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Africa Brief - Compiled by situation room

Wednesday 23 April 2014
The blast in the upscale western suburb of October 6 killed Ahmed Zaki, a commander of Egypt's central security forces who have spearheaded a crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Militants have carried out scores of attacks mainly targeting security forces since the military deposed Morsi last July in the wake of massive protests calling for his resignation. The general was fatally wounded in his car as was headed for work, security officials said, adding that two conscripts were wounded in the morning attack. Video footage posted on newspaper websites showed the front of the car destroyed.

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Wednesday 23 April 2014
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has said the West must work with countries like Russia and China to combat the growing threat of radical Islam. The ex-Labour leader told Sky News the crisis in Ukraine had pushed the situations in the Middle East off the agenda, despite the chaos in the region. The Middle East envoy branded the turmoil in Syria "an unmitigated disaster" and pressed for an agreement to be reached with President Bashar al Assad, "repugnant though it may seem". And Mr Blair called for further Nato involvement in Libya, warning the country's disintegration would threaten to destabilise the entire region.

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Wednesday 23 April 2014
[23/أبريل/2014] WASHINGTON, April 23 (Saba) - U.S. officials are "horrified" by reports out of South Sudan that fighters aligned with rebel leader Riek Machar massacred hundreds of innocent civilians last week in Bentiu, White House press secretary Jay Carney said. "Images and accounts of the attacks shock the conscience stacks of bodies found dead inside a mosque, patients murdered at a hospital, and dozens more shot and killed in the streets and at a church apparently due to their ethnicity and nationality, while hate speech was broadcast on local radio," Carney said in a statement released by the White House, late on Tuesday.

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Wednesday 23 April 2014
The US has given the go-ahead for the delivery of 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt that the Obama administration had withheld since the military-led overthrow of Mohamed Morsi last year, the Guardian reported. A spokesman for the US defence department said the helicopters would be sent to help Egypt quell a wave of militancy in the country's northern Sinai desert, where Islamist extremists have been fighting a cat-and-mouse insurgency since Morsi's overthrow last July, and have since made a series of bomb attacks on the Egyptian mainland. Hundreds of police and soldiers have been killed in the attacks.

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Wednesday 23 April 2014
Qatar's dispute with three fellow Gulf states, which withdrew their envoys from Doha last month, is "over", the Qatari foreign minister said Wednesday, while insisting his country had made no concessions. "The statement issued in Riyadh on April 17 was clear ... For the brothers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) the dispute is over," Khaled Al-Attiyah told a press conference in Kuwait after a meeting with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah. GCC foreign ministers met last week and announced an end to months of unprecedented tensions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

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Wednesday 23 April 2014
Officials in Congo say a freight train has derailed in the country's southeast, killing at least 30 people. Government spokesman Lambert Mende said Wednesday that the death toll could be much higher. It is common in Congo for people to jump onto freight trains for a free ride. A union official, Fernandez Tshibondo, said the train jumped the tracks Tuesday near the station at Katongola, a town in Congo's Katanga province. The cause was not immediately clear, and Mende said an investigation has been opened. You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.

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Wednesday 23 April 2014
Dismissing EFF-DA coalition rumours, EFF leader Julius Malema says the claims are "an attempt to defocus the EFF's objective of taking government". The Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters? (EFF) on Wednesday denied reports of a possible coalition between them after the May 7 elections. DA leader Helen Zille said a coalition with the EFF would be unworkable because of ideological differences. "I have always made it quite clear that we will only form coalitions where it is possible to form a coherent government and implement our policy commitments to the public," she said in a statement.

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Wednesday 23 April 2014
APA-Dakar (Senegal) The Prefect of Dakar, Alyoune Badara Diop has prohibited a planned rally scheduled for Wednesday’s return to Senegal of ex president Abdoulaye Wade by his Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS). “The rally scheduled for 23 April 2014 by Omar Sarr, PDS’ national coordinator, at general De Gaule Avenue is hereby banned†, a note from the Prefect declared ahead of Wade's homecoming after two years out of the country. According to the note the ban stemmed from a fear over traffic holdups and infiltration of the rally by people with ill intentions.

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Wednesday 23 April 2014
Kenyan authorities accused of attempting to clamp down on dissenting voices, either through the adoption of restrictive legislation aimed at further regulating the NGO or media sectors." The groups also condemn "violent police crackdown on demonstrators" and alleged "judicial harassment of protesters and human rights defenders". Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's first year in office has been marked by a string of "worrisome cases" of rights infringements and by rampant impunity, two rights groups have said. The Kenya Human Rights Commission( KHRC) and the International Federation of Human....

