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UN evacuates as deadly clashes sever Libya air links TRIPOLI: The United Nations announced Monday that it was evacuating its remaining staff from Libya, after deadly clashes closed Tripoli airport and severed air links with the outside world.The fighting between liberal and Islamist militias came after a June general election mired by fraud allegations intensified a struggle for power between rival armed groups that has wracked the North African oil producer ever since the 2011 overthrow of dictator Moamer Kadhafi."UNSMIL (United Nations Support Mission in Libya) temporarily withdrawing staff from Libya because of security situation," the mission, which already pulled out dozens of personnel last week, said in a statement."After the latest fighting on Sunday and because of the closure of Tripoli international airport, the mission concluded that it would not be possible to continue its work while at the same time ensuring the security and safety of its staff," it said."This is a temporary measure. Staff will return ...

US offers Egypt late invite to Africa summit in Washington WASHINGTON: The United States has invited Egypt to an African leaders summit in Washington next month, after initially barring Cairo following the military's coup against the former Muslim Brotherhood-led government.A US official said the late invitation had been offered as Egypt had recently been allowed back into the African Union after a year's absence."President Obama invited all African heads of state or government in good standing with the United States and the African Union to ...
 Death toll at 23 in Casablanca buildings collapse CASABLANCA: The death toll after three buildings collapsed in Morocco’s largest city and commercial capital Casablanca rose to 23 on Sunday, officials said.Fifteen bodies were recovered from the rubble in one day on Sunday, including two children.Medics said earlier Sunday that 17 people were still being treated in hospital, while authorities warned of more buried bodies.Rescue operations were temporarily suspended on Sunday afternoon as emergency teams sought more sophisticated equipment. Sparking anger from relatives of ...
Three killed in blast in Egypt's Sinai region CAIRO: Three people were killed in an explosion near a security compound in Egypt’s Sinai region, near the border with Israel, security officials.Egypt has been hit by militants insurgency led by Sinai-based militants.Hundreds of soldiers and police officers have been killed in those attacks. Medical sources said around 22 others were injured in Sunday’s blast. Security sources said that the explosion was due to a rocket targeting North Sinai’s main security compound and in front ...
Boko Haram chief claims Lagos, Abuja attacks LAGOS: The head of Nigeria's Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a bombing in the capital Abuja and an attack hours later in Lagos which the authorities tried to cover up, in a video obtained by AFP on Sunday. In the 16-minute video, Boko Haram chief Abubakar Shekau also voices support for the extremist Sunni Islamic State (IS) militants who have taken over large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria. He mocks the social ...
Nigerian president hails Soyinka on his 80th birthday LAGOS: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan praised compatriot Wole Soyinka, the 1986 Nobel literature prize laureate who turns 80 on Sunday, for using his talents to promote good governance.Jonathan applauded Soyinka's "life-long dedication and indefatigable commitment to using his acclaimed genius and talents, not only in the service of the arts, but also for the promotion of democracy, good governance and respect for human rights in Nigeria, Africa and beyond."Dozens of literary and artistic events have ...
Business tycoon shot dead in Kenya coastal city MOMBASA: A prominent Kenyan businessman was shot dead in Kenya's port city of Mombasa late Friday, police and eyewitnesses said.The murder of transport magnate Shahid Bhat, which occurred along a road near Mombasa's airport, comes amid mounting insecurity in the coastal region."The gunmen shot at him as he was driving along the road, and as they escaped they shot at another pick-up vehicle, wounding a child," Mombasa county police commander Robert Kitur told AFP.Bhat was ...


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