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Friday 27 March 2015
MOSCOW (Sputnik) The ambassador of Somalia to the UN Geneva office, Yusuf Mohamed Ismail Bari-Bari, was killed in an attack on a Mogadishu hotel, local freelance journalists said on Twitter. Earlier media reports claimed that the al-Shabaab militant group killed nine people and injured 11 in an attack on a hotel in the Somalian capital. Ambassador Yusuf Mohamed Ismail Bari-Bari, Somalia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Office at Geneva killed at pic.twitter.com/pM6Lz2secD HornafricMedia (@Hornafricmedia) March 27, 2015 The clashes between Somalian Special Forces and the militants are....

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Friday 27 March 2015
Key Points Saudi Arabian and other Arab League ground forces are ill-placed to support the reinstatement of President Abdurabu Mansour Hadi's government in Sanaa without a high-risk commitment to taking on the Houthi in their mountainous homeland in north Yemen. The Saudis are likely to seek to use their Yemeni proxies, supported by Arab coalition air strikes, to defeat the Houthi on the ground, rather than commit ground forces. The Houthis are likely to seek to pressure Saudi Arabia into accepting a ceasefire by rocket and artillery fire on Jizan and Najran in Saudi Arabia.

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Friday 27 March 2015
. Iran Press TV. Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:27PM. The Nigerian army says its troops have retaken the northeastern town of Gwoza in the restive Borno state from Boko Haram Takfiri militants. "Troops this morning captured Gwoza destroying the headquarters of the terrorists' self-styled caliphate," Nigerian Defense Headquarters in Abuja said in a message posted on Twitter on Friday. It said in a separate message that several members of the extremist group have died while many were captured, adding that the troops are still mopping up "entire Gwoza and her suburbs.

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Friday 27 March 2015
Corporal Anna Cross, 25, said she had been treated by an "absolutely incredible bunch of clinicians" at the Royal Free Hospital. "Thanks to them I'm alive," she added. She is the first person in the world to be treated with the experimental drug MIL 77 after being brought back to the UK by the RAF on March 12. Nurses Pauline Cafferkey and Will Pooley - the only other Britons to have tested positive for the disease - were also treated at the Royal Free and both made full recoveries. Cpl Cross, from Cambridge, told a press conference at the hospital that she was on the flight home with a "fantastic RAF team" within 24 hours of being diagnosed.

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Friday 27 March 2015
. by VOA News March 27, 2015. People in Sierra Leone have been told to stay at home this weekend as authorities make another attempt to stop the Ebola epidemic that has claimed more than 3,000 lives in the country. The national lockdown announced by the government began Friday and runs through Sunday evening. During that time, health workers will go door to door to look for hidden Ebola patients and remind people how to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. Alfred Palo Conteh, who heads the country's Ebola response center, told reporters that health workers also aim to fight complacency.

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Friday 27 March 2015
UNITED NATIONS (AP) " The U.N. Security Council is set to vote Friday on a draft resolution on Libya that keeps in place an arms embargo which the country's Western-recognized government says is hurting efforts to defend itself against the rise of the Islamic State group. The draft resolution obtained by The Associated Press instead urges a U.N. sanctions committee on Libya to "consider expeditiously" the government's requests for exemptions to the arms embargo. Libya and neighboring Egypt last month urgently requested international aid, including the lifting of the embargo, after a video of....

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Friday 27 March 2015
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, March 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - T he jailing of two Zimbabwe men who accosted a woman in a mini-skirt in the capital Harare and stripped her naked was welcomed by women's rights activists on Friday who hoped the sentence would act as a deterrent to other sex offenders. Marvellous Kandemiri, 32, and Blessing Chinodakufa, 31, were given 12-month jail sentences by a Harare magistrate for the attack last December with four months suspended on condition of good behaviour. State prosecutors told the court the pair were part of a group of about 40 men who accused the woman....

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Friday 27 March 2015
Added to her bitterness is frustration that she will not be able to vote in Saturday's presidential election. Insecurity in the area coupled with a lack of preparedness by the electoral authorities have prevented her from getting her voter card. "I am not happy because I won't be able to stop this president from coming back. He treated us badly by allowing Boko Haram to kill my husband, father and relations," Buba told the Thomson Reuters Foundation at a camp for people uprooted by the violence near Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria's Borno state.

