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60 feared dead after pleasure boat sinks

Posted by on 25/11/2018
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60 feared dead after pleasure boat sinks

60 feared dead after pleasure boat sinks

30 bodies recovered in Uganda pleasure boat disaster KAMPALA: Thirty people drowned and more than 60 were feared dead after a pleasure boat sank in Lake Victoria, Ugandan police said yesterday, in the latest such incident on Africa’s largest body of water. “Thirty bodies have been recovered and 27 people rescued,” said police spokesperson Zura […]

Militant attack kills 12 in north Mozambique

Posted by on 25/11/2018
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Militant attack kills 12 in north Mozambique

Militant attack kills 12 in north Mozambique

MAPUTO: Twelve people have been killed in a suspected Islamist militant attack in northern Mozambique, with thousands of villagers fleeing into neighboring Tanzania, police sources said yesterday. Hardline Islamists have launched several attacks in the majority -Muslim province during the last year, stoking unrest just as Maputo pushes ahead with oil and gas development in […]

Islamic State claims 118 killed in self-styled ‘West Africa province’

Posted by on 24/11/2018
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Islamic State claims 118 killed in self-styled ‘West Africa province’

Islamic State claims 118 killed in self-styled ‘West Africa province’

At least 44 soldiers die in an attack near Niger border LAGOS: The Islamic State group has claimed to have killed 118 people in its self-styled West Africa province in the last week, after a series of attacks against military bases in northeast Nigeria that have raised fears of a resurgent Boko Haram. The Islamist […]

CAR militia leader ‘Colonel Rambo’ extradited to ICC

CAR militia leader ‘Colonel Rambo’ extradited to ICC

Posted by on 18/11/2018
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CAR militia leader ‘Colonel Rambo’ extradited to ICC

BANGUI: A former militia leader in the Central African Republic nicknamed “Colonel Rambo” was on Saturday extradited to The Hague to stand trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court. Currently a lawmaker, Alfred Yekatom’s extradition was the first of its kind from the CAR. Former army officer Yekatom, 43, […]

Tackle poverty and birth rate to end Boko Haram: emir

Posted by on 14/11/2018
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Tackle poverty and birth rate to end Boko Haram: emir

Tackle poverty and birth rate to end Boko Haram: emir

KANO: One of Nigeria’s leading and respected Islamic figures on Tuesday renewed calls to tackle endemic poverty and rapid population growth to help end deadly Boko Haram violence. More than 27,000 people have been killed since the start of the insurgency in the country’s remote northeast in 2009 and 1.8 million are still homeless. Nigeria’s […]

Somalia blasts leave 20 dead

Posted by on 10/11/2018
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Somalia blasts leave 20 dead

Somalia blasts leave 20 dead

MOGADISHU: About 20 people were killed and dozens wounded Friday in a string of explosions near a popular hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police said. “We are getting (information that) about 20 people died in the attack and more than 40 others were wounded. Most of these people were civilians who were passing by […]

Boko Haram attacks kill 12 in northern Nigeria

Posted by on 01/11/2018
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Boko Haram attacks kill 12 in northern Nigeria

Boko Haram attacks kill 12 in northern Nigeria

KANO: At least 12 civilians were killed in multiple Boko Haram jihadist attacks targeting two villages and a camp for those displaced by the bloody conflict in northeastern Nigeria, civilian militia and residents said yesterday. Jihadists in seven trucks late on Wednesday attacked Bulaburin and Kofa villages as well as a camp in Dalori village […]

Tunisian woman suicide bomber a jobless graduate

Posted by on 31/10/2018
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Tunisian woman suicide bomber a jobless graduate

Tunisian woman suicide bomber a jobless graduate

TUNIS: A woman who blew herself up on a busy street of the Tunisian capital this week has been identified as an unemployed graduate, the prosecution said yesterday. Mna Guebla detonated a bomb Monday near a gathering of police cars in Tunis’ upmarket Avenue Habib Bourguiba, wounding 15 officers and two teenagers in the first […]

Raped then jailed: Mauritanian women fight to end victim blaming

Posted by on 30/10/2018
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Raped then jailed: Mauritanian women fight to end victim blaming

Raped then jailed: Mauritanian women fight to end victim blaming

Khady knew the man who waited outside her house one evening, followed her down a dark street and put his hand over her mouth. She had refused his offer of marriage several months before. The assault that followed is a blur. The 26-year-old fell pregnant, and five months later she was jailed for breaking Mauritania’s […]

Woman bomber wounds 9 in first Tunisia suicide attack since 2015

Posted by on 29/10/2018
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Woman bomber wounds 9 in first Tunisia suicide attack since 2015

Woman bomber wounds 9 in first Tunisia suicide attack since 2015

TUNIS: A woman suicide bomber blew herself up near police vehicles on a busy street in the centre of the Tunisian capital yesterday after a three-year break in such attacks, injuring at least nine people, the interior ministry said. Ministry spokesman Sofiene Zaag told AFP that all but one of the casualties were police, after […]

Ethiopia appoints first female president

Posted by on 25/10/2018
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Ethiopia appoints first female president

Ethiopia appoints first female president

As Ethiopia reforms, ethnic violence spreads ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopia yesterday appointed a woman to the largely ceremonial position of president for the first time, further increasing female representation in the government of Africa’s second most populous nation. In a unanimous vote, Ethiopian lawmakers picked career diplomat Sahle-Work Zewde, 68, to replace Mulatu Teshome who resigned […]

‘Holy plant’: Cannabis legalization delights South African pot users

Posted by on 24/10/2018
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‘Holy plant’: Cannabis legalization delights South African pot users

‘Holy plant’: Cannabis legalization delights South African pot users

‘We were given this holy plant by the ancestors’ JOHANNESBURG: A bucket containing a soupy green mixture sits under a table in Nduna Ewrong-Nxumalo’s consultation room in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic hub. The traditional healer, or sangoma, has trusted and prescribed the pungent mixture — cannabis tea — to his patients for years. “We […]