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Nigeria's Buhari is well but will extend UK holiday until Sunday ABUJA: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who travelled to Britain for a holiday and treatment for an ear infection, is very well but will extend his break until Sunday, the vice president said on Thursday."He is in perfect health and ready to resume work on Monday morning," Yemi Osinbajo told reporters in the capital, Abuja. The 73-year-old former military ruler flew to London to see an ear, nose and throat specialist after being examined by two doctors in Nigeria who "recommended further evaluation, purely as a precaution". Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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UN calls for investigations into Tripoli prisoner killings TRIPOLI: The UN envoy to Libya called on Monday for investigations inside and outside Libya into the killing of 12 men jailed on suspicion of crimes against protesters during the 2011 revolution and granted conditional release last week. Libya's judicial police say the men were released from Tripoli's Al-Baraka prison on Thursday, a day before their bodies were found dumped in different parts of the capital. According to their families, the men had been beaten ...

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Morocco arrests Italian suspected of Islamic State ties RABAT: Moroccan authorities have arrested an Italian national who was planning to carry out attacks on targets in the kingdom, the interior ministry said in a statement on Monday. Morocco, a Western ally against militancy, often announces it has broken up militant cells accused of plotting attacks inside and outside the kingdom. The suspected Italian militant, who lives in Belgium, was arrested on June 8 when landing in the eastern city of Oujda, based on ...

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Bomber hits field hospital as Libyan forces battle Islamic State in Sirte TRIPOLI: A suicide bomber killed three and wounded seven at a field hospital for forces fighting Islamic State in their Libyan coastal stronghold of Sirte on Sunday, a security source said. The bombing caused extensive damage to the hospital, about 50 km (30 miles) from the front line, the source said. Two other attempted suicide bombings against forces positioned just outside the centre of Sirte did not cause casualties, he said. Brigades aligned with Libya's ...

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Egypt appoints new anti-corruption chief as predecessor faces trial CAIRO: Egypt's parliament approved on Sunday the appointment of a former prosecutor as the new anti-corruption chief, state news agency MENA said, less than a week after his predecessor went on trial accused of making up lies about the scale of the problem. Parliament approved the appointment of Hisham Badawi as head of the Central Auditing Authority, Egypt's main anti-corruption agency, with 329 of Egypt's 596 deputies voting in his favour.Badawi's predecessor, Hisham Geneina, was ...

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South Africa's Zuma appeals reinstatement of graft charges against him PRETORIA: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and the state prosecutor launched an appeal on Friday against a High Court ruling to reinstate 783 corruption charges against the head of state. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) set aside the charges against Zuma in April 2009, allowing him to run for president that same month, but the High Court this May ordered a review of that decision, terming it "irrational". The case has reemerged in the run-up ...

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West Africa marks end of deadly Ebola outbreak MONROVIA: Liberia said Thursday it was free of Ebola, meaning there are now no known cases in west Africa of the tropical virus that has left more than 11,300 people dead in the region since late 2013.Liberia was the country worst hit with more than 4,800 Liberians killed by the virus, and was awaiting the all-clear following the discharge of its last known patients in May."Liberia is again free of Ebola. We have just ended ...