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35 die in bombings at Benghazi mosque

Posted by on 24/01/2018
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35 die in bombings at Benghazi mosque

35 die in bombings at Benghazi mosque

Bombers blow up two cars 30 minutes apart BENGHAZI: More than 35 people were dead and dozens wounded after two car bombings outside a mosque frequented by jihadist opponents in Libya’s second city Benghazi, medical officials said yesterday. The attack after evening prayers on Tuesday underlined the continued chaos in Libya, which has been wracked […]

Congolese forces kill six while dispersing anti-Kabila protest

Posted by on 22/01/2018
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Congolese forces kill six while dispersing anti-Kabila protest

Congolese forces kill six while dispersing anti-Kabila protest

KINSHASA: Congolese security forces shot dead at least six people and wounded dozens more as they fired tear gas to disperse a protest against President Joseph Kabila organized by the Catholic Church on Sunday, a UN peacekeeping mission in the country said. Kabila’s refusal to step down at the end of his mandate in December […]

South Africa’s Ramaphosa piles pressure on president

Posted by on 18/01/2018
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South Africa’s Ramaphosa piles pressure on president

South Africa’s Ramaphosa piles pressure on president

President Zuma under pressure to resign JOHANNESBURG: South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday called on prosecutors to act urgently in pursuit of a firm owned by friends of scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma, as pressure mounted on him to step down. Ramaphosa succeeded Zuma as head of the ruling African National Congress last month, making […]

Fake medicines flourish in Africa despite killing thousands

Posted by on 17/01/2018
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Fake medicines flourish in Africa despite killing thousands

Fake medicines flourish in Africa despite killing thousands

ABIDJAN: There’s nothing covert about Roxy-a huge market in Abidjan selling counterfeit medicine, the scourge of Africa and the cause of around 100,000 deaths annually on the world’s poorest continent. Located in the bustling Adjame quarter of Ivory Coast’s main city and commercial hub, the haven for fake medicine has been targeted time and again […]

Abducted Chibok girls ‘vow’ not to return to parents

Posted by on 15/01/2018
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Abducted Chibok girls ‘vow’ not to return to parents

Abducted Chibok girls ‘vow’ not to return to parents

KANO: Islamist militants Boko Haram yesterday released a new video purporting to show at least 14 of the Chibok schoolgirls whose mass kidnapping nearly four years ago became a symbol of Nigeria’s brutal conflict. But despite a concerted global campaign for their release, and talks between the government and the militants, the girls shown in […]

ANC leader vows to ‘restore credibility’ after Zuma scandals

Posted by on 13/01/2018
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ANC leader vows to ‘restore credibility’ after Zuma scandals

ANC leader vows to ‘restore credibility’ after Zuma scandals

EAST LONDON: The new head of South Africa’s ruling ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa, pledged yesterday to “restore the credibility” of the party after a spate of graft scandals involving President Jacob Zuma. Zuma was replaced as party chief by his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa in December with the new leader facing an uphill task to recover public […]

Tunisia deploys army, makes 300 arrests as violence rages

Posted by on 11/01/2018
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Tunisia deploys army, makes 300 arrests as violence rages

Tunisia deploys army, makes 300 arrests as violence rages

Protesters burn down security headquarters TUNIS: Tunisian protesters burned down a regional national security headquarters near the Algerian border, prompting authorities to send in troops after police retreated, witnesses said, as unrest over prices and taxes continued nationwide. Over 300 protesters were arrested overnight and the army was deployed in several cities to help quell […]

15,000 Cameroonian refugees flee to Nigeria amid crackdown

Posted by on 11/01/2018
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15,000 Cameroonian refugees flee to Nigeria amid crackdown

15,000 Cameroonian refugees flee to Nigeria amid crackdown

Move poses biggest challenge to President Paul Biya ABUJA: More than 15,000 Cameroonian refugees have fled to Nigeria amid a crackdown on Anglophone separatists, the United Nations (UN) refugee agency and Nigerian government officials said yesterday. The once-fringe English-speaking movement in majority French-speaking Cameroon has gathered pace in the last few months after a military […]

Woman bit rapist penis

Posted by on 10/01/2018
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Woman bit rapist penis

Woman bit rapist penis

JOHANNESBURG: A woman in South Africa bit the penis of a man who raped her in front of her five-year-old child, police said yesterday as they searched for the “severely injured” attacker. The pregnant woman was hitch-hiking with her child in the northeastern province of Mpumalanga on Monday when two men gave her a lift, […]

In rural Senegal, seeds of hope for working women

Posted by on 10/01/2018
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In rural Senegal, seeds of hope for working women

In rural Senegal, seeds of hope for working women

In Nganda, a rural community in remote Senegal close to the Gambian border, restaurant owner Aissatou Tisse is carving out a reputation for tasty homemade, locally grown food. About 100 kilometers (60 miles) away in the village of Niakhar, handicapped Daba Dione feeds her family by raising chickens on a modest smallholding. Thanks to a […]

Dozen dead in S Africa train crash

Posted by on 04/01/2018
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Dozen dead in S Africa train crash

Dozen dead in S Africa train crash

JOHANNESBURG: More than a dozen people were killed and hundreds were feared injured after a train struck a lorry, derailed and burst into flames in South Africa yesterday. Footage from television news showed fire engulfing one of the train’s carriages after the accident, which occurred as it travelled between Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg. Transport Minister […]

Gunmen kill 14 churchgoers in brutal Nigeria shooting

Posted by on 02/01/2018
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Gunmen kill 14 churchgoers in brutal Nigeria shooting

Gunmen kill 14 churchgoers in brutal Nigeria shooting

WARRI: Gunmen killed at least 14 churchgoers returning from a midnight service on Monday in Nigeria’s Rivers State, a police source told AFP, the latest violence to hit the oil-rich region. “The gunmen opened fire on a set of worshippers at about 12:30 am on Monday,” said Ugochi Olugbo, a relative of one of the […]