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S.Sudan activists release first list of victims killed in war

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 15th December 2014

S.Sudan activists release first list of victims killed in war JUBA: – From a 14-month old toddler to a 105-year old grandmother: the first names of some of the tens of thousands killed in South Sudan were released Monday, one year since civil war began. With no official toll, South Sudanese civil society volunteers have spent months collecting, cross checking and confirming the names of...


Economic growth means more garbage to Maputo’s dump scavengers

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 15th December 2014

Economic growth means more garbage to Maputo’s dump scavengers by Jinty JACKSON MAPUTO:- In a foul-smelling, brown fog, hundreds of stooped figures pick their way like ghosts across an ocean of garbage while herons wheel and dive over their heads. A truck arrives, breaking the lethargy. With shouts and whistles, people rush from all sides. Children throw themselves on and cling to the vehicle’s...


South Sudan: a year of war in a divided nation

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th December 2014

South Sudan: a year of war in a divided nation JUBA: – They came only for a night: thousands fleeing gunshots in the darkness for the safety of UN peacekeeping bases in South Sudan’s capital Juba. In the following days, gunfire and explosions continued to shake the city, as troops loyal to President Salva Kiir fought with those allied to his ousted deputy, Riek Machar,...


South Sudan: a year of war, in numbers

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th December 2014

South Sudan: a year of war, in numbers JUBA: – A year of civil war in South Sudan has devastated the world’s youngest nation. Here are figures showing the impact of the fighting since war broke out on December 15, 2013, based on UN, aid agency and diplomatic assessments. TENS OF THOUSANDS DEAD: The International Crisis Group estimate at least 50,000 people have...


Saudi to build Africa’s tallest skyscraper in Morocco

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 12th December 2014

Saudi to build Africa’s tallest skyscraper in Morocco RABAT:  A Saudi investor is to build Africa’s tallest building in Morocco, with construction of the 114-storey tower to begin in June, the project’s manager said on Friday. The skyscraper in Casablanca will be 540 meters (1,782 feet) high, taller than the 223-meter Carlton Center in Johannesburg which currently holds the title for tallest building...


Elephant slaughter, ivory sales ‘out of control’: conservationists

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th December 2014

Elephant slaughter, ivory sales ‘out of control’: conservationists NAIROBI:- The slaughter of Africa’s elephants and the illegal trade in ivory in China are “out of control”, conservationists said Tuesday, with wild elephants potentially disappearing within a generation. Soaring quantities of ivory are being sold in rapidly growing numbers of shops in China, with over 100,000 elephants killed from 2010 to 2102, the joint...


Nine killed, 12 wounded in twin bomb attack in Somali town

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 5th December 2014

Nine killed, 12 wounded in twin bomb attack in Somali town MOGADISHU: At least nine people were killed Friday in a twin bomb attack in the central Somali town of Baidoa, police said, the latest in a string of attacks. “A suicide bomber detonated himself amongst a crowd of people drinking at busy tea-shop in the town. We have so far counted at least nine civilians,...


Dozens of Chinese held in Kenya ‘cyber bust’: report

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 4th December 2014

Dozens of Chinese held in Kenya ‘cyber bust’: report NAIROBI:- Police in Kenya are holding 77 Chinese nationals accused of running a cyber crime centre from upmarket houses in the capital Nairobi, reports said Thursday. The Daily Nation newspaper said Kenyan police believed the gang were “preparing to raid the country’s communication systems” and that they possessed equipment capable of infiltrating bank accounts, Kenya’s...


South Africans keep Mandela’s memory alive with tattoos

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 4th December 2014

South Africans keep Mandela’s memory alive with tattoos by Stephanie FINDLAY JOHANNESBURG:- Mpumelelo Masinga takes a deep drag from his cigarette, his hand trembling with apprehension. Masinga is preparing to spend three hours at Black and White Tattoo Studio in Johannesburg getting Nelson Mandela’s face tattooed on the centre of his back. “I’m very, very nervous,” he explains with a sheepish smile. “It’s...


Corruption on rise in Turkey, China: Transparency

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd December 2014

Corruption on rise in Turkey, China: Transparency by Frank ZELLER BERLIN:- Corruption is feared to be worsening in China, Turkey and other fast-growing economies, an anti-graft watchdog warned Wednesday, also urging the world’s banking centres to help combat sleaze and money-laundering. Transparency International released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which ranked Sudan, North Korea and Somalia as the worst offenders and...


Transparency International corruption rankings

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd December 2014

Transparency International corruption rankings BERLIN:- The following is a list of the top- and bottom-ranked 10 nations — plus 10 big economies in the mid-range — on graft watchdog Transparency International’s 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index, released Wednesday. The index score relates to perceptions of the degree of corruption as seen by country analysts and business people, and ranges from...


Nigeria market blasts by two female bombers, more than 10 dead: police

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd December 2014

Nigeria market blasts by two female bombers, more than 10 dead: police MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: – More than 10 people were killed when two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at a crowded market in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, police told AFP on Monday. “Two female suicide bombers detonated an explosive in Monday market in two different locations killing more than 10, and injured many,” Borno...


Gunmen slaughter 36 in fresh northeast Kenya attack

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd December 2014

Gunmen slaughter 36 in fresh northeast Kenya attack NAIROBI:  Gunmen have massacred at least 36 workers at a quarry in a fresh attack in troubled northeast Kenya, police and the Red Cross said Tuesday, the latest in a series of attacks. The attackers reportedly sprayed gunfire at tents where the workers were sleeping in the early hours of Tuesday morning near the town...


