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Mali hunts for suspects after deadly hotel siege – Putin seeks global anti-terrorism fight

Posted by on 22/11/2015
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Islamists storm luxury hotel in Mali; 27 killed – Jihadist group Al Mourabitoun claims responsibility

Posted by on 20/11/2015
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Islamists storm luxury hotel in Mali; 27 killed – Jihadist group Al Mourabitoun claims responsibility

Islamists storm luxury hotel in Mali; 27 killed – Jihadist group Al Mourabitoun claims responsibility

BAMAKO: At least 27 people were reported dead yesterday after Malian commandos stormed a luxury hotel in the capital Bamako with at least 170 people inside, many of them foreigners, that had been seized by Islamist gunmen. The former French colony has been battling Islamist rebels for several years, and the jihadist group Al Mourabitoun, […]

Neglect, injustice, poverty drive new Biafra protests in Nigeria

Posted by on 20/11/2015
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Neglect, injustice, poverty drive new Biafra protests in Nigeria

Neglect, injustice, poverty drive new Biafra protests in Nigeria

ONITSHA: Forty-five years after a brutal civil war, Nigeria is facing a new wave of protests for a separate Biafran state, driven by long-standing complaints about poverty, neglect and injustice. The impetus for the current agitation is not much different from that which led to Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu’s unilateral declaration of a Republic of Biafra in […]

Promised land? Rastafaris struggle in Ethiopia

Posted by on 14/11/2015
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Promised land? Rastafaris struggle in Ethiopia

Promised land? Rastafaris struggle in Ethiopia

They came from across the world to Ethiopia in search of their “promised land”, but for many Rastafarians, struggling to win even basic rights, the dream never materialized. “How did we survive so far? I wonder,” said Reuben Kush, the grey-bearded president of the Ethiopian World Federation, a branch of Rastafarianism. Kush left his home […]

Nigeria’s opposition in soul-searching after loss – PDP claims to be only ‘credible’ institution

Posted by on 13/11/2015
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Nigeria’s opposition in soul-searching after loss – PDP claims to be only ‘credible’ institution

Nigeria’s opposition in soul-searching after loss – PDP claims to be only ‘credible’ institution

ABUJA: Its former national chairman once boasted that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would rule Nigeria for 60 years. In the end it managed only 16. Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) dumped the PDP out of power in presidential elections in March, in what was the first win for an opposition party in the […]

Apple apologizes after African students kicked out of a store

Posted by on 12/11/2015
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Apple apologizes after African students kicked out of a store

Apple apologizes after African students kicked out of a store

SYDNEY: An Apple manager has apologized to six teenagers of African descent after staff kicked them out of an Australian store citing concerns they “might steal something”, with a video of the incident going viral on Facebook. The video, recorded by one of the students from Maribyrnong College in the southern city of Melbourne, has […]

8 S African policemen jailed over Mozambican’s murder – Taxi driver dragged behind a police van

Posted by on 11/11/2015
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8 S African policemen jailed over Mozambican’s murder – Taxi driver dragged behind a police van

8 S African policemen jailed over Mozambican’s murder – Taxi driver dragged behind a police van

JOHANNESBURG: Eight South African policemen were jailed yesterday for 15 years each for the murder of a Mozambican taxi driver who was dragged behind a police van in an incident caught on a mobile phone camera. The death of Mido Macia provoked widespread outrage, throwing the spotlight on South Africa’s police force, which has been […]

No country for young men: Mali loses its youths to migrant crisis

Posted by on 10/11/2015
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No country for young men: Mali loses its youths to migrant crisis

No country for young men: Mali loses its youths to migrant crisis

KODJAN: Once bustling with sinewy young men like any other farming village in rural Mali, Kodjan is starting to look distinctly grey. Little by little, the demographics of the settlement are altering as its youth join the exodus of African migrants looking for a better life in Europe. “My three grandchildren went off in search […]

Gunmen execute nine in Burundi capital – Rwanda accuses Burundi leaders of committing ‘massacres’

Posted by on 08/11/2015
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World alarm as Burundi poised to crush opponents – Government threatens to unleash a new round of blood-letting

Posted by on 07/11/2015
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World alarm as Burundi poised to crush opponents – Government threatens to unleash a new round of blood-letting

World alarm as Burundi poised to crush opponents – Government threatens to unleash a new round of blood-letting

WASHINGTON: Senior world officials reacted with deep alarm yesterday as Burundi’s government threatened to unleash a new round of blood-letting in the Great Lakes region of Africa. President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government has escalated its already strident rhetoric, warning of tough measures to stamp out resistance to his recent re-election. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced deep […]

Sierra Leone emerges from Ebola nightmare

Posted by on 05/11/2015
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Sierra Leone emerges from Ebola nightmare

Sierra Leone emerges from Ebola nightmare

FREETOWN: The Ebola epidemic is expected to be declared over in Sierra Leone on Saturday, when the west African nation will have gone 42 days without any new infections. But jubilation over ending the outbreak in the impoverished nation, where almost 4,000 deaths have been reported, has been tempered by caution, with neighboring Guinea still […]

Forced marriages, too many babies quash hope for Niger’s girls

Posted by on 04/11/2015
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