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Alleged IS gunmen in Libya 'seize radio station' TRIPOLI: Gunmen claiming to be members of the Islamic State militant group have seized control of a state-run radio station in Libya's coastal city of Sirte, residents said Friday.militant websites also posted pictures showing armed men sitting in front of microphones in a broadcasting studio and brandishing Kalashnikov assault rifles."They took Radio Sirte yesterday (Thursday). Since then they have been broadcasting (verses from) the Koran and speeches by (IS chief Abu Bakr) al-Baghdadi," a resident of the central city told AFP by telephone.The resident said speeches of IS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani were also being played on the air.A former local administration official said the gunmen have set up a headquarters in the centre of the city, and voiced concern that they could declare an Islamic emirate in Sirte."They could take advantage of the absence of any central government authority to transform the city into an Islamic emirate as they ...

Policeman killed by Cairo bomb claimed by militant CAIRO: A bomb attack Friday on an Egyptian police convoy in the capital killed an officer and wounded seven conscripts and a civilian, officials said, with militants claiming responsibility.The blast occurred in Ain Shams, a neighbourhood in northeast Cairo that is a stronghold of supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi.The interior ministry said a "home-made bomb" targeted the patrol.The officer, who served in an anti-riot unit, was rushed to hospital and died of his wounds, ...
South Africa's democracy under spotlight after parliament protest CAPE TOWN: South Africa on Friday took stock of its hard-won democracy, embodied by the late liberation hero Nelson Mandela, a day after chaos erupted in parliament during President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address.Radical lawmakers who interrupted Zuma to demand he "pay back the money" spent on upgrades to his private residence were dragged kicking and fighting out of parliament by a large force of security officials on Thursday night."Chaos sign of SA's ...
Five dead as Boko Haram carries out first attack in Chad N'DJAMENA: Nigeria-based Boko Haram Islamists on Friday carried out their first attack inside Chad, killing five people in an early morning strike on a village and military camp on the shores of Lake Chad, a security source told AFP.The attack left four civilians and one soldier dead before the militants were pushed back, the source said on condition of anonymity.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
At least seven die in Nigeria suicide blast: witnesses MAIDUGURI: At least seven people were killed on Thursday when a female suicide bomber blew herself up at a crowded market in northeast Nigeria, witnesses and a health official said.The mid-afternoon attack in Biu, 180 kilometres (110 miles) south of the Borno state capital Maiduguri is the latest in a spate of similar attacks in the troubled region.The Boko Haram group has been blamed for using women and young girls as human bombs as part ...
Top UN development official starts visit to Ebola-hit countries ISLAMABAD: A top UN development official has started her visit to Ebola-affected West Africa, showing UN's commitment to addressing the crisis and support for recovery process, a UN spokesperson said.Helen Clark, administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), began her one-week visit to West Africa which will include stops in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three hardest-hit West African countries that have seen almost 23,000 reported Ebola cases with almost 9,000 reported deaths, UN ...
Ivorian president taps into nation's football victory ABIDJAN: As members of Ivory Coast's football team became national heroes with their dramatic Africa Cup of Nations victory, President Alassane Ouattara has moved to turn their popularity into a political scoring opportunity of his own.Since the Elephants won Ivory Coast's first Africa Cup of Nations championship in 23 years Sunday in a 9-8 penalty shootout win over Ghana, Ouattara has seemingly been everywhere -- orchestrating the resulting explosion of collective joy, and pumping some ...


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