Pygmies and Bantus flee a war caused by a tryst

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th November 2014

Pygmies and Bantus flee a war caused by a tryst by Habibou BANGRE MUKONDO:- It all began with a love affair a year ago between a Bantu and his Pygmy mistress, a tryst that so unnerved the enemy peoples of Congo’s troubled Katanga province that war broke out. Fighting between the Bantu land-owners and the hunter-gatherers of the Twa Pygmy groups — pitting bows-and-arrows against...


Minerals and militias: DR Congo’s Katanga province

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th November 2014

Minerals and militias: DR Congo’s Katanga province PARIS: – Katanga is a mineral-rich province about the size of Spain in the southeast Democratic Republic of Congo, which played a pivotal role in the country’s history, and remains the scene of a separatist uprising that has displaced hundreds of thousands. HISTORY: Separatists in Katanga headed by Moise Tshombe broke from the vast central...


Angry US envoy hits out at global response to Ebola

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th October 2014

Angry US envoy hits out at global response to Ebola CONAKRY- The US ambassador to the United Nations has criticised the level of international support for nations hit by Ebola as she begins a tour of west African nations at the epicentre of the deadly outbreak. Samantha Power said before arriving in Guinea on Sunday that too many leaders were praising the efforts of countries...


WHO for more medical workers to contain Ebola outbreaks in West Africa

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 15th September 2014

WHO for more medical workers to contain Ebola outbreaks in West Africa ISLAMABAD: The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan called for more international medical workers to contain Ebola outbreaks in West Africa. According to Xinhua, she at a press conference in Geneva welcomed Cuban government decision to provide “the largest offer” of 165 health professionals, which included physicians, nurses, epidemiologists, specialists in infection...


Death toll now 40 in Nigeria building collapse: rescuers

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th September 2014

Death toll now 40 in Nigeria building collapse: rescuers LAGOS: Forty people have now died as a result of a building collapse at the megachurch of one of Nigeria’s most famous preachers and televangelists, the country’s main rescue body said on Sunday. “It’s now 40 dead,” Ibrahim Farinloye, southwest coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Some 124 people were rescued alive from...


Health workers death toll mounts in W.Africa as Ebola spreads

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st September 2014

Health workers death toll mounts in W.Africa as Ebola spreads LAGOS:Nigeria’s health minister will hold an emergency meeting of state health commissioners on Monday as West Africa struggles to halt the deadly Ebola virus, amid growing concern at the toll among healthcare workers. Nigeria on Sunday confirmed a fresh case of Ebola in a doctor whose husband died from the virus, adding to a growing list...


Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th August 2014

Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights FREETOWN: The three nations at the centre of the west African Ebola outbreak were left increasingly isolated Thursday as more airlines suspended flights to the crisis zone. Air France has agreed to Paris’s request for a “temporary suspension” of services to Sierra Leone, leaving its capital Freetown and Monrovia in neighbouring Liberia with just one...


UN says 3 dead in helicopter crash in South Sudan warzone

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th August 2014

UN says 3 dead in helicopter crash in South Sudan warzone JUBA: Three people were killed and one injured when a UN cargo helicopter crashed in South Sudan’s northern war-zone region of Unity state, the UN said on Tuesday. The UN mission said it had “dispatched a search and rescue team” to the area, about 10 kilometers (six miles) from the northern oil town of Bentiu,...


Japan could offer unapproved Ebola drug under certain criteria -govt

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th August 2014

Japan could offer unapproved Ebola drug under certain criteria -govt TOKYO:Japan could offer an unapproved drug under certain circumstances to help treat the deadly Ebola virus even before the World Health Organization has decided to make a request for the drug, the country’s top government spokesman said on Monday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that Japan would cooperate with the WHO...


Briton with Ebola arrives in London hospital

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th August 2014

Briton with Ebola arrives in London hospital LONDON: A British nurse who contracted the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone arrived at a London hospital on Sunday, the ministry of defence said. The patient, who is not “seriously unwell” according to the Department of Health, was evacuated from Sierra Leone to London in a military plane. The Briton is the first person from...


Ebola death toll rises to 1,427: WHO

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd August 2014

Ebola death toll rises to 1,427: WHO GENEVA:The death toll from the Ebola outbreak sweeping through west African countries has risen to 1,427 out of more than 2,600 cases, the World Health Organization said Friday. The latest tally, which counts the number of victims from March when the deadly disease first reared its head to August 20, found that 77 people had...


Liberia’s Ebola Clampdown turns violent as official evacuated

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st August 2014

Liberia’s Ebola Clampdown turns violent as official evacuated MONROVIA: Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia’s capital Wednesday when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on crowds as they evacuated a state official and her family. Four residents were injured in the clashes that flared in Monrovia’s West Point slum which has been contained as part of new security measures...


Liberia fights Ebola in capital, W. Africa toll tops 1,200

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th August 2014

Liberia fights Ebola in capital, W. Africa toll tops 1,200 MONROVIA: Liberia battled on Tuesday to halt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded,run-down ocean side capital Monrovia, recording the most new deaths as fatalities from the world’s worst outbreak of the deadly virus rose above 1,200. The epidemic of the hemorrhagic disease, which can kill up to 90 percent of those it...


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