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DR Congo says 130 dead in army-rebel clashes

Two women walk past a government army tank in Munigi, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, July 15, 2013.

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Woods gets McDowell, Oosthuizen in Open draw

Tiger Woods during a practice round for the 2013 British Open Golf Championship in Gullane, July 15, 2013. By Peter Muhly (AFP) GULLANE, United Kingdom (AFP) - Tournament favourite Tiger Woods will join Ulsterman Graeme McDowell and South African Louis Oosthuizen for Thursday's first round of the British Open.The 37-year-old American, who will be playing competitively for the first time in a month after spraining his left elbow during the US Open, is seeking a 15th major title, over five years after winning his last at the 2008 US Open.In McDowell he will have the 2010 US Open champion, who won his third title of the year at the French Open on July 7.Oosthuizen won the British Open at St Andrews in 2010, with Woods having won the title there in 2005 and 2000.They will have a mid-afternoon start on Thursday at 2:45 pm (1545 GMT) and a 9:44 am (1044 GMT) start on Friday.Defending champion Ernie Els will go out with Justin Rose, who won the US Open last month and American Brandt Snedeker, seen as one of the finest putters in the game but who has yet to win a major.Rory McIlroy, winless this year after making an equipment change that has seen his form slump, is paired with Phil Mickelson, who is back up to fifth in the world after winning the Scottish Open on Sunday and rising Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama.Other top groupings see Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia and Charl Schwartzel brought together as well as Masters champion Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar and Luke Donald.First out on Thursday at 6:32 am (0732) will be Australian veteran Peter Senior, local lad Lloyd Saltman and Oliver Fisher of England.Comments:Leave a comment. 0 comment so far.

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Egypt army plans Sinai operation after attacks

Egyptian soldiers are deployed in the area of the Rafah Crossing border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip on May 21, 2013. ...

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Embassy Of Rwanda And EMRC Present Agribusiness Forum 2013 To Press And International Business Community Based In Brussels

In the framework of the upcoming AgriBusiness Forum 2013, 'The Agri-Food Sector: A Catalyst for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Africa', H.E Robert Masozera, Ambassador of Rwanda, to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Republic of Cyprus, the EU and the ACP Group and Idit Miller, EMRC Vice President and Managing Director, officially announced this year's AgriBusiness Forum, to be held in Kigali, Rwanda from 6-9 October 2013 to the media and investors at the Brussels Press Club on the 12th of July 2013. In his speech, the Ambassador highlighted the key elements of the forum:'Although Rwanda will be hosting the AgriBusiness Forum 2013, the main goal of the forum is to promote the potential of all Africa...

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US envoy presses Egypt leaders before rival demos

