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Widow of late Tunisia leader Essebsi dies as presidential poll opens

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348 total views, 172 views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Tunis, Tunisia, Sep 15 – Chadlia Caid Essebsi, the wife of the late Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi, passed away on Sunday as the first round of elections to select her husband’s successor began, their son announced. “My mother Chadlia, widow of Beji Caid Essebsi, is dead, may God bless her,” Hafedh Caid Essebsi said on Facebook. In late July, the 83-year-old had welcomed heads of state who came to pay their respects to her husband, Tunisia’s first president elected democratically by universal suffrage who…

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Trump confirms death of Al-Qaeda heir Hamza bin Laden

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555 total views, 170 views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, WASHINGTON, United States, Sept 14 – US President Donald Trump on Saturday confirmed that Hamza bin Laden, the son and designated heir of Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, was killed in a counter-terrorism operation along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. US media reported in late July and early August, citing intelligence officials, that the younger Bin Laden had been killed sometime in the last two years in an operation that involved the United States. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed the death last month, saying it…

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Mugabe’s family agree to burial in ‘heroes’ monument

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964 total views, 192 views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, HARARE, Zimbabwe, Sep 13 – The family of former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe have agreed to bury him at a monument for national heroes in Harare, a family spokesman said on Friday though the date for the ceremony was still unclear. Mugabe died in Singapore last week aged 95, leaving Zimbabweans torn over the legacy of a leader once lauded as an anti-colonial guerrilla hero, but whose 37-year iron-fisted rule ended in a coup in 2017. His family and President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former…

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50 killed in train derailment in southeast DR Congo

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339 total views, 26 views today BY AFP,Lubumbashi,12TH SEPT,2019-Fifty people were killed early Thursday when a train derailed in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the minister for humanitarian action, Steve Mbikayi, said in a tweet. “Another disaster! Derailing at 3am local in Tanganyika (province) near Mayibaridi. Provisional toll: 50 dead and several injured,” he wrote. Railways in the DRC have a poor record for safety, hampered by poor tracks and decrepit locomotives, many of them dating from the 1960s. In March, at least 24 people were killed and 31 were injured Sunday…

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Robert Mugabe’s body being flown home from Singapore

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514 total views, 22 views today BY BBC NEWS,11TH SEPT 2019-The body of Robert Mugabe has left Singapore on a private flight destined for his home country of Zimbabwe. The former president had been receiving hospital treatment in the city state before he died last week aged 95. Mr Mugabe was Zimbabwe’s first leader after becoming independent in 1980. He held on to power for almost four decades before being ousted in a coup in 2017. He will be buried on Sunday after a state funeral on Saturday. Obituary: Robert Mugabe From…

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Opposition leader Machar arrives in Juba

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589 total views, 11 views today JUBA,SOUTH SUDAN,9TH SEPT,2019-South Sudan’s exiled opposition leader, Riek Machar has arrived in the country’s capital Juba this morning. Machar returned to the country to attend a face-to-face meeting with President Salva Kiir to discuss all the outstanding issues of the peace deal and the way forward. The opposition leader is leading a high-level delegation. He was received at Juba Airport by Presidential Adviser for Security Affairs Tut Gatluak. Machar is being accompanied by Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, a member of Sudan’s Sovereign Council. The peace deal signed last…

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Russia’s ruling party hit badly in Moscow election

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1,820 total views, 36 views today BY BBC NEWS,9TH SEPT,2019-Russia’s ruling United Russia party has suffered major losses in Sunday’s election to the Moscow city parliament, nearly complete results show. The party lost nearly a third of the seats in the 45-member parliament, but remains on course to retain its majority with about 26 seats. With most opposition candidates disqualified, the Communists, independents and others gained seats. The exclusion of the opposition candidates triggered mass protests. Thousands of people have been detained, and riot police have been accused of a brutal crackdown…

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Zimbabwe plans Mugabe’s funeral and burial next weekend

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1,943 total views, 2 views today BY REUTERS,9TH SEPT 2019-The Zimbabwean government plans a state funeral for longtime ruler Robert Mugabe in a sports stadium in Harare next Saturday, with a burial ceremony a day later, it said in memo sent to embassies. Zimbabweans have been confused about when they would get to pay their last respects to Mugabe since his death in a Singapore hospital on Friday after a long illness. Mugabe had dominated Zimbabwean politics for almost four decades from independence in 1980 until he was removed by his own…

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Mugabe, the liberation hero turned despot

