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Africa Brief - Compiled by situation room

Sunday 19 April 2015
If the death toll is confirmed, it will bring to 1,500 the total number of people who died this year seeking to reach Europe - a swelling exodus that prompted Europe to downsize its seek and rescue border protection programme in a bid to deter them. International aid groups strongly criticised the decision. After news of Sunday's disaster several government leaders called for emergency talks and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said foreign ministers would discuss the immigration crisis at a meeting in Luxembourg on Monday. European Council President Donald Tusk said he was....

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Sunday 19 April 2015
CAIRO A video purportedly made by Daesh terror group and posted on social media sites on Sunday appeared to show militants shooting and beheading about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya. Reuters was not able to verify the authenticity of the video but the killings resemble past violence carried out by Daesh, an ultra-hardline group which has expanded its reach from strongholds in Iraq and Syria to conflict-ridden Libya. The video, in which militants call Christians "crusaders" who are out to kill Muslims, showed about 15 men being beheaded on a beach and another group of the same size, in an area of shrubland, being shot in the head.

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Sunday 19 April 2015
CAIRO (AP) " Egypt's president has held talks with CIA director John Brennan in Cairo that touched on regional conflicts and terrorism. A government statement Sunday said the meeting between Brennan and President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi focused on "ways of enhancing bilateral relations" and regional issues. It said both sides agreed to continue "consultation and coordination on issues of mutual interest." The visit by Brennan was not previously announced. Egypt remains a key U.S. regional partner, despite tensions following el-Sissi's overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

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Sunday 19 April 2015
"Tests done so far are negative for viral and bacterial infection," he added. The victims began showing symptoms early last week in what Ondo state spokesman Kayode Akinmade called a "mysterious disease", prompting fears of a new infectious disease outbreak in a region ravaged by Ebola. The victims, whose symptoms included headache, weight loss, blurred vision and loss of consciousness, died within a day of falling ill in the town of Ode-Irele, in southwestern Ondo state. The Ondo state health commissioner, Dayo Adeyanju, told AFP news agency on Saturday that 23 people had been affected.

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Sunday 19 April 2015
In a frank reference to EU concerns that saving more lives could mean trafficking gangs dispatch more people in unsafe craft, the paper drawn up before Sunday's mass drowning, warned of a "pull-factor risk" from a naval mission -- the risk more migrants would head for Europe. The naval mission is one of several options suggested by EU officials working for foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in the confidential paper on ways the 28-nation bloc could support a proposed national unity government if U.N.-brokered talks between Libya's warring groups succeed.

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Sunday 19 April 2015
Oliver Kazunga Senior Reporter CIVIL servants unions yesterday said they welcomed President Robert Mugabe’s announcement that civil servants’ would get annual bonuses and criticised Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa for “unilaterally” cancelling their 13th cheque. Chinamasa last week said civil servants’ bonuses had been suspended for the next two years as government sought to tame its ballooning wage bill. The government’s wage bill stands at $260 million every month. Addressing thousands of people at the 35th Independence Day celebrations at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday, the....

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Sunday 19 April 2015
A crowd of displaced foreign nationals has heckled South African President Jacob Zuma during his visit to a makeshift shelter, as he tried to address mounting pressure to end the deadly anti-immigration attacks in the country. In a meeting on Saturday with some 1,400 foreigners waiting for repatriation, Zuma said: “We will deploy police to every area to ensure safety.” The crowd, however, did not take warmly to that promise and chanted, “No!” in response. Earlier on Saturday, Zuma cancelled his trip to Indonesia to attend the Afro-Asia Summit to deal with the violence at home.

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Sunday 19 April 2015
The Somalian Al Shabaab terrorist group has killed three African Union soldiers during the fighting in Somalia today (Sunday), this being the latest in the series of attacks initiated by the group, AFP reports. African Union envoy to Somalia, Maman Sidikou, called the attack a "cowardly ambush", which took place in Somalia's Lower Shabelle district between Lego and Balidogle.

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Sunday 19 April 2015
An Egyptian criminal court sentenced an Egyptian national and two Israelis to life in prison for charges of espionage, state news said Sunday. (AFP/File) sentenced on Sunday an Egyptian national and two Israelis to life in prison and a 10,000 Egyptian pound fine each, for espionage charges, reported the state-agency MENA. The two Israelis were sentenced in absentia; they remain at large. The defendants are accused of spying for Israel and , reported MENA. consequently harming Egypt The Egyptian defendant is accused of working for the Israeli Mossad and providing them with information about....

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