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Singapore Confirms 41 Locally Transmitted Zika Cases

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Singapore has confirmed 41 cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus, mostly among foreign construction workers, and says it expects more incidents to be identified. All but seven of those infected had fully recovered, the country’s health ministry and the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a joint statement on Sunday. The seven patients remained in hospital, the statement added. On Saturday, authorities had confirmed a 47-year-old ... Read More »

Gabon Election: Jean Ping Lays Claim To Presidency Win

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Gabon’s opposition presidential candidate Jean Ping has claimed victory over incumbent President Ali Bongo, whose family has ruled the oil-rich African nation for nearly half a century. “The decision taken by the population is known now by everybody,” Ping told Al Jazeera on Sunday. ”Gabon is a small country so it is possible to know all the results right now,” he said. Ping, 73, said that ... Read More »

Zimbabwe: Anti-Mugabe Protests Turn Violent In Harare

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Zimbabwean police have used tear gas, water cannons and batons to disperse an opposition rally protesting against police brutality in the capital Harare. More than 200 supporters, mostly youths, of the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), took to the streets on Wednesday. Many protesters were reported to have been injured, but police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said she had no information on that. Riot ... Read More »

Somalia: Al-Shabab Gunmen Attack Beach Restaurant

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At least six people have been killed after al-Shabab fighters attacked a beach restaurant in the capital Mogadishu with a car bomb before entering into a gunfight with security forces, according to police and the group. “A car bomb exploded at Banadir beach restaurant at Lido beach and there is exchange of gunfire. We have no other details so far,” Major Ahmed Ibrahim, a police ... Read More »

Syrian Army And Rebels Agree To End Daraya Siege

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Hundreds of rebel fighters and thousands of civilians are to evacuate the besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya after rebels and the Syrian army agreed to a deal, a rebel leader and a state news agency have said. Thursday’s development ended one of the longest standoffs in the Syria’s five-year war. “Seven hundred armed men with their personal weapons will leave Daraya to head to the [rebel-controlled] ... Read More »

Italy Earthquake: Rescuers Race To Find Survivors

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The death toll from a devastating earthquake that hit and flattened central Italian towns soared to more than 240 as rescuers desperately searched through the night for survivors under the ruins of collapsed buildings. With 368 people injured, some critically, and an unknown number still trapped in mountains of rubble on Thursday morning, the toll was expected to rise further. Wednesday’s pre-dawn earthquake razed homes and ... Read More »

Earthquake Hits Near Umbria In Central Italy

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At least six people are believed to have died after a powerful earthquake struck central Italy, destroying dozens of villages, according to local media reports. The first confirmed victims of Wednesday’s earthquake were an elderly couple whose home collapsed at Pescara del Tronto in the Marche region to the east of the epicentre, national broadcaster Rai and other media outlets reported. Another person died and ... Read More »

South Sudan’s Riek Machar In Khartoum For Medical Care

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South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar has arrived in Khartoum for medical treatment, according to Sudanese officials, days after fleeing to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following deadly clashes last month. “Sudan has received, lately, Dr Riek Machar, for pure humanitarian reasons, especially his need for treatment and medical care,” Sudan’s Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman said on Tuesday. “Dr Riek Machar’s health is stable currently ... Read More »

Syria War: Turkey Strikes ISIL Targets In Jarablus

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Turkish fighter jets have struck ISIL targets in the Syrian border town of Jarablus, according to Turkish news media. Wednesday’s operation is a part of a joint campaign by Turkish special forces and the US-led coalition to clear fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIS, from the Syria-Turkey border. “The operation, which began at around 4am local time ... Read More »

France: Nicolas Sarkozy To Run For President Again

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Nicolas Sarkozy has launched a bid to win back the French presidency, announcing he would seek his party’s nomination to run in next year’s election. The 61-year-old conservative’s plan became apparent on Monday. “I have decided to be a candidate in the 2017 presidential election,” Sarkozy wrote in a new book, Tout pour la France (All for France), due out this week. “France demands that ... Read More »

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