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Egypt's new churches law angers Christian critics
Egypt's lawmakers on Tuesday passed the country's first law spelling out the rules for building a church, a step Christians have long hoped would free up construction that was often blocked by authorities. But angry critics in the community say the law will only enshrine the restrictions.
Libyan pro-government forces said they were advancing Tuesday against the last remaining holdout of Islamic State jihadists in Sirte as part of an operation to "liberate" the entire coastal city.
Reconstruction of war-torn Yemen could cost US$15 billion, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday, citing a multilateral institution.
A suicide car bomb exploded outside a popular hotel close to the presidential palace in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, in an attack claimed by Shabaab jihadists.
Libya has shipped the last of its chemical weapons stocks out of the country, officials said Tuesday, under a U.N.-backed plan to ensure the arsenal could not fall into the wrong hands.
The international community must respond to the refugee crisis caused by fighting in South Sudan in the same way it responded to the crisis in Europe, the U.N. refugee chief said in Uganda on Monday.
Major rescue operation
Migrants, most of them from Eritrea, jump into the water from a crowded wooden boat as they are helped by members of an NGO during a rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea, about 21 kilometers north of Sabratha, Libya, Monday, Aug. 29.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged Morocco and the Polisario movement campaigning for the independence of Western Sahara to withdraw soldiers and fighters from a buffer strip who have sent tensions soaring.
Japan pledges to invest US$30 bil. in Africa by '18
Japan will pour US$30 billion in investment in Africa by 2018, including US$10 billion in infrastructure development, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Saturday at a summit in Nairobi.
Quinton de Kock responded to a late shift up the batting order with an unbeaten 58 as South Africa reached 100-0 at lunch on the first day of the second test against New Zealand on Saturday.
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