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UN chief to travel to Ebola-hit countries: UN sources UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Ebola-hit countries in West Africa this week to raise awareness about the health crisis, UN officials said Tuesday.Ban is to make the announcement at a year-end press conference at the United Nations on Wednesday, UN official said.The UN chief is to visit Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Mali to take stock of international efforts to beat back the world's worst outbreak of the disease, which has left more than 6,800 people dead.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Tunisia looks to cap off revolution with presidential vote TUNIS: Tunisians vote in the second round of a presidential election on Sunday, capping off four years of a sometimes chaotic transition since their country sparked the Arab Spring.Incumbent Moncef Marzouki faces political veteran Beji Caid Essebsi in the vote -- the first time Tunisians will be allowed to freely elect their president since independence from France in 1956.It was protests in Tunisia and the 2011 ouster of longtime ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali ...
British embassy in Cairo reopens to the public CAIRO: The British embassy in Cairo said on Tuesday it has resumed services to the public, nine days after they were suspended over security concerns about the mission's main building.The Canadian embassy next to the British embassy, which also suspended services, remains shut to the public."The British embassy in Cairo resumed public services today, Tuesday 16 December, after security issues related to the building were resolved in cooperation with the Egyptian government," a statement by ...
Mauritius names new prime minister Anerood Jugnauth PORT LOUIS: Mauritius' president on Sunday named veteran politician Sir Anerood Jugnauth as prime minister, after the 84-year old won a landslide victory taking nearly three-quarters of seats in parliament.Jugnauth, a former president and prime minister, was handed his letter of appointment at a meeting at State House on Sunday, a statement from the office of President Kailash Purryag said.Jugnauth's centre-right Alliance Lepep swept up 47 out of 62 seats in the Indian Ocean nation's ...
New Kenya security laws threaten freedoms: rights groups NAIROBI: Kenyan proposals to boost security laws risk returning the country to a "police state", rights groups said Sunday, but the government says they are vital to the nation's protection.Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said in a joint statement that, if passed, the "far-reaching" amendments to security laws being debated in parliament would "limit the rights of arrested and accused people, and restrict freedoms of expression and assembly."The proposals -- which lawmakers could pass ...
Sierra Leone bans Christmas celebrations ISLAMABAD: Sierra Leone has banned public celebrations over Christmas and the New Year, because of the Ebola crisis.Soldiers are to be deployed on the streets throughout the festive period to keep people indoors, officials say.Sierra Leone has the most cases of Ebola in the current outbreak. Some 6,580 have died, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.President Ernest Bai Koroma told traditional leaders to stop traditional practices as part of efforts to end Ebola in ...
ICC prosecutor halts Darfur war crimes investigations UNITED NATIONS: International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said Friday she has suspended investigations into alleged war crimes in Sudan's Darfur, criticising the UN Security Council for inaction over the conflict-hit region."I am left with no choice but to hibernate investigative activities in Darfur as I shift resources to other urgent cases," Bensouda told the Security Council.She rebuked the UN body for failing to push for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for alleged ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
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