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18 killed in Boko Haram attack on army base

Posted by on 02/04/2018
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18 killed in Boko Haram attack on army base

18 killed in Boko Haram attack on army base

KANO: Boko Haram killed at least 18 people and wounded scores in coordinated attacks overnight on a military camp and villages around the flashpoint Nigerian city of Maiduguri, which they also tried to infiltrate across a defensive trench, officials said yesterday. The brazen operation-which unfolded around the very city where Boko Haram was born-turned the […]

Suicides rise as long war grinds down S Sudanese

Posted by on 29/03/2018
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Suicides rise as long war grinds down S Sudanese

Suicides rise as long war grinds down S Sudanese

MALAKAL: By the time her 19-year-old son was shot in front of her, Ayak had already lost her four brothers and witnessed countless deaths in South Sudan’s brutal war. Living alone in a miserable structure of plastic sheets and tin in a huge camp for displaced people, watching as relentless rains turned earth to mud, […]

Rapes, ethnic attacks rising in DR Congo’s lawless east

Posted by on 28/03/2018
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Rapes, ethnic attacks rising in DR Congo’s lawless east

Rapes, ethnic attacks rising in DR Congo’s lawless east

GOMA: Sexual and ethnic violence are alarmingly on the rise in Democratic Republic of Congo’s lawless east, spawning a humanitarian catastrophe with millions forced to flee their homes. At least 13.1 million Congolese need humanitarian aid, including 7.7 million who are severely food insecure, the UN Security Council said last week in a unanimous statement […]

Comoros passport scheme unlawful, abused by mafia

Posted by on 26/03/2018
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Comoros passport scheme unlawful, abused by mafia

Comoros passport scheme unlawful, abused by mafia

Comoros-Kuwait-UAE passport deal dogged by controversy   NAIROBI: A program to sell Comoros Islands citizenship to fund development resulted in thousands of passports being sold outside official channels via “mafia” networks and up to $100 million of revenues went missing, according to a report by the small Indian Ocean state’s parliament. The report, produced by […]

Executions, torture, and slave markets persist in Libya: UN

Posted by on 21/03/2018
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Executions, torture, and slave markets persist in Libya: UN

Executions, torture, and slave markets persist in Libya: UN

GENEVA: Armed groups execute and torture civilians in Libya in almost complete impunity seven years after the revolution that toppled Muammar Gaddafi, the United Nations human rights office said yesterday. Libyans and migrants are often held incommunicado in arbitrary detention in appalling conditions, and reports persist of captured migrants being bought and sold on “open […]

Boko Haram returns scores of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

Posted by on 21/03/2018
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Boko Haram returns scores of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

Boko Haram returns scores of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

Five girls died in captivity: Freed student LAGOS: Boko Haram Islamists who kidnapped 110 schoolgirls in Dapchi, northeast Nigeria, just over a month ago have returned 76 of the students to the town, the government said yesterday. Information Minister Lai Mohammed said the release was “unconditional” and the result of “back-channel efforts” with the help […]

In Somalia, women defy strict rules to play football

Posted by on 21/03/2018
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In Somalia, women defy strict rules to play football

In Somalia, women defy strict rules to play football

Shortly after sunrise, a group of young women arrives at a football pitch in Mogadishu, where they shrug off their hijabs-some changing underneath the billowing veil-to reveal their team kit. Young Somali men stand nearby, some disapproving but all watching closely, as the women jog up and down, dribble a worn-out ball between colorful cones […]

Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, dies

Posted by on 20/03/2018
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Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, dies

Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, dies

There are only two females remaining alive NAIROBI: Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, has died in Kenya at the age of 45, after becoming a symbol of efforts to save his subspecies from extinction, a fate that only science can now prevent. When Sudan was born in 1973 in the wild in Shambe, […]

Cows in the classroom: inside South Sudan’s cattle camp schools

Posted by on 19/03/2018
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Cows in the classroom: inside South Sudan’s cattle camp schools

Cows in the classroom: inside South Sudan’s cattle camp schools

South Sudan’s war creating another ‘lost generation’   MINGKAMAN: In the early morning, smoke from burning cow dung rose over hundreds of animals sleeping tightly side by side, with children dotted between them, warming their hands in the smoke, their faces covered in white ash to fend off flies and mosquitoes. The cattle camps – […]

25 killed in Nigeria

Posted by on 14/03/2018
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25 killed in Nigeria

25 killed in Nigeria

LAGOS: Herders are believed to have killed 25 villagers in central Nigeria’s Plateau state, police said on Wednesday, in the latest violence linked to land, water and grazing rights. The killings happened on Monday in the Bassa area of Plateau state, just a few days after at least five people were killed in the area. […]

Africa, US move on from ‘sh••hole’ remarks as Tillerson starts tour

Posted by on 08/03/2018
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Africa, US move on from ‘sh••hole’ remarks as Tillerson starts tour

Africa, US move on from ‘sh••hole’ remarks as Tillerson starts tour

ADDIS ABABA: Washington’s top diplomat began his first Africa tour yesterday by meeting with the African Union chief, who said the continent had moved on from a reported insult by President Donald Trump. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and AU commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat discussed security and counter-terrorism, trade and development, corruption and conflict […]

Corruption, deprivation sharpen Angola’s rising malaria outbreak

Posted by on 07/03/2018
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Corruption, deprivation sharpen Angola’s rising malaria outbreak

Corruption, deprivation sharpen Angola’s rising malaria outbreak

Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 90 percent of malaria cases worldwide LUANDA: Heavy rains, filthy conditions, medicine shortages and endemic corruption have combined to make a lethal malarial cocktail for Angola. Since the start of the year more than 300,000 cases of the disease have been reported across the country, leading to at least a thousand […]