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Plague alert over Madagascar’s dance with the dead

Posted by on 26/10/2017
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Plague alert over Madagascar’s dance with the dead

Plague alert over Madagascar’s dance with the dead

‘Turning of the bones’ ANTANANARIVO: In Madagascar, ceremonies in which families exhume the remains of dead relatives, rewrap them in fresh cloth and dance with the corpses are a sacred ritual. But an outbreak of plague sweeping the Indian Ocean island nation has prompted warnings that the macabre spectacle, known as the turning of the […]

Kenyan crisis deepens as vote delay petition goes unheard

Posted by on 25/10/2017
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Kenyan crisis deepens as vote delay petition goes unheard

Kenyan crisis deepens as vote delay petition goes unheard

Supreme Court impasse clears way for election NAIROBI: Kenya plunged deeper into crisis yesterday as a shortage of judges scuppered an eleventh-hour petition to delay a presidential election and the governor of a volatile opposition region endorsed rebellion against the state. Within minutes of Supreme Court chief justice David Magara announcing that five judges had […]

1.1 bn ‘invisible people’ lack ID

Posted by on 22/10/2017
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1.1 bn ‘invisible people’ lack ID

1.1 bn ‘invisible people’ lack ID

Significant fraction deprived of health and education services WASHINGTON: More than 1.1 billion people worldwide officially don’t exist-going about their daily lives without proof of identity. The issue leaves a significant fraction of the global population deprived of health and education services. Among these “invisible people”-many of whom live primarily in Africa and Asia-more than […]

11 killed in Ethiopia’s Oromia region

Posted by on 22/10/2017
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11 killed in Ethiopia’s Oromia region

11 killed in Ethiopia’s Oromia region

ADDIS ABABA: Regional officials in Ethiopia say 11 people were killed in clashes in the restive Oromia region as the country continues to experience anti-government protests that at times lead to ethnic violence. The Oromia and Amhara regional states spokesmen yesterday issued statements after a week of unrest in Oromia that reportedly caused major business […]

Gabon students angry at sex-for-grades pressure

Posted by on 22/10/2017
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Gabon students angry at sex-for-grades pressure

Gabon students angry at sex-for-grades pressure

LIBREVILLE: In Gabon, they’re called “sexually transmitted grades”-when university teachers use the threat of giving low marks in order to coerce female students into providing sexual favors. “He started coming on to me. I began refusing him, refusing and refusing… until the day when he gave me zero for my main piece of work,” Melanie […]

WHO revokes appointment of Mugabe

Posted by on 22/10/2017
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WHO revokes appointment of Mugabe

WHO revokes appointment of Mugabe

GENEVA: The head of the World Health Organization yesterday reversed his decision to name Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador, following widespread uproar. “Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment of HE President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for (Non-communicable diseases) in Africa. As a result I have […]

Phony dentists are plying their brisk trade on Morocco’s poor

Posted by on 18/10/2017
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Phony dentists are plying their brisk trade on Morocco’s poor

Phony dentists are plying their brisk trade on Morocco’s poor

Thriving on poverty with wretched consequences A smart white coat is no proof of being a qualified medical practitioner in Morocco, where fake dentists and other “health professionals” thrive on poverty, sometimes with wretched consequences. “It’s all a question of know-how. I inherited mine from my father,” Hamid says proudly, sporting a thin moustache and […]

Madagascar plague outbreak now threatens largest cities

Posted by on 16/10/2017
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Madagascar plague outbreak now threatens largest cities

Madagascar plague outbreak now threatens largest cities

Schools been canceled, public gatherings are banned ANTANANARIVO: As plague cases rose last week in Madagascar’s capital, many city dwellers panicked. They waited in long lines for antibiotics at pharmacies and reached through bus windows to buy masks from street vendors. Schools have been canceled, and public gatherings are banned. The plague outbreak has killed […]

231 killed in deadliest single attack in Somalia’s history

Posted by on 15/10/2017
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231 killed in deadliest single attack in Somalia’s history

231 killed in deadliest single attack in Somalia’s history

Qatar embassy ‘severely damaged’ in blast MOGADISHU: The most powerful bomb blast ever witnessed in Somalia’s capital killed at least 231 people with more than 275 injured, a senator said yesterday, making it the deadliest single attack in this Horn of Africa nation. The toll could continue to rise. Abshir Abdi Ahmed cited doctors at […]

French army-chartered plane crashes off Ivory Coast; 4 die

Posted by on 14/10/2017
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French army-chartered plane crashes off Ivory Coast; 4 die

French army-chartered plane crashes off Ivory Coast; 4 die

ABIDJAN: A cargo plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near the international airport in Abidjan, killing four crew members and injuring six others, an Ivory Coast official said yesterday. Ten people were aboard the plane that was approaching from the capital of neighboring Burkina Faso, Lt Issa Sakho, commander of the military fire brigade, said […]

A historic ruling for campaigners

Posted by on 12/10/2017
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A historic ruling for campaigners

A historic ruling for campaigners

Many more similar cases to be opened S Africa finally rules that police murdered apartheid opponent PRETORIA: An anti-apartheid activist who died in police custody 46 years ago did not commit suicide but was murdered by officers, a South African court said yesterday in a historic ruling for campaigners. The court called for an officer […]

Crowds hurl abuse at South African cannibalism suspects

Posted by on 12/10/2017
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Crowds hurl abuse at South African cannibalism suspects

Crowds hurl abuse at South African cannibalism suspects

ESTCOURT: Police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to break up crowds hurling insults at a group of men accused of cannibalism in a South African farming town. More than 500 people gathered outside the magistrates court in eastern Kwa-Zulu Natal province yesterday as the men sat inside, hiding their faces with their hooded tops […]