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Sudan's Bashir: political survivor wanted for war crimes KHARTOUM: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is running for reelection on Monday.Vilified by many in the West for hosting al Qaeda in the 1990s and for alleged war crimes in Darfur, he oversaw South Sudan's secession in 2011.The 71-year-old has proved to be a cunning political operator.While indicted twice by the International Criminal Court, he has strengthened his hand at home and abroad.Parliament granted him greater powers last year and recent diplomatic successes have left him riding high.Sudan helped broker a deal between Egypt and Ethiopia in March over a dispute about the sharing of waters from the Nile.He is virtually unopposed in the elections as the 15 other candidates are little-known and most opposition parties are boycotting the polls.He has still toured the country giving speeches, dancing and waving his trademark cane, apparently unaffected by two knee operations last year.Sporting a thick moustache, the career soldier is well known ...

Mugabe in South Africa for first state visit in 20 years PRETORIA: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe visited South Africa on Wednesday in his first state trip to the country since 1994 as he seeks to drum up foreign investment to revive his nation's moribund economy.Mugabe, 91, who was accompanied by his wife Grace, has visited South Africa regularly in the past but his two-day stay will be his first official state visit in 21 years.Zimbabwe's economy has been on a downturn for more than a decade ...
Kenya shuts down Somali remittance firms, freezes accounts NAIROBI: Kenya has suspended the licences of 13 Somali remittance firms following the massacre at a Kenyan university last week, Somalia's central bank governor said on Wednesday, and Kenyan media reported that dozens of bank accounts had been frozen.The killing of 148 students by Somalia's al Shabaab at Garissa, some 200 km (120 miles) from the border, has piled pressure on President Uhuru Kenyatta to deal with the militants who have killed more than 400 ...
Boko Haram disguised as preachers kill at least 24 in Nigeria MAIDUGURI: Boko Haram militants disguised as preachers killed at least 24 people and wounded several others in an attack near a mosque in northeast Nigeria's Borno state, a military source and witness said on Monday. The attackers arrived in cars late on Sunday and gathered people at a mosque in the remote village of Kwajafa, pretending to preach Islam. They then opened fire on them, witness Simeon Buba said. The group's six-year insurgency, and President ...
Seven killed in Boko Haram attack in Chad BAGA SOLA: Seven civilians were killed in an attack in Chad blamed on Nigerian Boko Haram rebels, officials said on Monday.The militants ambushed people on their way to a market in Tchoukou Telia near Lake Chad on Friday, Dimouya Souapebe, the deputy prefect of Baga Sola told AFP.Some of the victims had their throats cut while others were shot, he said.Improvised mines were later discovered along the road between Tchoukou Telia and Ngouboua close to ...
Zimbabwe's Mugabe ruling party fires former deputy Mujuru HARARE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF has expelled former vice president Joice Mujuru, completing the purging from national politics of a woman who only a year ago was seen as frontrunner to succeed the 91-year-old leader.Mujuru lost her positions in the party and government in December and had become an ordinary ZANU-PF member. ZANU-PF spokesman Simon Khaya Moyo said in a statement that the ruling party's top decision-making organ politburo had on Thursday agreed ...
Fortune runs out for Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan LAGOS: Goodluck Jonathan's rise to the top of the pile in Nigeria's ruthless political world had been described as accidental -- a matter of good luck.But the amazing run of coincidence and chance that brought the son of a canoe-maker to the presidential villa in the capital Abuja, has come to an end, with his electoral defeat at the hands of challenger Muhammadu Buhari.The 57-year-old southern Christian -- the first head of state from the ...


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