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SOUTH AFRICA – ‘Get out’

SOUTH AFRICA – ‘Get out’

PRETORIA – On a street corner in Pretoria, South Africans gather just meters from the immigrants they’re marching against. The Somali traders form a protective line, some armed with sticks and rocks. Riot police wedge themselves and their armoured carriers between the two sides. A police helicopter hovers directly above, scattering dust and trash. “Get […]

Dozens of migrants drown off Libya

TRIPOLI – The bodies of 74 migrants have been recovered by the Libyan Red Crescent after washing up on the country’s northern coast near the city of Zawiya. Circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear but a torn rubber dinghy was reportedly found nearby. Volunteers, who responded to a call Monday morning, say they believe the individuals […]

South Sudan declares famine

South Sudan declares famine

KHARTOUM – The government and the United Nations report that some 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a million more on the brink of famine. A combination of civil war and an economic collapse have been blamed. There have been warnings of famine in Yemen, Somalia and north-eastern Nigeria, but South Sudan is the first […]

SOMALIA – Militants ram car bomb into hotel

SOMALIA – Militants ram car bomb into hotel

MOGADISHU – Islamist militants rammed a car bomb into the gate of a hotel in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, jumped clear and stormed inside on Wednesday, killing 28 people, government and medical officials said. Gunfire rang out as four militants burst into the Dayah Hotel, which is popular with politicians. A second explosion shook […]

NIGERIA – Jet fires on refugees

NIGERIA – Jet fires on refugees

RANN – A Nigerian air force jet has mistakenly bombed a camp for displaced people near Rann in the north-east, killing up to 100 people and injuring dozens more. Aid workers are among the dead, with the Red Cross saying six of its employees were killed. The MSF aid agency said it was treating 120 […]

Uganda closing Zuckerberg, