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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 Kinshasa refused to authorise the march in the capital, organised by a coalition of leading opposition groups, arguing they had already permitted another rally on Saturday and could not secure two of them. The international community has spent billions of dollars and deployed a 21,000-strong UN peacekeeping mission in Congo in the wake of a 1998-2003 civil war in which millions of people died mostly from starvation and disease. However, stability has remained elusive 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 ...
Pistorius found guilty of one gun charge PRETORIA: South African Judge Thokozile Masipa on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of negligently handling a gun in restaurant, but acquitted him on two other firearm charges.In the state's first victory after the shock dismissal of murder charges against the star athlete, the judge said Pistorius was guilty of recklessly discharging a firearm in a packed Johannesburg restaurant.Pistorius was accused of asking to see a gun in Tasha's restaurant and while handling it under the ...


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