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CAR militia leader ‘Colonel Rambo’ extradited to ICC

CAR militia leader ‘Colonel Rambo’ extradited to ICC

Posted by on 18/11/2018
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CAR militia leader ‘Colonel Rambo’ extradited to ICC

BANGUI: A former militia leader in the Central African Republic nicknamed “Colonel Rambo” was on Saturday extradited to The Hague to stand trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court. Currently a lawmaker, Alfred Yekatom’s extradition was the first of its kind from the CAR. Former army officer Yekatom, 43, […]

Tackle poverty and birth rate to end Boko Haram: emir

Posted by on 14/11/2018
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Tackle poverty and birth rate to end Boko Haram: emir

Tackle poverty and birth rate to end Boko Haram: emir

KANO: One of Nigeria’s leading and respected Islamic figures on Tuesday renewed calls to tackle endemic poverty and rapid population growth to help end deadly Boko Haram violence. More than 27,000 people have been killed since the start of the insurgency in the country’s remote northeast in 2009 and 1.8 million are still homeless. Nigeria’s […]

Somalia blasts leave 20 dead

Posted by on 10/11/2018
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Somalia blasts leave 20 dead

Somalia blasts leave 20 dead

MOGADISHU: About 20 people were killed and dozens wounded Friday in a string of explosions near a popular hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police said. “We are getting (information that) about 20 people died in the attack and more than 40 others were wounded. Most of these people were civilians who were passing by […]

Boko Haram attacks kill 12 in northern Nigeria

Posted by on 01/11/2018
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Boko Haram attacks kill 12 in northern Nigeria

Boko Haram attacks kill 12 in northern Nigeria

KANO: At least 12 civilians were killed in multiple Boko Haram jihadist attacks targeting two villages and a camp for those displaced by the bloody conflict in northeastern Nigeria, civilian militia and residents said yesterday. Jihadists in seven trucks late on Wednesday attacked Bulaburin and Kofa villages as well as a camp in Dalori village […]

Tunisian woman suicide bomber a jobless graduate

Posted by on 31/10/2018
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Tunisian woman suicide bomber a jobless graduate

Tunisian woman suicide bomber a jobless graduate

TUNIS: A woman who blew herself up on a busy street of the Tunisian capital this week has been identified as an unemployed graduate, the prosecution said yesterday. Mna Guebla detonated a bomb Monday near a gathering of police cars in Tunis’ upmarket Avenue Habib Bourguiba, wounding 15 officers and two teenagers in the first […]

Raped then jailed: Mauritanian women fight to end victim blaming

Posted by on 30/10/2018
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Raped then jailed: Mauritanian women fight to end victim blaming

Raped then jailed: Mauritanian women fight to end victim blaming

Khady knew the man who waited outside her house one evening, followed her down a dark street and put his hand over her mouth. She had refused his offer of marriage several months before. The assault that followed is a blur. The 26-year-old fell pregnant, and five months later she was jailed for breaking Mauritania’s […]

Woman bomber wounds 9 in first Tunisia suicide attack since 2015

Posted by on 29/10/2018
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Woman bomber wounds 9 in first Tunisia suicide attack since 2015

Woman bomber wounds 9 in first Tunisia suicide attack since 2015

TUNIS: A woman suicide bomber blew herself up near police vehicles on a busy street in the centre of the Tunisian capital yesterday after a three-year break in such attacks, injuring at least nine people, the interior ministry said. Ministry spokesman Sofiene Zaag told AFP that all but one of the casualties were police, after […]

Ethiopia appoints first female president

Posted by on 25/10/2018
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Ethiopia appoints first female president

Ethiopia appoints first female president

As Ethiopia reforms, ethnic violence spreads ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopia yesterday appointed a woman to the largely ceremonial position of president for the first time, further increasing female representation in the government of Africa’s second most populous nation. In a unanimous vote, Ethiopian lawmakers picked career diplomat Sahle-Work Zewde, 68, to replace Mulatu Teshome who resigned […]

‘Holy plant’: Cannabis legalization delights South African pot users

Posted by on 24/10/2018
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‘Holy plant’: Cannabis legalization delights South African pot users

‘Holy plant’: Cannabis legalization delights South African pot users

‘We were given this holy plant by the ancestors’ JOHANNESBURG: A bucket containing a soupy green mixture sits under a table in Nduna Ewrong-Nxumalo’s consultation room in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic hub. The traditional healer, or sangoma, has trusted and prescribed the pungent mixture — cannabis tea — to his patients for years. “We […]

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 […]

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