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DR Congo steps up arrests of South Sudan refugees to weed out rebels

Posted by on 27/12/2017
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DR Congo steps up arrests of South Sudan refugees to weed out rebels

DR Congo steps up arrests of South Sudan refugees to weed out rebels

Congolese authorities tighten the border   ABA: The Congolese army has stepped up arrests of South Sudanese refugees and tightened the border in a bid to block rebels from seeking sanctuary in its country, officials say. As hundreds fled into the Democratic Republic of Congo last week, after President Salva Kiir’s government army dislodged Riek […]

Long queues form across Nigeria petrol stations as shortage bites

Posted by on 27/12/2017
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Long queues form across Nigeria petrol stations as shortage bites

Long queues form across Nigeria petrol stations as shortage bites

Monster traffic jams clog up Nigeria this Christmas LAGOS: Long queues formed at petrol stations across Nigeria yesterday, with motorists sometimes waiting up to 24 hours to fill up their tanks, as Africa’s number one oil producer faces a crippling fuel shortage. “I couldn’t travel. I would have loved to travel to Osun State (north […]

Turning e-waste into art at Ghana’s toxic dump

Posted by on 27/12/2017
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Turning e-waste into art at Ghana’s toxic dump

Turning e-waste into art at Ghana’s toxic dump

People think we are bad because they think we are mad persons Joseph Awuah-Darko sits on a stool at one of the world’s largest electronic waste dumps, watching polystyrene and insulation cables burn on the blackened ground. “It’s survival and dystopia,” says the 21-year-old British-born Ghanaian, surveying the stretch of wasteland around him as dense […]

Schoolgirls in Tunisia rebel against uniforms

Posted by on 26/12/2017
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Schoolgirls in Tunisia rebel against uniforms

Schoolgirls in Tunisia rebel against uniforms

BIZERTE, Tunisia: In Tunisian high schools, the dress code is not uniform. Actually, it is: but only for girls. Boys can wear what they like, and now the girls are up in arms. One morning, instead of turning up for class wearing the regulation navy blue smock, a defiant group of adolescent girls came to […]

Blocked from Europe, migrants settle in Morocco

Posted by on 26/12/2017
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Blocked from Europe, migrants settle in Morocco

Blocked from Europe, migrants settle in Morocco

Morocco – from transit country into a host country RABAT: Unable to reach Europe in search of a better life, Aliou Ndiaye settled in Morocco instead, giving up on his original goal like thousands of other sub-Saharan African migrants. “Everyone has the right to go to another country to try their luck,” the 31-year-old former […]

South Africa blighted by racially charged murders

Posted by on 26/12/2017
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South Africa blighted by racially charged murders

South Africa blighted by racially charged murders

Rural crime epidemic inflames political, racial tensions TZANEEN: “They beat him with a pole… and you could hear the bones breaking,” said Debbie Turner, recounting her husband’s murder in a slow, defiant voice. She refuses to talk about him in the past tense and sleeps with a photo of him close by. “I miss him […]

Tunisia says UAE attack fears behind female flyer row

Posted by on 25/12/2017
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Tunisia says UAE attack fears behind female flyer row

Tunisia says UAE attack fears behind female flyer row

TUNIS: Controversial security measures taken by the United Arab Emirates against Tunisian women trying to travel to the Gulf state were prompted by fears of a terrorist attack, Tunisia said yesterday. Since Friday, Tunisian women and girls have been delayed for hours as they look to board planes for the UAE, sparking outcry in the […]

Need for food, arms spurs Boko Haram attacks

Posted by on 23/12/2017
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Need for food, arms spurs Boko Haram attacks

Need for food, arms spurs Boko Haram attacks

KANO: A surge in Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria’s restive northeast despite a sustained military offensive against the jihadists is being driven by a need to replenish food and weapon supplies, security and local sources say. In recent months, fighters from two of the main factions of the hardline Islamist group, led respectively by Abubakar […]

Who killed UN experts in Congo?

Posted by on 20/12/2017
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Who killed UN experts in Congo?

Who killed UN experts in Congo?

A confidential file offers clues DAKAR: UN investigators Zaida Catalan and Michael Sharp were on familiar ground when they sat down with local leaders in central Congo in March to discuss a widening seven-month-old conflict in the area. The pair – experienced members of a panel monitoring the sanctions regime in Democratic Republic of Congo […]

State agents and militants ‘planned’ Congo massacres

Posted by on 20/12/2017
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State agents and militants ‘planned’ Congo massacres

State agents and militants ‘planned’ Congo massacres

PARIS: Security forces and an army-backed militia planned massacres in an opposition stronghold in the Democratic Republic of Congo, human rights activists charged yesterday, calling the killings “crimes against humanity”. The southern Kasai region suffered “one of the worst human rights crises in the world” between March and July, the Paris-based International Human Rights Federation […]

A donkey’s tale: Nigeria becomes hide export hub

Posted by on 19/12/2017
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A donkey’s tale: Nigeria becomes hide export hub

A donkey’s tale: Nigeria becomes hide export hub

Demand from China are greatly increasing prices WARRI: Abubakar Ya’u digs sand from vast, sweeping dunes and loads heavy hessian sacks of the fine, golden bounty onto the backs of donkeys which carry it to market. Rampant demand for the beasts of burden in China, where their skins are believed to have medicinal properties, has […]

61 killed as Ethiopia ethnic groups clash

Posted by on 18/12/2017
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61 killed as Ethiopia ethnic groups clash

61 killed as Ethiopia ethnic groups clash

ADDIS ABABA: At least 61 people have been killed in clashes between different ethnic groups in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region, officials said, the latest bout of violence to highlight increasing instability in a province racked by bloody protests in 2015 and 2016. From Thursday, 29 ethnic Oromos were killed by ethnic Somali attackers in the region’s […]