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Friday 27 March 2015
BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - The President of Congo Republic, Denis Sassou Nguesso, said on Friday he had authorised a public debate on changing the constitution that would allow him to stand next year for a third term, and he expected a referendum would be held soon. The ruling coalition is seeking a change that would lift restrictions that prevent a third term for Sassou Nguesso, who has ruled the oil producing central African nation for most of the last 35 years. (Reporting by Aaron Ross; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Andrew Heavens) ....

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Friday 27 March 2015
Johannesburg---South Africa's state power company Eskom said Friday more than 1,000 workers building a much-needed new power plant had been sacked for staging an illegal strike, as the country grapples with rolling electricity cuts. The workers staged their latest one-day strike on Wednesday over allowances and bonuses. The Medupi plant's first unit was due to be completed in 2012 but is now scheduled to open in June. It will, however, not be operating at its full capacity of 4,764-megawatts until 2020. The station, which will be the fourth-largest coal plant in the southern hemisphere, is....

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Friday 27 March 2015
Mumbai: Since 1982, aircraft-assisted suicides (US aviation jargon) by commercial airline pilots have killed 421 people. If final investigation report into the March 24 Germanwings crash confirms that the co-pilot had deliberately crashed the aircraft, the toll would go up to 571. In a study the US aviation regulator released last year, it revealed that there were eight such cases in the US between 2003 and 2012. The pilot was the sole occupant in seven of these cases. Four of the eight pilots tested positive for alcohol and two positive for antidepressants.

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Friday 27 March 2015
Human Rights Council has adopted a new resolution calling on Syria to allow a Commission of Inquiry to continue its work documenting violations and abuses of Human Rights committed by all parties in the country's conflict. The resolution was adopted by six votes against and 29 votes in favor on Friday after it was presented by the UK and sponsored by France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UK and US. The resolution will renew the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry for another 12 months, the 11 sponsor countries said in a joint statement.

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Friday 27 March 2015
ENCORE! Sound Bites: Eating on tour with Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos. REVISITED Video: A wind of freedom blowing in Kuwait. Mideast's religious minorities at risk of 'disappearing', France says. Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities are under attack in the Middle East and some of them could "disappear entirely" unless the world acts to protect them, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday. Speaking at a UN Security Council debate, Fabius said an "action charter" was needed to address the threat. "The danger is that minorities will disappear entirely," Fabius said.

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Friday 27 March 2015
Jonathan will face former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari in what is seen as the closest presidential race since the end of military rule in 1999. In a broadcast to the nation on Friday, Jonathan said no political ambition could justify violence or bloodshed, adding that security measures had been taken to guarantee a free and fair election. "Let me warn, however, that as President, Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, I am under oath to protect the lives of all Nigerians and the security of our country at all times. I will never abdicate my responsibilities in that regard," he said.

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Friday 27 March 2015
APA-Victoria-(Seychelles) Seychelles’ economy is becoming more resilient, said Marshall Mills, who led an International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff mission to the Indian Ocean country. Mr Mills said the resilience is reflected in an improvement in the external sector, a strong fiscal position which has kept public debt on track to fall below 50 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2018, tightened monetary policy in response to exchange rate depreciation and the inflationary pressures anticipated as a result. Mr Mills, who was speaking in a press conference on Thursday in the presence of....

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Friday 27 March 2015
TUNIS (TAP) - At the initiative of Tunisia, Morocco, Romania, Norway, Peru and South Korea, the Geneva-based (Human Rights Council (HRC) has created a new mechanism in charge of democracy and human rights. It is a “forum of human rights”. It first session will be held in 2016. The works will focus on youth and decision making in public space as well as boosting the democratic foundations.

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Friday 27 March 2015
. by Mohammed Yusuf March 27, 2015. The Kenyan government is taking dramatic new steps to secure its border with Somalia by erecting a wall designed to keep out militants after a series of cross-border raids by al-Shabab militants. But experts are divided on whether the initiative is the long-awaited solution to Kenya's security problems, or a misguided effort. Northeastern Kenya borders both Ethiopia and Somalia. For more than two decades - since the collapse of Somalia's central government in 1990s - the region has suffered incursions from Somalia, and more recently, frequent raids by the al-Qaida-linked terrorist group al-Shabab.

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Friday 27 March 2015
Rabat, Mar. 27. (BNA) – Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane will represent King Mohammed VI at the Arab Summit. The summit, to be held in the Egyptian city of Sharm El-Sheikh on March 28-29, will discuss challenges of Arab national security, as well as the latest Arab developments.

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