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At least 20 dead in blast at Cairo church: ministry CAIRO: An explosion in a Cairo church on Sunday near the headquarters of the Coptic pope killed at least 20 people, the health ministry said.The blast ripped through the church around 10:00 am (0800 GMT), Egyptian security officials said. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2016 ...

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Somalia suicide truck bombing kills more than 20 MOGADISHU: More than 20 people were killed Sunday in a suicide truck bombing in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police said, in a fresh strike claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group."The tally we have made so far indicates that more than 20 people, most of them civilians, were killed in the blast," said Ibrahim Mohamed, a Somali police commander.He said the toll might rise further as the injured and dead had been taken to different hospitals ...

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Over 30 dead as Kenya petrol tanker crashes, explodes: officials NAIROBI: More than 30 people died when a petrol tanker crashed into other vehicles and burst into flames outside the town of Naivasha in Kenya late on Saturday night, officials said."Over 30 people confirmed dead, many injured and over 11 vehicles burnt at a road traffic accident along Nairobi-Naivasha," Pius Masai of Kenya's National Disaster Management Unit said in a statement early Sunday.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2016 ...

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UN identifies 41 Burundi, Gabon troops accused of abuse in Central Africa      UNITED NATIONS: An internal United Nations inquiry has identified 25 peacekeepers from Burundi and 16 from Gabon accused of sexual abuse and exploitation in the Central African Republic in 2014 and 2015, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Monday.  "Responsibility for further investigations lies with Burundi and Gabon," said Dujarric, adding that the United Nations had asked those states to interview the identified troops, who all left Central African Republic before the allegations surfaced.    Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Islamic State sniper hits Iraqi unit as army inches forward in Mosul MOSUL: The Islamic State sniper was a good shot. His round hit the Iraqi soldier just above the eye through a hole in the wall no bigger than 10 inches across. "Come, he's been hit!" shouted one of his comrades, seconds after the sharp crack rang out.Two soldiers crouching behind other peep-holes on the roof rushed inside, keeping their bodies low to avoid being spotted by the sniper. They carried semi-conscious Omar Abdul Wahid, in ...

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As Nigeria's recession takes hold, Buhari's shine wanes LAGOS: It's not Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's fault that Nigeria's economy is inextricably tied to the global price of oil, now half of its 2014 peak of over $100 per barrel.But the president's response to the economic crisis has a growing number of people concerned that he doesn't have what it takes to rescue Nigeria from recession.Warning signs appeared early. Buhari took six months after being elected to name a finance minister, then vowed not ...

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South Africa's Zuma to meet with ANC 'integrity commission' JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma will meet with the ruling ANC party's "integrity commission" next week, party officials said, after a year of political scandals and poor local election results.Zuma has deep support within the African National Congress and its lawmakers, but has faced growing criticism from some senior party activists as well as anti-apartheid veterans and trade unions."The Integrity Commission will meet with the President... on the 3rd of December to discuss the ...