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To keep girls in school, Ethiopians opening up about menstruation

Posted by on 16/11/2017
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To keep girls in school, Ethiopians opening up about menstruation

To keep girls in school, Ethiopians opening up about menstruation

Girls are left to muddle through puberty SHENO: There’s one room at the Sheno primary school in rural Ethiopia that’s different from all the others, starting with the sign over the door reading: “Menstruation is a gift from God.” Inside this converted classroom, boys and girls gather in what some pupils call the “girls’ club” […]

Mugabe under house arrest as military takes control

Posted by on 15/11/2017
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Mugabe under house arrest as military takes control

Mugabe under house arrest as military takes control

HARARE: Zimbabwe’s military was in control of the country yesterday as President Robert Mugabe said he was under house arrest, although generals denied staging a coup. Mugabe’s decades-long grip on power appeared to be fading as military vehicles blocked roads outside the parliament in Harare and senior soldiers delivered a late-night television address to the […]

Jailed in UAE over Tramadol, Indian workers seek mercy

Posted by on 14/11/2017
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Jailed in UAE over Tramadol, Indian workers seek mercy

Jailed in UAE over Tramadol, Indian workers seek mercy

Tanzanian domestic workers raped and abused in Gulf JAGTIAL, India: When Lakshmi Motam sent 20 tramadol tablets from her south Indian village to her laborer husband in Dubai, she didn’t realize the pain relief pills would land him in jail. Tramadol, a synthetic opioid painkiller that her husband used for his aches and pains was […]

IS corpses in refrigerated containers

Posted by on 14/11/2017
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IS corpses in refrigerated containers

IS corpses in refrigerated containers

MISRATA: Hundreds of corpses of Islamic State fighters have lain stored for the past year in a row of refrigerated containers in the Libyan city of Misrata awaiting a final decision on their fate. “The temperature must be kept at between -18 and -20 (Celsius, 0.4 to -4 Fahrenheit) for the bodies to remain conserved,” […]

Why Niger, Mali’s cattle herders turned to jihad

Posted by on 12/11/2017
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Why Niger, Mali’s cattle herders turned to jihad

Why Niger, Mali’s cattle herders turned to jihad

Arms, conflict opened door to Qaeda, then Islamic State NIAMEY: When Doundou Chefou first took up arms as a youth a decade ago, it was for the same reason as many other ethnic Fulani herders along the Niger-Mali border: to protect his livestock. He had nothing against the Republic of Niger, let alone the United […]

476-carat gem found

Posted by on 12/11/2017
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476-carat gem found

476-carat gem found

FREETOWN: Sierra Leone said yesterday miners had unearthed a huge 476-carat diamond, eight months after an even more valuable find in the country’s diamond-rich east. It appears to be the 29th largest diamond ever found, according to experts, but it is unclear what the hefty stone might be worth. The latest discovery came, as did […]

Numerous water shortages parching Moroccan towns, prompt protests

Posted by on 05/11/2017
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Numerous water shortages parching Moroccan towns, prompt protests

Numerous water shortages parching Moroccan towns, prompt protests

Experts blame growing populations and climate change MARRAKECH: Taps are running dry in southern Morocco, and the government is searching for solutions after people took to parched streets in anger. Experts blame poor crop choices, growing populations and climate change for the water shortages in towns like Zagora, which saw repeated protests for access to […]

Burundi bans women from playing traditional drums

Posted by on 02/11/2017
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Burundi bans women from playing traditional drums

Burundi bans women from playing traditional drums

Burundi’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza, has introduced strict controls over the country’s renowned drumming rituals, banning female drummers and limiting the sacred tradition to official events. “It is strictly forbidden to those of the female sex to beat drums. They can however carry out female folk dances accompanying the drums,” read a decree seen by AFP […]

15 million teenage girls forced into sex

Posted by on 01/11/2017
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15 million teenage girls forced into sex

15 million teenage girls forced into sex

LONDON: At least 15 million teenage girls worldwide have been forced into sex – often by partners, relatives or friends – yet only one in 100 sought help, the United Nations said yesterday. Cameroon had the highest rate of sexual violence, with one in six teenage girls experiencing forced sex, the UN’s children’s agency (UNICEF) […]

Somali government sacks security chiefs as attack death toll hits 27

Posted by on 29/10/2017
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Somali government sacks security chiefs as attack death toll hits 27

Somali government sacks security chiefs as attack death toll hits 27

Shabaab gunmen stage coordinated bomb attacks MOGADISHU: The death toll from a deadly attack on a hotel in Mogadishu rose to 27 yesterday, prompting the Somali government to sack its police and intelligence chiefs. The move came after Al-Qaeda aligned Shabaab gunmen staged coordinated bomb attacks Saturday outside the Nasa Hablod Hotel 2 before storming […]

Horror in South Africa: 141 mentally-ill patients perish

Posted by on 29/10/2017
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Horror in South Africa: 141 mentally-ill patients perish

Horror in South Africa: 141 mentally-ill patients perish

Evidence shows a litany of neglect, incompetence, cruelty   JOHANNESBURG: Weeks of grueling testimonies at an inquiry in South Africa have tried to answer an unfathomable question-how authorities allowed 141 mentally-ill patients to die after being moved out of a hospital. The evidence presented has been a litany of neglect, incompetence and cruelty that lawyer […]

One killed Kenya’s disputed election re-run turns violent

Posted by on 26/10/2017
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One killed Kenya’s disputed election re-run turns violent

One killed Kenya’s disputed election re-run turns violent

Boycotted by the opposition, shunned by voters NAIROBI: At least one person was shot dead yesterday during clashes over Kenya’s re-run election, which has been boycotted by the opposition and shunned by many voters, sparking a crisis that has polarised the east African hub. In stark contrast to the first ballot in August, which was […]