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2 Feb 2015
AFTER 13 months of fighting and six failed ceasefires, diplomats are being forced to accept that any deal to end the war in South Sudan will, at best, result in a return to the status quo that precipitated the carnage in the first place. The latest peace proposal drafted in Addis Ababa by regional bloc…
1 Feb 2015
LIBERIA has delayed planned re-opening of schools, saying they are not yet fully prepared to prevent the spread of Ebola.   The schools - closed in July - had been due to open today, but teaching will now begin on February 16.   The BBC’s Mark Doyle says several schools he has seen are woefully…
1 Feb 2015
US negotiators travel to EU headquarters in Brussels Monday to jumpstart talks on the world's biggest-ever free trade deal, which after nearly two years remain bogged down by public opposition. The future of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Pact, or TTIP, is in doubt in the face of bitter opposition by activists and mixed signals…
29 Jan 2015
OVER 38,000 Somali children are at “high risk” from dying from starvation despite hunger levels improving by almost a third across the war-torn nation, United Nations (UN) experts said Thursday.   The grim assessment, based on the latest data collected by the UN, comes just over three years since intense drought and war sparked famine…
28 Jan 2015
BURUNDIAN soldiers shot dead 17 rebels at point-blank range after they surrendered in January, witnesses have told the BBC.   The rebels, with hands raised, were lined up on the edge of the cliff before being killed, one witness said.   Burundi’s army denied the allegation, saying 95 rebels were killed in a five-day battle…
28 Jan 2015
A SOUTH Sudanese militia has freed 280 child soldiers as part of a wider deal to release about 3,000 under-age fighters, the United Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said. More releases will occur in the coming weeks, said the agency, which helped negotiate the children's freedom. The soldiers were recruited into an armed group which has…
27 Jan 2015
RAYMOND Mwesiga’s “darling kid sister” had much to live for, but when she needed medical help after a car crash, Uganda’s overstretched health system fatally failed her.   Distracted by her toddler while driving her new car, 22-year-old Sandra Mbabazi had a “minor” accident and didn’t seem to be badly hurt. A passerby took her…
26 Jan 2015
TUNISIAN Prime Minister-designate Habib Essid’s new cabinet faced rejection by parliament Monday, after another party said it would oppose his choice of ministers in a vote to ratify the country’s new government.   According to Reuters, a rejection by parliament would be the first defeat for the secular party Nidaa Tounes, since it won October…
26 Jan 2015
THE NIGERIAN government will soon send teachers to a few African countries as part of efforts under its foreign policy on technical aid, to help with the educational standard of the countries.    Acting Director General of the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA), Mr. Shuaibu Suleiman, disclosed this in Abuja at the weekend…
26 Jan 2015
ZAMBIA’S new President Edgar Lungu, Monday, retained Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda, to help turn around a stuttering economy, after securing a narrow victory in last week’s presidential poll.   Lungu’s campaign focused on tapping into the grassroots support base of former leader Michael Sata, who died in office in October aged 77. Sata won over…
26 Jan 2015
AN EGYPTIAN appeals court Monday, convicted a doctor of manslaughter and performing female genital mutilation that led to the death of a 13-year-old girl, sentencing him to two years and three months in prison in the country’s first case that came to trial over the widespread practice, defense lawyers said.   The doctor, Raslan Fadl,…
25 Jan 2015
UGANDAN wildlife officers have seized a huge haul of elephant ivory and pangolin scales, representing the deaths of hundreds of endangered animals, police said Sunday.   Over 700 kilogrammes of ivory - worth almost $1.5 million on the black market - and over two tonnes of pangolin skins were discovered in boxes at Uganda’s main…

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