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Migrant boat carrying 600 capsizes off Egypt coast killing at least 29 CAIRO: A boat carrying around 600 migrants has capsized off the Egyptian coast, killing at least 29 people, security sources and local officials told Reuters on Wednesday. "An illegal migration boat has capsized off the coast of Kafr al-Sheikh carrying 600 migrants in the largest illegal migration operation through the Kafr al-Sheikh coast so far," state news agency MENA quoted a local official as saying. Rescue workers have saved 150 people, MENA said. The boat was carrying Egyptian, Syrian, and African migrants, security sources told Reuters. It was not immediately clear where the boat that sank on Wednesday was headed, though some security sources said they believed it was going to Italy. More and more people have been trying to cross to Italy from the African coastline in recent months as the weather improves, particularly from Libya, where people-traffickers operate with relative impunity, but also from Egypt. Some 320 migrants ...

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Nigerian army says battling to push Boko Haram out of northeast town LAGOS: Nigeria's army said it had launched an offensive to push Boko Haram militants out of a remote northeast town near the border with Niger, as it fought to end a seven-year insurgency destabilising the region. The military said it had killed several militants in Mallam Fatori near Lake Chad but Boko Haram had called in reinforcements. "The operation is continuing," said army spokesman Sani Usman. There was no immediate comment from Boko Haram, which ...

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Time for Mugabe to go, says Botswana President Khama GABORONE: Zimbabwe's 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe should step aside without delay and allow new leadership of a country whose political and economic implosion since 2000 is dragging down the whole of southern Africa, Botswana President Ian Khama said. Despite his reputation as one of Africa's most outspoken figures, Khama's remarks are certain to raise hackles in Harare, where factions of Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party are locked in a bitter struggle to succeed the only leader ...

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Air strike kills civilians in central Libya BENGHAZI: At least eight civilians including women and children were killed in an air strike near an oasis town in central Libya on Tuesday, a hospital doctor and an eyewitness said. The identity of the war planes that carried out the strike near Houn could not be confirmed. Armed groups loyal to factions based in eastern and western Libya operate in the area.At least 20 people were wounded in the strike and all victims were ...

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Suspected Boko Haram militants kill six in northern Nigeria ambush ABUJA: Suspected members of the militant group Boko Haram killed six people in an attack on a commercial convoy being escorted by the army in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno, the military said on Monday. Boko Haram has killed more than 15,000 people and displaced 2.4 million across Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad during a seven-year insurgency aimed at creating a state based on a radical interpretation of Islamic law. Nigerian army spokesman Sani Usman ...

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Syria's Assad says US strikes ‘flagrant aggression’ BEIRUT: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that US coalition air strikes which hit Syrian army positions near Deir al-Zor on Saturday were a "flagrant aggression". He said the incident which involved the US-led coalition fighting against Islamic State showed an "increase in support for terrorists by countries opposing Syria," state media quoted him as saying. The United States expressed its "regret" over the incident, which Russia said killed scores of Syrian troops. It has raised ...

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Death toll in Congo riots rises to 17 DAKAR: Seventeen people were killed during clashes between police and protesters in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital of Kinshasa on Monday, Interior Ministry spokesman Claude Pero Luwara said. He said three of them were police officers and 14 were civilians. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...