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Algeria Bars Syrians From Entering The Country

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Algeria Bars Syrians From Entering The Country

Algeria has barred all Syrians from entering the country via its Southern border with Mali and Niger to keep out members of defeated rebel groups from Syria deemed to pose a security risk.

Official in charge of migrants policy at the interior ministry -Hassen Kacimi, says Algeria has hosted 50,000 Syrians in the past few years for humanitarian reasons, alluding to refugees from Syria’s civil war, but says the country can not accept members of armed groups fleeing from Syria when it comes to security. He said, Syrians seeking refuge in Algeria were suspected to be Islamist militants and were not welcome.

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He said around a hundred had reached the southern border with the help of local armed escorts in recent weeks but were intercepted and expelled shortly after they slipped into the country.

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Algeria’s South and Southeast are largely empty desert regions but it has beefed up its security presence after neighbouring Libya and northern Mali and Niger fell into the hands of various militant and rebel factions.

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Omar Daf Extends Contract With Sochaux

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Sochaux Coach, Daf Extends Contract With Club

Forty one year-old former Senegal international defender Omar Daf has extended his contact as coach of French club Sochaux until June 2021.

Daf was appointed coach of the second division side last November.

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The former French champions are currently just two points above the relegation zone in Ligue 2 with 17 games left this season.

Earlier this week Sochaux signed former Liverpool and Mali midfielder, Momo Sissoko.

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Daf played 14 seasons for Sochaux across two spells, previously coached the club in an interim capacity in 2013 and 2015.

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France Extradites CAR Football Official Wanted By ICC

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France Extradites CAR Football Official Wanted By ICC

France has extradited to the Hague, a senior Central African Republic football official wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes committed in the C.A.R.

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A committee member of the Confederation of African Football  Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona, was arrested in Paris last month for coordinating attacks on Muslims in his country. He has denied the allegations.

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Patrice had declared himself political co-ordinator of the Christian anti-Balaka militia. The group has been blamed for hundreds of killings.  The ICC says Patrice was responsible for murder, torture and the recruitment of child soldiers.

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Ethiopia Arrests Former Minister Over Corruption Allegations

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Ethiopia Arrests Former Minister For Corruption Allegations

Ethiopian Former Minister, Bereket Simon has been arrested at his residence on suspicion of mismanagement of public funds.

Simon was a former Communication Minister, and was also a former head of a regional public investment fund. Simon was a member of Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

Zigale Gebeyehu, head of the regional anti-corruption bureau told local journalists that Bereket was detained on suspicion of corruption and now held in police custody in Bahir Dar city, the capital of the region.

Also arrested was a former civil servant, Tadesse Kassa, who was also a former board member of TIRET.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been pursuing a nationwide crackdown on graft in the public sector since taking office last year

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