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Bomber hits field hospital as Libyan forces battle Islamic State in Sirte TRIPOLI: A suicide bomber killed three and wounded seven at a field hospital for forces fighting Islamic State in their Libyan coastal stronghold of Sirte on Sunday, a security source said. The bombing caused extensive damage to the hospital, about 50 km (30 miles) from the front line, the source said. Two other attempted suicide bombings against forces positioned just outside the centre of Sirte did not cause casualties, he said. Brigades aligned with Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) have made rapid advances over the past month. This week they entered Sirte, engaging Islamic State militants in street battles and targeting them with air strikes. The brigades, made up mainly of fighters from the western city of Misrata, have faced suicide bombings, snipers and mines. At least 120 brigade members have been killed and more than 500 wounded, security and hospital officials say. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Egypt appoints new anti-corruption chief as predecessor faces trial CAIRO: Egypt's parliament approved on Sunday the appointment of a former prosecutor as the new anti-corruption chief, state news agency MENA said, less than a week after his predecessor went on trial accused of making up lies about the scale of the problem. Parliament approved the appointment of Hisham Badawi as head of the Central Auditing Authority, Egypt's main anti-corruption agency, with 329 of Egypt's 596 deputies voting in his favour.Badawi's predecessor, Hisham Geneina, was ...

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South Africa's Zuma appeals reinstatement of graft charges against him PRETORIA: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and the state prosecutor launched an appeal on Friday against a High Court ruling to reinstate 783 corruption charges against the head of state. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) set aside the charges against Zuma in April 2009, allowing him to run for president that same month, but the High Court this May ordered a review of that decision, terming it "irrational". The case has reemerged in the run-up ...

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West Africa marks end of deadly Ebola outbreak MONROVIA: Liberia said Thursday it was free of Ebola, meaning there are now no known cases in west Africa of the tropical virus that has left more than 11,300 people dead in the region since late 2013.Liberia was the country worst hit with more than 4,800 Liberians killed by the virus, and was awaiting the all-clear following the discharge of its last known patients in May."Liberia is again free of Ebola. We have just ended ...

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Liberia declares latest Ebola outbreak over MONROVIA: Liberia's health ministry said Thursday the country was free of Ebola, meaning there are now no known cases of the deadly tropical virus left in west Africa.Liberia was the country worst hit by the outbreak that began in neighbouring Guinea in December 2013, with more than 4,800 Liberians killed by the virus."Liberia is again free of Ebola. We have just ended the incubation period following the last case," Sorbor George, chief of communication at ...

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Nigerian oil rebels reject peace talks LAGOS: The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) militant group on Wednesday rejected a truce offer to end attacks on key oil infrastructure that has cut output in Nigeria.The NDA wrote on its Twitter account @NDAvengers: "We're not negotiating with any committee. If (the) federal government is discussing with any group they're doing that on their own." Nigeria's government this week announced it had set up a committee headed by the national security advisor to open talks ...

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Kenya bans protests against electoral body as violence escalates NAIROBI: The Kenyan government said on Tuesday it had banned all opposition protests against the country's electoral body after an escalation of violence at rallies held every Monday since early April. Kenya is not due to hold its next presidential election until August 2017. But tensions have been rising amid clashes between security forces and opposition leaders and their supporters who accuse senior officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of favouring President ...