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Somalia's al-Shabab threatens to escalate attacks in Kenya

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Somalia’s al-Shabab militant group has threatened to increase its deadly attacks against Kenya, days after they killed tens of people at a mall in the Kenyan capital. The al-Shabab fighters vowed to transform Kenyan cities and towns into what they call grave yards, on Wednesday. “We will strike Kenyans where it hurts the most, turn their cities into graveyards and rivers of blood will flow... 

Interpol issues alert for British suspect in Nairobi mall siege

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Fake South African passport of Samantha Lewthwaite Interpol has issued an arrest notice for a British woman who has allegedly been involved in a deadly siege on a shopping center in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. According to Interpol statement, the “red notice” or internationally wanted person alert for Samantha Lewthwaite was issued at the request of Kenya over charges of being in possession... 

Nairobi mall siege: 200 hostages freed, military ‘in control’ of building

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The Kenyan military has reportedly taken control of Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall. Over 200 civilians have been freed and over 60 killed during the three-day bloody hostage crisis in the Kenyan capital. “We’re in control of Westgate,” Kenya’s interior ministry said in a post on Twitter. “We think that everyone, the hostages, have been evacuated but we don’t want to... 

Al-Qaeda hold hostages in Kenya mall siege, 68 dead, 200 injured

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At least 68 people have been killed and 200 others wounded by Al-Qaeda-linked militants in a Nairobi shopping mall, as the hostage crisis there has entered its second day. Foreigners are among the casualties. The Red Cross in Kenya said on Sunday that the death toll in the Westgate mall siege has risen to 68. 10 to 15 gunmen are still inside the shopping center, a Kenyan minister has reported. 30... 

Mugabe vows to press ahead with empowerment program

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says his government will continue to press foreign firms to surrender the majority of their shares to local partners. “The indigenization program is to be pursued with renewed vigor,” Mugabe said on Tuesday, opening a new session of parliament after the July elections. He said the new parliament will amend laws in accordance... 

36 people die in Sudan floods

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A Sudanese man sits next to his house in a flooded street on the outskirts of the capital Khartoum on August 10, 2013. Heavy rain and flooding in a region north of Sudan’s capital Khartoum have killed 36 people, state media says. “Thirty-six people were killed in Nile state and 5,000 houses were destroyed because of heavy rain and floods,” Sudan’s Radio Omdurman reported on Sunday. Khartoum... 

Britain says Zimbabwe elections results seriously questionable

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The British government claims the results of the Zimbabwe presidential and parliamentary elections have been beset with irregularities that call into question its credibility despite observers’ endorsement of the vote. “The irregularities in the lead up to the elections and on Election Day itself, reported by the observer missions and in contravention of SADC (South African Development Community)’s... 

Zimbabwe’s ruling party wins parliamentary elections

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has won most of the parliamentary seats in the general elections, says a senior source in the ruling party ZANU-PF. ZANU-PF party spokesman Rugare Gumbo announced on Friday that Mugabe has won way over 50 percent of the 210 parliamentary seats. The opposition MDC party, which is led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, won only 10 seats. Election results also showed... 

Three Congolese helicopters attack M23 positions in eastern DRC

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Congolese army soldiers Three Congolese helicopters have blasted positions of the March 23 movement (M23) rebels in the city of Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “Our helicopters have just bombarded enemy positions,” an unnamed Congolese officer said on Tuesday, adding, “Until now the enemy has not yet responded,” AFP reported. The attacks, which were the first... 

DR Congo clashes leave at least 130 people dead

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March 23 Movement (M23) rebels Clashes between army forces and rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have left at least 130 people dead, including 10 soldiers, the government says. “Our forces have inflicted very heavy losses on the M23 (March 23 Movement) fighters, 120 have been killed and 12 captured,” government spokesman Lambert Mende said on Monday, referring to clashes that... 

Violent clashes break out between DR Congo army, militants

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Several armed groups, including the March 23 Movement (M23) rebels (members of which are seen above) are active in the eastern Congo. Violent clashes have broken out between the army forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo and militants in the eastern regions of the country. Residents of the Nyamilima region in the eastern province of North Kivu said the army forces engaged in heavy fighting with... 

Hundreds rally in South Africa against Obama's visit

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A protester kicks a banner with the face of U.S. President Barack Obama as hundreds rally against his visit in Pretoria. Anti-U.S. protesters have burned posters of U.S. President Barack Obama in the South African city of Johannesburg ahead of his visit to the city on Saturday. Protesters also burned miniature U.S. flags outside the University of Johannesburg Soweto campus, expressing their anger at... 

South Africa disciplines 93 soldiers over UN mission

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Ninety-three South African soldiers have been disciplined for offenses committed while deployed in a United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. South African Minister of Defense and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said Wednesday that the offending soldiers were punished for charges that ranged from murder to drunkenness, as well as sexual misconduct. One soldier was found... 

Pyramids of Giza built by trade unions of hired workers

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It is traditionally believed that slaves were the main labor force in the construction of the pyramids of Egypt. However, it is not true, at least in respect of the pyramids located in Giza. Not that long ago, British archaeologist Richard Redding proved conclusively that these wonders of the world were built by free hired workers who even had their own unions. The scientist suggested another theory... 

South African president: Economy affected by mining problems

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South African President Jacob Zuma addresses striking miners at a platinum mine in the town of Marikana. South African President Jacob Zuma says problems including strikes and deadly clashes faced by the mining industry have affected the country’s economy. “When our mining sector is in difficulties, this affects the wider economy, leading to industrial slowdown,” Zuma said on Thursday. Reports... 
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