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Death Toll Rises To Six, 22 Still Trapped At South Africa Coal Mine Gas Explosion

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Death Toll Rises To Six, 22 Still Trapped AT South Africa Coal Mine Gas Explosion

The death toll from an underground gas explosion at Gloria Coal Mine in South Africa’s eastern province of Mpumalanga has climbed to six. 22 are still trapped underground.  The explosion occurred on Wednesday when a group of suspected criminals were allegedly stealing copper cables at a shaft at an abandoned mine.

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Rescue efforts at the mine have been halted since Friday over safety concerns.

Miners are unclear about the identity of those currently trapped underground, although the police say that three of the deceased are Lesotho nationals and the fourth is a South African.

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The business rescue practitioners say they have paid the contractors to go in and repair the infrastructure, but will only do so when their safety is guaranteed.
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the situation remains tense, with family members of those trapped underground on one side of the mine, and miners on the other side.

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The mine owned by the Gupta Brothers, had been shut down when they found it difficult to continue doing business in South Africa following corruption allegations against them.

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African Summit Gives Sudan Military Three Months To Implement Reforms

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African Summit Gives Sudan Military Three Months To Implement Reforms

African leaders have agreed, at a meeting in Cairo on Tuesday, to give Sudan’s ruling military council three months to implement democratic reforms, and a quick restoration of the constitutional system through a political process, amid pressure for a handover of power to civilians.

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The decision extends a 15-day deadline set by the African Union last week for Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) to hand over power or be suspended from the A.U. TMC took over after president Omar Al-Bashir was ousted earlier this month.

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The TMC has been under pressure from demonstrators to hand power to civilians immediately.

Egypt`s Abdul Fatah Al Sisi, who holds the rotating African Union presidency, said at the end of the summit in Cairo, they have agreed on the need to give more time to Sudanese authorities and Sudanese parties to implement required measures.

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Mozambican Authorities Warn Of A Possible Tropical Storm Hit

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Mozambican Authorities Warn Of A Possible Tropical Storm Hit

Mozambican authorities have warned of a tropical storm that could hit the country this week, just one month after cyclone Idai ravaged the nation. The next organized tropical cyclone, to be named Kenneth could also affect Tanzania.

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The National Institute for Disaster Management’s spokesman, Paulo Tomás says, they will keep abreast of the evolution of the weather system.

Last month, cyclone Idai killed at least 960 people in parts of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving some 3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

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Egypt Voters Approve Referendum Extending President’s Rule

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Egypt Voters Approve Referendum Extending President's Rule

Egypt’s election commission has announced, 88% of voters had approved changes to the constitution that could allow president Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi stay in power until 2030. The amendments would also give the president new powers over the judiciary.

The commission says, voter turnout during the three-day referendum was nearly 44 and a half percent and almost 90 percent approved the amendments while 11.17 percent voted no.

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The amendments will extend Sisi’s current term to six years from four and allow him to run again for a third six-year term in 2024 and to appoint one or more vice presidents.

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His critics questioned the credibility of the turnout figure announced and are asking how can a constitution be changed to fit one person.

Sisi’s supporters say he has stabilized Egypt and needs more time to reform and develop the economy.

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After the announcement was made, Al-Sisi sent the message quote “I am your god.”

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