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Egypt’s most famed mom dies at 82

Cairo: Veteran Egyptian actress Kareema Mukhtar, best known for playing the caring mother in dozens of television, cinema and stage productions, died on Thursday night, state television reported. She was 82. Mukhtar, who launched an acting career in the 1950s, died in a Cairo hospital after months of bad health, the broadcaster added. Her death came a few days before ...

Kim Jong Un says North Korea close to testing ICBM

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said that his country is close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile. “Research and development of the cutting-edge tech weapons are actively progressing and strengthening our defense capabilities, including last stage preparation of tests for intercontinental ballistic rocket launch have been continuously succeeding,” Kim said in a televised address on ...

President Kiir says ready for positive working relations with new UN chief

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG South Sudan President Salva Kiir expressed readiness and optimism of forging new working relations with the new Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, saying his administration appreciate and wants to enhance better working relations with the new leadership “Sometimes situation creates misunderstanding, it creates confusion but with leadership, these challenges can be turned into ...

Ghana: Nana Akufo-Addo is sworn in as president

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Nana Akufo-Addo has been sworn in as Ghana’s new president after beating John Mahama in last month’s election. Heads of state from across Africa and thousands of guests and dignitaries watched him take the oath of office at a ceremony in the capital, Accra. Mr Akufo-Addo, a 72-year-old former human rights lawyer, promised free high school ...

UN ‘cancels Gambia army chief visit’

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A diplomatic source has told the reporters that the UN has cancelled the head of the Gambian army’s visit to Gambian peacekeepers serving with the UN mission in the Darfur region of Sudan. Gambian soldiers this week occupied the Gambian election commission’s headquarters in an apparent show of loyalty to the outgoing president, Yahya Jammeh, who ...

Belgium advises citizens to leave DR Congo

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Belgium has advised all its citizens in the Democratic Republic of Congo whose presence there is not essential to leave the country over fears of violence at planned anti-government protests, Reuters news agency reports. It has also advised against all travel to the country. Condemning the expulsion of two Belgian television crews, Foreign Minister Didier Reynders ...

Burkina Faso militant attack: Twelve soldiers killed

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Twelve soldiers have been killed and two are missing after an attack by Islamist militants near Burkina Faso’s border with Mali, the army has said. Insurgents who carried out the attack did so on pick-up trucks and motorbikes, waving black flags. The soldiers were in the area to guard Burkina Faso’s long and porous border with ...

Zimbabwe’s Zanu-PF confirms Mugabe as 2018 election candidate

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Zimbabwe’s governing Zanu-PF party has confirmed President Robert Mugabe as its candidate for the 2018 elections. Mr Mugabe, who is 92, has been in power since independence from Britain in 1980. At the party’s conference, the Zanu-PF youth wing even proposed that Mr Mugabe should be declared president for life. However, there have been unprecedented protests ...

French and Spanish police arrest five over ‘Basque Eta arms cache’

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG French and Spanish police have arrested five people following the discovery of a suspected weapons cache of the militant Basque separatist group Eta. The guns and explosives were found in the town of Louhossoa, near Bayonne in south-west France, officials said. However, French human rights lawyer Michel Tubiana said those arrested were activists who wanted to ...

These Are The Two Men Behind South Sudan’s crisis

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG December 2013: President Salva Kiir (right) accused former Vice-President Riek Machar (left) of plotting a coup Fighting between factions of the presidential guard took an ethnic turn between Dinkas and Nuers Thousands killed and millions forced from their homes Many accusations of atrocities, such as rape and people being burnt alive April 2016: Machar returned to ...