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US Embassy in Uganda tells citizens to seek shelter KAMPALA: The US Embassy in Uganda told its citizens to seek safety on Saturday, warning that local authorities had uncovered a "terrorist cell" run by Somali militant group al Shabaab, which they believed was planning an imminent attack. Ugandan police later said it had foiled an attack in central Kampala and was increasing security at hotels and other public places, but declined to say who was behind the attack. The Embassy, in a statement published on its website, said it was not aware of specific targets but said the authorities had increased security at key sites including Entebbe International Airport."Today Ugandan authorities reported the discovery of an al-Shabaab terrorist cell in Kampala, Uganda," the Embassy said. "We remain in close contact with our Ugandan counterparts as investigations continue into what appears to have been planning for an imminent attack." At a news conference later, Ugandan police said they had seized ...

Congo opposition pledges more protests after govt crackdown KINSHASA: Democratic Republic of Congo's opposition pledged to escalate its campaign against a possible third term for President Joseph Kabila after police dispersed a protest march with teargas in the capital Kinshasa on Saturday. Anti-government protests were suppressed in at least three other towns, the opposition said. In Butembo, in the eastern province of North Kivu, police fired teargas and threw stones at protesters, according to Fabrice Kakubuzi, a local civil society coordinator.Provincial authorities in ...
Uganda stepping up security at hotels: police KAMPALA: Ugandan police said on Saturday that security was being stepped up at hotels and public places after authorities foiled a suspected "terror plot" in the centre of the capital Kampala."We're increasing patrols in the city, major towns and other vulnerable places," Fred Enanga, spokesman for Uganda Police told a press conference in Kampala. The US Embassy in Uganda had earlier issued a statement saying the Ugandan authorities had uncovered a "terrorist cell" run by ...
Kerry lands in Cairo for talks on anti-IS coalition CAIRO: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived Saturday in Cairo on the latest leg of a regional tour to forge a coalition against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria.Kerry is scheduled to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi.Relations between Washington and Cairo have been strained since the military's overthrow of elected president Mohamed Morsi last year, but the Egyptian government sees the fight against IS as its ...
Cuba's Ebola aid latest example of 'medical diplomacy' HAVANA: Cuba's pledge to deploy a 165-strong army of doctors and nurses to help fight the Ebola outbreak is the latest example of the Communist country's decades-old tradition of "medical diplomacy."Since 1960, when Cuba dispatched a team of doctors to help with the aftermath of an earthquake in Chile, the Caribbean island has sent more than 135,000 medical staff to all corners of the globe.The latest batch being sent to help in west Africa's Ebola ...
Ebola toll hits 2,400 as Cuba pledges medics GENEVA: The worst-ever Ebola outbreak has killed more than 2,400 people, the UN said Friday, as Cuba pledged the largest foreign medical team deployed so far in the west African health crisis.World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan warned the spiralling epidemic of the murderous tropical virus demanded a stronger, faster response from the international community.In the three hardest-hit countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, "the number is moving faster than the capacity to manage them," ...
Nigeria says army repels militants outside northeast city ABUJA: Nigeria's military beat back an attack by Islamist insurgents outside the Borno state capital Maiduguri on Friday and sent in reinforcements to stop any assault on the northeastern city, the government said.Authorities were struggling to reassure frightened locals that the armed forces would defend them against the Boko Haram militants, who have overrun a string of towns and villages in the area in recent weeks. Maiduguri residents said they heard gunfire and explosions coming ...


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