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605 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, HARARE, Zimbabwe, Sep 6 – Robert Mugabe, who has died aged 95, used repression and fear to hold on to power in Zimbabwe for 37 years until he was finally ousted when his previously loyal military generals turned against him. After his humiliating fall from office in November 2017, his phenomenal physical stamina seeped away rapidly. First heralded as a liberator who rid the former British colony Rhodesia of white-minority rule, Robert Gabriel Mugabe will instead be remembered a despot who crushed political…

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Long serving former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugambe dies aged 95

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566 total views, 5 views today BY BBC NEWS ,6TH SEPT,2019-Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s first post-independence leader, has died at the age of 95. He died after battling ill health, his family confirmed to the BBC. Mr Mugabe was ousted from power in a military coup in November 2017, ending his three-decade reign. Zimbabwe’s education secretary Fadzayi Mahere tweeted: “Rest In Peace, Robert Mugabe.” He was born on 21 February 1924, in what was then Rhodesia. He was imprisoned for more than a decade without trial after criticising the government of Rhodesia in…

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Boris Johnson’s brother quits UK government

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2,449 total views, 3 views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, LONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 5 – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was dealt a fresh blow on Thursday when his brother Jo quit the government, saying he could no longer reconcile “family loyalty and national interest”. Jo Johnson had campaigned strongly against Britain’s exit from the European Union in 2016, a position that put him at odds with his older and more famous brother Boris. But he took a job in his brother’s government as universities and science minister, a position he had held previously. “It’s been an…

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Africa 

South Africa’s Leader of EFF party Julius Sello Malema says xenophobic attacks are directed at the wrong people,blames white monopoly capital

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329 total views, 1 views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,5TH SEPT 2019-Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters party (EFF) of South Africa, Julius Sello Malema has finally revealed his stance as far as the xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa is concern. According to the EFF leader, the whole situation is fueled by white supremacy In a tweet, Julius maintained his position that the anger towards small business owners who are foreign nationals is misdirected, noting that Africa can and will unite. “Our anger is directed at wrong people. Like all…

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Bahamas PM laments ‘generational devastation’ as Dorian toll mounts

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1,260 total views, no views today BY AFP,Nassau,5TH SEPT 2019-Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis on Wednesday lamented the “generational devastation” wrought by Hurricane Dorian, as he confirmed the storm’s death toll had risen to at least 20. The US Coast Guard and Britain’s Royal Navy airlifted survivors and ferried in emergency supplies as flood waters receded in the Bahamas, while the weakened but still dangerous storm was “lashing” the coasts of the American states of Georgia and South Carolina. The United Nations said 70,000 people on Grand Bahama and Abaco islands…

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Demonstrators attack South African business in Nigeria: police

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399 total views, 3 views today BY AFP,ABUJA,4TH SEPT 2019-More than a hundred demonstrators clashed with police near a South African-owned supermarket in the Nigerian capital on Wednesday as resentment simmered over attacks on foreign-owned shops in South Africa. Demonstrators burned tyres and hurled rocks outside a mall in Abuja where a branch of the Shoprite supermarket is located, before being repelled by a dozen police, an AFP journalist saw. “We must avenge the death of our citizens in South Africa,” said one of the demonstrators, Joseph Tasha. Security was ramped up…

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South Africa vows crackdown on xenophobic attacks after five die

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325 total views, 1 views today BY AFP,Johannesburg,4TH SEPT 2019-Five people have been killed in a surge of xenophobic violence in South Africa, police said on Tuesday, as President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to clamp down and the African Union, Nigeria and Zambia condemned the attacks. Hordes of people — some armed with axes and machetes — gathered in Johannesburg’s central business district for a third day of unrest directed against foreigners, hours after mobs burned and looted shops in the township of Alexandra, prompting police to fire rubber bullets to disperse them.…

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Pope Francis Stuck In Elevator For 25 Minutes, Rescued By Holy See Firefighters

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2,430 total views, no views today BY JOAN WANJIKU/CNA,2ND SEPT,20198-Head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, on Sunday arrived late for his weekly prayer in St Peter’s Square, Vatican city, saying he had been stuck in a lift for 25 minutes. The 85-year-old attributed the delays to an electric fault experienced moments after he got into the elevator. While apologising to his congregants for being late, the pontiff stated that he was rescued by Holy See firefighters. “I have to apologise for being late. There was a drop in voltage and…

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Five killed, 21 injured in mass shooting in Texas

