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Deadly Israel-Gaza escalation rages for second day

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1,872 total views, 144 views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Gaza City, Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Nov 13 – Exchanges of fire triggered by Israel’s targeted killing of a top militant in Gaza raged for a second day Wednesday and showed little sign of easing, with 22 Palestinians killed. Fresh rocket barrages were fired at Israel, which responded with strikes on what it said were Islamic Jihad militant sites and rocket-launching squads in the Gaza Strip.   Air raid sirens wailed and fireballs exploded as air defence missiles intercepted rockets, sending Israelis rushing to bomb shelters.…

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Jimmy Carter hospitalized for procedure to relieve brain pressure

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2,241 total views, 143 views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Washington, United States, Nov 12 – Former US president Jimmy Carter was hospitalized on Monday for a procedure to relieve brain pressure after recent falls, his organization said. The 95-year-old Nobel laureate spent three days in hospital last month after suffering a pelvic fracture. The injury came weeks after he injured his head in a fall at home, recovering quickly to volunteer the next day — with a black eye and a bandage covering 14 stitches — at a Habitat for Humanity site. He was…

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world’s oldest living couple husband and wife named in Texas

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3,168 total views, 143 views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,SOURCES,10TH NOV 2019-A couple in Austin, Texas, has been named the world’s oldest living couple by Guinness World Records. John Henderson, 106, and Charlotte, 105, have a combined age of 211 years and are set to celebrate their 80 years of marriage next month. The two, as reported by CNN, met at The University of Texas in 1943 where Charlotte was pursuing teaching and John played in the football team. They got married in 1939 and spent their honey moon at a hotel room…

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Verdict:ICC sentences Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda to 30 years in jail

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1,763 total views, 24 views today BY UPESI REPORTER,NAIROBI,7TH NOV 2019-The International Criminal Court (ICC) Trial Chamber VI  has resolved to sentence Bosco Ntaganda to 30 years of imprisonment. Bosco was on July 8 found guilty by Trial Chamber VI of 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, committed in Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in 2002-2003. He was found guilty of among other  crimes : murder and attempted murder, rape, sexual slavery, persecution, forcible transfer and deportation, murder and attempted murder, intentionally directing attacks against civilians, rape…

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15 killed in suspected rebel attacks in Thailand’s south

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1,406 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Yala, Thailand, Nov 6 – At least fifteen people were gunned down in an ambush by suspected Muslim militants in Thailand’s violence-wracked south, an army spokesman said on Wednesday, one of the bloodiest days in the 15-year insurgency. Thailand’s three southernmost provinces have been in the grip of a conflict that has killed more than 7,000 people, as Malay-Muslim militants fight for more autonomy from the Thai state. Despite the high death toll, the highly localised unrest garners few international headlines. The region is…

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Catholic church in Rome investigates two nuns found pregnant after missionary trip to Africa

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740 total views, 6 views today BY SOURCES,6TH NOV 2019-The Catholic church in Rome has launched investigation into strange circumstances that led two nuns who took the vow to keep chastity rules got pregnant while on a mission in Africa. The African nuns who belong to different orders in Sicily in Italy were posted to their home country in Madagascar to carry out missionary services but slipped up and got pregnant. According to the Sun ,One of the women, 34, discovered she was pregnant when she underwent a medical scan after complaining…

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Oscar heartbreak as Nigeria’s Lionheart is disqualified

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307 total views, 6 views today BY BBC NEWS,5TH NOV 2019-Nigerian film director and actor Genevieve Nnaji has protested against the disqualification of her film, Lionheart, from Oscar’s Best International Feature Film category. The Academy dropped the Nigerian comedy “for having too much dialogue in English”, which violates its rule that requires entries in the international category to have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.” Lionheart, which is Nigeria’s first ever submission to the Oscar, is largely in English, with an 11-minute section in the Igbo language. The film, which has earned strong…

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Twitter to ban political ads worldwide on its platform

