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South Africans prepared on Thursday to say farewell to ailing anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela after his condition deteriorated further in hospital, forcing President Jacob Zuma to cancel a trip to neighboring Mozambique. Zuma was due to attend a summit in Maputo of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to discuss regional infrastructure, but pulled out […]

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela is “responding positively” to treatment for a recurring lung infection after being admitted to hospital overnight, the government said on Thursday. “He remains under treatment and observation in hospital,” it added in a statement, without giving further details about the health of the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader. Mandela, who became […]

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Dhaka, Mar 20 (UNB) – The Foreign Ministers belonging to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) on Wednesday condoled the demise of Bangladesh President M Zillur Rahman. The Group expressed deep sorrow at the sad demise of the President and conveyed sincere sympathy to the members of the bereaved family and the people of Bangladesh, […]

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Tanks are seen in the area of a gas plant where Algerian forces had launched an operation to free foreign hostages in Tigantourine on January 17. About 650 hostages have been freed from militants at a gas facility in Algeria, state media report, but about 60 foreigners are still unaccounted for. State-run APS news agency […]

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Mubarak is seen at court in June.BBC Online A court in Egypt has ordered a retrial for ex-president Hosni Mubarak after accepting an appeal against his life sentence over the deaths of protesters. Mubarak, 84, was overthrown in 2011 after mass street protests in the capital Cairo and other cities, and jailed in June. His […]

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60 die in Ivory Coast stampede

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Many of those attending the new year festivities were youths. At least 60 people have been crushed to death and some 250 injured during new year festivities in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan, rescue officials say. The incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday near a stadium in the central Plateau area of the […]

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Reported by: AP/UNBConnect  The United Nations said South Sudan’s armed forces shot down a U.N. helicopter on Friday killing all four Russian crew members on board, an attack South Sudan’s military spokesman blamed rebel fighters. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stood by the U.N.’s account in a statement, strongly condemning the shooting down “of a clearly marked […]

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Opposition urges ‘no’ vote as Egypt set for 2-stage referendum An Egyptian woman votes on a draft constitution at the Egyptian embassy in Jordan yesterday. Photo: AFPAfp, Cairo Egypt’s crisis showed no sign of easing yesterday as the army delayed unity talks meant to ease political divisions and the opposition set near-impossible demands for taking […]

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South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital in the capital Pretoria to undergo tests, officials say. The office of President Jacob Zuma said 94-year-old Mr Mandela was doing well and there was “no cause for alarm”. Mr Mandela spent more than two decades in jail under the white minority apartheid regime. […]

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Stocks drop almost 10 per cent as Muslim Brotherhood calls for protests in support of President Morsi’s decree. Share prices on Egypt’s stock exchange have plunged almost 9.5 per cent, days after President Mohamed Morsi assumed sweeping powers that sparked clashes and polarised the country’s politics. The main EGX-30 index shed 9.49 per cent by midday (10:00 […]

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Organisers of the Tahrir Square protest have called for a major rally on Tuesday.  Egypt’s top judges have accused President Mohammed Morsi of staging an “unprecedented attack” on the judiciary. The president passed a decree earlier this week granting himself extensive new powers. It includes a bar on any court dissolving the constituent assembly, which […]

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Six years of covertly spying and eavesdropping on Muslim neighborhoods by a secret New York Police Department unit yielded no results and led to no cases, stated an NYPD official in a court testimony unsealed Monday. ­The information was revealed through a June deposition attained by AP, in which Assistant Chief Thomas Galati, the commanding […]

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