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Choice of Mugabe as goodwill WHO envoy shocks, baffles

GENEVA (Reuters) – The appointment of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been denounced by human rights groups.

At least 30 police die in clash in Egypt’s Western desert -security sources

CAIRO (Reuters) – Armed militants killed at least 30 policemen in a shootout during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in Egypt’s Western desert, security sources said on Friday.

Death toll from Egypt gun battle rises to 52 killed – sources

CAIRO (Reuters) – At least 52 Egyptian police and conscripts were killed and six more wounded in a gun battle on Friday during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in the western desert, three security sources said.

Deadly Somalia blast reveals flaws in intelligence efforts

NAIROBI/MOGADISHU (Reuters) – The size and methods of the latest truck bombing in Mogadishu show how international and Somali government efforts to stop the killings are failing, partly because intelligence gathering to counter such attacks is so disjointed, security sources say.

Kenyan police say 4 people killed during opposition demonstrations in past two weeks

Kenya’s police said on Friday that four people had died as result of police intervention during opposition protests in the past two weeks, amid concerns violence will break out in next week’s repeat presidential vote.

Thousands of Somalis gather to mourn bomb victims

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Thousands of Somalis prayed in Mogadishu on Friday at a symbolic funeral for more than 300 people killed by the country’s deadliest truck bombing.

S.African prosecutors give Zuma Nov. 30 deadline to make presentations in corruption case

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has given President Jacob Zuma until Nov. 30 to make submissions before it decides whether to reinstate 783 corruption charges filed against Zuma before he became president, it said on Friday.

Ugandan opposition leader held on murder charge after protests

Uganda’s main opposition leader was arrested and charged with murder, police said on Friday, after they broke up a rally organised to protest moves to extend President Yoweri Museveni’s rule.

At least 46 attacks in area of Niger where U.S. troops killed -U.N

NIAMEY (Reuters) – A part of southwestern Niger where four U.S. Green Berets were killed during a mission the U.S. military had considered low-risk has seen at least 46 attacks by armed groups since early last year, a U.N. agency said on Friday.

Zuma spokesman dismisses reports S.African deputy president may be sacked

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Jacob Zuma’s spokesman said on Friday there was no basis for reports that the South African president would axe his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa, speculation about which has weighed on the currency and bonds.

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