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7,014 total views, 1 views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Washington, United States, Oct 31 – Twitter said Wednesday it would stop accepting political advertising globally on its platform, responding to growing concerns over misinformation from politicians on social media. Chief executive Jack Dorsey tweeted that while internet advertising “is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives of millions.” The move comes with Facebook under pressure to apply fact-checking to politicians running ads with debunked…

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At least 71 killed in Pakistan train fire

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1,783 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan, Oct 31 – At least 71 people were killed and dozens injured after cooking gas cylinders exploded on a train packed with pilgrims in Pakistan on Thursday, some dying after leaping from carriages to escape the inferno, authorities said. Television footage showed flames pouring out of three carriages as people could be heard crying during the incident, in a rural area of central Punjab province. Some of the passengers — many of whom were pilgrims travelling to one of Pakistan’s…

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China ‘supports’ barring of Joshua Wong from Hong Kong election Today 12:30 pm (47 minutes ago)

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1,777 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Beijing, China, Oct 30 – Beijing expressed “approval and support” Wednesday for the disqualification of Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong from upcoming local elections, after months of protests in the semi-autonomous city. Wong, one of the most prominent figures in the otherwise leaderless movement, accused the Hong Kong government of “political screening” after an election officer ruled his nomination for the November poll invalid on Tuesday. But a spokesman for China’s top policy body on Hong Kong affairs said Wednesday that Wong…

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Former Catalan leader to fight Belgian extradition

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688 total views, 1 views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Brussels, Belgium, Oct 29 – Lawyers for former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont vowed Tuesday to fight Spain’s efforts to extradite him from Belgium on charges of sedition and misuse of public funds. Spain, where courts this month jailed several of Puigdemont’s allies, has demanded he be sent home to face justice for his part in a banned 2017 referendum. According to the former regional president’s legal team, Belgian prosecutors have advised a court honour Madrid’s request, in a case that could last several months. The…

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Students flood Iraq streets, defying government and parents

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860 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Baghdad, Iraq, Oct 28 – Students and schoolchildren hit the streets of Baghdad and southern Iraq on Monday to join escalating calls for the government to quit, defying the education minister, legal threats and even their parents. Swathes of the country have been engulfed by protests this month, with anger over unemployment and accusations of graft evolving into demands for a total political overhaul. More than 200 people have been killed and 8,000 wounded, the majority protestors, since the movement erupted…

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Students join Iraq protests, defying government and parents

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647 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Diwaniyah, Iraq, Oct 28 – Students and schoolchildren hit the streets of Baghdad and southern Iraq on Monday to join escalating calls for the government to quit, defying the education minister, legal threats and even their parents. “No school, no classes, until the regime collapses!” protestors shouted in Diwaniyah, 180 kilometres (120 miles) south of the capital. The capital and the country’s south have been rocked by a second wave of rallies over perceived government corruption, unemployment and poor services. The…

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Botswana’s President Masisi wins hotly-contested election

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1,115 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Gaborone, Botswana, Oct 25 – Incumbent president Mokgweetsi Masisi on Friday won a five-year term in Botswana’s elections which saw his ruling party secure more than 51 percent of parliamentary votes, the chief justice said. “Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi is elected President of the Republic of Botswana,” chief justice Terrence Rannowane announced. The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), which has ruled since independence from Britain in 1966, was declared the winner after attaining the minimum 29 parliamentary seats required to form a government after…

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China embassy staff heading to UK site where 39 found dead in truck

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1,145 total views, no views today BY AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Beijing, China, Oct 24 – Chinese embassy staff are heading to Essex in Britain to verify reports that 39 people found dead in a truck were its nationals, the foreign ministry said Thursday. The victims were discovered in a container on the back of a truck in Grays, east of London, on Wednesday, shortly after arriving by ferry from Belgium. The local Essex Police force, which is working with immigration officials, said their initial priority was to try to identify the 39…

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British PM ‘appalled’ by 39 deaths in truck container

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1,326 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, London, United Kingdom, Oct 23 – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “appalled” by the discovery Wednesday of 39 dead bodies in a truck container east of London. “I’m appalled by this tragic incident in Essex. I am receiving regular updates and the Home Office will work closely with Essex Police as we establish exactly what has happened,” he said on Twitter.