US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns (L) meets Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour in Cairo, July 15, 2013. By Khaled Desouki (AFP) CAIRO (AFP) - A top US official pressed Egypt's interim leaders on Monday for a return to elected government after the army ousted president Mohamed Morsi, whose supporters and opponents readied rival rallies.Under Secretary of State Bill Burns held talks in Cairo with army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, military-appointed president Adly Mansour and caretaker prime minister Hazem al-Beblawi.Burns is the first senior US official to visit Egypt since the military toppled Morsi, the country's first freely elected president, in a popularly backed coup on July 3.Egypt's new leaders are pushing ahead with a transition plan for an interim government and fresh elections, but Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood defiantly insists on his reinstatement.Burns' two-day visit came as the authorities tightened the screws on Morsi's backers, freezing the assets of 14 top Islamists, and with Egypt rocked by a wave of deadly attacks, notably in the Sinai Peninsula.Three factory workers were killed when a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the bus they were travelling in the restive peninsula, medics said.Coptic Christians have also been killed in the Sinai, including a priest, as part of a string of sectarian violence around the country since the Islamist president's overthrow, according to the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights.The non-governmental organisation called on the authorities to "end inflammatory campaigns targeting citizens on the basis of religion".In Paris, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned against "revenge" and "retribution," and denounced the arrests of Brotherhood officials.In his talks with Egypt's interim military and civilian leaders, the US envoy was to push for "an end to all violence and a transition leading to an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government," the State Department said.International concern is mounting over the fate of Morsi, who has been in custody since the coup and was quizzed by prosecutors on Sunday over complaints of possible criminal offences.Washington has refrained from saying was the victim of a coup, which would legally require a freeze on some $1.5 billion in desperately needed US military and economic assistance to Cairo.On Sunday, two influential US Republican senators, Lindsey Graham and John McCain, urged the administration to cut the aid in response to the coup.Meanwhile, Egypt's military-appointed leadership has been trying to install a new cabinet that would oversee the transition to parliamentary and presidential elections.Beblawi is expected to unveil his full cabinet on Tuesday or Wednesday.His priorities include restoring security and preparing for the elections, which the interim president has said could be held by early next year.The assets freeze against nine senior Brotherhood figures is part of an investigation ordered by chief prosecutor Hisham Barakat.Those targeted include its supreme leader Mohamed Badie.Also hit are five Islamists from other groups, including ex-militant faction Gamaa Islamiya, which carried out a deadly 1997 attack on tourists in Luxor, judicial sources said.The investigation relates to four deadly incidents since Morsi's ouster, including clashes outside an elite army headquarters in Cairo in which dozens of people, mostly Islamists, were killed on July 8.The assets freeze comes a day after prosecutors received criminal complaints against Morsi, Badie and other senior Islamists, with a view to launching a formal investigation.Ezzedine Choukri-Fishere, a professor of political science at the American University in Cairo, said hardliners among the Islamists and the security services were seeking to deepen divisions."(Deputy leader) Khairat El-Shater and others who have led the Muslim Brotherhood over the last few years have an interest in turning this into a radical confrontation... (as do) the hawks in the security services," he told AFP.A Brotherhood spokesman vowed to continue "peaceful" protests until the reinstatement of Morsi, who interim leaders say is being held in a "safe place, for his own safety"."We have a noble goal, a just cause, for which we are prepared to sacrifice," Ahmed Aref told AFP.Another Brotherhood official said protesters plan to march on the Republican Guards headquarters, scene of the July 8 violence.Counter-demonstrations by Morsi opponents are planned in Tahrir Square, epicentre of the 2011 uprising that ousted veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak, and at Ittihadiya presidential palace.During his single year of turbulent rule, Morsi was accused of concentrating power in Brotherhood hands, sending the economy into freefall and failing to protect minorities.But his supporters say his overthrow was an affront to democracy.Comments:Leave a comment...

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France vows Mali hostage death ‘won’t go unpunished’

French nationals Philippe Verdon (R) and Serge Lazarevic are held by AQIM at an undisclosed location. By (ANI/AQIM/AFP/File) PARIS (AFP) - President Francois Hollande said Monday there is a "very strong" chance that a body found in northern Mali is that of a French hostage and vowed the killing would not go unpunished.Philippe Verdon, who was kidnapped by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) from a hotel while on business in northeastern Mali in November 2011, was already believed to be dead.His captors announced in March that the 53-year-old had been executed in response to France's military intervention in Mali."We found a body 10 days ago in northern Mali, we are doing everything possible to confirm that this could be, alas, the body of Philippe Verdon," Hollande said at Mali's embassy to Paris, where he was awarded the highest rank in the country's National Order."We will then determine the cause of death and nothing will go unpunished," Hollande said.AQIM is currently holding hostage eight Europeans, including five French nationals.French forces intervened in Mali in January to help the weak Malian military drive out Islamist rebels who had seized control of the country's north.Comments:Leave a comment.

