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122 nails in an Ethiopians stomach

Posted by on 22/10/2018
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122 nails in an Ethiopians stomach

122 nails in an Ethiopians stomach

ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopian doctors extracted over a hundred iron nails and other sharp objects from the stomach of a patient in the capital Addis Ababa at the weekend. Dawit Teare, a surgeon at St Peter’s Specialized Hospital, said the 33-year-old patient suffers from mental illness and had apparently consumed the items, including 122 four-inch nails, […]

Migingo Island: rocky marriage between Kenya and Uganda

Posted by on 22/10/2018
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Migingo Island: rocky marriage between Kenya and Uganda

Migingo Island: rocky marriage between Kenya and Uganda

MIGINGO: A rounded rocky outcrop covered with metallic shacks, Migingo Island rises out of the waters of Lake Victoria like an iron-plated turtle. The densely populated island is barely a quarter of a hectare large, its residents crammed into a hodge-podge of corrugated-iron homes. There’s little else but a few bars, brothels and a tiny […]

Doing time in ‘Hell’: Life in Sierra Leone rundown prisons

Posted by on 21/10/2018
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Doing time in ‘Hell’: Life in Sierra Leone rundown prisons

Doing time in ‘Hell’: Life in Sierra Leone rundown prisons

FREETOWN: A shaft of light penetrates the foul air through a fist-sized vent. It reveals naked, sweating bodies packed side-by-side like sardines, lying in darkness on a greasy concrete floor. The stench of urine and excreta from a brimming plastic bucket – just one for a cell containing perhaps 20 people – claws at the […]

US strike in Somalia killed 60 militants

Posted by on 17/10/2018
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US strike in Somalia killed 60 militants

US strike in Somalia killed 60 militants

WASHINGTON: The United States conducted its largest air strike in nearly two years against militants in Somalia, killing about 60 Al-Shabaab fighters, the US military said Tuesday. “This precision air strike was the largest air strike against Al-Shabaab since November 21, 2017,” when air-dropped US munitions targeted one of the group’s training camps, killing about […]

At least 7 dead as Morocco train derails; Amir sends condolences

Posted by on 16/10/2018
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At least 7 dead as Morocco train derails; Amir sends condolences

At least 7 dead as Morocco train derails; Amir sends condolences

RABAT: A passenger train derailed yesterday near the Moroccan capital Rabat killing at least seven people and injuring over 80 others, officials said. “Regrettably, seven people died,” regional health director Abdelmoula Boulamizat told the official MAP news agency. National railway company boss Mohamed Rabie Khlie earlier gave a death toll of six, including the driver […]

Ethiopia creates a ‘Peace Ministry’ to tackle violence in sweeping reshuffle

Posted by on 16/10/2018
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Ethiopia creates a ‘Peace Ministry’ to tackle violence in sweeping reshuffle

Ethiopia creates a ‘Peace Ministry’ to tackle violence in sweeping reshuffle

Women hold half the posts in smaller cabinet ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopia’s prime minister created a new Ministry of Peace and handed half the posts in his cabinet to women in a sweeping cabinet reshuffle yesterday as he sought to tackle a wave of ethnic violence. Abiy Ahmed – who has turned the region’s politics on […]

Chaos as 200,000 Congolese expelled from Angola

Posted by on 15/10/2018
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Chaos as 200,000 Congolese expelled from Angola

Chaos as 200,000 Congolese expelled from Angola

KAMAKO: Life fell apart last week for mother of four Dorcas who was among 200,000 Congolese attacked and then forcibly thrown out of neighboring Angola despite having lived there for a decade. Speaking in Kamako, a frontier town in southern Democratic Republic of Congo, the woman in her forties said she and her husband had […]

Congolese migrants flood home, Angola denies brutal crackdown

Posted by on 14/10/2018
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Congolese migrants flood home, Angola denies brutal crackdown

Congolese migrants flood home, Angola denies brutal crackdown

Hundreds of thousands cross from Angola to DRC KAMAKO: Congolese migrants and officials said dozens of people were killed this month in neighboring Angola in a crackdown on artisanal diamond mining, an accusation Angolan security forces strongly denied. Angola, the world’s fifth largest diamond producer, has launched an operation in recent weeks to clear tens […]

Tunisia fishermen turn tide to cash in on blue crab menace

Posted by on 14/10/2018
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Tunisia fishermen turn tide to cash in on blue crab menace

Tunisia fishermen turn tide to cash in on blue crab menace

‘Look, there are only Daesh, they’ve destroyed everything’ DJERBA: Tunisian fishermen saw the blue crab wreak such havoc on their catches when it first appeared that they nicknamed it after the terrifying jihadists of the Islamic State group. But now — four years after these scourges of the sea invaded their waters — the predators […]

Moroccan teen in gang-rape case urges girls to be brave

Posted by on 10/10/2018
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Moroccan teen in gang-rape case urges girls to be brave

Moroccan teen in gang-rape case urges girls to be brave

BENI MELLAL: A Moroccan teenager allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped by men from her village called yesterday on other girls “to be brave” after meeting with the judge investigating her case, which has shaken the nation. In a video posted online in August, 17-year-old Khadija said members of a “dangerous gang” in her town had abducted […]

Kenya bus crash kills at least 50

Posted by on 10/10/2018
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Kenya bus crash kills at least 50

Kenya bus crash kills at least 50

Bus overturns; its entire roof ripped off NAIROBI: At least 50 people were killed when the bus they were travelling in overturned and its entire roof was ripped off in an accident in western Kenya yesterday, police said. The bus was travelling from Nairobi to the western town of Kakamega, police said, and footage from […]

Hunting a shadowy armed militia in DR Congo’s ‘triangle of death’

Posted by on 10/10/2018
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Hunting a shadowy armed militia in DR Congo’s ‘triangle of death’

Hunting a shadowy armed militia in DR Congo’s ‘triangle of death’

ADF a shadowy armed group rooted in Ugandan Islamism BENI, DR Congo: “I am always anticipating an attack,” says South African soldier Maijeke of how it feels to be in DR Congo’s “triangle of death”, where he is part of a UN peacekeeping force helping the Congolese army hunt down a militia group that is […]