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Chile protests: Five dead after looters torch garment factory

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1,183 total views, 1 views today BY BBC NEWS,21ST OCT 2019-Five people died after looters torched a garment factory near Chile’s capital Santiago, bringing the death toll in violent protests to at least seven. The military and police used tear gas and water cannon against protesters and a curfew was imposed in major cities. A state of emergency already in place in Santiago is to be extended to cities in the country’s north and south. The unrest, sparked by a now suspended metro fare hike, has widened to reflect anger over living…

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Turkey operation creates headaches for NATO

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2,041 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Brussels, Belgium, Oct 16 – Turkey’s Syria offensive has created fresh divisions within NATO and, while there is no chance of Ankara being thrown out, the crisis adds to pressures on the alliance as it heads towards a crucial summit in December. Ankara’s assault on Kurdish forces who played a key role in the fight against the Islamic State group has drawn widespread international criticism and prompted some NATO countries to suspend new arms sales. President Donald Trump has authorised sanctions on Turkish leaders…

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New Africa Hotel joins Hotels around the world to create a best brews pop up garden

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1,658 total views, no views today DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 14TH OCT 2019- The Brand Celebrates Global Growth with “Four Points Around the World” Series, Showcasing Best Brews in Each Corner of the World Highlights Four Points by Sheraton Dar es Salaam, New Africa Hotel will celebrate the Four Points Around the World Series by hosting a pop-up beer garden from October 18-26, 2019. The Series highlights the brand’s signature initiative, Best Brews, while also celebrating Four Points’ growth in new and existing global markets. POINT 1: Four Points by Sheraton, one of…

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Ethiopian Airlines denies it tampered with flight records after crash

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4,751 total views, no views today Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Airlines on Wednesday denied whistleblower accusations that it tampered with the maintenance records of the Boeing 737 MAX jet which crashed in March, killing all 157 people on board. The accident, in which the plane nose-dived into a field outside Addis Ababa, led to the six-month grounding of the aircraft model as numerous reports faulted an automated control system which pushed the nose of the jet sharply downward. The same system error was blamed for the crash of an Indonesian Lion Air…

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Hong Kong leader invokes emergency powers to ban protester face masks

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4,998 total views, 1 views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Hong Kong, China, Oct 4 – Hong Kong’s leader invoked colonial-era emergency powers Friday to ban protesters wearing face masks, but the move aimed at quelling months of unrest sparked immediate fresh rallies and vows to defy the new law. Chief executive Carrie Lam said she had made the order under the Emergency Regulations Ordinances, a sweeping provision that grants her the ability to bypass the legislature and make any law during a time of emergency or public danger. “We believe that the new law…

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Five bodies found, one still missing after Taiwan bridge collapse

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4,334 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Taipei, Taiwan, Oct 2 – Five bodies have been recovered from under a collapsed bridge in Taiwan, rescuers said Wednesday, as the search continued for the last person missing after the structure smashed onto fishing boats moored underneath. Taiwan’s National Fire Agency said the deceased were fishing workers from Indonesia and the Philippines whose bodies were found in waters near two damaged boats late Tuesday and earlier Wednesday. “The search and rescue mission continues,” transport minister Lin Chia-lung told reporters, adding evidence was being…

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Federal Gun Control in America: A Historic Guide to Major Federal Gun Control Laws and Acts

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2,566 total views, no views today  BY GUEST WRITER,1ST OCT 2019-For Americans, the crux of gun control laws has been how to disarm dangerous individuals without disarming the public at large. Ever-present in this quest is the question of how the perception of danger should impact guaranteed freedoms protected within the Bill of Rights. Not only is such a balancing act difficult as-is, but there are also two additional factors that make it even more challenging: America’s federal government is constitutionally bound by the Second Amendment, and politicians notoriously take advantage…

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Al-Shabaab attacks US base, EU convoy in Somalia

