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South Africa's Zuma to hear if 800 graft charges reinstated PRETORIA: South African state prosecutors will Monday respond to a court ruling that President Jacob Zuma should face almost 800 corruption charges, in a move that could threaten his hold on power.The charges, relating to a multi-billion dollar arms deal, were dropped in 2009, clearing the way for Zuma to be elected president just weeks later.The prosecutor justified dropping the charges by saying that tapped phone calls between officials in then-president Thabo Mbeki's administration showed political interference in the case.But a court last month dismissed the decision to discontinue the charges as "irrational" and said it should be reviewed.Zuma has endured months of criticism and growing calls for him to step down after a series of corruption scandals amid falling economic growth and record unemployment.Pressure on the president would increase if some or all of the 783 charges -- which relate to alleged corruption, racketeering, fraud and money laundering -- ...

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UN says Sudan refuses to renew permit of senior humanitarian official KHARTOUM: The United Nations said on Sunday that Sudanese authorities had declined to renew a permit for the head of its humanitarian coordination office in Khartoum, Ivo Freijsen, saying he was being effectively expelled from the country. A statement from the UN humanitarian country team in Sudan expressed "shock and disappointment at the de facto expulsion by the Government of Sudan of one of its senior UN officials." It said Freijsen was the fourth UN ...

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Egypt president says no theory favoured on EgyptAir crash CAIRO: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Sunday no theory was being favoured on why EgyptAir MS804 plunged into the Mediterranean and that Egypt was using a submarine to locate the black boxes.The Airbus A320 carrying 66 people had crashed into the sea while flying from Paris to Cairo early Thursday, and some wreckage but not the black boxes has been found.Egypt's aviation minister had said that terrorism was more likely than technical failure, but Sisi ...

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Search teams hunt for EgyptAir black boxes CAIRO: Search teams scoured the Mediterranean Saturday for more wreckage and the black boxes from EgyptAir flight MS804 for clues on why the plane plummeted and turned full circle before disappearing off radar.An EgyptAir official said the search was focused on finding the bodies of the passengers and the Airbus A320's flight recorders, which will stop emitting a signal in a month when the batteries run out.The plane carrying 66 passengers plunged into the Mediterranean ...

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Nigeria will do what it can to rescue remaining Chibok girls, Buhari says ABUJA: Nigeria will do what it can to rescue more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram two years ago in the northeast, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday as he met the first girl who had managed to flee the militants. Soldiers working with a vigilante group found Amina Ali Darsha Nkeki on Tuesday near Damboa, south of Maiduguri in the remote north where Boko Haram has waged a seven-year insurgency to set ...

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Kerry meets Sisi as Egypt seeks MidEast peace role CAIRO: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo on Wednesday to meet President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, after Egypt called for a renewal of the Middle East peace process.Even before Sisi had raised the issue, Kerry had planned a visit to discuss the crises in Libya and Syria and to raise concerns about Egypt's harsh crackdown on dissent.But the top US diplomat is also keen to hear more from the Egyptian leader about how ...

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Egypt's Sisi offers mediating role in Israel-Palestinian peace talks CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi promised Israel on Tuesday warmer ties if it accepts efforts to resume peace talks with the Palestinians, urging Israeli leaders not to waste an opportunity to bring security and hope to a troubled region.In an impromptu speech at an infrastructure conference in the southern city of Assiut, Sisi said his country was willing to mediate a reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions in an effort to pave the way toward ...