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Egypt's Sisi says Saudi oil stoppage not related to differences on Syria CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Thursday that a suspension of Saudi petroleum aid to Egypt was not related to his country's vote on Syria at the UN Security Council and the motives for the stoppage were unclear. "Some observers imagine that the stoppage of petroleum cargoes from Saudi Arabia was a response to this but this is not true because the oil cargoes come as part of a commercial agreement signed in April and we do not know the situation of the companies and will take the appropriate response," the official news agency quoted Sisi as saying in a speech to the military. At a UN Security Council meeting on Saturday, Egypt voted for both a French draft resolution on Syria, which was vetoed by Russia, and a subsequent Russian draft, which dropped calls for an end to the bombardment of Aleppo, and failed to pass. Though ...

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South Africa's Zuma asks court to block anti-graft report JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma has asked a court to stop the release of results of an anti-corruption investigation into alleged political interference by his wealthy friends, the presidency said on Thursday. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was due on Friday to release her preliminary findings in a probe into the Guptas, an Indian-born family accused of using their close ties with Zuma to influence cabinet appointments."I can confirm that the president has applied for ...

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South African finance minister to be prosecuted for fraud JOHANNESBURG: South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will be prosecuted for fraud, officials said Tuesday, in a move that sent the rand tumbling over concerns about political rivalry and the country's fragile economy.Gordhan, an internationally-respected technocrat, was appointed only last year to calm panicked investors after President Jacob Zuma sacked two finance ministers within four days.Since then, Gordhan has regularly clashed with Zuma loyalists after vowing to battle poor governance and graft in a government ...

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South Sudan weekend road ambush leaves 21 dead: police NAIROBI: A road ambush blamed on South Sudanese rebels left 21 people dead over the weekend in a fiercely contested region in the south of the country, a police spokesman said Monday.Their lorry, travelling from the capital Juba to the city of Yei on Saturday, "fell into ambush and it was burnt down with some families. We lost something like 21 people," said spokesman Dominant Kawcgwok. He said most of the dead were women and ...

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South Africa's Zuma asks watchdog to postpone ongoing Gupta investigations JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma has asked that an ongoing investigation by an anti-graft chief on a range of issues be delayed until he has a chance to question other witnesses in the probe, the presidency said on Monday. Zuma was questioned for four hours on Thursday over allegations his wealthy business friends, the Gupta family, influenced political appointments, in an investigation by an anti-graft chief who has been a thorn in his side. ...

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Ethiopia declares state of emergency ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopia declared a six-month state of emergency on Sunday following months of violent anti-government protests, according to an official statement released on state media."The state of emergency was declared following a thorough discussion by the Council of Ministers on the loss of lives and property damages occurring in the country," Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said.The declaration marks a further hardening of the government's position after months of protests in different parts of Ethiopia.These ...

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Zimbabwe to tone down contentious investment law: Mugabe HARARE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Thursday said he planned to tone down contentious "indigenisation" legislation which in its current form obliges foreign companies to hand over most of their shares to local investors."The relevant act will be amended to bring it into consonance with enunciated policy," Mugabe said at the opening of parliament, without going into detail.In March, Zimbabwe threatened to close all companies that failed to comply with the legislation, passed in 2008.But ...