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1,189 total views, no views today BY AFP,Washington,1ST SEPT 2019-A gunman hijacked a US postal truck and opened fire at random in the US state of Texas Saturday, shooting dead at least five people and wounding many others before dying in a shootout with officers. Police identified the suspect as a white man in his mid-30s, but could not yet name him or say why he carried out the attack in the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa. GUN CONTROL Coming less than a month after a gunman killed 22…

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Girl, 9, tests positive for Ebola in Uganda

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1,217 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, KAMPALA, Uganda Aug 30 – A nine-year-old girl who had travelled from the Democratic Republic of Congo has been found to have Ebola, authorities in Uganda said on Thursday. The child, who is of Congolese origin, was diagnosed after exhibiting symptoms at a border crossing in the southwestern Kasese district on Wednesday. She was subsequently isolated and transferred to an Ebola treatment unit. A rapid response team had been dispatched to Kasese to support local teams, the Ugandan Health Ministry said in a…

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UK warships to patrol dangerous West African waters

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2,184 total views, no views today BY BBC NEWS AFRICA, 29TH AUG 2019-British warships are expected to patrol the Gulf of Guinea before the end of the year, according to UK Armed Forces Mark Lancaster, who is on a three-day visit to Ghana. He said that the fleet would join forces with members of the regional bloc Ecowas to combat growing insecurity off the West African coast – considered one of the most dangerous stretches of water anywhere in the world. His announcement comes in the wake of the recent kidnapping of…

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Two dead as Japan orders 870,000 to flee heavy rains

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1,658 total views, 1 views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Tokyo, Japan, Aug 28 – Two people were confirmed dead on Wednesday as heavy rains pounded southwest Japan, prompting flood and landslide warnings and orders for 870,000 people to seek safety. More than a million more people were advised to leave their homes after the country’s weather agency raised the alert to its highest level for parts of northern Kyushu. The emergency warning is issued “if there is a significant likelihood of catastrophes”. Officials confirmed two deaths, one in western Saga prefecture where a man…

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Rwandan Businessman Shot Dead In Maputo, Mozambique

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346 total views, no views today BY BBC NEWS,27TH AUG 2019-Head of Rwandan community in Mozambique, Louis Baziga, was on Monday shot dead in the capital, Maputo. Reports by BBC indicate that the successful businessman, who ran shops and pharmaceuticals in Maputo, was in his car when he was ambushed by armed men at around midday. Rwanda’s ambassador to Mozambique Claude Nikobisanzwe told the international media that the unidentified gunmen are yet to be arrested. “Mr Baziga was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. Police have started investigations;…

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Trump backs Johnson, sends mixed signals on China at G7

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2,078 total views, 1 views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Biarritz, France, Aug 25 –US President Donald Trump on Sunday backed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the “right man” for Brexit and sent mixed signals about his trade war with China at a G7 summit dominated by worries about the global economy. Johnson and Trump were on obviously friendly terms as they sat down for a working breakfast in the southern French resort of Biarritz where Group of Seven leaders are gathering this weekend. “He’s going to be a fantastic prime minister,” Trump…

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Misinformation, Lack of Access and Confusion Hamper the Ability of Smokers Who Don’t Quit to Consider Better Alternatives-Report,

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2,688 total views, 2 views today BY CORRESPONDENT,LAUSANNE,SWITZERLAND,23RD AUG 2019– A new report has shown that majority of those hooked to smoking  have knowledge that  the habit is  harmful to their health and lives but they just cant make a decision to quit smoking.A  report Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI)  titled “Unsmoke: Clearing the Way for Change” is based on findings from a major international study conducted for the company by independent research firm Povaddo. According to the report ,there is no question that, while the best choice is to quit cigarettes…

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Nineteen die in Uganda after fuel tanker explosion

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534 total views, 1 views today BY BBC NEWS,19TH AUG 2019-Police in Uganda say at least 19 people were killed in the west of the country on Sunday when a fuel tanker exploded after the driver lost control of the vehicle and it rammed into four cars. The accident happened at a small trading centre in Kasoe town near a major highway between the capital, Kampala, and Kasese town near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. A fire that followed the blast burnt down at least 25 shops nearby. Police…

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Hong Kong protesters face crucial weekend test after airport setback

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3,367 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Hong Kong, China, Aug 16 –Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement faces a major test this weekend as it tries to muster another huge crowd following criticism over a recent violent airport protest and as concerns mount over Beijing’s next move. Ten weeks of protests have plunged the international finance hub into crisis with the communist mainland taking an increasingly hardline tone, including labelling the more violent protester actions “terrorist-like”. Chinese state media have put out images of military personnel and armoured personnel carriers across…

