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Boko Haram ‘bomb maker’ held in Nigeria: police source

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th January 2015

Boko Haram ‘bomb maker’ held in Nigeria: police source KANO:A man suspected of being behind the manufacture of explosives used in a series of Boko Haram suicide attacks has been arrested in northeast Nigeria, a senior police officer told AFP on Tuesday. The man, identified only as Ba’na, was held in the Arikime area of Potiskum after several weeks of surveillance, said the officer, who...


Boko Haram gunmen kill 15 in Nigeria’s northeast

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th January 2015

Boko Haram gunmen kill 15 in Nigeria’s northeast MAIDUGURI, Nigeria : Boko Haram gunmen killed 15 people including a village leader near Maiduguri, the heartland of the miliatnt group blamed for thousands of deaths in its six-year insurgency, security sources and residents said Saturday. “The terrorists attacked Kambari village, which is less than five kilometres to Maiduguri, around 5:00 am. They killed 15...


Zambia ruling party maintains lead in presidential poll

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd January 2015

Zambia ruling party maintains lead in presidential poll LUSAKA: Zambia’s ruling party candidate Edgar Lungu on Friday maintained a slight lead in the race to replace the late president Michael Sata, with 80 percent of constituencies counted. Defense Minister Lungu was two percentage points ahead of his closest rival, economist Hakainde Hichilema, according to the latest results released by the Electoral Commission of Zambia. With...


South Sudan warring rivals in Tanzania for peace talks

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st January 2015

South Sudan warring rivals in Tanzania for peace talks ARUSHA, Tanzania: Warring South Sudanese factions gathered in Tanzania Wednesday in the latest peace efforts to end over a year of civil war which has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people. Rebel chief Riek Machar is expected to meet later Wednesday with arch-rival President Salva Kiir to ink the latest in a...


Boko Haram claims Baga attack, threatens Nigeria’s neighbours

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st January 2015

Boko Haram claims Baga attack, threatens Nigeria’s neighbours KANO, Nigeria:  Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau claimed a massive attack on the northeast Nigerian town of Baga and threatened Niger, Chad and Cameroon in a new video published online on Tuesday evening. The message came as Nigeria and its neighbours met in Niger’s capital, Niamey, to discuss a regional response to the threat and...


Number of new Ebola cases declines: UNMEER

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st January 2015

Number of new Ebola cases declines: UNMEER ISLAMABAD: There has been an overall decline in the number of new Ebola cases, especially in the three most affected African countries, said a UN official on Ebola. Briefing on the progress in the global Ebola response to a UN General Assembly meeting, Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed, new head of United Nations’ Mission for Ebola...


Gambian troops go door-to-door in search of failed coup plotters

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd January 2015

Gambian troops go door-to-door in search of failed coup plotters BANJUL: – Gambian security forces went door-to-door in the capital Banjul on Friday in search of participants in a failed coup against the west African country’s strongman President Yahya Jammeh, residents said. Witnesses said the troops, who also set up checkpoints on roads leading out of the coastal city, were searching for suspects from Tuesday’s...


Ebola devastates W. Africa, horrifies world in 2014

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 31st December 2014

Ebola devastates W. Africa, horrifies world in 2014 ISLAMABAD: In 2014, the Ebola virus erupted in West Africa. The epidemic remains a humanitarian crisis of epic proportion. More than 20,000 people likely have been infected by the virus, which so far has killed at least 7,842, the World Health Organization reports. The epidemic began quietly in rural southeastern Guinea in the last days of 2013. The...


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...


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