Somali president suspends PM’s powers, accusing him of looting land

  • MOGADISHU: Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed said on Monday he had suspended the powers of the prime minister amid a corruption probe in what the assistant information minister said amounted to an “indirect coup.” Mohamed accused Roble of looting public land owned by the Somali Nation...
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GCC secretary-general arrives in Pakistan   

  • ISLAMABAD: The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Dr. Nayef Falah M. Al-Hajraf arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday.   The secretary-general is visiting Pakistan on an invitation extended by Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi during Al-Hajraf’s visit to ...
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US threatens action if Somalia misses new election deadline

  • WASHINGTON: The US has brandished the threat of sanctions if troubled Somalia misses its latest deadline for elections. Somali leaders on Sunday announced that elections that were due to be concluded last year will take place by Feb. 25. “Somalia’s elections are more than a year behind...
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Family of jailed Pakistani neuroscientist denies links to US hostage standoff

  • KARACHI: The family of a Pakistani neuroscientist jailed in the US denied on Sunday “rumors” over their relation to a standoff at a synagogue in Texas after American media reports linked them to the hostage-taker.  Four people were held hostage at the Congregation Beth Israel in Col...
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Soldiers mutiny in Burkina Faso, government dismisses talk of coup

  • OUAGADOUGOU: Sustained gunfire rang out from military camps in Burkina Faso on Sunday as mutinying soldiers demanded more support for their fight against Islamist militants and protesters ransacked the headquarters of President Roch Kabore’s political party. The government called for calm, de...
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African Union girds for internal clash over relations with Israel

  • ADDIS ABABA: The AU appears set for an internal clash over its relationship with Israel at a summit this weekend, a rare point of contention for a bloc that values consensus. The dispute was set in motion last July when Moussa Faki Mahamat, chair of the AU Commission, accepted Israel’s a...
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Gunfire, explosions rock Somalian capital in militant attacks

  • MOGADISHU: Gunfire and explosions went off in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu in the early hours of Wednesday as Al-Shabab militants attacked police stations and security check points, the internal security minister said. Al Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab, which aims to topple the central government and i...
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Death toll from twin Somalia bombings rises to 48

  • MOGADISHU: The death toll from two bombings that killed a parliamentary election candidate in central Somalia has risen to 48, a regional leader said on Thursday. Amina Mohammed, a vocal critic of the government, was killed on Wednesday by a suicide bomber in the city of Beledweyne, arou...
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Crisis-hit Sri Lanka extends school closures

  • COLOMBO: Schools across Sri Lanka will close for one week starting Monday, the Education Ministry has announced, as the island nation grapples with its worst economic crisis since gaining independence in 1948. Sri Lanka is struggling to find critical funding to finance the import of essential...
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Organizers of sustainable tourism summit RESET 2022 promise a bold agenda

  • LONDON: Efforts to address and reverse the negative environmental effects of the travel, tourism and hospitality sector will top a bold agenda when global leaders from the worlds of business and government gather for RESET 2022, according to the event’s organizers. This second annual global s...
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