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At least 40 killed in DR Congo anti-Kabila protests: UN GENEVA: At least 40 people have been killed and another 460 arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo this week during protests against President Joseph Kabila's refusal to leave office, the UN said Friday. "The UN Joint Human Rights Office in the DRC (UNJHRO) has documented at least 40 killings of civilians in Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Boma and Matadi," the United Nations human rights office said in Geneva.Those killed were "mainly" people protesting against Kabila's refusal to step down after his second and final term, which officially ended on December 20, rights office spokeswoman Liz Throssell told reporters. "Some 107 people have been injured or ill-treated and there have been at least 460 arrests," she added. In a statement, UN rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the high casualty figures suggested DR Congo's security services had shown "a serious disregard" for the need for restraint. "Not only are soldiers participating ...

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IMF chief joins Cameroon summit on oil woes YAOUND: IMF chief Christine Lagarde on Friday joined a Cameroon summit of central African leaders aimed at tackling economic woes brought on by weak oil prices."Our foreign exchange reserves have dropped substantially," Cameroon's President Paul Biya said in his opening address. "We need to act and fast, we should act together."Lagarde's presence had not been announced previously, nor had that of French Finance Minister Michel Sapin who also joined the meeting.Some of the foreign exchange ...

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Sisi, Trump agreed in call on UN Israel vote delay CAIRO: Egypt agreed to postpone a UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements when US president-elect Donald Trump called President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the presidency said Friday. Egypt had requested on Thursday that its resolution demanding Israel halt settlements be postponed after Israel launched a frantic lobbying effort."The phone call touched on the draft resolution before the United Nations Security Council on Israeli settlements," a statement from Sisi's office said."The two leaders agreed on the ...

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Sporadic gunfire in Congo capital after 26 killed in anti-Kabila protests KINSHASA: Sporadic gunfire echoed across Democratic Republic of Congo's capital on Wednesday, a day after a reported 26 people were killed nationwide in protests demanding President Joseph Kabila step down after his election mandate expired. African and Western leaders fear the political crisis could spiral into broader conflict, risking a repeat of the 1996-2003 wars in the vast, chaotic country that killed millions and drew in the armies of half a dozen neighbouring states. Protests ...

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Mauritius unemployment rate rises to 7.6pc in Q3 PORT LOUIS: The unemployment rate in Mauritius rose to 7.6 percent during the third quarter of 2016, from 7.4 percent a year earlier, official data showed on Wednesday. "Employment of Mauritians is estimated at 536,300 at the third quarter of 2016 compared to 536,500 at the third quarter of 2015 and 537,000 at the second quarter of 2016," state-run Statistics Mauritius said in a statement. The body forecasts an unemployment rate of 7.4 percent this ...

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Nigeria's Buhari says recession will ebb in 2017 ABUJA: Nigeria's recession will ease in 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday."We are optimistic that the external factors that partly contributed to push our economy into recession will ebb in 2017," Buhari said in a statement. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Ouattara seeks strong legislative majority as I.Coast votes ABIDJAN: Ivory Coast votes on Sunday in legislative elections that President Alassane Ouattara hopes will strengthen his parliamentary majority to help keep the world's top cocoa producer in the economic fast lane.The weeklong election campaign was peaceful, but the authorities have ordered some 30,000 security forces into the streets in the wake of scattered incidents in recent months, including attacks on police posts."Give me a strong majority to enable me to speed up the work ...