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Toll from Tanzania fuel truck blast rises to 82: hospital

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3,340 total views, no views today BY AFP,14TH AUG 2019-The death toll from a fuel truck explosion in Tanzania at the weekend has climbed to 82 after seven more people died from their injuries, a hospital official said Wednesday. A spokesman for the National Hospital in Dar es Salaam said 32 others were being treated, including 17 in intensive care, following one of the deadliest oil tanker blasts in Africa in recent years. “We are continuing to fight as best we can to save those still alive,” the hospital spokesman, Aminiel…

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Ebola drugs show ‘90pc survival rate’ in breakthrough trial

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2,981 total views, no views today BY BBC NEWS,13TH AUG 2019-Ebola may soon be a “preventable and treatable” disease after a trial of two drugs showed significantly improved survival rates, scientists have said. Four drugs were trialled on patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where there is a major outbreak of the virus. Two of those, named REGN-EB3 and mAb114, were more effective in treating the disease, the study found. The drugs will now be used to treat Ebola patients in DR Congo, according to health officials. The US National…

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Celebrating Africa’s digital potential on UN Youth Day

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2,570 total views, no views today ACCRA, Ghana, August 12, 2019– By Ime Archibong, Vice President, Product Partnerships at Facebook Many things have been said about the future Africa and its potential, it has been called the Opportunity Continent, the Next Frontier and Africa rising, with all of these true. For me the excitement comes in how Africa can, and will one day lead in the digital economy, not only creating a better future for its young people, but for people across the entire continents, whether here in Africa or elsewhere…

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President Magfuli declares three days of official mourning following Saturday’s tanker explosion tragedy

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1,847 total views, no views today BY ANN MUNENE,NAIROBI,11TH AUG 2019-Tanzanian President John Magufuli has announced  three days of national mourning following an oil tanker explosion tragedy that hit the East African nation on Saturday. So far the number of those who have died stands at 69  after two more people died while undergoing treatment. The accident occurred in the city of Morogoro which is a major route for transporting cargo and fuel from the port city of Dar es Salaam, which is the country’s’ commercial capital. An eyewitness said the…

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60 dead after fuel tanker bursts into flames in Tanzania

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1,295 total views, 1 views today BY CORRESPONDENT,MOROGORO,10TH AUG 2019-Sixty people died while 70 were seriously injured in Morogoro town, Tanzania, on Saturday morning when a fuel tanker burst into flames. Reports indicated that the victims included motorcyclists who rushed to the scene in Msamvu to collect leaking fuel after the vehicle overturned. Others were food vendors along Dar es Salaam-Morogoro highway. Morogoro Regional Police Commander Wilbroad Mutafungwa confirmed the number of casualties. CIGARETTE The accident occurred about 200 metres from Msamvu Bus Station in Morogoro town. Some witnesses said one of…

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Huawei unveils its own operating system after US restrictions

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1,980 total views, 2 views today BY REUTERS,9TH AUG 2019– Huawei Technologies unveiled on Friday its proprietary operating system for smartphones and other devices, as US trade restrictions imposed in May threaten to cut the Chinese firm’s access to US technologies such as Android. But Huawei said that for now it would stick to using Google’s Android for smartphones, and the new software will be gradually rolled out to support devices such as smartwatches, speakers and virtual reality gadgets. The new OS is part of Huawei’s attempt to develop its own technologies…

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1,800 dead as malaria ‘epidemic’ rages in Burundi: UN

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329 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, BUJUMBURA, Burundi, Aug 6 – Malaria has killed more than 1,800 people in Burundi this year, the UN’s humanitarian agency says, a death toll rivalling a deadly Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. In its latest situation report, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said 5.7 million cases of malaria had been recorded in Burundi in 2019 – a figure roughly equal to half its entire population. Of those cases, a total of 1,801 died from…

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Ugandan musician allied to Bobi Wine dies after alleged kidnap, torture

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1,977 total views, 1 views today BY JOAN WANJIKU/SOURCES,5TH AUG 2019-Ugandan musician Ziggy Wine, who was signed to a recording studio associated with singer-turned-politician Bobi Wine, died on Sunday night. Ziggy Wine, whose real name is Michael Kalinda, reportedly succumbed to injuries sustained after he was allegedly abducted and tortured on July 21, 2019 while on his way to the Firebase Crew studios. Kyadondo East legislator Bobi Wine, taking to Twitter on Saturday, announced that Ziggy was found “beaten beyond recognition, his left eye plucked out, two of his fingers cut off,…

