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Libya: 40 migrants dead, over 300 rescued in Mediterranean Sea

A total 320 were rescued from an overcrowded smuggling boat in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya, VOA reported Saturday adding that  40 migrants had been reported dead.

The Italian navy was quoted as saying the fatalities were believed caused by what appeared to be inhalation of exhaust fumes in the hold of the boat, although the death toll was not yet final.VOA says Europe has been flooded by tens of thousands of desperate migrants fleeing poverty and armed conflicts in North Africa and the Middle East.

Norway: Pilot, 3 crew fail ‘alcohol breath test’ before take off

Norwegian police said a Latvian Air Baltic pilot and three crew members were pulled off a Greece-bound passenger plane in Oslo early Saturday after failing a breathalyser test before take-off, The Irish Times reported.

"Results of the breathalyser tests confirmed that four of the five crew members ... were above the legal alcohol limit of 0.2 promille," Romerike police prosecutor Edith Ek Sorensen reportedly told AFP.

Kenya: 4 Somalis jailed for 42 months for piracy and hijacking

Four Somalis have been sentenced to 42 months in jail for piracy and hijacking a fishing vessel by a Mombasa court, Daily Nation reported Thursday.

According to reports, the Somalis; Hassan Adan, Ali Abdi Fita, Abdi Liban and Dahir Afran were found guilty of attacking and hijacking a fishing vessel, the F/V Tahiri,between January 6 and 7, 2012 in the Indian Ocean while armed with an AK-47 and a grenade.

Somalia: Over 100 Al Shabaab fighters allegedly surrender to Govt forces

According local media in Somalia, over one hundred Al Shabaab fighters have surrendered to Somali government forces and African Union peacekeepers in Bakol region of southwestern Somalia, Garowe online reported Wednesday quoting a security official.

Garowe online says the commander of Somali National Army (SNA)’s 8th division Abdirahman Mohamed Osman (Tima Adde) confirmed the surrender of 120 militants and accomplices to VOA Somali Service.

Chad: Government forces kill 7 Boko Haram militants

As Chad grapples to secure islands on Lake Chad used by Nigeria’s rebel group Boko Haram as hideouts and bases to launch attacks, Chadian forces have reportedly killed seven of the rebels in a clash on Wednesday, a security source said.

Last week Chad said it killed 117 Boko Haram fighters as part of a two-week offensive on the lake that borders Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon, according to Reuters.

Breaking news: Missing Malaysian Airline MH370 ‘discovered’

In the first real breakthrough in the search for missing Malaysian Airline MH370 that disappeared 17 months ago, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed on early on Thursday that a Boeing 777 wing segment discovered in the Indian Ocean island of Reunion is from the missing Flight MH370,according to Reuters.

Uganda-South Sudan border dispute displaces 400 people

The Ugandan army has said more than 400 people in Uganda’s Lamwo district have fled their homes due to rising tension resulting from border dispute between Uganda and South Sudan. Daily Monitor reported Wednesday that about 200 armed South Sudanese soldiers reportedly entered nine kilometres into Uganda and put a boundary demarcation at River Limu in Lokung Sub-County last Friday. 

Kenya Airways (KQ) needs close to US $1Billion to stay afloat says Investment Bank

Kenya’s Standard Investment Bank has said Kenya Airways (KQ) requires up to about  US $ 960 million or Ksh100 billion to stay afloat, Daily Monitor reported Wednesday that the money is required in the form of fresh capital injection to reduce the carrier’s debt burden.

Uganda: Six Somali women arrested for alleged illegal entry into Uganda

Six Somali nationals have been arrested by  police in Uganda’s Busia District on allegation of entering the country illegally, Daily Monitor reported Wednesday saying Ugandan police intercepted the Somali nationals, all women, on Monday trying to get into Uganda on motorcycles through ungazzated entry points without clearance from the immigration department.

Burundi: Top military general killed Sunday

Burundian officials and witnesses have said a top Burundian general and close aide to president Pierre Nkurunziza was killed Sunday in a rocket attack on his car in the capital Bujumbura, according to AFP.

The National news website reported that Adolphe Nshimirimana was widely considered to be the central African nation’s de facto internal security chief and the regime’s No 2.