN Development Programme country director Yvonne Helle have been asked to leave, said a UN staffer who spoke on condition of anonymity.United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the body has protested the expulsions. "The UN has ...
South Africa's Zuma hints at 5th wife JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has hinted he may be ready to take a fifth wife to accompany him through old age, the daily newspaper The Star said Wednesday.During a visit to a Durban township Tuesday in KwaZulu-Natal, the 72-year-old said in Zulu "Angakayakhi indlu yokugugela... laba ngisabathathile nje" (I do have wives but I'm yet to marry my last one).The crowd, most of them elderly, laughed and cheered, The Star said.Zuma, who on ...


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