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Monday 31 August 2015
Cairo British Ambassador to Egypt John Casson was summoned by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Sunday, in a show of "strong objection" by Egypt to Casson's comments on the prison terms handed to three Al Jazeera journalists. Casson's comments were an "unacceptable intervention in the rulings of the Egyptian judiciary," Egypt's Foreign Ministry said in a statement emailed to Aswat Masriya. On Saturday, an Egypt court sentenced Canadian national Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian national Baher Mohamed and Australian national Peter Greste to three years of maximum security prison.

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Sunday 30 August 2015
Extremist group Boko Haram killed 56 villagers in a remote area, the governor of Borno State of the region said Sunday, as the government warned that the extremists are trying to extend their violent campaign Gov. Kashim Shettima confirmed the attack in Baanu village during a meeting with the parents of the 219 girls abducted from a school in the region by the extremists last year. Thursday marked 500 days of captivity of the girls from a school in Chibok. "I want us all to understand that the Boko Haram crisis is a calamity that has befallen us, as the insurgents do not discriminate whether....

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Monday 31 August 2015
PanARMENIAN.Net - Egypt will hold a long-awaited parliamentary election , starting on Oct. 18-19, the election commission said on Sunday, Aug. 31 the final step in a process to bring back democracy that critics say has been tainted by widespread repression, according to Reuters. Egypt has been without a parliament since June 2012 when a court dissolved the democratically elected main chamber, dominated by the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, reversing a major accomplishment of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The election had been due to begin in March but was delayed after....

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Sunday 30 August 2015
Monday, August 31, 2015 - Abuja—Nigeria’s secret police said Sunday it had arrested notable Boko Haram suspects, including a key commander, linked with several suicide attacks across the country. The Department of State Services (DSS) said in a statement that Usman Shuiabu, also known as Money, and other frontline members of the hardline Islamist group were picked up in Lagos, Kano, Plateau, Enugu and Gombe states between July and August. “Of particular note was the arrest on 8th July, 2015 in Gombe state of those responsible for the coordination and execution of the suicide attacks in Potiskum, Kano, Zaria and Jos,” it said.

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Sunday 30 August 2015
President Muhammadu Buhari • Jonathan’s ministers set record straight on their stewardship, presidency disagrees Tobi Soniyi Onyebuchi Ezigbo and James Emejo in Abuja The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were again at each other’s throats yesterday, following the latter’s criticism on Saturday of President Muhammadu Buhari’s management of the economy. This is just as ex-ministers, who served in the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, came out in defence of their former boss and the projects executed by his government.

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Sunday 30 August 2015
August 30, 2015 (JUBA) - A group of defected rebel officials in South Sudan conflict have rejected a recently signed peace deal between the government of President Salva Kiir and the rebel faction under former vice president, Riek Machar, demanding that peace renegotiations between warring parties should take place inclusive of their group. Gabriel Changson Chang (ST Photo) The group calling itself Federal Democratic Party (FDP) with it military wing South Sudan Armed Forces (SSAF), an army pending name they borrowed from the South Sudan’s transitional constitution is led by former national....

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Sunday 30 August 2015
By Ayman al-Warfalli. BENGHAZI, Libya, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Four Libyan soldiers were killed and six wounded in fresh fighting with Islamist groups in the eastern city of Benghazi on Sunday, medics and military officials said. Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government have been fighting Islamist groups in the country's second-largest city Benghazi since last year, part of a wider struggle since Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011. A tank battalion fought with Islamist brigades which had been trying to advance in the west of Benghazi, military officials said. Fighting raged until late in the evening.

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Sunday 30 August 2015
The U.N. Security Council renewed the mandate of its Mali force (MINUSMA) in June in the hope that it could enforce a peace deal signed that month in the West African nation, despite suffering the highest rate of losses of any active peacekeeping mission. The deal, signed by both pro- and anti-government Tuareg-led militias, envisaged the overhaul of the Malian army to incorporate the militia fighters and its return to the desert north, much of which is controlled by the Tuareg groups. The army's redeployment is supposed to allow it to tackle Islamist militants scattered, but not defeated, by....

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Sunday 30 August 2015
Director General of National Emergency Agency (NEMA), Muhammad Sani Sidi. 57,743 Nigerian refugees in neigbouring countries. The liberation of most of the communities in the North-east from the occupation of Boko Haram insurgents, coupled with the massive return of Nigerians from the Republics of Cameroun and Niger have changed the humanitarian outlook from emergency relief intervention to rehabilitation, reconstruction and recovery of the affected persons and communities. The Director General of National Emergency Agency (NEMA), Muhammad Sani Sidi, disclosed this at the African Union Regional....

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Monday 31 August 2015
Morgan Tsvangirai’s personal advisor and former US United States-based chairman, Maxwell Zeb Shumba, has ditched his boss and started his own party. A disgruntled Shumba has embarked on his own own outfit running by the name ZimFirst. “This is the flicker of hope for the nation,” Shumba said. “ZimFirst is here to bring back power to the people and to hold all representatives accountable to the people who elected them and serve them accordingly. Guided by ZIMFIRST’S Constitution Zimbabwe’s future will be changed by strong citizens elected by the people to drive the changes needed to turn the....

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Sunday 30 August 2015
President Muhammadu Buhari Iyobosa Uwugiaren in Abuja
 President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to leave out the eight-year period covered by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo-led presidency, from 1999 to 2007, suggests that the current anti-corruption crusade is being manipulated to spare some sacred cows, the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), stated last night. The umbrella body of the Ijaw youths across the country in a statement signed by its president, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, said the statement was informed by the recent media reports that President Buhari had ordered a probe of weapon procurement for the military from 2007 to date.

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Sunday 30 August 2015
Asbel Kiprop produced a trademark sprint finish to win a third straight 1,500 metres gold and ensure Kenya topped the medals table at successive world championships after the final night of action yesterday. The United States men won a sixth straight gold in 4x400m relay but Jamaica’s Novlene Williams-Mills ran down tiring American Francena McCorory in the women’s event to claim a seventh gold in Beijing for the Caribbean powerhouse. That was enough for second place on the medals table ahead of a US team who won only six golds, their worst tally in 15 world championships.

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Sunday 30 August 2015
The 2nd Africa – Japan Business Investment Forum will be held from 31st August to 2nd September in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, bringing together some of the key actors in the Japanese and African business and government circles. This is the first forum to be held in Africa. The upcoming Forum, convened by the top African publisher, IC Publications and the leading financial and business media group in Japan, Nikkei Business Publications (Nikkei BP) will focus on key investment sectors. Hosted by the government of Ethiopia, the conference is designed to help strengthen ties between African and....

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