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Libya: Bomb explodes at Moroccan embassy in Tripoli-IS claims responsibility

(By Estera Popowska)
In less than 48 hours after gunmen attacked South Korea's mission in Tripoli, a bomb exploded at the gate of the Moroccan embassy in the Libyan capital early on Monday, causing some damage but hurting nobody, a security official told Reuters.

A security official and Reuters reporter at the scene said the bomb damaged the gate and a residential building next to the Moroccan embassy located in the up market Ben Ashour district. Nobody was hurt by the blast early on Monday, the official said.

Uganda: Pioneer news anchor, 37 dies of cancer in Nairobi

(By Estera Popowska)
Reports from Uganda’s NTV confirmed Sunday evening that pioneer news anchor Rosemary Nankabirwa has died at Aga Khan Hospital in Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

The former English news anchor’s family reportedly confirmed the death of their daughter saying she had been put off life support.
On Saturday afternoon, Nankabirwa had been flown to Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi as thousands of well-wishers responded to a car wash fundraising drive at Serena Hotel Kampala to raise over sh100m for her treatment.

Libya: Two security guards killed as gunmen fire shots at South Korean embassy in Tripoli

By Estera Popowska
Two local security guards have been killed after unidentified gunmen fired shots at the South Korean embassy in Libyan capital, Tripoli on Sunday, Reuters quoted Xinhua and Yonhap news agencies reports.

According to press reports, the gunmen fired from a car at the embassy compound, killing two people and wounding another.None of the casualties were South Korean, South Korea's Yonhap news agency, citing a government official in Seoul, said.

Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood leader, 13 others sentenced to death

(By Estera Popowska)
An Egyptian judge said in a televised session on Saturday that a court has sentenced Mohamed Badie, the leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, and 13 other senior members of the group to death for inciting chaos and violence.

A U.S-Egyptian citizen Mohamed Soltan was sentenced to life in jail for supporting the group and transmitting false news by the same court. Reuters reported that Soltan’s was among those sentenced to death on Saturday.

South Africa: Over 1,000 immigrants, mostly Africans flee after attacks

(By Estera Popowska)
South African police said yesterday that over a thousand immigrants have fled their homes following a series of violent attacks by locals in the eastern port city of Durban, Daily Monitor reported Friday.

According to reports, the immigrants, mostly African, have been housed at police stations and tents, as angry locals vowed to push them out -- in South Africa's latest case of xenophobic unrest.

Nigeria: UN appeals for $174 Million for refugees fleeing rebel attacks

(By Estera Popowska)
The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has appealed for $174.4 million to help some 192,000 refugees fleeing the violence in northeastern Nigeria with critical assistance and protection.

According to reports from UN News Centre , UNHCR Regional Representative for West Africa and Coordinator for the Nigeria Refugee situation, Liz Ahua, made the aappeal in a press release Thursday.

Zimbabwe: President Mugabe visits South Africa first time in 18 years

(By Estera Popowska)
Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe paid a state visit to South Africa on Tuesday for the first time since 1994, VOA reported Wednesday.An analyst David Monyae reportedly said President Mugabe’s visit may represent the first thaw in Zimbabwe’s frosty diplomatic relations with her neighbour South Africa. VOA reported Monyae as saying one reason is that Mugabe, who recently became head of both the African Union and the Southern African Development Community, is a little too important to keep ignoring. Also, he noted, Zimbabwe may be turning a corner.

Gabon to host 2017 African Cup of Nations

(By Bonny Apunyu)
Gabon was Wednesday chosen by Confederation of African Football's executive committee to host the 2017 African Cup of Nation, just 3 years after it co-hosted Africa’s most popular football tournament.

Sources say Algeria and Ghana lost bids to Gabon in a vote by the Confederation of African Football's executive committee in Cairo, Egypt. Gabon co-hosted 2012 AFCON with neighbor Equatorial Guinea, which stood in at short notice to host this year's tournament in January and February after Morocco was removed because of a dispute over Ebola.

Malawi: Police ordered to shoot albino attackers

According to local media in Malawi, the government has ordered police to shoot “dangerous criminals” who attack albinos in order to sell their body parts for witchcraft, Malawi's police chief Lexen Kachama told officers at the weekend, reports AP.

“Shoot every criminal who is violent when caught red-handed abducting people with albinism” According to the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi, six albinos have been killed in the poor southern African nation since December, AP reported.

South Africa: 15-year-old girl stopped from joining Islamic State

South Africa’s state security officials said Monday that a 15-year-old South African girl was taken off an airline flight on suspicion she was leaving her home in Cape Town to join the Islamic State group, reports AP.

The teenage South African girl was reportedly found at the Cape Town International Airport on Sunday, said State Security spokesman Brian Dube. According to reports she was believed to be planning to travel to Saudi Arabia.