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UN could vote Friday on police presence in Burundi UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council could vote as early as Friday on a French-drafted resolution that would lay the groundwork for a UN police presence to help quell violence in Burundi, diplomats said.The draft resolution requests that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hold talks with the Burundian government and the African Union on the proposed international presence and present options to the Security Council within 15 days.The text, obtained by AFP on Thursday, provides for the "deployment of a United Nations police contribution to increase the United Nations capacity to monitor the security situation, promote the respect of human rights and advance rule of law" in Burundi.Burundi has been in turmoil since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced plans in April to run for a third term, which he went on to win.The violence has left more than 400 dead, driven over 240,000 people across the border and fueled fears of mass ...

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Nigeria's Buhari to check budget bill ‘ministry by ministry’ before signing ABUJA: Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will check the 2016 budget bill that parliament passed last week "ministry by ministry" before signing it, he said on Thursday, signalling further delays before the legislation takes effect. The budget for Africa's top oil producer has been held up for months as Buhari had to withdraw his original bill, which set spending at a record $30 billion, in January, due to an unrealistic oil price assumption and flaws in ...

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Timeline of Zuma's home improvement troubles JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma must pay back part of a disputed, multi-million-dollar upgrade to his private compound, the nation's highest court ruled Thursday.Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said Zuma "failed to uphold, defend and respect the constitution as the supreme law of the land," in a ruling that sparked calls for him to be impeached.The court's rebuke comes on top of separate allegations that a wealthy Indian family weighed on ministerial appointments made by ...

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South Africa's top court says Zuma must reimburse state JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma failed to "uphold, defend and respect" the constitution when he ignored the order of an anti-corruption watchdog to repay some of the $16 million spent to upgrade his private home, the Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday.After delivering a stinging rebuke to the scandal-plagued leader, the court gave Zuma 105 days to repay the "reasonable cost" of non-security-related upgrades to his sprawling rural residence at Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal.The unanimous ruling ...

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7 wounded in grenade attack on Burundi police bus NAIROBI: Seven people were wounded in twin grenade attacks on a police bus in Burundi on Tuesday, police said, the latest in a string of attacks in the troubled central African country.Hundreds have been killed and almost half a million people have fled Burundi since President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial decision last April to run for a third term."There were seven wounded, six policemen and a child that his mother was taking to the clinic, and ...

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UN says 736 meningitis cases, 61 deaths this year in Niger NIAMEY: Sixty-one people have died of meningitis since January in Niger, the United Nations said Tuesday, despite mass vaccinations to prevent a possible epidemic.A total of 736 cases have been officially recorded this year, the local branch of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said, adding that children under four comprised 30 percent of the total cases."From January 4 to March 13, 736 cases of meningitis have been recorded in Niger," OCHA ...

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Newly-elected Benin president aims to reduce presidential terms COTONOU: Newly-elected Benin president Patrice Talon plans to reduce presidential mandates to just one five-year term, he said late on Friday, after the constitutional court confirmed his election victory over prime minister Lionel Zinsou. Talon took 65.4 percent of the vote in last Sunday's run-off poll to decide who would replace President Thomas Boni Yayi, who is stepping down after serving two terms in office, the constitutional court said on Friday. The figures confirmed results ...