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Pregnant bride, fiance among eight dead in Lagos boat tragedy

A pregnant bride-to-be and her fiance were killed, along with another expectant mother, a small girl and four men, when a passenger boat sank in Lagos, Nigeria's emergency services said Thursday. The boat capsized after hitting a rock Wednesday evening, Ibrahim Farinloye of the National Emergency Management Agency told AFP. "Eight people lost their lives while we were able to rescue 12 others," he said. One of the two pregnant women who died was due to get married in 10 days' time. Her fiance also lost his life, said Farinloye.

Lagos boat accident kills eight

A passenger boat sank after hitting a rock in Lagos, killing eight people, the Nigerian emergency services said Thursday, in the latest such accident in three weeks. "The boat capsized after hitting a rock ... around 6:00 pm (1700 GMT) yesterday," Ibrahim Farinloye of the National Emergency Management Agency told AFP. "Eight people lost their lives while we were able to rescue 12 others," he said.

Egypt to pass new 'anti-terrorism' law: ministers

CAIRO (Reuters) - Senior Egyptian ministers said they would pass legislation on Thursday "connected to confronting terrorism", in a statement released hours after three explosions killed two people in Cairo. The statement from a high-level security committee including the prime minister and ministers of defense and interior, did not go into further details on the contents of the law. It said the bill would be presented to the cabinet for approval.

Police patrol Kenyan port after Muslim cleric's murder

Armed police patrolled the streets of Kenya's port city Mombasa on Wednesday following the assassination of a prominent radical Muslim cleric who was buried as a martyr. But Kenya's second city -- a key transport hub for East Africa and a popular tourist destination -- was reported calm, with the slain cleric's mosque having broadcast appeals for restraint among his supporters. Killings of other radical clerics in recent years have led to running battles between police and Muslim youths.

Qatar emir visits Sudan at time of Gulf tensions

Qatar's emir held talks in Sudan on Wednesday at a time of strained ties with his country's Gulf neighbours over its perceived support for the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani was greeted at Khartoum airport by Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, for what an analyst called a meeting of two regionally-isolated regimes. The leaders held talks at a conference centre along the Blue Nile before Sheikh Tamim left Khartoum after a visit of around three hours.

Qatar emir visits Sudan at time of Gulf tensions

Qatar's emir held talks in Sudan on Wednesday at a time of strained ties with his country's Gulf neighbours over its perceived support for the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani was greeted at Khartoum airport by Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, for what an analyst called a meeting of two regionally-isolated regimes. The leaders held talks at a conference centre along the Blue Nile, an AFP reporter said, before Sheikh Tamim left Khartoum after a visit of around three hours.

Qatar emir visits Sudan at time of Gulf tensions

Qatar's emir held talks in Sudan on Wednesday at a time of strained ties with his country's Gulf neighbours over its perceived support for the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani was greeted at Khartoum airport by Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, at the start of what an analyst called a meeting of two regionally-isolated regimes. The leaders then held talks at a conference centre along the Blue Nile, an AFP reporter said.

1 dead in Cairo anti-police bomb attacks

Two bombs struck police posts near Cairo University in the centre of Egypt's capital on Wednesday, killing at least one person, a health ministry official said. A police general at the scene told AFP that the bombs were concealed in a tree between two small police posts. ht-se/jds/hc

Two blasts in central Cairo: state TV, witnesses

Two large explosions were heard near Cairo University in the centre of the Egyptian capital on Wednesday, state television and witnesses said. The cause of the blasts was not immediately clear, but militants have carried out bomb attacks in a campaign against the military-installed government. se/jds/hc

Hardline Kenyan Muslim cleric shot dead

A hardline Kenyan Muslim cleric was shot dead in the port city of Mombasa on Tuesday, said an AFP reporter who saw his bloody corpse, as rioting erupted in response. It was not clear who had killed Abubaker Shariff Ahmed, better known as Makaburi, who was on UN sanctions lists accused of being a "leading facilitator and recruiter of young Kenyan Muslims for violent militant activity in Somalia", and for having "strong ties" with senior members of Somalia's Al-Shebab Islamist insurgency.
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