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South Africa's Zuma visits Nigeria ABUJA: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma begins a two-day state visit to Nigeria on Tuesday, which observers see as an attempt to mend fences between the continent's largest economic powers.Key events on the trip include an address to the National Assembly in the capital, Abuja, and a meeting with the South Africa-Nigeria Business Forum, Zuma's office has announced.Pretoria is putting a positive spin on the visit, talking up the pair's "good bilateral political, economic and social relations" and potential new business opportunities.But neither presidency made mention of tensions between the two countries, including most recently the massive fine imposed by Nigeria on South African telecoms giant MTN.MTN's Nigeria operation was handed a $3.9 billion penalty in October last year for failing to disconnect 5.1 million unregistered SIM cards.The company, which is trying to negotiate a settlement, has so far paid out $250 million but its headline earnings for last year ...

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Tunisia kills 10 militants who attacked barracks near Libya border TUNIS: Tunisian troops killed 10 militants who attacked a barracks near the Libyan border on Monday in the second deadly clash in the area this month, the defence ministry said."Army units managed to repulse the attack against a barracks in Ben Guerdane. No fewer than 10 terrorists were killed, and one was wounded and arrested," ministry spokesman Rachid Bouhoula told AFP.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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UN's Ban tours WSahara refugee camp in Algeria TINDOUF: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Saturday visited a camp in Algeria for refugees from the Western Sahara territory disputed between Morocco and the Polisario Front group.Algeria is the main supporter of the Polisario Front.Ban arrived from the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, where he also warned that the future of Libya, and the stability of the whole Sahel region, is at stake as it faces the "terrifying threat" of the Islamic State group.The UN chief's ...

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Zimbabwe govt to take over all diamond mines: Mugabe HARARE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has announced that the government will take over all the country's diamond mines to stop foreign firms from syphoning off gems without declaring them."We have not received much (money) from the diamond industry at all," Mugabe said in a two-hour interview screened late Thursday by state broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation."Our people... have not been able to see or hear what was going on and lots of swindling, smuggling have taken ...

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Nigeria, corruption and 'the Goodluck Jonathan alibi' LAGOS: It would be easy to believe that Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is winning the war against corruption since his landmark election victory nearly a year ago. Hardly a week goes by without the country's anti-graft agency announcing new arrests and investigations to add to the prominent politicians already in the dock.But the longer the cases already brought to court drag on, the clearer it becomes that a potential setback could prevent Buhari from securing ...

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Record number of candidates as Benin votes for a new president COTONOU: Benin goes to the polls on Sunday to choose a new president, with a record number of candidates standing, including two of the country's most influential businessmen.The election was initially due to be held on February 28 but the first round was postponed because of delays in the production and distribution of the 4.7 million voters' cards.Thirty-three candidates are standing for election, including Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou, a Franco-Beninese former financier who is seen ...

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S.Africa's Zuma faces no-confidence vote in parliament CAPE TOWN: Beleaguered South African President Jacob Zuma Tuesday faced a no-confidence vote in parliament for a second time in less than a year and a legal bid to reinstate corruption charges against him.The mounting pressure on the president comes against a background of economic crisis sparked by his firing of two finance ministers within days in December.The fallout was followed by a public row between the respected new Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the ...