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African leaders' relatives named in Panama Papers PARIS: A nephew of South African President Jacob Zuma and the son of Ghana's former president John Agyekum Kufuor were among African figures named in the Panama Papers trove of leaked tax documents.Zuma's nephew, Clive Khulubuse Zuma, is a cigar-chomping mining magnate who is thought to own up to 19 collectible cars.The documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca show that Khulubuse Zuma was authorised to represent Caprikat Limited, one of two offshore companies that controversially acquired oil fields in the Democratic Republic of Congo.In 2010, as questions were raised about the acquisition, British Virgin Islands authorities ordered Mossack Fonseca to provide additional background information on Zuma. Later that year, Mossack Fonseca ended its relationship with the companies.Zuma and representatives of the companies have rejected allegations of wrongdoing and claimed the oil deals are "quite attractive" to the DRC government.Also implicated is John Addo Kufuor, the eldest son of Ghana's ...

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South African parliament to debate Zuma impeachment motion on Tuesday JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's parliament will debate on Tuesday a motion to impeach President Jacob Zuma, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete said on Sunday, after a top court ruled the president had violated the constitution.South Africa's constitutional court ruled on Thursday that Zuma had failed to uphold the constitution by ignoring orders from the public protector that he repay some of the $16 million in state funds spent to renovate his residence at Nkandla .Since Thursday's ...

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Central African president names PM in decree - radio BANGUI: The Central African Republic's new President Faustin-Archange Touadera has named his former campaign director as his prime minister, according to a decree read on national radio on Saturday.Touadera, a former prime minister and mathematics teacher, was elected president in February, ending a transitional government that has led the landlocked nation since early 2014."The president of the republic, head of state, in light of the constitution of the Central African Republic of March 30, 2016 ...

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New Ebola case in Liberian capital: health ministry MONROVIA: Liberia has registered a new case of Ebola in the capital, the health ministry said Friday, more than two months after the epidemic was declared over in the country."There is a new case of Ebola in Monrovia. We are coming soon with an official statement," a ministry of health official told AFP.A resurgence of Ebola in a rural Guinean community has killed seven people in the last few weeks, but it is not known ...

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Egypt's Sisi approves growth plan, deficit-cutting budget CAIRO: Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi approved the 2016-2017 draft budget on Thursday, as well as an economic development plan, and sent both to parliament for passage, state news agency MENA said. The draft budget reduces the deficit for 2016-17 to 9.8 percent of gross domestic product from the current 11.5 percent, and the development plan targets a growth rate of 5.2 percent versus 4.4 percent now, MENA said. Egypt's government had on Wednesday approved ...

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Two killed, 15 injured in central Somalia mosque blast MOGADISHU: Two people were killed and 15 others wounded when an explosion ripped through a mosque in the central Somalia region of Hiiraan during evening prayers on Thursday, police said. Local residents and police said it was unlikely that militants would target a mosque and thought the blast in the central town of Beledweyne was probably an accident. "We believe it was grenade that was accidentally dropped by those who were praying," a senior police ...

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UN could vote Friday on police presence in Burundi UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council could vote as early as Friday on a French-drafted resolution that would lay the groundwork for a UN police presence to help quell violence in Burundi, diplomats said.The draft resolution requests that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hold talks with the Burundian government and the African Union on the proposed international presence and present options to the Security Council within 15 days.The text, obtained by AFP on Thursday, provides for ...