Africa Brief - Compiled by situation room

Friday 29 May 2015
LAHORE: Azhar Ali played a captain’s innings as Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe in the second match of the three-match ODI series here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Friday. Century-maker Pakistan captain anchored the team green to six wickets triumph to clinch the three-match rubber. Azhar smashed 102, his second century of career to put Pakistan on the track and later Haris Sohail completed his seventh half century (52 off 49 balls) and Shoaib Malik 36, chased the target with their fifth wicket unbeaten 60 runs stand. In the 15th over, Pakistan were 68 for two but the skipper showed great amount of....

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Friday 29 May 2015
The Italian coastguard has said it had coordinated the rescue of about 4,200 migrants sailing across the Mediterranean Sea in the past 24 hours, but also found 17 corpses on several of the rickety boats. Friday's rescue operations were led by the Italian coastguard and included the help of Italian, German and Irish naval ships working under the auspices of the EU's Frontex border agency. Distress calls were made from 22 different boats, many off Libya but also off the southern Italian coast. The total number of people rescued in 24 hours is one of the highest in recent years but the coastguard could not confirm if it was a record.

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Friday 29 May 2015
CAIRO (Reuters) - At least 16 people were killed, including some military conscripts, in a multi-vehicle crash south of Cairo late on Friday, health ministry officials said. Health ministry spokesman Dr. Hossam Abdel Ghaffar told Reuters that a police car, a taxi and a mini-bus crashed in the village of al-Shousha in the Beni Soueif governorate, killing 16 people and wounding four. The state-run Al Ahram news portal cited a health ministry official in Beni Soueif as saying that among the 16 killed, 13 were conscripts and three were civilians. Egypt's roads and railways have a poor safety....

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Friday 29 May 2015
An army commander blamed Islamist fighters for the rocket strike. Fighting for control of the country's second-largest city has been going on for a year, part of a conflict between former rebel groups who helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but now back two rival governments. "The army has made much progress and they suffered big losses," said army commander Fadhal al-Hassi, referring to the Majlis al-Shura, an umbrella group of mostly Islamist factions. "We had been worried they would take revenge for that and indeed now they fired rockets." Army forces backing the official government,....

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Friday 29 May 2015
HIGHLIGHTS State/PRM announces nearly $79 million in additional funding for displaced persons in South Sudan; Insecurity in Unity State displaces approximately 100,000 people and leaves more than 650,000 people unable to access humanitarian assistance; Recent analysis suggests 4.6 million people may be severely food insecure by July.

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Friday 29 May 2015
By Soni Daniel, Regional Editor, North. A pparently Comments excited by the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s new President, United Kingdom has openly declared its readiness to work closely with Nigeria to end its security and economic challenges. To start with, Britain says it is going to spearhead the group of seven developed nations (G-7 nations) to rally necessary support for Buhari to crush insurgency in Nigeria without further delay. British Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, announced the new posture of his country towards Nigeria while speaking with Vanguard in Abuja on....

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Friday 29 May 2015
A GROUP of 18 suspected border jumpers and a fisherman yesterday teamed up and killed a crocodile which wanted to attack them at an illegal crossing point along the Limpopo River. Witnesses said the group first trapped the three-metre crocodile in a fishing net as it was charging towards them before killing it. The incident happened at around 7AM near the spillway which is one of the popular illegal crossing points, some 900 metres east of the Alfred Beit-Bridge. There are an estimated 200 illegal crossing points between South Africa and Zimbabwe’s boundary line.

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Friday 29 May 2015
PORT LOUIS:Mauritius President Kailash Purryag has resigned from office, an official statement said. The statement said that Purryag sent his letter of resignation to the Speaker of the National Assembly of Mauritius on Friday, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. Purryag was appointed president in 2012 by the island's previous Labour party government of former premier Navin Ramgoolam. In a statement broadcasted on a private radio channel in the island, Purryag said that he had agreed to step down as Head of State in January 2015 but did asked for some five months to implement the decision.

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Friday 29 May 2015
PDP Logo. Chuks Okocha and Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday congratulated General Muhammadu Buhari as he took office as President. This is as Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has said that members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming 8th National Assembly would provide credible opposition that would further deepen democracy and promote good governance in Nigeria. The party in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, Friday, wished the new President success in piloting the affairs of the country in the next four years.

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Friday 29 May 2015
Source: UN Security Council Country: Mali SC/11914-AFR/3147-PKO/493 The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Raimonda Murmokaitė (Lithuania): The members of the Security Council deplored the shooting incident that took place in Bamako, Mali, on 25 May 2015, during which a Bangladeshi peacekeeper of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was killed and another injured. The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the explosion of a mine on a MINUSMA convoy, in which the Force....

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Friday 29 May 2015
With the exception of sports, not a lot of people under 40 watch broadcast TV anymore. Ratings are dropping. A lot of people online to watch shows. Is this the beginning of the end of broadcast TV? My commentary on ISIS expanding into Libya and Egypt, Netflix CEO declaring that broadcast TV will be over by 2030, OPEC dealing with low oil prices and the latest economic data. Music By Kevin MacLeod Song: Rollin at 5 "Rollin at 5" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ OPEC might get the last laugh on oil http://www.

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Friday 29 May 2015
MBABANE Hardly two months following a prophesy that the Kingdom of Swaziland and South Africa should brace themselves for the invasion of the world’s feared terrorist, the movement has hit neighbouring South Africa, it see ms. According to yesterday’s Al Jazeera reports, at least 23 South Africans have joined the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). The 23 are said to include eight families-and reportedly joined some time last year. popular. A leading Nigerian priest and popular televangelist, Tim Amotoso, delivering a sermon in his Jesus Dominion International church, told a stunned....

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Friday 29 May 2015
LAHORE: Pakistan's information minister Pervaiz Rashid has said the blast that killed two people, including a police officer, near the Gaddafi Stadium here was a suicide attack. The blast took place at 9 PM Friday when a day-night match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe was underway. "An attempt to attack the Gaddafi Stadium was foiled by the gallantry of a police official, who lost his life while trying to stop the attacker near Kalma Chowk," Rashid told GeoNews. A police sub-inspector and a citizen were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up while riding on a rickshaw near Kalma Chowk,....

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