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Niger parliament head to be questioned in baby-trafficking case NIAMEY: The head of parliament in Niger will be interrogated as part of a probe into international baby-trafficking, sources said on Wednesday.Hama Amadou is suspected of "complicity" in the trafficking of babies born in Nigeria and trafficked into Niger via Benin. But Amadou, who is considered the leading challenger to President Mahamadou Issoufou ahead of elections in 2016, has denounced the charges as politically motivated and said it would involve a breach of his parliamentary immunity. One of Amadou's wives is among the 17 people, including 12 women, already arrested in the case since June."We think that for the honour and respectability of our institution, he must make himself available to the judicial authorities," said Mohamed Ben Omar, a member of parliament's political bureau, which authorised the investigation into Amadou. "We must not risk breaking the equality of citizens before the law. In the same case, Nigerians are languishing in ...

Ethiopia's herbal high struggles after foreign ban AWADAY: For a town seen as a key trading centre for khat, a drug that is banned in many countries, Ethiopia's Awaday can seem pretty drowsy and laid-back.As the sun sets on the small eastern town, farmers and brokers of the amphetamine shrub rouse from an afternoon slumber to cut deals in the bustling market, one of the busiest centres of international trade for the leaves.Khat, a multi-million dollar business for countries across the Horn ...
Libyan raids herald bolder Arab action as US role wavers DUBAI: Air strikes by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates on Libyan Islamists as alleged by Washington despite denials from Cairo and the Gulf state would mark an escalation of a regional struggle over the future of the Arab world.If true, Arab responsibility for the attacks would also add to a picture of the West's regional allies acting increasingly independently in the absence of decisive US involvement, seeking security goals with which Washington may not ...
Ebola 'easier to avoid than malaria': USAID MONROVIA: The head of the US Agency for International Development said Tuesday poor understanding of Ebola was undermining the fight against the epidemic, pointing out that the fever is harder to get than malaria.USAID director Jeremy Konyndyk, in Liberia to support the fight against an epidemic which has claimed the lives of almost 1,500 west Africans, told AFP educating people on how to protect themselves was the best way to beat Ebola."Compared to something like ...
170 bodies of African migrants found from Libya shipwreck GUARABOULI: Libyan rescuers have recovered the bodies of around 170 people after a boat carrying illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa sank at sea last week, a coast guard official said on Monday."We freed about 100 bodies trapped in the hold of the 16-metre (50-foot) wooden boat which foundered not far from the coast," Abdellatif Mohammed Ibrahim told AFP.Another 70 bodies were washed up by the tide, including five young children, he said."It looks like the ...
Armed groups in Mali prepare for peace talks OUAGADOUGOU: Ethnic Tuareg and Arab militias from Mali are gathering for talks this week in Burkina Faso ahead of peace negotiations with the government, participants said on Monday."We want to get together to harmonise our points of view on certain issues before meeting with Bamako (the government)," Mohamaed Ag Assaleh, president of the Coalition of the People for Azawad (CPA), told AFP.Discussions among groups that lay claim to a homeland in northern Mali they call ...
Libya neighbours back Egypt call to disarm militias CAIRO: Libya's neighbours on Monday backed an Egyptian call for rival militias in the tumultuous North African country to be disarmed, agreeing with Cairo that there should be no foreign intervention to stem spiralling lawlessness. Foreign ministers from Libya, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Sudan and Chad met a day after Cairo denied Islamist militia accusations that it had conducted an air strike against Islamists in Tripoli.The ministerial get-together also came 48 hours after Islamist militias seized ...


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