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African leaders gather for conflict, Ebola talks ADDIS ABABA: African leaders meet Friday for their annual summit with conflict topping the agenda, especially Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgents, as well as efforts to stem Ebola.While the official theme of the African Union meeting will be women's empowerment, leaders from the 54-member bloc will once again be beset by a string of crises across the continent.Late Thursday, the AU Peace and Security Council called for regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to deploy to stop the "horrendous" rise of the insurgents.More than 13,000 people have been killed and more than one million made homeless by Boko Haram violence since 2009.Leaders are also expected to elect Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe to the organisation's one-year rotating chair, replacing Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.Mugabe, a former liberation war hero who aged 90 is Africa's oldest president and the third-longest serving leader, is viewed with deep respect by many on the continent.But ...

Militant attacks in Egypt's Sinai kills 6: officials CAIRO: Militants fired rockets and set off a car bomb in Egypt's North Sinai Thursday, killing at least six military personnel, in the deadliest assault on security forces in recent weeks, officials said.The attacks, which also wounded 30 people, targeted the police headquarters of North Sinai in the provincial capital of El-Arish, a nearby military unit and a residential area housing army and police officers.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Over 38,000 Somali children facing starvation: UN NAIROBI: Over 38,000 Somali children are at "high risk" from dying from starvation despite hunger levels improving by almost a third across the war-torn nation, UN experts said Thursday.The grim assessment, based on the latest data collected by the UN, comes just over three years since intense drought and war sparked famine in the Horn of Africa nation, killing more than a quarter of a million people.In total, over 731,000 people, including 203,000 children who ...
DRC army in new offensive against Rwanda rebels BENI: The army in the Democratic Republic of Congo announced Thursday a fresh offensive against Rwandan ethnic Hutu rebels after weeks of heavy international pressure to act.But the military operation was being conducted without the assistance of the UN mission in the troubled central African country."Today we're launching new operations against the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda)," General Didier Etumba said in Beni, in the north of North Kivu province."This is an ...
Nigeria will not delay elections ABUJA: The head of Nigeria's electoral commission said on Tuesday the country will hold a presidential election as scheduled on Feb. 14, rejecting a call from one of the president's advisors to delay them."We remain committed to implementing the timetable," commission head Attahiru Jega told a news conference. President Goodluck Jonathan's National Security Advisor Sambo Dasuki said last week that Nigeria should delay the election to allow more time for permanent voter cards (PVCs) to ...
Liberia closes Ebola centre at epicentre of outbreak MONROVIA: Liberia's president on Monday announced the closure of an Ebola treatment facility which lay at the epicentre of the virus's worst outbreak in history, as the disease's spread has slowed in the country.Ellen Johnson Sirleaf warned Liberians that while they could not yet afford to relax, the country had made significant progress in the fight against Ebola, and thanked states who helped Monrovia combat the virus."Lofa, the epicentre of the virus, has had no ...
Central African Republic minister kidnapped, another targeted BANGUI: Central African Republic's minister for youth and sport was kidnapped on Sunday by gunmen in the capital, Bangui, and a second minister narrowly escaped capture in a town to the north, officials said. The seizure of Armel Ningatoloum Sayo follows the brief kidnapping earlier this week of a UN staff member and a French charity worker, highlighting insecurity in the country despite the presence of French and UN peace keepers. Tatiana Yangeko, Sayo's spokeswoman, ...

 



 
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