Cynthia Johnston

Egypt considers mass pigs cull over swine flu fears

Egypt is considering culling hundreds of thousands of pigs as a precautionary measure as swine flu nears the borders of the country.

Summit tries to overcome Zim divisions

An African Union summit on Tuesday tried to overcome divisions on how to deal with the re-election of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe.

Zambian president rushed to hospital in Egypt

Zambia's President Levy Mwanawasa was rushed to hospital in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Sunday after a health emergency.

AU: Africa must unite to tackle rising food prices

African states have been urged unite to reduce the impact of soaring food prices that have hit their citizens harder than the rest of the world.

US envoy talks of ‘apocalypse’ in Sudan town

Burned and looted huts stretch as far as the eye can see in Sudan's oil-rich town of Abyei, now empty of civilians, the United States special envoy to Sudan, Richard Williamson, said on Saturday. Williamson, who toured Abyei on Friday, said he saw ''scorched earth'' devastation in the town where heavy fighting last month sent tens of thousands of civilians fleeing.

Egypt delays Brotherhood verdict, arrests 17

An Egyptian military court has delayed by a month a verdict on 40 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood who face charges of belonging to a banned group, Brotherhood officials said on Tuesday. Brotherhood lawyer Abdel Moniem Abdel Maqsoud said the court set March 25 as the new date for a verdict for the men.

Egypt’s Baháí’s win court fight over identity papers

An Egyptian court granted Baháí's the right to obtain government identity papers on Tuesday, so long as they omit their faith, in an important ruling for members of unrecognised religions. Sources said the court had ruled that Egyptian Bahá'í Raouf Hindy could obtain identity documents for his teenage twins by putting a dash in the religion line.

Rare glimpse of Tutankhamun’s mummy

Egypt put the mummy of the boy pharaoh Tutankhamun on display in his tomb in the Valley of the Kings on Sunday, giving visitors their first chance to see the face of a ruler who died more than 3 000 years ago. The mummy's face has high cheekbones and cracked and blackened skin with an intact nose.

UN: 110 000 displaced in Darfur in early 2007

More than 110 000 people were displaced in Sudan's war-ravaged Darfur in the first three months of 2007 as armed confrontations pitting rebels against government forces and their allies continued, a United Nations report said. Those confrontations included a renewal of air attacks, militia attacks on civilians and increasingly violent inter-tribal fighting.

UN: 110 000 displaced in Darfur in early 2007

More than 110 000 people were displaced in Sudan's war-ravaged Darfur in the first three months of 2007 as armed confrontations pitting rebels against government forces and their allies continued, a United Nations report said. Those confrontations included a renewal of air attacks, militia attacks on civilians and increasingly violent inter-tribal fighting.

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