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Colombian general kidnapped by rebels BOGOTA: A Colombian army general went missing Sunday in an area where leftist FARC rebels are active, President Juan Manuel Santos said, in a potentially serious strain to the South American country's peace process.Santos ordered Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon to travel to the isolated Choco department town of Quibdo to lead the investigation into the presumed "abduction" of Brigadier General Ruben Alzate."We demand that his captors (all signs point to the FARC) set him free as soon as possible, and safe and sound," Santos said on Twitter.The general lost contact with ground forces in Quibdo, in the southwest, where the FARC is active.Founded in 1964, the FARC today counts about 8,000 fighters and is the largest of the guerrilla groups waging Latin America's longest-running armed conflict.The FARC is currently locked in dialogue with Colombian government negotiators attempting to broker a peace deal to end the five-decade-long conflict. Copyright AFP ...

Ebola-infected doctor from Sierra Leone flown to US: medical official FREETOWN:- A doctor from Sierra Leone who has contracted Ebola was early Saturday flown to the US where he has residency to be treated for the deadly virus, a senior medical official told AFP.The flight carrying Martin Salia left the airport at Sierra Leone's capital Freetown at 2:30 am (GMT), Dr Brima Kargbo, the country's chief medical officer, told AFP.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Egyptian militants loyal to IS claim deadly attack on soldiers CAIRO: Egypt's deadliest militant group, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State militants, on Friday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack last month that killed 30 soldiers.Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which has spearheaded an insurgency in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula, made the claim in a video posted on social media.The group has killed scores of policemen and soldiers since the army overthrew president Mohamed Morsi last year, but the October 24 attack in which a militant ...
Senegal partially reopens borders with worst-hit Ebola states DAKAR: Senegal has reopened air and sea borders with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the countries worst hit by the Ebola virus.The frontiers had been closed since August 21, but the restriction was lifted with immediate effect, Senegalese Interior Minister Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo said Friday."Senegal has decided to partially open its borders with the Republic of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as of this Friday... this measure applies only to air and maritime borders excluding ...
Boko Haram seizes Chibok, hometown of kidnapped schoolgirls KANO: Boko Haram has seized the town of Chibok in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, from where 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped more than six months ago, a local pastor and a senator told AFP on Friday."Chibok was taken by Boko Haram. They are in control," said Enoch Mark, a Christian pastor whose daughter and niece are among the 219 teenagers still being held.Mark and the senator for southern Borno, Ali Ndume, said the militants attacked at ...
Air force chopper crashes in northeast Nigeria KANO: A Nigerian air force helicopter burst into flames midair and crashed near a university in Nigeria's restive northeast, witnesses and the military said on Friday.The crash -- the second to down a military chopper in a week -- occurred late Thursday in the city of Yola, and initially sparked fears that Nigeria's feared Boko Haram insurgency was mounting an attack. There was no immediate information on casualties."A chopper belonging to the Nigeria Air Force ...
FARC guerrillas abduct two Colombian soldiers BOGOTA: FARC rebels kidnapped two Colombian soldiers after clashes between the Marxist guerrillas and the military in the far east of the country, the army said Thursday.The capture, which comes amid a slow-moving peace process between the rebels and the government, took place in Arauca Department, bordering Venezuela, the National Army of Colombia said in a statement.The double abduction Sunday came after a military operation in a rural area during which a soldier was killed ...


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