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Top Tanzania reporter charged with money laundering

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1,468 total views, no views today Top investigative Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera has been charged with “economic crimes” a week after his arrest. According to the charge sheet, seen by BBC, the charges are as follows: Leading a criminal gang between January 2015 to June 2019 Failing to pay tax, totalling to about $75,000 (£62,000) between January 2015 to June 2019 Money laundering a sum of $75,000 between January 2015 to June 2019. The journalist was not asked to enter a plea and as the charges are considered too serious for him to…

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29 killed in two US mass shootings within hours

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1,496 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, El Paso, United States, Aug 3 – Two mass shootings in the United States have left 29 people dead within 24 hours, the latest such attacks in a nation torn over how to tackle gun violence. A gunman armed with an assault rifle killed 20 people Saturday when he opened fire on shoppers at a packed Walmart store in El Paso, Texas. Less than 13 hours later, a lone shooter killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio early Sunday before being shot dead…

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Rebels, jihadists kill 49 people in Yemen’s Aden

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1,418 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Aden, Yemen, Aug 1 – Separate attacks by Shiite rebels and a jihadist suicide bomber killed at least 49 people in Yemen’s government-held second city Aden Thursday, many of them newly trained police cadets. The attacks were the first to hit the southern port city in more than a year and dealt a heavy blow to the government’s reorganised security forces, which have been trained and equipped by the United Arab Emirates. Mohammed Rabid, a senior official at the health ministry, told reporters in…

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Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama is dead: US intel

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1,309 total views, no views today BY AFP,Washington, 1ST AUG 2019-US intelligence has received information that Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza has died, NBC News reported Wednesday. NBC said three US officials had confirmed they had information of Hamza bin Laden’s death, but gave no details of the date or place, and did not indicate if they had confirmed the information. Questioned by reporters in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump did not confirm or deny the report. “I don’t want to comment on it,” he said. BOUNTY In…

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Suspected Islamists kill at least 65 in northeast Nigeria

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1,804 total views, 1 views today BY REUTERS ,29TH JULY,2019-At least 65 people died in an attack by suspected Islamists on a group returning from a funeral in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno region, state television reported on Sunday, one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in recent years. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Boko Haram group and rival Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) splinter group have often carried out attacks in the area. Local government chairman Mohammed Bulama was quoted as saying on state television that the assailants…

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Club floor collapses in South Korea as athletes dance; two people dead

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1,581 total views, 1 views today BY REUTERS,27TH JULY 2019- The upper deck of a nightclub collapsed on top of revelers in South Korea on Saturday, killing two people and injuring several foreign athletes competing at the World Aquatics Championships, rescue officials and witnesses said. The floor gave way in the Coyote Ugly nightclub in the city of Gwangju at about 2:30 a.m. (1730 GMT Friday), pinning people underneath and injuring at least 10, rescue officials said. The two people killed were South Korean. New Zealand men’s water polo team captain Matt Small…

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Tunisia president Beji Caid Essebsi dies at 92

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1,990 total views, no views today BY AFP,25TH JULY,2019-Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, the North African country’s first democratically elected leader, died Thursday at the age of 92, his office said. The veteran politician, the oldest head of state after Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, came to power in 2014, three years after the Arab Spring uprising toppled longtime despot Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and sparked revolts in several Arab nations. He had been hospitalised with a severe illness in late June and was returned to intensive care on Thursday. Loading…

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North Korea fires ‘new short-range missile’ into sea, S Korea says

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1,308 total views, no views today BY BBC NEWS,25TH JULY 2019-North Korea has fired two short-range missiles into the sea, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. They were launched over the sea early on Thursday, from Wonsan on North Korea’s east coast. A JCS official said at least one of the missiles travelled about 690km (428 miles) and appeared to be a new design. It marks the first time North Korea has fired any missiles since leader Kim Jong-un’s impromptu meeting with Donald Trump late last month. It also…

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Boris Johnson set to be the next UK prime minister ,to over from Theresa May

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2,256 total views, no views today BY BBC NEWS, 23RD JULY,2019-The BBC’s chief political correspondent Vicki Young has said that a “long standing ally of Boris Johnson,” and someone who supported his bid to get into Number 10, has told her that he is worried as to “how long Mr Johnson’s leadership can last.” “There is really no majority for the Conservative party,” she says, adding that “they have this incredibly divisive Brexit issue to deal with”. Loading…

