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  • Egypt court set to rule in Jazeera reporters’ trial

    CAIRO, Aug 29 - An Egyptian court is set to rule Saturday in the retrial of three journalists with Al-Jazeera television's English-language news channel whose two-year ordeal sparked a global campaign for their release. Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed,... Read more

  • S.Sudan army ordered to end fighting ahead of ceasefire

    JUBA, Aug 29 - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has ordered all government troops to cease fighting rebel forces as part of a peace agreement, his spokesman said, ahead of a full ceasefire on Saturday. Kiir has ordered the entire army "to stop shooting and remain in... Read more

  • Hunting Moroccan hashish in the Strait of Gibraltar

    SPAIN, Aug 28- As the powerful motors of their speedboat roared, Spanish police used a thermal imaging camera to scan the sea in the Strait of Gibraltar for traffickers smuggling hashish from Morocco. It's just after midnight and the cameras and radars that monitor the... Read more

  • Sharp rise in hungry Ethiopians needing aid: UN

    ADDIS ABABA, Aug 27- The number of hungry Ethiopians needing food aid has risen sharply this year to 4.5 million due to poor rains and the El Nino weather phenomenon, the UN has said.  With rains poorer than predicted, "food insecurity increased and malnutrition rose... Read more

  • S.Sudan rebel chief questions government commitment to peace

    ADDIS ABABA, Aug 27- South Sudan rebel chief Riek Machar said Thursday he is committed to the country's new peace deal, but criticised a government list of reservations undermining key parts of the accord. Amid the threat of international sanctions, President Salva Kiir... Read more