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Clash between army, 'tribal gunmen' leaves 65 dead in Uganda KAMPALA: At least 65 people have been killed in clashes between tribal gunmen and Ugandan government troops in the west of the country near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said Sunday.It was not immediately clear what sparked and who was behind the violence, but the region has been hit by recent communal violence between Christians and Muslims, and is also an area where an Islamist rebel group is known to operate."So far 54 of the attackers have been put out of action, and 40 of their colleagues have been captured and are in custody, effectively bringing sanity to the region," said a regional army spokesman, Ninsiima Rwemijuma."We are still combing the area for any of the thugs that could be hiding," he added. Police spokesman Fred Enanga said the overall toll from the clashes on Saturday and security sweep on Sunday stood at 65 dead, with ...

Kenya tension as opposition readies for mass rally NAIROBI: Kenya's main opposition party is gearing up for a mass rally on Monday in a major challenge to the country's year-old government amid mounting security woes and fears of renewed ethnic violence.Opposition leader and former prime minister Raila Odinga plans an anti-government rally on July 7 in central Nairobi, the anniversary of protests for multi-party democracy in the 1990s, a date heavy with symbolism and known commonly as "Saba-Saba" , or "Seven-Seven" in Swahili.Attacks ...
Libya govt says regains control of two oil terminals TRIPOLI: Interim Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani announced the end Wednesday to the country's oil crisis, saying the authorities had regained control of two oil terminals that had been blocked by rebels.He made the announcement at a joint press conference in Ras Lanuf with rebel leader Ibrahim Jodhran, who confirmed that the two ports had been opened.The one at Ras Lanuf has a daily capacity of 200,000 barrels per day while the other, at Al-Sidra, ...
Sudan rebels say photos show downed chopper KHARTOUM: Rebels in Sudan's South Kordofan, where fighting intensified in recent weeks, on Wednesday released photographs of a downed helicopter gunship which they said they shot down.The Sudan's People's Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N) have previously claimed to have downed government aircraft during the three-year war but they have not provided evidence.The authenticity of the photographs could not independently verify, and Sudan's military spokesman could not be immediately reached.SPLA-N spokesman Arnu Ngutulu Lodi said rebels obtained the ...
Kenyan cargo plane crashes into building after takeoff: authorities NAIROBI: A cargo air plane crashed into a commercial building shortly after takeoff Wednesday from the Kenyan capital's main airport, the busiest in East Africa, aviation authorities said."A Fokker 50 cargo plane with four people onboard has this morning crashed at a commercial building," after taking off from Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Kenya Airports authority said in a statement.It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties, but police sources said all ...
Ebola death toll rises to 467 in west Africa: WHO GENEVA: The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in west Africa has risen to 467, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.Giving the latest update on the disease which has hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the WHO said there have now been 759 confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola in the region.The figures were issued on the eve of a conference on the crisis to be held in Ghana.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
South Africa renews apartheid land claims process JOHANNESBURG: South Africa has relaunched a claims process for black families removed from their land under apartheid rule to apply for compensation, the presidency said on Monday. President Jacob Zuma signed into law a return of the Restitution of Land Reform Act, which includes an extended deadline for people who lost their land to make a claim. "The Act now provides for the re-opening of the lodgment of land claims by those who missed the ...


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