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Libyan forces say advancing towards recapture of Sirte from Islamic State SIRTE: Libyan forces said on Tuesday they had taken one of the last districts in central Sirte held by Islamic State militants, battling snipers and car bombs in their campaign to recapture the entire city. Forces aligned with Libya's UN-backed government in Tripoli are three months into a campaign to oust Islamic State from their former North African stronghold and have encircled the militants in a shrinking section of the city centre. Since Aug. 1, their progress has been aided by US air strikes on Islamic State vehicles, weapons and fighting positions. The US Africa Command said it had carried out a total of 48 strikes as of Sunday. The Libyan forces are composed mainly of brigades from the western city of Misrata. After they secured key sites south of central Sirte last week, fighting shifted into neighbourhood Number 2, which the brigades said they had now captured. "On Tuesday ...

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After IMF deal, Egypt's Sisi says will not hesitate on tough reforms CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Saturday he was committed to pushing through the reforms necessary to turn the economy around and cut public debt, days after Egypt negotiated a $12 billion loan programme with the International Monetary Fund.The IMF said on Thursday it had agreed in principle a three-year facility to support comprehensive government reforms.But the deal is subject to final approval by the IMF executive committee, and disbursement is linked to ...

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Libyan forces take Sirte convention centre from Islamic State TRIPOLI: Libyan forces battling to oust Islamic State from Sirte said they had made significant advances on Wednesday, gaining control of a large convention centre previously used as a base by the militants group. "Our forces have complete control of the whole of the Ouagadougou (convention) complex - they even advanced some distance beyond the complex," said Rida Issa, a spokesman in the forces' media office. Fighters also captured Sirte's hospital and university complex, he ...

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Egypt's headline consumer inflation flat at 14pc in July CAIRO: Egypt's annual urban consumer price inflation was unchanged at 14 percent in July and core inflation edged down as the effects of this year's currency devaluation continued to feed through. Egypt's urban consumer price inflation had been rising since April, when it entered double-digit territory propelled by a near 14-percent devaluation of the Egyptian pound and the run-up to the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, when food prices rise. Ramadan ended in early July, ...

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Mauritius tourist arrivals jump 13pc year/year in July PORT LOUIS: Visitor numbers in Mauritius rose 13 percent year-on-year in July, driven by exceptional growth from Europe, the country's tourism minister said on Monday. The number of tourist arrivals climbed to 107,912 in July from 95,695 in the same month last year, Xavier-Luc Duval, who is also the deputy prime minister, said in a statement."We are taking on the challenge to eliminate the low season. Soon we will only speak in terms of winter ...

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South African opposition hits ANC in three major cities PRETORIA: Urban South Africans dealt the ANC its biggest political blow since the end of apartheid on Thursday, knocking the ruling party off its perch in three cities as voters vented anger at corruption, high unemployment and poor public services.The African National Congress (ANC) - which ended white-minority rule when it won power in the first democratic national election in 1994 - held a big lead in the overall count in nationwide municipal elections. But ...

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Egypt military says killed leader of Islamic State in Sinai CAIRO: Egypt's military said on Thursday it had killed Abu Duaa al-Ansari, which it identified as the leader of the Sinai branch of Islamic State, in a series of air strikes near the town of Arish. It said on its Facebook page that the strikes had also killed 45 other Islamic State fighters and destroyed arms and ammunition stores used by the group. There was no immediate confirmation from Sinai Province, Islamic State's offshoot in ...