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HindustanTimes Thu,02 Oct 2014

Africa

Despite statue damage, Sikhs mark 100 yrs in Kenya's Kisumu county

Kisumu residents, who recently brought down a religious monument erected in the centre of the lakeside city, claiming it was satanic, were overawed by the colour, splendour and solemnity rolled out by members of the Sikh community by celebrating 100 years of the Siri Guru Singh Sabha Temple in commemoration of which the damaged monument was built.

S African Indian educationist honoured for lifetime of service

A retired South African Indian educationist, who went back to college to complete his qualifications at the age of 55, has been honoured for a lifetime of service. Kunwar Singh (80), who is better known across the country by his nickname Kokkie, received the annual award titled 'To Honour Those Who Serve', made by the Shree Bharat Sharda Mandir.

Whole world is praying for Mandela, says Ban Ki-moon

UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that the whole world is praying for Nelson Mandela as the legendary South African leader fights for his life. Ban called Mandela "one of the giants of the 20th century".

Mandela remains critical, family divided over his final resting place

While former South African president Nelson Mandela is still fighting for his life in a hospital in Pretoria, his family is squabbling over his final resting place.

Mandela critical, Zuma cancels Mozambique trip

South African President Jacob Zuma cancelled a trip to neighbouring Mozambique today, intensifying speculation about a deterioration in the health of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, who remains critically ill in hospital.

Family gathers as fear grows for 'critical' Mandela

The family of critically ill anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela gathered around his hospital bedside on Monday as millions in South Africa and across the world feared for the worst. "The doctors are doing everything possible to ensure his well being and comfort," South African President said.

Nigeria: 12 die in blasts in Kano's Christian area

Multiple explosions that blasted a bar and entertainment area in a Christian quarter of Nigeria's northern and mainly Muslim city of Kano killed at least 12 people, the military said Tuesday.

Egypt's feared secret police are back

Egypt's interior ministry announced the resurrection of several controversial police units that were shut down following the country's 2011 uprising.

Polls open in Zimbabwe's tense presidential vote

Zimbabweans today began casting ballots in a fiercely contested election dominated by Robert Mugabe's bid to extend his 33-year rule and overshadowed by suspicions of vote rigging.

Four Russians injured in Ethiopian helicopter crash

 A helicopter en route to the United Nations mission in South Sudan crashed Wednesday in Ethiopia, with four Russian crew members injured but no one killed, civil aviation officials said.

Zimbabwe poll monitors allege problems

A poll monitoring group in Zimbabwe says it has found a "wide range of problems" in elections there and that the poll was compromised by a campaign to stop voters from casting ballots.

Morsi backers plan fresh rallies, defying Egypt's police

Supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi urged fresh rallies on Friday, raising fears of renewed violence as police prepared to disperse them amid international appeals for restraint.

Zimbabwe opposition rejects disputed poll result

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's party claimed today that he is on course for a landslide win, in an election branded a sham by his rivals, but which the African Union said was fair and credible.

Egypt: Morsi backers defy police with fresh rallies

Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi have expanded their vigils in Cairo, starting a third near the capital's international airport. That's in defiance of threats from authorities to break-up their sit-ins.

Egypt: Morsi backers defy cops with fresh rallies

Islamist backers of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi staged defiant rallies Friday, with police firing tear gas at demonstrators, after the government ordered their protest camps to be broken up.
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