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Egypt dissolves Muslim Brotherhood political wing CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Saturday ordered the dissolution of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of the already banned Muslim Brotherhood movement.The move comes after the authorities designated the Brotherhood a "terrorist organisation" in December following the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi in July by the military.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

UN Security Council threatens sanctions on South Sudan warring sides UNITED NATIONS: Voicing alarm over the crisis in South Sudan, the UN Security Council threatened Friday to slap sanctions on warring factions for failing to live up to a peace deal signed three months ago.The warning came in a unanimous statement released ahead of a South Sudan visit by Security Council ambassadors next week during which the envoys are to deliver the message directly to the country's leaders."The actions of President Salva Kiir and former ...
Nigeria declares national emergency over Ebola ABUJA: Nigeria's president declared a national emergency on Friday over the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed two lives in Africa's most populous country."President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Friday in Abuja declared the control and containment of the Ebola virus in Nigeria, a national emergency," his office said in a statement.The president called on the population to avoid large gatherings in order to prevent the spread of the virus."Religious and political groups, spiritual healing centres, families, ...
EU offers extra 8mn euros, new mobile lab, to fight Ebola BRUSSELS: The European Union on Friday allocated an extra eight million euros ($10 million) and a new mobile laboratory to help fight the Ebola outbreak spiralling out of control in West Africa.The new funds bring total European Commission funding for the crisis to 11.9 million euros."We are determined to fight the further spread of the deadly epidemic. Many lives depend on our immediate assistance," said the EU's Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva.A second EU-provided mobile ...
WHO declares Ebola epidemic a global emergency GENEVA: The World Health Organisation on Friday declared the killer Ebola epidemic ravaging parts of west Africa an international health emergency and appealed for global aid to help afflicted countries.The decision came after a rare, two-day closed-door session of the UN health body's emergency committee, which urged exit screening of all people flying out of affected countries, where nearly 1,000 people have died.The WHO stopped short of calling for global travel restrictions, urging airlines to ...
At least 52 stampeding buffaloes killed in Zambia LUSAKA: At least 52 Cape buffaloes in a herd crossing a river in Zambia's largest game reserve were killed in a stampede, wildlife authorities said on Tuesday.The incident occurred on Friday in Kafue National Park, in the south of the country, which is home to thousands of Cape buffaloes."We have so far counted 52 buffaloes but there could be more as we suspect some might have been eaten by crocodiles," said Readith Muliyunda, the spokesman ...
Winnie launches legal claim to Mandela's home: report JOHANNESBURG: Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has launched a legal claim to the former South African leader's rural home, local media reported on Tuesday.Her lawyers said in a letter quoted by the Daily Dispatch newspaper that since the house in Qunu was bought while the two were still married, traditional custom dictated it should be inherited by Madikizela-Mandela and their children."This position becomes applicable irrespective of whether the wife was divorced or not," lawyer Mvuyo ...


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