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1,085 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Mogadishu, Somalia, Sep 30 – The Al-Shabaab militant group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a US base in Somalia on Monday, as a security officer confirmed a separate strike against a convoy of EU advisers. The militants hit the US base at Baledogle, about 110 kilometres (70 miles) northwest of the capital Mogadishu, with explosives before gunmen opened fire on the compound. In a statement, Al-Shabaab said: “In the early hours of Monday morning, an elite unit of soldiers… launched a daring raid…

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Mugabe to be buried Saturday at rural home

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706 total views, no views today BY AFP,Harare,28TH SEPT 2019- Zimbabwe’s ex-president Robert Mugabe will be buried Saturday afternoon, his nephew said Friday, after the remains were moved from his Harare house to his rural village ahead of the event. The country’s founding leader died in a Singapore hospital earlier this month, aged 95, almost two years after a military coup ended his nearly four-decade rule. After weeks of wrangling between government and his family over the final resting place, the Mugabes have opted to entomb him at his birth place…

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Pakistan PM presses Trump to seek Taliban deal

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2,599 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, United Nations, United States, Sep 24 – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday encouraged US President Donald Trump to restart talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban, saying there ultimately had to be a political settlement. “I am meeting with President Trump later on and I will tell that, look, there’s not going to be a military solution,” he told the Council on Foreign Relations before the two leaders’ meeting later Monday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. “For 19 years if you have…

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Rouhani heads to UN in bid to win Iran support against ‘cruel’ US

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2,707 total views, no views today By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Tehran, Iran, Sep 23 – President Hassan Rouhani set off for New York on Monday to attend the UN General Assembly on a mission to win Iran support against “cruel” pressure from arch-foe the United States. His departure came as Iran said an oil tanker flying the flag of US ally Britain was “free” to leave more than two months after seizing it in sensitive Gulf waters. Speaking before flying out, Rouhani said his delegation was heading to the UN gathering despite reluctance from…

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An American tourist dies as he proposes to his girl friend under water in Tanzania

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896 total views, no views today BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,22ND SEPT 2019-An American  tourist who was  on holiday with his girlfriend in the neighboring Tanzania on Thursday drowned while proposing. Steven Weber and his lover Kenesha Antoine were reportedly staying in a wooden cabin with a bedroom submerged beneath the ocean surface at the Manta Resort, off Pemba Island. A video posted by Ms. Antoine on Facebook, shows Weber swam underwater and held a handwritten note against the bedroom windows. The note read: “I can’t hold my breath long enough to tell…

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Mexico to keep fuel prices stable despite Saudi attacks

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4,535 total views, 1 views today BY REUTERS,17TH SEPT,2019-Mexico’s government will uphold its pledge to keep fuel prices stable and has gasoline supplies secured despite attacks on Saudi oil sites, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday. Lopez Obrador told a regular news conference that officials from the finance ministry and state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) would meet on Tuesday. The president said oil-producing Mexico benefited from higher oil prices but was also exposed to market fluctuations because it imported gasoline and diesel. “We need to see how this equilibrium…

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Widow of late Tunisia leader Essebsi dies as presidential poll opens

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3,471 total views, no 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…

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Trump confirms death of Al-Qaeda heir Hamza bin Laden

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3,154 total views, 1 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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2,032 total views, 2 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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867 total views, 1 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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817 total views, no 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…

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Opposition leader Machar arrives in Juba

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664 total views, no 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…

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Russia’s ruling party hit badly in Moscow election

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1,874 total views, no 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…

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Zimbabwe plans Mugabe’s funeral and burial next weekend

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2,054 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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697 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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718 total views, 4 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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2,497 total views, no 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…

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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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379 total views, no 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…

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Bahamas PM laments ‘generational devastation’ as Dorian toll mounts

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1,289 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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440 total views, no 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…

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South Africa vows crackdown on xenophobic attacks after five die

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363 total views, no 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…

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

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2,461 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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1,220 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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1,246 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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2,226 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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1,702 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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390 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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