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Fears of army influence as interim Burkina PM picks team OUAGADOUGOU: Burkina Faso army strongman and new Prime Minister Isaac Zida is set Saturday to name his ministerial team, amid fears of continued military influence over the phased return to democratic rule.Lieutenant Colonel Zida, in charge of Burkina Faso since the ouster of veteran leader Blaise Compaore three weeks ago, formally handed power to interim civilian President Michel Kafando on Friday.Zida presented a Burkinabe flag to Kafando, who waved it before the crowd gathered in a stadium in the capital Ouagadougou for a ceremony attended by six African heads of state.Zida has been named prime minister in Burkina's interim government, a move that will ensure the military retains a large say in running the country under Kafando, a 72-year-old former foreign minister and career diplomat.Zida is expected to name army officials to the key positions of defence, finance and social affairs in his new 25-member government on Saturday, a diplomatic ...

Ousted Burkina president arrives in Morocco from I Coast RABAT: Burkina Faso's deposed president Blaise Compaore arrived in Morocco from Ivory Coast, where he has been in exile since his ouster in a popular revolt last month, the Moroccan foreign ministry announced early Friday.Compaore, 63, arrived with five other people for a "fixed-term visit," it said in a statement released on the official MAP news agency, without mentioning any time-frame."The kingdom of Morocco, which has strong historic, human and political links with Burkina Faso, ...
Widow of Zambian president joins succession race LUSAKA: The battle for Zambia's presidency became even more of a family affair on Wednesday with late leader Michael Sata's widow joining the race to become the ruling party's candidate.Christine Kaseba joins Sata's stepson Mulenga and his nephew Miles Sampa, who have also declared themselves in the running to be the governing Patriotic Front's candidate. The country is set to go to the polls on January 20.According to private radio station-radio Phoenix, Kaseba said she ...
Cuban doctor contracts Ebola in Sierra Leone FREETOWN: A Cuban doctor infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone became the latest of nearly 600 health workers to have contracted the virus, amid fresh warnings that the fight against the disease is far from over.The deadliest outbreak of Ebola ever has now killed 5,420 people and infected 15,145, according to new World Health Organization figures Wednesday, with Sierra Leone seeing the steepest increase in new cases.Cuba has played a large role in intensifying global ...
Cuban doctor contracts Ebola in Sierra Leone FREETOWN: A Cuban doctor in Sierra Leone to combat the Ebola outbreak has contracted the virus and is to be urgently flown to Geneva for treatment, the head of the Cuban mission said Wednesday.Doctor Feliz Baez Sarria, 43, "is in good condition" and currently in a Red Cross centre close to the Sierra Leone capital Freetown, his boss, Doctor Jorge Delgado Butillo, told AFP.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Sierra Leone trading hub Ebola-free but still suffering KENEMA: There is little to celebrate in the tribal chiefdoms of eastern Sierra Leone, where the retreat of the Ebola virus is mitigated by grinding poverty worsened by draconian quarantine restrictions.In Kenema, a diamond exporting hub and the heart of the west African nation's cocoa and coffee industry, no new infections have been recorded since October and the town bustles with trade and traffic.But the district -- part of the Ebola epicentre straddling Sierra Leone, ...
Cambodia nightclub fire kills five: police PHNOM PENH: Five people, including a foreign holidaymaker, died in a fire at a nightclub in Cambodia's northwestern tourist hub of Siem Reap on Tuesday, police said.The blaze broke out at the Hip Hop nightclub in Siem Reap city at around 2am (1900 GMT) due to an electrical fault, provincial police chief Sort Nady told AFP."Five people, including an unidentified foreign tourist, died from suffocation by smoke," he said, adding that two other local people ...


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