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The Africa Report: 19 August

EWN’s Africa correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news

Reporters run for cover during clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi, and police in Cairo on August 14, 2013. Picture: AFP.

DEATH TOLL CONTINUES TO RISE IN EGYPT

The latest Egyptian government figures report at least 830 people have died since the security crackdown on protestors began on Wednesday.

The man who is effectively running the troubled nation, General Sisi, says there is room for everyone in Egypt, both pro-military and Muslim Brotherhood supporters, but that the army will confront any violence aimed at them or civilians.

On Sunday, 600 supporters of ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, and the Muslim Brotherhood were transported to jail from two protestation sites.

When one of the guards of a truck carrying arrestees was overwhelmed by the would-be prisoners, police reacted, teargasing the truck. Some 36 Brotherhood supporters died inside of suffocation.

As international condemnation of Egypt's worst bloodletting in recent times continues, the European Union will on Monday meet to coordinate their response to the violence, threatening the withdrawal of their aid to the influential Arab state.

CANDIDACY OF MADAGASCAR'S BIG NAMES BARRED

Madagascar's electoral court has barred major candidates from participating in the upcoming elections, claiming this is the only way in which a transparent and credible election can be ensured.

Coup leader and incumbent President, Andry Rajoelina, is one of the high-profile candidates whom the court has disqualified from the presidential elections alleged to take place on August 23rd.

Lalao Ravalomanana, wife of Rajoelina's long-time rival, ousted Marc Ravalomanana - who is now a resident of South Africa - has also been excluded from the presidential race.

Former president, Didier Ratsiraka, is the final high-profile name to be disqualified from the race by the electoral court.

Both the African Union and the Southern African Development Community have welcomed the court's decision to clean up the list of candidates.

PRINCE HARRY IRRITATED BY LACK OF DEMINING IN ANGOLA

Following in the footsteps of his mother, Prince Harry returned to Angola with the HALO Trust charity to view the landmine clearance work done by the charity championed by the late Princess Diana.

Prince Harry was reportedly irritated by the lack of work being done by the guilty nations to demine the area.

He visited Cuito Cuanavale, the most densely mined town in Africa, which saw immense violence during Angola's 1975 - 2002 civil war.

About 21,000 landmines have been cleared but officials reckon it will take at least 19 years to demine affected areas completely.