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Ten dead in Uganda ferry accident KAMPALA: Ten people died when an overcrowded ferry on the Ugandan side of Lake Albert capsized in strong winds, local police said.The vessel, with 21 people onboard, was taking passengers from Buliisa to Kagoya, farther south, when the accident happened overnight Thursday, Buliisa police spokesman Julius Hakiza told AFP."We managed to rescue 11 people. The rest drowned," he said. The 10 fatalities comprised six women and four men.Accidents are frequent on the lake, which is shared by Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. In March 2014, 210 Congolese refugees drowned when the boat they were travelling in capsized.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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UN says Zimbabwe drought relief funding deficit at $140 million HARARE: The United Nations on Thursday said its budget to assist people suffering from Zimbabwe's worst drought in a quarter of a century that left millions in need of food aid had fallen short by $140 million. Some four million people require food aid this year after the severe drought, and the UN said the figure would rise to 5.2 million in the first quarter of next year. "Of the $352 million being sought under ...

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12 Haftar soldiers killed in Libya's Benghazi BENGHAZI: Twelve soldiers of armed forces led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar have been killed in two days of fighting with militants in Libya's second city of Benghazi, military sources said Wednesday.They said 10 were killed on Tuesday and another two on Wednesday in west Benghazi. "Our forces have made a clear advance," one military official told AFP.Benghazi, birthplace of the 2011 revolution which toppled Libya's longtime dictator Moamer Qadhafi, has been the scene of daily ...

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Some 14 million in northeast Nigeria may need humanitarian aid in 2017: UN ABUJA; Around 14 million people will need humanitarian help in the former northeast Nigerian stronghold region of Boko Haram militants and tens of thousands of children will be at risk of dying from famine, a UN official said on Tuesday. The militant group has killed 15,000 people and displaced more than 2 million from their homes during a seven-year insurgency in Africa's most populous nation and biggest energy producer. Nigerian military forces backed by those ...

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South Africa's Zuma asks state prosecutor to give reasons why he should not be suspended JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma has asked National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams to give reasons by Nov. 28 why he should not be suspended, the president's office said on Tuesday. The request was made pending an inquiry into Abrahams' fitness to hold office, the president's office said. Its statement said rights groups had asked Zuma to suspend Abrahams and two other officials in the department over the manner in which they handled ...

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Post offices in Africa offer migrants cheaper way to send money home: UN DAKAR: Post offices across Africa are helping poor people in rural areas access financial services and provide a cheaper way for migrants to send money home, a UN agency said on Monday. More than 15 percent of adult Africans - nearly 100 million people - use the tens of thousands of post offices and agencies across the continent to access basic financial services, said the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).Trust in post offices - ...

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DR Congo prime minister resigns KINSHASA: Congolese Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo resigned Monday to make way for an opposition figure to take his place following talks aimed at averting a political crisis."I have offered my resignation as well as those of the members of my government... to respond to the spirit and the letter of the accord," said Matata as he left a meeting with President Joseph Kabila, referring to the deal struck after a political dialogue boycotted by ...