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Renegade Lesotho general 'seizes weapons' MASERU: A Lesotho general suspected of involvement in last week's attempted coup has seized army weapons in preparation for a possible stand-off, a top military commander told AFP on Friday.Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli, who has refused to step down as the commander of the Lesotho Defence Forces, seized a cache including anti-aircraft guns, mortars and small arms from state armouries."He has refused to vacate offices and depleted armouries," Lieutenant General Maaparankoe Mahao said, adding the material was being used to prepare for both "defensive and offensive" operations."Intelligence reports indicate he slips in and out of the mountains," Mahao added.Thesele Maseribane, a government minister and Basotho National Party leader, told AFP that Kamoli was "preparing for war tonight" and had mobilized armoured cars. Prime Minister Tom Thabane asked Kamoli to relinquish his command a week ago. Within hours of that order the military had attacked a host of police stations and ...

US confirms death of al Shabaab leader Godane in Somalia strike WASHINGTON: The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that Ahmed Abdi Godane, a leader of the al Shabaab Islamist group, was killed in a US airstrike in Somalia this week, calling it a "major symbolic and operational loss" for the al Qaeda-affiliated militants."We have confirmed that Ahmed Godane, the co-founder of al Shabaab, has been killed," Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon's press secretary, said in a statement. Since taking charge of al Shabaab in 2008, Godane ...
Ghana to seek fiscal balance, economic reforms at IMF talks: Mahama ACCRA: Ghana will seek just $1 billion from a Eurobond this year as it heads into talks with the IMF aimed at restoring fiscal balance as part of a larger plan of economic reform, President John Mahama said in an interview on Friday. The West African country may look for further financing if it can secure an assistance deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Mahama said, adding that former finance minister Kwesi Botchwey would ...
World experts race to deploy experimental Ebola drugs GENEVA: World health experts will meet in Geneva on Friday for the second day of urgent talks on fast-tracking experimental Ebola drugs as doctors in the worst-hit countries pleaded to be given the serums.With no fully tested treatments for Ebola, the World Health Organization has endorsed potential cures like ZMapp to be rushed out."Everybody keeps asking why isn't this medication made available to our people out there?" Samuel Kargbo, from Sierra Leone's ministry of health, ...
South Africa refuses Dalai Lama visa for Nobel summit: spokeswoman CAPE TOWN: South Africa has refused to grant a visa for the Dalai Lama to attend the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Cape Town next month, his representative said Thursday.The government "conveyed by phone to me they will not be able to grant the visa for the reason that it would disturb relations between China and South Africa," Nangsa Choedon told AFP.The refusal could see a boycott of the 14th annual peace summit, ...
African Union to hold emergency meeting on Ebola ADDIS ABABA: The African Union announced on Wednesday it will hold an emergency meeting next week aimed at hammering out a continent-wide strategy to deal with the Ebola epidemic.The AU's Executive Council said next Monday's meeting, to be held at the body's headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, would also "deliberate on the suspension of flights, and maritime and border closures, as well as stigmatisation of the affected countries and their nationals"."The council's emergency ...
West Africa Ebola death toll accelerates DAKAR: More than 1,900 people have died in the world's worst outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the head of the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday, marking a major acceleration in fatalities from just over 1,500 last week. Margaret Chan told a news conference in Washington that 3,500 confirmed or probable cases of Ebola have been reported in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia as of this week. The death toll from this outbreak is ...


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