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Moroccan parliament gives final approval to pension reform bill RABAT: Morocco's parliament on Wednesday gave final approval to a pensions reform bill, members of the house said, despite labour unions saying the new law will damage workers rights and vowing to block it. The changes to state pension funds include an increase in the retirement age to 63 from 60 by 2022, and higher workers' contributions. Abdellah Bouanou, a lawmaker from the Justice and Development party (PJD) leading the government, said the bill had passed by 70 votes to 35. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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African leaders moot South Sudan protection force KIGALI: African leaders on Monday approved a proposal to deploy a regional protection force to South Sudan with a more robust mandate than the UN peacekeeping mission currently there."The UN doesn't have the mandate to impose peace," African Union (AU) Peace and Security Commissioner Smail Chergui said at a summit in Kigali."They are there where there is peace to keep. African troops are ready to engage in very difficult situations. It is our responsibility," he ...

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Nigeria's Buhari fears delays in corruption trials ABUJA: Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said he was concerned about delays in prosecuting former public officials for corruption, warning it could harm his high-profile stance on graft."I am worried that the expectation of the public is yet to be met by the judiciary with regard to the removal of delay and the toleration of delay tactics by lawyers," he said."When cases are not concluded the negative impression is given that crime pays," Buhari ...

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Morocco wants to rejoin African Union: king RABAT: Morocco wants to rejoin the African Union, 32 years after quitting the bloc in protest at its decision to accept Western Sahara as a member, King Mohammed VI said Sunday.Morocco maintains that Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, is an integral part of the kingdom even though local Sahrawi people led by the Polisario Front have long campaigned for the right to self-determination."For a long time our friends have been asking us to return ...

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Zimbabwe protests signal growing risks for Mugabe HARARE: Street protests, national work boycotts and internet activism are on the rise in Zimbabwe -- offering hints that opposition to ageing President Robert Mugabe could be building towards a boiling point.Public shows of dissent have been rare under Mugabe's decades-long oppressive rule, but they have erupted regularly in recent months as the battered economy has ground to a virtual halt.Banks have run short of cash, government salaries have been delayed and many basic imports ...

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Tension, confusion as South Sudan marks independence anniversary JUBA: The streets of South Sudan's capital were charged with tension on Saturday, the nation's fifth independence anniversary, after two days of sporadic fighting between government and former rebels that raised fears of high casualties.The latest violence on Friday in the world's youngest country represents yet another blow to a shaky peace deal that has so far failed to end the civil war that broke out in December 2013.The fresh fighting began when President Salva ...

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Niger Delta Avengers urge Nigeria's Buhari to visit southern oil hub YENAGOA: The Niger Delta Avengers, a Nigerian militant group which has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on oil facilities in the country's southern energy hub, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to visit the region.The militant group says it wants a greater share of Nigeria's oil wealth to go to the impoverished Delta region. Crude sales make up about 70 percent of Nigeria's national income and most of that oil comes from the southern ...