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Egypt says 292 face trial for Sisi assassination plots

Cairo, Egypt | AFP |  Egypt will try 292 jihadist suspects over plots to assassinate President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the Saudi crown prince and attacks in the Sinai Peninsula, a prosecution official said Sunday. The suspects, including 151 currently in custody, were referred to a military court for alleged …

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Malawi man convicted over ‘cleansing’ sex ritual

Nsanje, Mozambique | AFP |  A Malawian man accused of sleeping with more than 100 girls and women in a series of traditional cleansing rituals was on Friday convicted by a court of “engaging in harmful practices”. Eric Aniva — who has said he is infected with the HIV virus …

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US seeks sanctions against Machar and Malong

United Nations, United States | AFP | The United States on Friday proposed that South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar as well as the army chief and information minister face UN sanctions for their role in fueling violence in the war-torn country. The names of Machar, President Salva Kiir’s army …

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Mozambique oil tank truck blast toll soars to 73

Maputo, Mozambique | AFP |  At least 73 people were killed and 110 others injured Thursday when a truck carrying petrol blew up in western Mozambique near Malawi, the government said in a statement. “The incident occurred when citizens tried to take petrol from a truck” in the village of …

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DR Congo appoints new prime minister

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | DR Congo’s president on Thursday named an opposition lawmaker and former diamond dealer as prime minister under a controversial power-sharing deal that effectively extends President Joseph Kabila’s term in office. Samy Badibanga will be the country’s next prime minister, according to a presidential decree …

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US seeks UN arms embargo against South Sudan

United Nations, United States | AFP | The United States on Thursday launched a bid at the Security Council to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan following UN warnings that the war-torn country could descend into genocide. US Ambassador Samantha Power said a draft resolution will be presented to …

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S.African farmers in court for shoving black man into coffin

Middelburg, South Africa | AFP | Two white South African farmers briefly appeared in court on Wednesday on assault charges after an online video emerged showing them pushing a black man into a coffin and threatening to burn him alive. Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jackson, both 28, were remanded …

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Progress toward long-acting malaria pill

Miami, United States | AFP | Scientists have made progress toward a pill that lingers in the stomach and releases its contents over a span of two weeks, an advance that could boost the fight against malaria and other diseases, a study said Wednesday. The research, funded by the Bill …

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