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Marie-Claire Matamba, Representing Agrimat From Gabon, Responds To Her Project Incubator Award Win At AFIF2013

Marie-Claire Matamba, representing Agrimat from Gabon was named the Project Incubator Award Winner at this year's edition of the Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF). Her presentation focusing on her agricultural project in Gabon won the critiques over due to her effective and realistic approach to cultivating her local farmland and providing income and jobs to women and young people in her area.Competing alongside another three innovative projects, which included Mahesh Bakaya Director of GWC from Lesotho, Magloire N'Dakon President of Afrique Agri Industrie (Cote D'Ivoire), and Jacques Engouindi from Congo representing SCS, Matamba's presentation pin-pointed exact areas of growth and realistic figures to be attained over a five year span.Now, back in her home country, Matamba has already clear plans with what she will do with the prize money sponsored this year by EMRC: 'With the US$5000, we will mechanize our project to increase production and productivity, such as buying a chainsaw for example. We will create some jobs...

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US envoy visits Egypt as Islamist assets frozen

A man stands on top of a wall as the sun sets on al-Ahzar park on July 13, 2013 in Cairo.. By Gianluigi Guercia (AFP) CAIRO (AFP) - A senior US official was in Cairo Monday to press for a return to elected government following Mohamed Morsi's overthrow, as the Islamist leader's supporters and opponents readied rival rallies.Under Secretary of State Bill Burns, the first senior US official to visit since the July 3 overthrow of Egypt's first freely president, flew in as the military-installed caretaker government tightened the screws on Morsi's backers, freezing the assets of 14 top Islamists.Egypt's new leaders are pushing ahead with a transition plan for an interim government and new elections, but Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood defiantly insists on his reinstatement.In the Sinai Peninsula, three factory workers where killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack, medics said, in the latest in a spate of deadly attacks since Morsi's overthrow to hit the sensitive and increasingly lawless region which borders Israel.Burns, scheduled to hold talks with interim military and civilian leaders, will push for "an end to all violence and a transition leading to an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government," the State Department said.International concern is mounting over the continued detention of Morsi, who has been in custody since hours after the July 3 coup and who was quizzed by prosecutors on Sunday over complaints of possible criminal offences.The US administration has still not decided whether he was the victim of a coup, which would legally require a freeze on some $1.5 billion in desperately needed military and economic US assistance to Cairo.On Sunday, two influential US Republican senators, Lindsey Graham and John McCain, urged the administration to cut the aid in response to the coup.The same day the European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton called for a swift return to elected civilian government and the release of political detainees.The Brotherhood has refused to join the new government headed by caretaker prime minister Hazem al-Beblawi, who is forming his cabinet with an eye on technocrats.The ultra-conservative Islamist party Al-Nur also confirmed it will not join the interim government. Spokesman Nader Bakkar told AFP: "We would participate only in an elected government."Among the appointments confirmed on Monday was prominent liberal leader Mohamed ElBaradei, 71, who was sworn in as interim vice president for foreign relations.Beblawi is expected to unveil his full cabinet Tuesday or Wednesday...

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US envoy arrives as Egypt freezes assets of top Islamists

A man stands on top of a wall as the sun sets on al-Ahzar park on July 13, 2013 in Cairo.. ...

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Pro-Morsi rally cut off from the outside world

An Egyptian supporter of deposed president Mohamed Morsi attends a sit-in protest in Cairo on July 13, 2013. By Mahmoud Khaled (AFP/File) CAIRO (AFP) - Diehard supporters of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi have been rallying in Cairo for nearly two weeks calling for his reinstatement, but their prolonged protest has left them isolated.Since they began the sit-in protest, their main source of news has been from speeches delivered from a podium set up by the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which ousted Islamist leader Morsi hails.Many of the speeches focus on reports of preparations for massive pro-Morsi rallies in the square outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque where they are gathered, and across the country.Morsi's supporters, many of whom have travelled far to reach Cairo, accept these words without question, and celebrate them.Last Sunday the Freedom and Justice Party, the Brotherhood's political wing, said four to five million had thronged the square outside the mosque -- a figure far from the actual number of demonstrators.Ibrahim Mohamed, who came from the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya, has pitched a tent outside the mosque in the eastern Cairo suburb of Nasr City beneath a poster of Morsi, awaiting his return."We are here in our millions.....

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