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Wednesday 23 April 2014
A 43-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after three children were found dead at a house in south London. Officers were called to the property in New Malden at around 9.30pm on Tuesday, where they discovered the bodies. The three children - a girl aged four and twin boys aged three - were pronounced dead at the scene. The Metropolitan police said a 43-year-old woman was arrested on suspicions of murder after being treated for minor injuries. A Met spokesman said: "We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident." The woman was being held for questioning in a south London police station.

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Wednesday 23 April 2014
There is confusion in the corridors of power at HFC Bank, as its Managing Director, Asare Akuffo, says the bank is not aware of a mandatory offer statement issued by its single biggest investor, Republic Bank. Mr. Akuffo in a letter to the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) dated 17th April, 2014, said the bank has no knowledge of a purported statement emanating from it announcing the intention of Republic Bank to make an offer to shareholders to buy-off their stake in the bank. He said the offer statement was made on the blind side of the bank, contradicting the GSE’s earlier statement attributing it to the bank.

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Wednesday 23 April 2014
Boston – 22 April 2014 On the first day of his visit to Boston, President Kagame addressed students at Tufts University on Rwanda's progress and recovery in the last twenty years. President Kagame began the lecture with an emphasis on the importance of historical clarity on the Genocide against the Tutsi. “Historical clarity about mass atrocities like genocide is a duty we owe the victims, in all aspects. It is the foundation of genocide prevention for future generations of humanity.” Describing the origins of the Genocide against the Tutsi, President Kagame pointed to the racial ideology....

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Wednesday 23 April 2014
WASHINGTON - A top US diplomat was visiting Libya on Wednesday to meet government officials, amid political upheaval in the North African country, the State Department said. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns was in Tripoli to meet with senior Libyan officials including interim prime minister Abdullah al-Thani and leaders of Libya's parliament, the General National Congress, the State Department said in a statement. Burns, who is the deputy to Secretary of State John Kerry, is the most senior US official to visit Libya since the 2012 assault on a US mission in eastern Benghazi in which four....

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Wednesday 23 April 2014
BBC Worldwide is looking for a new format to produce locally in South Africa after axing its own version of cookery show Come Dine With Me. http://www.c21media.

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Wednesday 23 April 2014
Dubai: Tasweek Real Estate Development and Marketing raised its investment portfolio by 27 per cent as it got the benefits from consolidating its exposure at the Health Care City in Morocco. It also launched a mixed-use project which includes a hospital and a hotel. “Given the turbulence of the regional and global property markets over the past few years, we consider it a great achievement to have logged our fifth straight year of profitability in 2013,” said Nasser Bin Obood Al Falasi, chairman.

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Wednesday 23 April 2014
Paris: One of two remaining French hostages in the west African nation of Mali probably died several weeks ago because of abusive treatment by his captors, President Francois Hollande’s office said on Tuesday. Neither the president nor the Foreign Ministry could confirm with certainty the death of Gilberto Rodrigues Leal, 62, who was captured in November 2012 while travelling in Mauritania and Mali. The announcement followed a report on Tuesday by the Agence France-Presse news agency. The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao), a splinter group of Al Qaida’s regional branch,....

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Wednesday 23 April 2014
MOGADISHU, April 23 (Xinhua) -- UN Somalia Mission spokesman on Wednesday denied reports that the world body would withdraw from the Horn of African nation if it suffered "significant attacks" by militants. Spokesman of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Aleem Siddique, said in an email statement that UN has no plan to withdraw Somalia and that envoy was merely describing the current prevailing security situation in Mogadishu. "We have no intention of leaving Somalia anytime soon; the SRSG was simply making a reference to the volatile security situation that needs to be addressed," Siddique said.

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Wednesday 23 April 2014
APA-Port-Louis (Mauritius) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has concluded consultations with Mauritiu whose economic growth inspires hope, the institution said. An IMF statement on Wednesday said a stable macroeconomic environment was maintained in 2013, despite difficult external developments. The statement said real GDP growth was lower than expected at 3.2 percent, mainly on account of construction, sugar and tourism. It stated that with subdued international prices, inflationary pressures declined, despite the public sector wage increases, and year-on-year inflation fell to 3.5 percent.

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