- The Scottish government has received an official request by the Libyan authorities for the transfer of the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing.
The application for the transfer of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was lodged following last week's ratification of a prisoner transfer agreement by the United Kingdom and Libyan governments.
However, the Scottish officials have quashed hopes that the application will received an automtic granting, saying the matter is yet to be reviewed, with a recommendation to be made to the authorities.
Mr al-Megrahi who was convicted in 2001 of carrying out the 1988 bombing of a Pan-Am flight 103, which claimed 270 lives, had already started a second appeal against his conviction, having lost the first one.
Under the terms of the prisoner transfer agreement, it is thought the process could take about 90 days - although it could take longer if further information is required.
The 57-year-old, who is reported terminally ill with prostate cancer, is yet to conclude his appeal before five judges in Edinburgh, even though it has been reported that the Scottish system does allow a ministerial consideration while the hearing continues.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.