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South African court rules Zuma can be charged over graft JOHANNESBURG: A South African court on Friday threw out President Jacob Zuma's attempt to appeal against a ruling that he should face almost 800 corruption charges that were dropped in 2009."We seriously considered whether the appeal would have reasonable prospects of success and came to the conclusion that there are no merits in the arguments," Judge Aubrey Ledwaba told the High Court in Pretoria.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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130 injured in South Africa train crash: medics JOHANNESBURG: Nearly 130 people were injured but no fatalities were reported when two passenger trains collided outside the South African coastal city of Durban on Thursday, medical services at the scene said.The two trains ploughed into each other in Lamontville township on the outskirts of Durban during the afternoon, causing the large number of moderate and minor injuries."128 people were cleared from the scene, and 80 were transported immediately to hospital," Werner Vermaak, spokesman for ...

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Ghana's Mahama faces corruption claims ACCRA: Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has hit back at opponents who want him investigated for receiving a car which they claim is a bribe.The 57-year-old, who is seeking a second term of office in November, has been accused of receiving a four-wheel-drive vehicle from a contractor in Burkina Faso bidding for a lucrative construction contract.The main opposition New Patriotic Party and others allege the gift was designed to influence the awarding of a road ...

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Libyan forces take losses in battle for Sirte against Islamic State TRIPOLI: Libyan forces fighting Islamic State in its stronghold of Sirte said on Wednesday that 36 of their men had been killed and nearly 150 wounded in the previous day's clashes, one of the heaviest tolls in their month-long campaign. Islamic State militants had been fighting hard to defend the shrinking territory they still control in the residential centre of Sirte, said Abdalla Binrasali, a spokesman at the forces' media centre in Misrata. "The resistance ...

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Egyptian court acquits 22 over Red Sea islands protest CAIRO: A Cairo court acquitted on Wednesday 22 people on trial for protesting against a government decision to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, a judicial source and a defence lawyer said. The ruling comes a day after Egypt's administrative court annulled the maritime agreement, announced in April, that would have seen Egypt lose control of Tiran and Sanafir. The accord had caused uproar and rare protests in Egypt, where many have long ...

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Somali militants kill five police in north Kenya NAIROBI: Somalia's al Shabaab militants killed five police officers in a border region in northeastern Kenya on Monday, the latest deadly incursion aimed at punishing Kenya for sending troops to Somalia. Al Shabaab said it was behind the attack.The group's military operations spokesman Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab told Reuters four officers were also wounded and a vehicle in their convoy was burned in the ambush by its fighters.The group has previously said it would continue ...

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Sudan summons UN mission chief in Darfur over mandate extension KHARTOUM: Sudan summoned Sunday the head of the international peacekeeping force in Darfur after the UN recommended a one-year extension of UNAMID's mission despite Khartoum's reluctance.About 20,000 troops and policemen from more than 30 countries are currently in Sudan's western region of Darfur as part of the African Union-United Nations mission, UNAMID.A report by UN chief Ban Ki-moon and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, recommends that UNAMID's mandate be extended ...