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Mozambique presidential candidate pleads for peace MAPUTO: Mozambique's ruling party presidential candidate Felipe Nyusi on Wednesday made a plea for peace with the opposition Renamo party, which has launched a new insurgency in the southern African nation.Nyusi, 55, appearing alongside President Armando Guebuza at a rally in the village of Buzi in the conflict-hit central Sofala province, pledged "continuity" with the policies of the outgoing president."Peace is me. Peace is not waiting in the bush for people to pass in order to kill them so that I can be president," Nyusi said."Peace is not using weapons to resolve the differences between people."Guebuza, 75, who is set to step down in October after serving the two terms allowed by the constitution, has introduced the previously little-known Nyusi at public rallies as part of a country-wide farewell tour.If the former defence minister wins presidential polls set for October 15 he will inherit a simmering conflict with Renamo, a ...

Morocco jails 3 protesters opposed to silver mine: NGO RABAT: A Moroccan appeals court has upheld the prison sentences of three activists opposed to the operations at the country's largest silver mine, a campaign group said Wednesday.Arrested in March on charges including forming a criminal gang, stealing money, holding unauthorised protests and premeditated assault, the accused were each handed three year jail terms in May. Those sentences were upheld on Monday by the appeals court in Ouarzazate, the group told AFP.The court also ordered ...
Two trains collide in South Africa JOHANNESBURG: Two trains crashed into each other in South Africa's eastern coastal city of Durban on Tuesday, injuring about 80 people, rescuers told AFP."There was a train collision in Berea, Durban. The two trains collided and there are about 80 people who are injured. No fatalities have been reported so far," said Luyanda Majija, spokeswoman for the ER24 rescue service.Another ER24 spokesman, Russel Meiring, said the crash by two Metrorail trains was head-on, and that ...
Kenyans gather for opposition rally, day after attacks NAIROBI: Thousands of Kenyans rallied Monday for an anti-government demonstration in the capital's central park amid heavy police presence, with political and ethnic tensions high following weekend attacks in which over 21 were killed.Opposition leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has organised the rally to address what he says are major government failures, including worsening crime and insecurity, rising living costs, impunity, corruption and allegations of ethnic favouritism in government appointments.Police were searching and ...
Somali capital one step short of famine: UN MOGADISHU: War-torn Somalia is sliding back into an acute hunger crisis with parts of the capital facing emergency levels just short of famine, the United Nations warned Monday."Somalia's food security crisis is expected to worsen over the next several months following poor performance of the major rainy season, shrinking humanitarian assistance and access, increasing malnutrition, conflict and surging food prices," the UN's Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) said Monday.The warning comes three years ...
Sisi regret over Egypt Jazeera jailings encourages family CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said he wished three jailed Al-Jazeera journalists including an Australian had never been tried, in an expression of regret relatives described as encouraging on Monday.Australian Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were sentenced to between seven and 10 years in jail on charges of defaming Egypt and aiding banned activists, in a ruling that sparked a global outcry and demands for a presidential pardon.The June 23 ...
Mohamed Dionne named new Senegal prime minister DAKAR: Mohamed Dionne, a close aide to Senegal's president who once worked for the United Nations, was named the country's new prime minister Sunday, two days after the resignation of his predecessor.Dionne, 54, will be the third prime minister serving under President Macky Sall, after former banker Abdoul Mbaye and Aminata Toure, previously also a justice minister."The head of state has given me... a roadmap whose contents can be wrapped up in two words: let's ...


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