Officials say at least 30 African migrants drown near Yemen

The officials said Tuesday the boat capsized on Sunday off the coast of Shabwa province. (File/AFP)
Updated 04 September 2018
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Officials say at least 30 African migrants drown near Yemen

  • The boat capsized on Sunday off the coast of Shabwa province
  • Narrow waters between the Horn of Africa and Yemen have been a popular migration route despite Yemen’s ongoing conflict

SANAA, Yemen: Yemeni security officials say a boat carrying at least 150 African migrants has capsized off a southern province, killing at least 30 people including five women and children.
The officials said Tuesday the boat capsized on Sunday off the coast of Shabwa province. They say most of the passengers were Somali migrants.
The narrow waters between the Horn of Africa and Yemen have been a popular migration route despite Yemen’s ongoing conflict. Migrants try to make their way to oil-rich Gulf countries.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.


Egypt court removes judge who got Mubarak’s sons detained

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Egypt court removes judge who got Mubarak’s sons detained

CAIRO: An Egyptian court has accepted a defense motion to remove a judge who ordered the detention of former President Hosni Mubarak’s two sons in connection with their ongoing trial on insider trading charges.
The legal basis for Thursday’s verdict wasn’t immediately known. It came less than a week after judge Ahmed Aboul-Fetouh ordered the two younger Mubaraks detained — wealthy businessman Alaa and Mubarak’s one-time heir apparent Gamal — before he adjourned their hearings until Oct. 20.
Also unknown is whether legal proceedings would now begin to secure their release.
Separately, the two and their father were detained in 2011 and later sentenced to three years each for embezzling funds meant for maintenance of presidential palaces.
The sons were released in 2015 for time served. Mubarak was freed last year.