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Ugandan opposition leader charged with treason KAMPALA: Ugandan opposition figure Kizza Besigye was charged with treason late on Friday for declaring himself president and challenging the election victory of veteran leader Yoweri Museveni, officials from both camps said. The charge - which carries the death penalty - marked an escalation in recent confrontations between the government and Besigye who has been repeatedly arrested and accused authorities of beatings and intimidation.Tensions have mounted since the disputed February poll and authorities this week blocked Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and other social media, saying they were worried about security around Museveni's official inauguration on Thursday.Government spokesman Shaban Bantariza said Besigye had been charged with treason because he had declared himself "an alternative president"."He has openly declared his intention to topple this government, that's not constitutional," he said. Authorities have dismissed accusations of targeting Besigye, saying they have only acted to keep order.Besigye was arrested in the capital Kampala on Wednesday, ...

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Kenya security forces kill 10, arrest 36 in operation against MOMBASA: Kenyan security forces have killed 10 suspected al Shabaab militants and arrested 36 others in nine months since launching an operation against the insurgents on the coast, the head of the operation said on Friday. Somalia's al Shabaab have claimed a series of attacks in the past three years or so in Kenya that have killed hundreds of people.Several raids targeted coastal sites, and Kenyan officers say they have been launched from Boni forest ...

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US air strike kills 5 al Shabaab fighters in Somalia: Pentagon WASHINGTON: A US forces in Somalia called in an air strike on Thursday that killed five fighters from the al Qaeda-linked militant group al Shabaab, the latest in a series of U.S. military operations targeting the organization, the Pentagon said.The U.S. forces had been advising Ugandan soldiers with the African Union mission (AMISOM) during an operation against an illegal taxation checkpoint when the Ugandans got into a firefight with 15-20 al Shabaab fighters.Pentagon spokesman Captain ...

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Sudan's Bashir returns from Uganda after 'short visit' KHARTOUM: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir returned Thursday from a "short visit" to Uganda, his first trip to Kampala since his International Criminal Court indictment in 2009 for alleged war crimes in Darfur.Sudan's official news agency SUNA had earlier reported that Bashir was on a two-day visit to Uganda, which is a signatory of the Hague-based International Criminal Court."From the start this was meant to be a short visit. It was only to attend a special ...

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Blast in Maiduguri, NE Nigeria kills two: hospital, residents MAIDUGURI: At least two people were killed in an explosion outside government offices in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Thursday, a hospital spokesman and locals told AFP."We have two dead at the hospital and 24 injured," said an accident and emergency spokesman for the Borno State Specialist Hospital after the blast at about 12:00 pm (1100 GMT). Locals and street vendors outside the Borno State Secretariat said the explosion came from a passing ...

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Talks on Rwanda credit facility ‘very advanced’: IMF NAIROBI: The International Monetary Fund is "very advanced" in talks with the Rwandan government on a short-term credit facility to support the East African country if its foreign reserves slide, a senior official said on Thursday. Rwanda, which relies on farming, foreign aid and modest exports of minerals, has been hit by the slide in global commodity prices and has seen foreign reserves slip while a construction boom has continued to suck in imports. The ...

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4 police, 3 jihadists killed in Tunisia raids: ministry TUNIS: Four policemen and three suspected jihadists were killed during security operations Wednesday near the capital and in southern Tunisia, in the latest violence to hit the country, officials said.Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, has suffered from a wave of jihadist violence since its 2011 revolution that ousted longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.In Wednesday's deadliest confrontation, four policemen were killed when a militant detonated his explosives belt after a firefight erupted ...