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Egyptian judge, declared wanted for allegedly killing wife, arrested, charged with murder

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A leading Egyptian judge who is the Deputy Chairman of Egypt’s powerful Council of State, Judge Ayman Hajjaj, who was declared wanted for allegedly killing his TV presenter wife, Shaimaa Gamal, has been arrested and charged along with another suspect, of first-degree murder.

The Egyptian police on Tuesday, declared a manhunt for Hajjaj after he disappeared following the murder of Gamal inside a villa farm in one of the cities of Giza Governorate earlier this month.

However, the Egyptian Public Prosecution, in a statement on Friday, said the judge was arrested on Thursday at a hideout and has ordered his detention for four days pending investigation over the murder of the popular journalist.

The Public Prosecution also announced launching a probe into the murder of Gamal following a tip by an unnamed person who expressed willingness to give his testimony about the incident, saying he maintained a close relationship with the husband of Gamal.

The person said the husband was involved in the murder of Gamal over difference between them, affirming that he watched the circumstances of the murder and knows the place where Gamal is buried, the statement said.

The prosecution said it then obtained a permission from the judicial authority where the husband works to start investigations against him in the incident and ordered his arrest after following Hajjaj’s itinerary on the day of the murder and found the body of the victim after being guided by the person who said that he watched the crime.

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Guinean demonstrators hit UN building in Brussels, Belgium over junta’s anti-protest policy

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Guinean opposition coalition have staged a demonstration in front of European Union (EU) buildings in Brussels, Belgium on Sunday in reaction against the ruling junta’s decision to ban public protest.

An order by the ruling military junta in Guinea suspended a major collective, National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (NFDC) that has been protesting against it.

According to document signed by Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, Mory Condé, “the de facto grouping known as the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution is dissolved” and “this order (…) takes effect from the date of its signature.”

“The country or death!” organizers exhorted the crowd, which was watched over by a small contingent of Belgian police.

The rally demanded the exit of junta leader Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who overthrew former president Alpha Conde in September last year.

“We are going to try and tell authorities here (in the EU) that, no, it’s not working in Guinea, no, there has been treason,” said one Guinean civil society activist, Naby Laye Camara.

“They (the CNRD) haven’t come for democracy, they have effectively come to confiscate power and even the liberty of people,” he said.

The decision to suspend the pressure group has been criticized by the opposition. Cellou Dalein Diallo, who is the main Guinean opponent under former president Alpha Conde, condemned the decision, and rated it “a blow to freedom, justice, democracy and peace” on social networks.

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Somali government receives food aid from UAE as dought worsens

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE), has donated 40 containers of food aid to Somalia as severe drought and famine continue to ravage the Horn of Africa country.

Somali state media which confirmed the receipt of the food aid on Sunday, said the items which also include medical supplies, arrived on Saturday and would be distributed to millions of people who have so far displaced by the drought.

In a handover ceremony that took place in Mogadishu’s seaport, government officials said it received much-needed humanitarian assistance from the UAE in the presence of senior Somali government officials.

UAE Ambassador to Somalia Mohamed al-Othmani, who spoke at the handover said the food supplies include more than 1,000 metric tons sent by the UAE Red Crescent, meant to help Somalia fight the drought that has devastated the country.

“We are handing over a thousand tons of aid to the Somali government. You know that earlier this year the UAE donated 35 million Dirham, $9.5 million, to the Somali government,” al-Othmani said.

Somalia’s state Minister for the office of the Prime Minister, Hirsi Jama Gani, who spoke on behalf on the government, said the country welcomed the assistance and thanked the UAE for helping Somalia’s drought relief efforts.

“We thank UAE for this and previous assistance meant to help drought-affected people. We know the situation that our people are in who are in a middle of drought and calling other parties and Somalis to join the efforts to reach people in need,” Gani said.

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