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Somali capital one step short of famine: UN MOGADISHU: War-torn Somalia is sliding back into an acute hunger crisis with parts of the capital facing emergency levels just short of famine, the United Nations warned Monday."Somalia's food security crisis is expected to worsen over the next several months following poor performance of the major rainy season, shrinking humanitarian assistance and access, increasing malnutrition, conflict and surging food prices," the UN's Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) said Monday.The warning comes three years since over 250,000 people, half of them children, died in a devastating famine.In Mogadishu, the UN said the crisis is expected to spiral into "emergency" phase, just one step short of famine on its classification scale of hunger.Thousands displaced by war live in basic makeshift shelters in Mogadishu, where Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents continue to launch regular attacks against the fragile internationally-backed government.Among those displaced civilians, "rates of acute malnutrition and mortality levels have surpassed emergency ...

Sisi regret over Egypt Jazeera jailings encourages family CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said he wished three jailed Al-Jazeera journalists including an Australian had never been tried, in an expression of regret relatives described as encouraging on Monday.Australian Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were sentenced to between seven and 10 years in jail on charges of defaming Egypt and aiding banned activists, in a ruling that sparked a global outcry and demands for a presidential pardon.The June 23 ...
Mohamed Dionne named new Senegal prime minister DAKAR: Mohamed Dionne, a close aide to Senegal's president who once worked for the United Nations, was named the country's new prime minister Sunday, two days after the resignation of his predecessor.Dionne, 54, will be the third prime minister serving under President Macky Sall, after former banker Abdoul Mbaye and Aminata Toure, previously also a justice minister."The head of state has given me... a roadmap whose contents can be wrapped up in two words: let's ...
Malawi seeks economic freedom, 50 years after independence, BLANTYRE: As Malawi marked 50 years of freedom from colonial rule on Sunday, President Peter Mutharika said the country's biggest enemy today was poverty.Thousands gathered to celebrate independence from Britain in the capital Lilongwe, but many Malawians said chronic underdevelopment and heavy reliance on foreign aid had locked them into a new form of economic bondage.The jubilee, attended by African leaders such as Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, comes after a bitterly fought election and a high-level ...
Egypt defends fuel subsidies cut, adds taxes CAIRO: Egypt President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday defended a government decision to raise fuel prices as the authorities also slapped higher taxes on cigarettes and alcohol, state media reported.The authorities late Friday decided to slash state subsidies on petrol and diesel, sparking anger among taxi drivers and others affected by the rising costs.Police arrested two people on Sunday after dispersing a protest by fishermen angered by the fuel price hike in the coastal city ...
Morocco says at least 20 injured in fighting between migrants RABAT: Fighting between African migrants in Morocco near the Spanish enclave of Melilla left at least 20 people injured on Sunday, local authorities said.The unrest broke out in Gourougou forest overlooking the enclave where migrants gather waiting for a chance to sneak into Melilla as a passage to Europe.The fighting between migrants from Mali and Cameroun left 20 people in need of hospital treatment, local authorities said, quoted by Morocco's MAP news agency.Melilla is one ...
Sudan security agents seize daily's print run KHARTOUM: A Sudanese daily newspaper that was allowed to resume publishing in March after a ban of nearly two years has been seized, its chief editor said on Sunday.National security agents confiscated the entire print run, about 23,000 copies, of Al-Tayar's Saturday edition, its editor Osman Mirghani told AFP.According to Mirghani, the security agency said it seized the edition because Al-Tayar wrote about Investment Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail's anger at delays in the government's national ...


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