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WHO declares Senegal Ebola-free

Senegal has been declared free of Ebola after 42 days passed without a new confirmed case, the World Health Organisation has said. “WHO officially declares the Ebola outbreak in Senegal over and commends the country on its diligence to end the transmission of the virus,” the UN health agency said[…]

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Red Crescent calls for ceasefire in Benghazi

The Red Crescent in Libya has called for a ceasefire in the eastern city of Benghazi to allow the evacuation of families trapped by street fighting between an alliance of militia groups and pro-government forces. Banks, government offices, supermarkets and some hospitals were closed in Libya’s second-largest city on on[…]

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Houthi and al-Qaeda fighters clash in Yemen

At least 10 people have been killed in fighting between Houthi tribesmen and al-Qaeda linked fighters in central Yemen, witnesses have said, part of a growing struggle over territory and influence between the two sides. Witnesses said a convoy of Houthi fighters trying on Thursday to reach the town of[…]

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Ben Ali cohorts eye comeback in Tunisia polls

They became figures of hate during the “Arab Spring” revolution, but stalwarts of Tunisia’s ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali are planning a political comeback in upcoming elections. The polls, seen as a milestone in the post-Ben Ali transition, come nearly four years after the self-immolation of a Tunisian street[…]

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British police report rise in terror probes

British counter-terrorism police are struggling with “exceptionally high” numbers of investigations and discovering several plots a year, their chief said on Friday. “So far this year we have made 218 arrests and are running exceptionally high numbers of counter-terrorism investigations, the likes of which we have not seen for several[…]

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Resume Israel-Palestine talks, urges Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday called for a resumption of the Israel-Palestinian peace process, saying the talks were vital in the fight against extremism. “It is imperative that we find a way to get back to the negotiations,” Kerry said at a State Department ceremony marking the[…]

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WCape cop killed in Khayelitsha

A police officer has been killed during an investigation in Khayelitsha, Western Cape, the department of community safety said on Friday. MEC Dan Plato said in a statement the 37-year-old officer — who was stationed at Lingelethu West, in Khayelitsha — was shot on Thursday night and succumbed to his[…]

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Closing argument in Oscar sentencing

Closing arguments for sentencing in the culpable homicide case against paralympian Oscar Pistorius are set to be delivered in the High Court in Pretoria on Friday. During this week’s sentencing procedures, the State called two witnesses — the victim Reeva Steenkamp’s cousin, Kim Martin, and the acting national commissioner of[…]

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CCMA takes R100m lease agreement to court

The CCMA has turned to the courts to try and cancel a R100 million lease agreement for its Cape Town headquarters, MPs heard on Thursday. Briefing Parliament’s portfolio committee on labour, officials of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) indicated that a forensic investigation found they had awarded[…]

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