Four Algerian siblings jailed for Bouteflika-era graft Sep 24, 2020 0 298 12345 AFPAlgiersAn Algerian court on Wednesday sentenced four siblings, from a family close to ex-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, to hefty prison terms for corruption under his rule, state media reported. The Kouninef siblings had been found guilty on earlier this month on charges including exerting undue influence and obtaining unfair advantages, money laundering, embezzlement of land and breaches of public works contracts. Their family owns KouGC Group, a firm specialising in civil engineering, hydraulics and construction. The company had repeatedly secured public sector contracts under the rule of Bouteflika, who resigned last April under pressure from unprecedented protests against his bid to serve a fifth term after two decades in power. On Monday, brothers Reda, Noah-Tarek and Abdelkader-Karim Kouninef received prison sentences of 16, 15 and 12 years respectively, the official APS news agency reported. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES 23 killed after oil tanker explosion in Nigeria Sep 24, 2020 0 260 Arab leaders voice alarm at UN over Iran tensions Sep 24, 2020 0 700 Taliban kill 28 police in southern Afghanistan Sep 24, 2020 0 2835 Freed Taliban prisoners returning to battlefield: Top Afghan official DPA Kabul A number of Taliban prisoners recently released by the Afghan government ahead of peace talks with the militia have returned to the battlefield, a high-ranking Afghan official said on Tuesday. Abdullah .. Heavy monsoon rains cause flooding, disrupt transport in Mumbai NEW DELHI: Heavy monsoon rains lashed India’s financial capital of Mumbai, disrupting road and rail traffic and flooding low-lying areas of the city, officials said on Wednesday. Mumbai received 286.4 millimetres of .. South Sudan govt figures embezzled $36 mn: UN panel AFP Geneva High-ranking politicians and bureaucrats in South Sudan have siphoned off at least $36 million in public funds, sometimes with the connivance of international corporations and banks, a UN commission said on .. Iraqi president calls for help in returning displaced Yezidis DPA Cairo Iraqi President Barham Salih has called for all efforts to be put towards returning people who were displaced when Islamic State overran large parts of his country years ago, including Yezidi women who are still .. Israeli delegation in Manama for first talks after signing deal MANAMA: An Israeli delegation conducted official talks in Bahrain on Wednesday, the first visit by diplomats from that country since the Gulf kingdom signed a deal normalising ties with Israel last week. “Talks were .. Philippines’ COVID-19 death toll tops 5,000 MANILA: The Philippines’ death toll from the coronavirus outbreak topped 5,000, while the country’s caseload rose to more than 294,000, the government said on Wednesday. The Department of Health reported 44 .. UN slashes health care in Yemen due to lack of funding AFP Sanaa The United Nations said on Wednesday that critical aid had been cut at 300 health centres across war-ravaged Yemen due to a lack of funding, with lifesaving food handouts also reduced. Between April and August, ..