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Explosions in Libya capital after late night air strike

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Explosions shook the Libyan capital Tripoli late on Saturday after an air strike, residents said, in an escalation of a two-week offensive by eastern forces on the city held by the internationally recognised government. A Reuters reporter and several residents said they saw an aircraft circling for more than 10 minutes over the capital with a humming sound before opening fire on a southern suburb, scene of the heaviest fighting between the rival forces. Reuters was unable to confirm whether an aircraft or unmanned drone was behind…

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Suspected jihadists kill 10 Malian soldiers

At least 10 Malian soldiers were killed on Sunday in an attack by alleged jihadists against an army camp in the town of Guiré (centre), near the border with Mauritania, a Malian security source said. “At least ten soldiers were killed, the terrorists came from the Wagadou forest”, a refuge for Malian Islamists for years, said this security source under cover of anonymity. “They were on motorcycles and pickup trucks. They attacked the camp, vehicles were burned, others taken away,” according to the same source. The shots were like rain.…

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Algerian court summons former prime minister over financial probe

An Algerian court has summoned former Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and current Finance Minister Mohamed Loukal, two close associates of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in a probe into the wasting of public money, state TV said on Saturday. They are being investigated over “dissipation of public money” and “illegal privilege,” state TV said. No other details were immediately available. dissipation of public money” and “illegal privilege. The move comes after army chief, Lieutenant General Gaid Salah, said last week he expected members of the ruling elite in the major oil…

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Sudanese authorities arrest members of Bashir’s party -source

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudanese authorities have arrested several top members of the former ruling party of ousted President Omar al-Bashir, in a move that could bolster military rulers who are under mounting pressure by protesters to hand power to civilians. In another part of a widening crackdown designed to remove remnants of Bashir’s rule, the transitional military council (TMC) said it will retire all eight of the officers ranked lieutenant general in the National Intelligence and Security Service. Opposition groups had demanded that the security agencies be restructured. Sudan’s public…

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Kenya’s former olympic 1500 metres champion Asbel Kiprop banned four years for doping

Kenya’s former Olympic 1500 metres champion Asbel Kiprop has been handed a four-year ban for doping, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Saturday. The 29-year-old, who also won three world championship golds, tested positive for the banned blood booster erythropoietin (EPO) in November 2017. Kiprop had argued his urine sample, which was taken out of competition, could have been tampered with by his testers, who had tipped him off about their visit and taken a payment from him. There is no justice in the world. Not every prisoner in…

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News24.com | ‘Ramaphosa is not all-powerful’, says Archbishop Thabo Makgoba in Easter message to SA

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba.  ~ Moritz Hager While President Cyril Ramaphosa has given South Africa hope and optimism, he is not all-powerful, Reverend Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop of Cape Town said on Saturday. “He too can be replaced – and the events of the past 15 months have shown us that we cannot rely solely on changes in the Presidency to turn our country around.” The prominent church leader was speaking at the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening in Saint George’s Cathedral where he said that changing individual leaders was no cure “for…

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Killing of Egyptian peacekeeper in Mali ‘may constitute war crimes’ Guterres warns, urging ‘swift action’

Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement on Saturday night in New York, giving details of the deadly bombing, which took place against a convoy of vehicles in central Mali, close to the border with Burkina Faso, belonging to the UN Mission, MINUSMA. The vehicles were en route between Douentza and Boni, in the Mopti region.  “MINUSMA peacekeepers responded, killing an assailant and apprehending eight others,” said the UN chief, in the message issued by his Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric. “The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the family of the victim and to the Government of Egypt. He…

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News24.com | Habib gets roasted after questioning EFF election posters

Wits University Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Habib found himself the subject of much disdain on Saturday after questioning the positioning of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) election posters in “upper class” areas in SA. In the Friday Twitter post, Habib questioned the EFF placing posters in upper class areas such as Houghton in Johannesburg and Umhlanga, in Durban. The tweet read: “Does anyone have information on the EFF’s poster deployment strategy? I am intrigued. The other day I saw their posters all over Houghton. Today I see the same in Umhlanga in…

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Michael Jackson vs. Beyoncé: Nigerians defend King of Pop

Nigerians are flatly refusing to entertain any comparison between Michael Jackson and Beyonce with majority of Twitter users calling the move a misnomer. How did it come up in the first place? A Twitter user with the handle @MakiSpoke, posted how Beyonce is the greatest female entertainer of all time and that with her current strides would be the greatest ever by the time she is done. “I feel it isn’t a reach to say Beyoncé is the greatest female entertainer of all time, and by the time she’s done…

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