Today 05 December
At least eight people were killed Thursday when a suicide car bomber rammed a convoy in Somalia's northern port of Bossasso, a region harbouring Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents where tensions are high ahead of elections in January. Puntland's government said in a statement it "strongly condemns" the attack, in which 37 were wounded, including six soldiers. The attack took place in a busy market area of Bossasso, the main port in Somalia's northeastern Puntland region, lying on its Gulf of Aden coast. Shebab fighters operate from the rugged Golis mountains southwest of Bossasso, a lawless region under longtime control of warlord, arms dealer and Shebab ally Mohamed Said Atom, who has been hit with UN Security Council sanctions for "kidnapping, piracy and terrorism."
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Heavy gunfire erupted in the capital of the Central African Republic on Thursday and at least 16 people were killed and dozens of civilians wounded. The United Nations planned to authorize within hours an intervention force into the near anarchic and impoverished nation.
By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - France will not play Africa's policeman and sort out a territorial dispute in Mali, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday, a day after Mali's president and Tuareg separatist rebels both criticized Paris for doing too little. After winning adulation across its former colony for a 5-month military offensive earlier this year that scattered al Qaeda fighters, France is caught in a tug of war between the government in Bamako and Tuareg MNLA rebels in the north, who are demanding some form of autonomy. Now it's up to Malians, and particularly President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, to act," Fabius told RMC radio. "France doesn't support any group, but it's normal that territorial integrity is restored.
Malusi Mncube, who works for the Durban fire department emerged from the 18-metre (59 feet) hole, which also had two metal spikes, with only a bruised hip, after he was saved by colleagues. "The shaft was dark and there was smoke...it's incredible that he survived and suffered only minor injuries," said Max Magnussen, the acting fire chief in the eastern port city. "I'm gobsmacked, he fell six storeys onto a bed of burning debris in a sealed concrete tube, and he’s basically okay," Justin Bateman told Witness newspaper.
South Africa's monopoly electricity provider Eskom announced the resignation of its chief executive on Thursday, the latest blow to the state-backed firm as it battles to prevent widespread power cuts. Eskom announced that Brian Dames will step down for personal reasons from the end of March 2014. Dames has served as group chief executive since 1 July 2010, a difficult time that has seen the company struggle to keep the lights on. "Under his leadership Eskom kept the lights on in spite of a tight system," the firm said.
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