Africa

Prosecutor Incorrectly Identifies Substance Discovered in Oscar Pistorius’ Bedroom as Testosterone

February 20, 2013

“It was a mistake to identify the substance now, Simasiku said, as it was still unknown. He said the discovery of needles was in Botha’s statement, however.”

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Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali After Replacement Government Initiative Fails

February 19, 2013

“Jebali had threatened to quit if his plan for a non-partisan cabinet of technocrats to lead the north African country into early elections foundered.”

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Double Amputee Runner Oscar Pistorious Charged With Premeditated Murder

February 19, 2013

“Pistorius’ affidavit disputed the prosecution’s claims. It was the first time Pistorius has provided his side of the story since the night his girlfriend of three months was killed.”

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Head of Guinea’s Military Killed in a Plane Crash in Liberia

February 11, 2013

“General Souleymane Kelefa Diallo, who was on a security mission to Liberia, was appointed by Conde after the latter won elections in 2010 in the world’s top bauxite producer.”

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Nigeria Arrests 3 Journalists For Inciting Violence By Calling Polio Vaccinations an Anti-Islam Western Conspiracy

February 11, 2013

“Polio crippled thousands of people every year in rich nations until the 1950s. As a result of vaccination, it is now only endemic in three countries – Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

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Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki’s CPR Party Reverses Decision to Withdraw From Government

February 11, 2013

“Congress for the Republic (CPR) Secretary-General Mohamed Abbou told a news conference that the party had decided to remain in the government.”

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Hundreds of Thousands of Tunisians Protest at the Opposition Leader’s Funeral

February 8, 2013

“The funeral of a slain Tunisian opposition leader was marred Friday by clashes between police and gangs of young men destroying nearby cars, as black smoke spiraled from burning vehicles into the sky and clouds of tear gas floated over the nearby cemetery.”

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Nigeria Opposition Parties Merge in an Effort to Unseat the Ruling Party and President Goodluck Jonathan

February 8, 2013

“The People’s Democratic Party has won every presidential election since a return to civilian rule 14 years ago. It controls around two-thirds of the states and has a healthy majority in both houses of the national assembly.”

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Hundreds of Tunisian Protesters Attack a Police Station in the Capital of Tunis

February 7, 2013

“Hundreds of youths stormed the police station and threw its furniture, equipment and files into the street before fleeing, the witnesses said.”

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Tunisia Ruling Party Ennahda Overrides Prime Minister’s Government Dismissal

February 7, 2013

“Tunisia’s ruling party has reportedly rejected moves to dismiss the government and form a cabinet of technocrats after the assassination of an opposition leader.”

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Egyptian Government Provides Security For Opposition Leaders in Response to Death Fatwahs

February 7, 2013

“The cleric, Mahmoud Shaaban, appeared on a religious television channel and said leaders of Egypt’s main opposition coalition would get a death sentence under sharia (Islamic law).”

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Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Qandil Condemns Death Fatwahs

February 7, 2013

“On Thursday afternoon, however, Prime Minister Hesham Qandil expressed his rejection of such “extreme” statements, stating that such statements directly incite murder and raise dissent and unrest in the country.”

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France Temporarily Closes Schools in Tunisia Due to Concerns Over National Protests

February 7, 2013

“”French schools in Tunisia will be exceptionally closed on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 February 2013,” the embassy said in a statement on its website on Thursday.”

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French Troops Still Attempting to Secure Northern Town of Gao in Mali

February 7, 2013

“French troops are now searcing out al-Qaeda-linked rebels who may be mixing among the population of the town, after new clashes raised questions about the military’s hold over the north.”

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Former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik: Egyptian Government “Nearing the End of the Road”

February 7, 2013

“Shafik says Egypt’s first popularly elected president is driving the country deeper into political, economic and social turmoil and as a result will lose power.”

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