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Suicide attack in Somali capital ahead of Erdogan visit MOGADISHU: At least five people were killed Thursday in a suicide car bombing against a hotel in Mogadishu on the eve of a visit to the Somali capital by Turkey's president, police said.Sources at the hotel, situated close to the heavily-fortified presidential palace, said there were around 70 members of a Turkish delegation in the hotel at the time, but none of them were killed or seriously hurt in the blast.Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels -- who are fighting to overthrow the country's internationally-backed government -- said they carried out the bombing, the latest in a string of attacks by the group against high-profile targets in Mogadishu.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose country is a major investor in Somalia, is due in Mogadishu on Friday in what will be a rare visit by a foreign leader. Officials said the trip would go ahead as planned."Five people were killed in the attack, ...

Nigerian elections should be postponed: national security adviser ABUJA: Nigeria's national security adviser said on Thursday that the country's presidential and parliamentary elections should be postponed because not all voter cards had been distributed.Sambo Dasuki made the claim at a conference at the Chatham House international affairs think-tank in London, just three weeks away from polling."We said (to the Independent National Electoral Commission), look, there is a problem... We still have about 30 million... (voter) cards to distribute," he said."Look at the possibility ...
Zimbabwe's Mugabe 'sorry' for extending holiday HARARE: Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe returned home Thursday from his annual holiday in the Far East and apologised for extending his stay abroad while his wife was receiving medical treatment."I would like to say we are sorry, we took a long time away from home," he said addressing government, party officials and supporters gathered at the main airport to welcome him back."Mai (Mrs) Stop-It had pain in her side which was nagging her," Mugabe said ...
Zambians vote in special presidential election JOHANNESBURG: Zambia goes to the polls Tuesday in a tightly contested race to elect a president after a ruling party power struggle following the death of Michael Sata in office last year.The two top contenders are Defence Minister Edgar Lungu, 58, representing the ruling Patriotic Front (PF), and opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema, 52, of the United Party for National Development (UPND).At stake are the remaining two years of Sata's five-year term in Africa's second biggest ...
Mali government, UN declare country Ebola-free BAMAKO: The Malian government and the United Nations on Sunday declared the country free of Ebola after 42 days without any new cases of the deadly virus.Health Minister Ousmane Kone said no confirmed cases had been registered since December 6 when the last Ebola patient had tested negative."I declare this day... the end of the epidemic of the Ebola virus in Mali," he said in a statement broadcast on state television ORTM.The west African country ...
Nigeria lowers petrol price ahead of presidential vote ABUJA: Africa's largest oil producer Nigeria on Sunday announced a cut in petrol prices, a month before the country votes in presidential and parliamentary elections.Oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke told an evening press conference that the price of a litre of petrol would drop from 97 naira to 87 naira (47 US cents) at midnight on Sunday.The measure was taken with the approval and directive of President Goodluck Jonathan, a candidate in the February 14 polls, ...
UN still awaiting Kabila go-ahead for DR Congo offensive UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations is still waiting for President Joseph Kabila to sign off on a joint military plan to drive out rebels from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN said Friday.UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters that Kabila had not signed a joint directive on the military operation despite appeals by the Security Council and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon more than a week ago."We are obviously making preparations for this action," ...


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