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

Posted by on 04/11/2015
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Boko Haram ghosts haunt ‘liberated’ areas in Nigeria’s northeast – Residents still fearful despite army advances

Posted by on 03/11/2015
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Pistorius lawyers battle to avoid murder charges

Posted by on 03/11/2015
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Pistorius lawyers battle to avoid murder charges

Pistorius lawyers battle to avoid murder charges

BLOEMFONTEIN: Oscar Pistorius’s lawyers yesterday fought to keep him from returning to jail as state prosecutors argued for a murder conviction in a combative appeal hearing held just two weeks after he was released. The Paralympic sprinter was found guilty last year of culpable homicide-a charge equivalent to manslaughter-after shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp […]

12 killed as Al-Shebab attack Somalia hotel

Posted by on 01/11/2015
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Nigerian ‘local gin’ makers strong despite health ban

Posted by on 28/10/2015
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Nigerian ‘local gin’ makers strong despite health ban

Nigerian ‘local gin’ makers strong despite health ban

LAGOS: In many parts of southern Nigeria, no traditional ceremony or ritual is complete without a tot or two of locally brewed alcohol or “ogogoro”. “It’s the drink of the elders,” said Godwin Masi, a 72-year-old bricklayer in the southern state of Rivers. “The gods also accept it for libation in cultural ceremonies.” Nigerian states […]

Congo votes by landslide to allow third presidential term – Sassou Nguesso in power for 31 of last 36 years

Posted by on 27/10/2015
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Congo votes by landslide to allow third presidential term – Sassou Nguesso in power for 31 of last 36 years

Congo votes by landslide to allow third presidential term – Sassou Nguesso in power for 31 of last 36 years

BRAZZAVILLE: Voters in Congo Republic have overwhemingly backed a change in the constitution that will allow President Denis Sassou Nguesso to run for a third consecutive term, the results of a referendum showed yesterday. Sassou Nguesso has ruled the oil-producing nation for 31 of the last 36 years and the constitutional change makes it possible […]

Nigeria’s Nollywood: Seeking worldwide appeal

Posted by on 22/10/2015
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Nigeria’s Nollywood: Seeking worldwide appeal

Nigeria’s Nollywood: Seeking worldwide appeal

The camera rolls from left to right on a dolly as the actors, all African, go through their lines, a sound operator holding a boom steady over their heads under bright studio lights. It could be a scene from any film set but Kunle Afolayan hopes “The CEO” could drive change in Nigeria’s hugely popular […]

Nearly 5,000 cholera cases, 74 deaths in Tanzania

Posted by on 22/10/2015
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Pistorius under house arrest

Posted by on 20/10/2015
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Pistorius under house arrest

Pistorius under house arrest

PRETORIA: Oscar Pistorius, South Africa’s double- amputee “Blade Runner”, was released on parole late on Monday, just short of a year into his five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013. The disgraced Paralympic gold medallist must serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest and still faces an appeal […]

Nigeria hit again, army warns on Boko Haram – Militants threaten country’s sovereignty

Posted by on 16/10/2015
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Nigeria hit again, army warns on Boko Haram – Militants threaten country’s sovereignty

Nigeria hit again, army warns on Boko Haram – Militants threaten country’s sovereignty

MAIDUGURI: At least 34 people were killed in a wave of suicide bomb attacks in northeast Nigeria, as the military yesterday warned Boko Haram militants threaten the country’s sovereignty.  Thirty died in a double bombing on a mosque in Molai on Thursday night, Mohammed Kanar, from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.  Three female […]

‘Don’t take Guinea election row onto streets’ warns EU – Opposition leaders call for a re-run of vote

Posted by on 13/10/2015
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Fifty dead as Boko Haram bombard Lake Chad area

Posted by on 11/10/2015
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Fifty dead as Boko Haram bombard Lake Chad area

Fifty dead as Boko Haram bombard Lake Chad area

YAOUNDÉ: Twin suicide blasts yesterday killed at least nine people in far northern Cameroon, a day after 41 died in triple explosions in Chad that were blamed on Boko Haram. Both nations are part of the coalition that has been fighting the jihadists, which in recent months have been launching bloody assaults well beyond their […]