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Militant announce blood-soaked return to northern Mali BAMAKO: From roadside bombs and rocket attacks to murderous ambushes launched on motorbikes, Mali's ousted militant have announced their return in a bloodbath of foreign troops in the desert north.Some 19 months since they were driven from the conflict-ravaged west African nation in a French-led military intervention, various militant groups have stepped up a campaign of violence which hit its gruesome nadir with the deaths of nine UN peacekeepers on Friday.The slaying of the soldiers, part of a contingent from Niger who were in a supply convoy in the northeast, brought to 30 the number of peacekeepers killed since the UN began its MINUSMA mission in Mali last year."This is no longer in the context of maintaining peace," said Herve Ladsous, the UN's head of peacekeeping operations, as he announced the deployment of drones and armoured vehicles."We are required to take a series of measures... to toughen up our bases, ...

US cameraman for NBC infected with Ebola in Liberia WASHINGTON: A 33-year-old American working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC News has been infected with Ebola and will be flown back to the United States, the network said Thursday."The freelancer came down with symptoms on Wednesday, feeling tired and achy. As part of a routine temperature check, he discovered he was running a slight fever," said NBC's website."He immediately quarantined himself and sought medical advice."The man, who was only hired on Tuesday, ...
Egyptian court jails 68 Muslim Brotherhood supporters CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced 68 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to jail terms on Tuesday, judicial sources said, in a case related to deadly violence a year ago after the army's ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.All were found guilty of killing 30 people and intending to kill others in Cairo on October 6, 2013, when more than 50 people died in clashes across the country between Mursi opponents and supporters.Judge Mohamed Ali Al-Faqi gave 63 ...
Khmer Rouge leaders lodge appeal of convictions PHNOM PENH: Two Khmer Rouge leaders have formally appealed convictions for crimes against humanity which saw them handed life sentences by Cambodia's UN-backed court.Their lawyers immediately vowed to appeal, but the details only emerged in documents posted on the tribunal's website dated Monday.In a 30-page document Nuon Chea's legal team alleged 223 errors in the case and judgement against their client and said this amounted to a "miscarriage of justice". They also accused the judges ...
Court to decide Mubarak's fate with retrial verdict CAIRO: An Egyptian court will rule Saturday in the murder retrial of Hosni Mubarak, whose 2011 overthrow unleashed almost four years of tumult capped by the election of another military man.Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for three decades, is accused alongside seven of his former police commanders of involvement in the killing of hundreds of protesters during the uprising that toppled him.An appeals court overturned his initial life sentence on a technicality.The same court will also ...
19 killed in Guinea-Bissau land mine blast: police BISSAU: At least 19 people aboard a minibus were killed when a landmine exploded in northern Guinea-Bissau, police said Saturday.Another 10 people were injured, several seriously, in the blast on a little-used route 70 kilometres (40 miles) north of the capital of Bissau, as the vehicle swerved to avoid water in its path, police and witnesses said.Three people, including the driver, emerged unscathed."The vehicle was overloaded, I was on the roof with some other passengers ...
Cuba sends 300 more doctors, nurses to fight Ebola HAVANA: Cuba said it will send nearly 300 more doctors and nurses to west Africa to help fight the Ebola epidemic.This will raise to 461 the number of Cuban medical personnel that the country will send to battle the disease.The Cubans will work in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, said Regla Angulo, head of the Cuban medical relief agency.Until now Cuba had pledged 165 doctors and nurses for Sierra Leone.The staff are undergoing intense training ...


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