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Oil-addicted Nigeria hopes for revival

Posted by on 18/06/2018
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Oil-addicted Nigeria hopes for revival

Oil-addicted Nigeria hopes for revival

ILESA: Locals have always known that a vast deposit of gold sits underneath the cocoa trees and towering thickets of bamboo in the tropical jungle of Osun state in southwest Nigeria. The country’s focus on oil has meant the gold has been ignored for decades. But the government is now looking to revive the moribund […]

Ethiopia lifts state of emergency as political crisis eases

Posted by on 05/06/2018
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Ethiopia lifts state of emergency as political crisis eases

Ethiopia lifts state of emergency as political crisis eases

ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopia yesterday cut short a state of emergency imposed after the resignation of the former prime minister, a move hailed as a positive sign the new government is breaking with the past. Parliament voted to lift the six-month decree early, citing the country’s “relative stability and calm” since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took […]

Lack of hope in S Sudan camps driving youth into gang crime

Posted by on 04/06/2018
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Lack of hope in S Sudan camps driving youth into gang crime

Lack of hope in S Sudan camps driving youth into gang crime

POC3 CAMP, Juba: Having twice escaped the clutches of South Sudanese rebels who forced him to fight with them, Puok Barar, a grinning 16-year-old in rubber flip-flops decorated with the word “LOVE”, has already confronted many of his worst fears. But in the PoC3 camp for people uprooted by violence and conflict, encircled by a […]

35 migrants dead after boat sinks off Tunisia coast

Posted by on 03/06/2018
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35 migrants dead after boat sinks off Tunisia coast

35 migrants dead after boat sinks off Tunisia coast

TUNIS: The bodies of 35 migrants have been recovered off Tunisia’s southern coast, the country’s defense ministry said yesterday, revising upwards an earlier government death toll. As of 1:00 pm, “35 bodies were recovered and 68 migrants rescued,” said Rachid Bouhoula, a spokesman for the ministry. The interior ministry reported a distress call on Saturday […]

Son found guilty of murdering family with axe

Posted by on 21/05/2018
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Son found guilty of murdering family with axe

Son found guilty of murdering family with axe

CAPE TOWN: A South African judge yesterday found a man guilty of killing his wealthy parents and brother in a frenzied axe attack that also left his sister severely injured. Henri van Breda, 23, had denied murdering his 21-year-old brother Rudi and parents Martin, 54, and Teresa, 55, and leaving his sister Marli struggling with […]

‘We don’t need men’: Widows and rebel wives rebuild Uganda

Posted by on 15/05/2018
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‘We don’t need men’: Widows and rebel wives rebuild Uganda

‘We don’t need men’: Widows and rebel wives rebuild Uganda

PAICHO, Uganda: At the entrance to a round mud and elephant-grass hut in rural northern Uganda, Rose Lamwaka, 58, pauses and looks up at the ceiling of her new dwelling as if she cannot quite believe it is really there. After her old home was burned down in a fire, a group of 15 local […]

Jews and Muslims celebrate an unusual coexistence in Djerba

Posted by on 14/05/2018
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Jews and Muslims celebrate an unusual coexistence in Djerba

Jews and Muslims celebrate an unusual coexistence in Djerba

Jewish population in Tunisia dwindled due to fear, poverty   DJERBA: Cyrine Ben Said, a Tunisian Muslim, carried candles and wrote her hopes for the future on an egg in religious ceremony at a synagogue on the southern island of Djerba. She wanted to share the rituals with her Jewish friends because, for her, Tunisia […]

Cameroon girls sell sex to survive after fleeing Boko Haram

Posted by on 10/05/2018
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Cameroon girls sell sex to survive after fleeing Boko Haram

Cameroon girls sell sex to survive after fleeing Boko Haram

MAROUA: Djamila lowers her eyes and nervously fiddles with the veil covering part of her face. She has bathed, put on her nicest clothes and is heading out to a busy crossroads called the “Old Manor” in Maroua, capital of Cameroon’s far north. This is where the 16-year-old meets her friends most nights not for […]

‘Sea of water’ from Kenya dam burst kills at least 47

Posted by on 10/05/2018
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‘Sea of water’ from Kenya dam burst kills at least 47

‘Sea of water’ from Kenya dam burst kills at least 47

Weeks of torrential rain in East Africa   SOLAI: A dam on a commercial flower farm in Kenya’s Rift Valley burst after weeks of torrential rain, unleashing a “sea of water” that careened down a hillside and smashed into two villages, killing at least 47 people. The walls of the reservoir, situated on top of […]

New outbreak of Ebola kills 17 in northwest DR Congo

Posted by on 09/05/2018
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New outbreak of Ebola kills 17 in northwest DR Congo

New outbreak of Ebola kills 17 in northwest DR Congo

WHO releases $1mn from emergency contingency fund KINSHASA: Seventeen people in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have died from Ebola, the health ministry said on Tuesday, describing the fresh outbreak as a “public health emergency with international impact.” “Twenty-one cases of fever with hemorrhagic indications and 17 deaths” have been recorded in Equateur province, […]

Kenyan herders turn to grazing app to cut drought risks

Posted by on 07/05/2018
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Kenyan herders turn to grazing app to cut drought risks

Kenyan herders turn to grazing app to cut drought risks

Afriscout app uses satellite images to identify surface water ARKAMANA, Kenya: During times of drought, herder Buchu Boru has to walk tens of kilometers in search of pasture for his animals – with no guarantee he will find it. “Somebody tells you by word of mouth that there is pasture but on arriving you don’t […]

Artificial limbs give hope to Boko Haram amputees

Posted by on 07/05/2018
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Artificial limbs give hope to Boko Haram amputees

Artificial limbs give hope to Boko Haram amputees

ICRC sets up limb-fitting workshop at Kano hospital KANO, Nigeria: Njidda Maidugu breaks into a broad smile as he wobbles on his artificial leg with the support of crutches as a nurse walks alongside, helping him to keep his balance. Maidugu, 35, never thought he would walk on two legs again after he lost his […]