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South Africa's finance minister accuses police unit of threatening him JOHANNESBURG: South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Tuesday hit out at a police unit investigating his role over setting up a surveillance unit at the revenue agency, saying its latest statement regarding the matter was threatening.The elite Hawks police unit said earlier it would exercise its "constitutional powers" after Gordhan missed a second deadline to answer questions about a suspected spy unit established while he was head of the South African Revenue Service. Gordhan said it was "factually incorrect" that he had failed to respond to a letter from the police. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Canada PM Trudeau to talk climate, peacekeepers at UN OTTAWA: Increasing Canada's contribution to international peacekeeping, the fight against climate change and advocacy for women's rights are on the agenda for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit to the United Nations, his office said Monday.His visit to UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday comes one month after Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praised Ottawa's renewed engagement on the world stage.Trudeau has said his government would contribute more to mediation and conflict resolution, peacekeeping and reconstruction ...

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Al-Qaeda affiliate claims I. Coast attack: US-based monitors WASHINGTON: Al-Qaeda's North African affiliate claimed a deadly attack by heavily-armed gunmen on the Ivory Coast resort of Grand-Bassam on Sunday that killed at least 16 people, US-based monitors said."By the grace of Allah and His granting of success, three heroes from the knights of Qaedat al-Jihad in the Islamic Maghreb were able to storm the tourist resort 'Grand Bassam,' situated east of the city of Abidjan, in Ivory Coast," the SITE Intelligence Group quoted ...

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Two peacekeepers killed by colleague in northern Mali: UN BAMAKO: Two UN peacekeepers were shot dead and a third slightly wounded by one of their colleagues in northern Mali, the UN mission said on Sunday, less than three weeks after a similar incident."Yesterday (Saturday) at around 1900 GMT a tragic incident occurred in the MINUSMA camp at Tessalit, in the Kidal region in which a peacekeeper fired on three of his colleagues," a statement from the MINUSMA mission said, without giving the nationalities of ...

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UN Security Council condemns attack on humanitarian convoy in Darfur CAIRO: The United Nations Security Council on Friday strongly condemned an attack on a humanitarian convoy in Sudan's war-torn Darfur on Wednesday by a group of unidentified armed men. The convoy was escorted by the African Union and United Nations peacekeepers and was travelling from Kutum to Djarido, North Darfur, the statement said. One South African soldier was killed and another was wounded in the ambush."The members of the Security Council called on the Government ...

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UN chief rejects Moroccan criticism on Western Sahara UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday rejected criticism from Morocco of his remarks on Western Sahara, and pledged to push for action to advance peace efforts during his final year as UN chief.Following Ban's trip to a camp in Algeria housing refugees from the 40-year conflict, the Moroccan government charged that the UN chief's remarks contained "verbal excesses and unjustified complacency." Hitting back at the statement, UN spokesman Farhan Haq said: "The secretary-general ...

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34 dead in Lagos building collapse: rescuers LAGOS: Thirty-four people died in the collapse of a five-storey building under construction in an upmarket area of Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, a rescue official said on Wednesday."Operations concluded at 7:20 pm (1820 GMT) with 34 dead and 13 rescued alive after reaching ground zero," Ibrahim Farinloye, from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), told AFP in a text message."Investigation on the cause of the collapse has started by various federal and state agencies," he ...