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Nigerian serviceman returns lost parcel full of cash

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435 total views, no views today BY BBC NEWS,22ND JULY 2019-A member of Nigeria’s air force has returned a parcel to its owner that contained 37,000 euros ($41,000; £37,000) in cash, the air force says. Bashir Umar is a member of the force’s Mobile Air Defence Team that is deployed to Kano airport, northern Nigeria, for security duties. The air force in a statement said he was on routine patrol with his colleagues when he found the parcel containing the lost money. Instead of keeping it, the air force says the serviceman…

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Cairo flights: Lufthansa resumes services but BA cancellations continue

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2,568 total views, 2 views today BY BBC NEWS,21ST JULY,2019-Lufthansa has resumed flights from Cairo, but British Airways says services will still be cancelled for another six days as a “precaution”. On Saturday BA alerted passengers who were about to board a plane from Heathrow to the Egyptian capital. German airline Lufthansa also stopped flights between Cairo and Frankfurt and Munich but they resumed on Sunday. BA took the decision to suspend flights on the Heathrow to Cairo route for “security reasons”. The British government said it was aware of BA “notifying…

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Morocco hikers: Three get death penalty for Scandinavian tourist murders

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2,881 total views, 2 views today BY BBC NEWS,18TH JULY 2019-Three Islamic State group supporters who murdered two Scandinavian hikers in Morocco have been sentenced to death. The verdicts for ringleader Abdessamad Ejjoud, Younes Ouaziyad and Rachid Afatti follow petitions on social media calling for their execution. Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, were found beheaded in the High Atlas mountains in December. If the executions go ahead, they will be the first in Morocco since 1993. That year saw the country introduce a freeze on…

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WHO declares Ebola outbreak ‘health emergency’ of international concern

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1,458 total views, no views today BY AFP,18TH JULY 2019-The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a “public health emergency of international concern,” a rare designation only used for the gravest epidemics. “It is time for the world to take notice,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement, as he accepted the advice of his advisory board to invoke the emergency provision (PHEIC), only used by the UN health agency four times previously. Those included the H1N1, or swine flu,…

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AFCON 2019:Algeria orders military planes to fly fans to Egypt

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1,714 total views, no views today BY AFP,ALGIERS,13TH JULY 2019-Algeria’s hopes of reaching the Africa Cup of Nations final will be boosted by the arrival of another 2,000 fans in time for Sunday’s semi-final against Nigeria in Cairo. Six military planes, along with 10 from Air Algeria, will put on special flights to help encourage the Desert Foxes as they attempt to win the tournament for the first time in 29 years. According to a statement received by AFP, the Algerian Ministry of Defence said that the army high command had…

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3 Kenyans, 2 Americans and Briton among 26 killed in Kismayo terror attack

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2,599 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Mogadishu, Somalia, Jul 13 – Twenty-six people were killed and 56 injured in a 12-hour attack by Al-Shabaab jihadists on a popular hotel that ended early Saturday in the southern Somali port city of Kismayo. A suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into the Medina hotel on Friday before several heavily armed gunmen forced their way inside, shooting as they went, authorities said. It was the largest coordinated attack by the Shabaab in Kismayo since 2012 when it lost control of the…

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Somalia hotel siege over, 12 dead

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2,052 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Mogadishu, Somalia, Jul 13 – At least 12 people were killed and more than 30 injured in a suicide bomb and gun attack claimed by Al-Shabaab militants on a popular hotel in southern Somalia, a security official said Saturday. “The security forces are in control now and the last terrorist was shot and killed”, Mohamed Abdiweli, a security official, said. “There are dead bodies and wounded people strewn inside the hotel and we cannot give exact detail of the casualties but we have confirmed…

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Train collision kills 20, injures 78 in Pakistan

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1,742 total views, no views today  BY AFP,PUNJAB,PAKISTAN,11TH JULY 2019-20 people were killed and nearly 80 injured when two trains collided in central Pakistan early Thursday, officials said. The incident took place in Rahim Yar Khan district in Punjab province when a passenger train coming from the eastern city of Lahore rammed into a goods train that had stopped at a crossing, a senior government official said. A senior Pakistan Railways official gave AFP the toll, adding: “We fear the death toll will rise as rescue teams are still cutting (through) the wreckage.”…

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