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Nigerians starved of power turn their sights to solar

Posted by on 21/02/2017
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Nigerians starved of power turn their sights to solar

Nigerians starved of power turn their sights to solar

JOHANNESBURG: The surprise was finding that people dependent on candles, batteries, kerosene and fuel for generators in countries without a secure supply of electricity spend more on power than solar options. The founders of Dutch company Lumos knew they could do better. In Nigeria, for the cost of powering a small generator for two hours […]

South Sudan ‘suffering a man-made’ tragedy

Posted by on 20/02/2017
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South Sudan ‘suffering a man-made’ tragedy

South Sudan ‘suffering a man-made’ tragedy

100,000 people affected by the famine JUBA: South Sudan yesterday declared famine in some parts of the country, with more than three years of war leaving nearly five million hungry in what aid groups called a “man-made” tragedy. Isaiah Chol Aruai, chairman of South Sudan’s National Bureau of Statistics, said some parts of the northern […]

Blast in Somalia kills 15 in Mogadishu marketplace

Posted by on 19/02/2017
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Blast in Somalia kills 15 in Mogadishu marketplace

Blast in Somalia kills 15 in Mogadishu marketplace

MOGADISHU: A Somali police officer says a blast at a busy market in the western part of Somalia’s capital killed at least 15 people. Capt Mohamed Hussein said the powerful blast thought to be from a car bomb tore through shops and food stands in Mogadishu’s Madina district yesterday. He said the bomb also wounded […]

Tanzania stops 40 health centers from offering AIDS services

Posted by on 19/02/2017
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Tanzania stops 40 health centers from offering AIDS services

Tanzania stops 40 health centers from offering AIDS services

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania: Tanzania’s government has stopped 40 privately run health centers from providing AIDS-related services, accusing them of catering to homosexuals in a country where gay sex is criminalized. It is the latest move by this East African country to crack down on the activities of homosexuals. The government believes that non-governmental organizations […]

Tanzania threatens to publish ‘list of gay people’

Posted by on 18/02/2017
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Tanzania threatens to publish ‘list of gay people’

Tanzania threatens to publish ‘list of gay people’

DAR ES SALAAM: Tanzania yesterday announced plans to publish a list of gay people allegedly selling sex online-just days after shutting dozens of AIDS clinics accused of promoting homosexuality. The country’s deputy health minister Hamisi Kigwangalla said on Twitter that the government was investigating “the homosexuality syndicate” and would arrest and prosecute those involved in […]

Kenya jails doctors’ officials as strike drama deepens

Posted by on 13/02/2017
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Kenya jails doctors’ officials as strike drama deepens

Kenya jails doctors’ officials as strike drama deepens

NAIROBI: A Kenyan court yesterday jailed seven union officials for a month over a doctor’s strike that has crippled public hospitals for 10 weeks. The sentencing prompted the union to say it was calling off talks with the government. With national elections due in August, the strike is fast-becoming a hot issue for President Uhuru […]

Kenya court blocks closing of world’s biggest refugee camp

Posted by on 09/02/2017
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Kenya court blocks closing of world’s biggest refugee camp

Kenya court blocks closing of world’s biggest refugee camp

Internal security minister abuses power NAIROBI: Kenyan court ruled yesterday that the government must not close the world’s largest refugee camp and send more than 200,000 people back to wartorn Somalia, a decision that eases pressure on Somalis who feared the camp would close by the end of May. Kenya’s internal security minister abused his […]

Power, sex, slaves: Nigeria battles the beliefs of Boko Haram’s brides

Posted by on 08/02/2017
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Power, sex, slaves: Nigeria battles the beliefs of Boko Haram’s brides

Power, sex, slaves: Nigeria battles the beliefs of Boko Haram’s brides

MAIDUGURI: Changing her son’s nappy, a wry smile flickered across Aisha’s face as she recalled the power she wielded as the wife of a leading Boko Haram commander, living in the jihadists’ forest stronghold in northeast Nigeria. “I had many slaves – they did everything for me,” the 25-year-old said, explaining how women and girls […]

Madonna adopts twin girls from Malawi

Posted by on 07/02/2017
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Madonna adopts twin girls from Malawi

Madonna adopts twin girls from Malawi

US superstar Madonna adopted two four-year-old twin girls from Malawi yesterday, a court official in Lilongwe told AFP, adding to two other children she previously adopted from the country. Just two weeks ago, the singer denied that she was involved in any adoption application in Malawi after news of her court case first emerged. “I […]

Morocco king hails ‘return home’ to AU after 33 years

Posted by on 31/01/2017
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Morocco king hails ‘return home’ to AU after 33 years

Morocco king hails ‘return home’ to AU after 33 years

ADDIS ABABA: “I am finally home”, King Mohammed VI said yesterday as the African Union readmitted Morocco after a 33-year absence, deferring the issue of Western Sahara for another day. Morocco’s return came a day after 39 of the AU’s 54 member states agreed to allow it back in the fold, despite stiff resistance from […]

Gambia’s new president returns, new era begins

Posted by on 26/01/2017
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Gambia’s new president returns, new era begins

Gambia’s new president returns, new era begins

Troops to stay for six months to provide security BANJUL: Gambia’s President Adama Barrow is finally returning home yesterday, solidifying his position as the country’s first new commander in chief in two decades after a political crisis that sent the previous ruler into exile. Barrow was scheduled to arrive in Gambia at 4 pm (16:00 […]

28 killed in Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel

Posted by on 26/01/2017
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28 killed in Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel

28 killed in Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel

MOGADISHU: Twenty-eight people were killed yesterday when Al-Shabaab fighters attacked a popular Mogadishu hotel, setting off two car bombs and opening fire on security guards, according to the city’s main ambulance service. The attack, claimed by the Al-Qaeda-aligned Shabaab insurgents, began when a car loaded with explosives rammed the gate of the Dayah Hotel near […]

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