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Kerry meets Sisi as Egypt seeks MidEast peace role CAIRO: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo on Wednesday to meet President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, after Egypt called for a renewal of the Middle East peace process.Even before Sisi had raised the issue, Kerry had planned a visit to discuss the crises in Libya and Syria and to raise concerns about Egypt's harsh crackdown on dissent.But the top US diplomat is also keen to hear more from the Egyptian leader about how he intends to help broker peace between his Israeli and Palestinian neighbours."He's interested in hearing a bit more directly from the president about what role he has in mind," a senior US official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity.On Tuesday, in a televised speech, Sisi urged Israelis and Palestinians to seize what he said was a "real opportunity" and hailed his own country's peace deal with Israel.In 1979, Egypt was the first Arab country ...

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Egypt's Sisi offers mediating role in Israel-Palestinian peace talks CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi promised Israel on Tuesday warmer ties if it accepts efforts to resume peace talks with the Palestinians, urging Israeli leaders not to waste an opportunity to bring security and hope to a troubled region.In an impromptu speech at an infrastructure conference in the southern city of Assiut, Sisi said his country was willing to mediate a reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions in an effort to pave the way toward ...

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Kenya police break up opposition protests NAIROBI: Kenyan police fired tear gas and beat protestors with truncheons Monday to prevent opposition demonstrators from storming the offices of the electoral commission to demand its dissolution.Hundreds of supporters were blocked from the offices of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), an AFP reporter witnessed. Some protestors threw stones at police.There have been several such protests in recent weeks.Protests were also held in other Kenyan towns including Kisumu and Kisii, with police there ...

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Rwanda opens pioneering methane electricity plant KIGALI: Rwanda formally opened a unique methane power plant Monday which it is hoped will one day provide 60 percent of the country's electricity, according to its operator.The generation station on Lake Kivu in Rwanda's west will also help reduce the risk of a potentially catastrophic natural disaster should the lake's vast quantities of methane and carbon dioxide be disturbed by an earthquake.President Paul Kagame joined managers from the state-run Rwanda Energy Group (REG) for ...

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UN concerned by rise in Burundi detentions UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations is deeply concerned by a surge in violence in Burundi and a rise in the number of detentions in recent days, a UN spokesman said Monday.The heightened tensions came around the one-year anniversary of an attempted coup to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza."We are deeply concerned by the hike in violence and the reports of an increased number of detentions in recent days," said UN spokesman Farhan Haq. UN officials are ...

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Nigeria hosts international summit on Boko Haram ABUJA: Nigeria was on Saturday hosting talks on Boko Haram with regional and Western powers, as the United Nations warned of the militants' ties to the Islamic State group and its threat to African security.Leaders from Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Niger were among the delegates, alongside French President Francois Hollande, and high-ranking diplomats from the United States, Britain and the European Union.Nigeria is seeking closer military cooperation to bring to an end nearly seven years ...

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Ugandan opposition leader charged with treason KAMPALA: Ugandan opposition figure Kizza Besigye was charged with treason late on Friday for declaring himself president and challenging the election victory of veteran leader Yoweri Museveni, officials from both camps said. The charge - which carries the death penalty - marked an escalation in recent confrontations between the government and Besigye who has been repeatedly arrested and accused authorities of beatings and intimidation.Tensions have mounted since the disputed February poll and authorities this week ...