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Egypt court recommends death for 6 co-defendants but not Morsi CAIRO: An Egyptian court recommended death sentences on Saturday for six co-defendants of Mohamed Morsi but not for the president in their trial on espionage charges.The presiding judge in the trial asked the mufti -- the country's official interpreter of Islamic law -- to consider death sentences for the six co-defendants, saying the court would convene again on June 18 after the mufti's response.It will then pronounce its verdict and sentence for the remaining five defendants, including Morsi, on charges of having supplied Qatar with classified documents.Egyptian law requires the mufti to sign off on death sentences. His opinion is not binding but is usually respected by courts.Qatar was a main backer of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement while he was in power between 2012 and July 2013, when the military overthrew and detained him.He has since been sentenced to death, life in prison and 20 years in three ...

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Nigeria's Buhari signs delayed 2016 budget into law ABUJA: Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari signed the delayed 2016 budget into law on Friday, a Reuters witness said, ending wrangling with lawmakers that had lasted for weeks. The record 6.06 trillion naira ($30.6 billion) budget triples capital expenditure in Africa's top oil exporter from 2015 and aims to stimulate an economy hit hard by the fall in global crude prices. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Burundi police say 450 people killed in political violence in past year NAIROBI: More than 450 people have been killed in Burundi in unrest that began a year ago, the police said in a report on the crisis that has raised fears of a return to the ethnically charged violence of civil war. "The report at the disposal of police shows that 451 people have been killed since the start of the crisis, including 77 police officers and 374 civilians," the police said. The crisis began when ...

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UN lifts Ivory Coast sanctions UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Thursday lifted the last remaining sanctions on Ivory Coast and said it would shut down its mission there next year.It was the latest sign that the West African country has bounced back from turmoil.French Ambassador Francois Delattre has described the move to end the 12-year sanction regime and wind down the mission as a "success story" for the United Nations in Africa.The world's top cocoa producer, Ivory Coast ...

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South Sudan's Machar sworn in as VP, president calls for reconciliation JUBA: South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar was sworn in as first vice president on Tuesday, hours after he returned to the capital of Juba for the first time since conflict erupted more than two years ago. Machar took up the post under the terms of a peace agreement reached eight months ago, implementation of which had been repeatedly delayed by disputes between Machar and the government of President Salva Kiir. "Now that Dr. Riek ...

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Six African nations could be malaria-free by 2020: WHO GENEVA: Six countries in Africa, the continent where malaria is most widespread, could be free of the disease by 2020, according to a WHO report published Monday to mark World Malaria Day.One of the goals of the World Health Organization's 2016-2030 programme against malaria is to wipe out the disease in at least 10 countries by the end of this decade."WHO estimates that 21 countries are in a position to achieve this goal, including six ...

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Peace prayers as South Sudan awaits rebel chief's return JUBA: Heads bowed, hundreds of South Sudanese prayed for peace Sunday ahead of the expected arrival in the capital of rebel chief Riek Machar, a move hoped to help end over two years of war.After a week of delays caused in part by disagreements over his bodyguards, including the number of troops and weapons they will carry, the government on Saturday issued clearance for the man due to become South Sudan's first vice president to ...