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4th Apr 2013

Egypt passes law allowing religious slogans in election campaigns

CAIRO, (Xinhua): Egypt’s Shura Council (upper house of parliament) on Wednesday passed a political rights law after deleting a controversial clause that bans religious slogans in election campaigns, official news agency MENA reported. The cancellation of the clause triggered a … Continued

Tanzania: Three dead, 11 missing in Arusha region’s mine accident
2nd Apr 2013

Tanzania: Three dead, 11 missing in Arusha region’s mine accident

ARUSHA, (Xinhua): Three people died and 11 others were missing when a gravel mine collapsed on Monday in Moshono area of Arusha Region, northern part of Tanzania. Police in Arusha confirmed the accident, as rescue team was busy working on … Continued

2nd Apr 2013

Sudan: President announces release of all Sudanese political prisoners

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has announced the release all political prisoners. The move was cautiously welcomed by the opposition as tensions with South Sudan begin to ease. “Today, we announce a decision to free all the political prisoners and renew … Continued

Myanmar school fire kills more than a dozen students
2nd Apr 2013

Myanmar school fire kills more than a dozen students

A fire at a mosque housing orphans has killed at least 13 children. The fire comes amid heightened Buddhist-Muslim tension, but police have blamed the blaze on an electrical short circuit. The fire began early Monday morning local time in … Continued

1st Apr 2013

South Africa: Mandela continues to receive treatment in hospital

JOHANNESBURG, (Xinhua): Former South African President Nelson Mandela continued to receive treatment in hospital four days after re-admission, the Presidency said. “The Presidency has been advised by the doctors that former President Nelson Mandela had a restful day and continues … Continued

1st Apr 2013

Nigerian soldier, 14 suspected militants killed in Kano raid

KANO, (Xinhua): One Nigerian soldier and 14 suspects of the Boko Haram sect were killed Sunday in the north-western city Kano, according to the military. Spokesman of the Joint Task Force (JTF), Captain Ikedichi Iweha, told Xinhua that one soldier … Continued

1st Apr 2013

Central African Republic names post-coup government

Coup leader and self-proclaimed president Michel Djotodia has formed a caretaker government for the Central African Republic. In addition to the presidency, Djotodia will also assume the post of defense minister.   In a decree read on national radio Sunday, … Continued

Mali: Militants attack Timbuktu, French troops deployed
1st Apr 2013

Mali: Militants attack Timbuktu, French troops deployed

Islamist militants have launched an attack on Timbuktu in northern Mali, penetrating the city center. French forces have deployed to help the Malian military repel the Islamist fighters.   Malian troops evacuated the regional governor and two foreign journalists from … Continued

As death toll from gruesome tower tumble hits 25, experts warn more Dar buildings will fall
31st Mar 2013

As death toll from gruesome tower tumble hits 25, experts warn more Dar buildings will fall

By Athuman Mtulya Dar es Salaam, (The Citizen Reporter & The Muslim News): As the official death toll of the disaster caused by a high-rise building that collapsed in Dar es Salaam rose to at least 25, including 4 children, … Continued

31st Mar 2013

Kenya: At least four feared dead as demonstrations rocks Kisumu city

By Robert Manyara, Chris Mgidu and Njoroge Kaburo   NAIROBI, (Xinhua): At least four people are feared dead following demonstration that broke out in Kenya’s third biggest city of Kisumu late on Saturday shortly after the supreme court verdict announced … Continued

31st Mar 2013

South Africa: Five killed in helicopter crash

JOHANNESBURG,  (Xinhua): A South African Air Force (SAAF) helicopter crashed Saturday night, leaving five people dead, the South African Press Association reported on Sunday.   The tragedy occurred as the A109 helicopter was on a routine patrol over the Kruger … Continued

31st Mar 2013

Chinese president Xi back to Beijing after four-nation tour, BRICS summit

BEIJING, March 31 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Beijing Sunday morning after state visits to Russia, Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of Congo.   In South Africa, Xi also attended the fifth leaders’ summit of BRICS … Continued

31st Mar 2013

Kenyan court upholds Kenyatta election, Odinga concedes

Defeated presidential candidate Raila Odinga has accepted a ruling from Kenya’s Supreme Court upholding Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in general elections. Kenyan police are on alert for unrest following the court’s decision.   Odinga told a press conference on Saturday that … Continued

Egypt-Iran passenger flights resume after 30 years
31st Mar 2013

Egypt-Iran passenger flights resume after 30 years

After three decades of detours, travellers in Egypt and Iran are now once again to take direct flights between the two countries. The resumption of direct flights is seen as further proof of warmer diplomatic ties.   The first direct … Continued

A 16-storey building collapsed in city center of Dar es Salaam
30th Mar 2013

A 16-storey building collapsed in city center of Dar es Salaam

By Ahmed J Versi Dar es Salaam, (The Muslim News): A 16-storey building collapsed near a mosque Friday in Dar es Salaam city centre, killing 17 people, including two children and injuring 20. Eighteen people have been found alive.   … Continued

30th Mar 2013

Egypt: Violent clashes injure protesters in several Egyptian cities

Clashes have broken out in two cities in northern Egypt between opponents and supporters of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. In Cairo, hundreds have rallied against the country’s under-fire prosecutor general.   At least 10 people were injured during clashes Friday, … Continued

29th Mar 2013

Egypt: Tahrir protesters vent anger on nearby shops after sit-in attacked

Al-Masry Al-Youm:   Protesters who were reportedly attacked by unknown assailants in Tahrir Square on Thursday morning allegedly unleashed their anger on nearby businesses, hurling stones, slamming storefronts with clubs and firing birdshot late in the afternoon.   The vandalism … Continued

29th Mar 2013

UN Security Council creates offensive force for DR Congo

The Security Council has approved the first “offensive” UN force to battle rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo. Armed groups such as M23 have taken over large parts of the east of the country.   The resolution gave the 2,500-troop … Continued

Africa: State of Egypt’s Coptic Church
29th Mar 2013

Africa: State of Egypt’s Coptic Church

By: Abdel Rahman Youssef   A year after the death last March of Pope Shenouda III, the 117th patriarch of the Egyptian Coptic church, Egypt’s Copts face the challenge of adapting to the new reality that has been taking shape … Continued

28th Mar 2013

South Africa: BRICS summit closes with slow progress on development bank

The BRICS summit of emerging economies has agreed to create a development bank to counter-balance Western-dominated institutions. However the group failed to outline any firm details about the bank. After working for nearly a year on the development bank project, … Continued

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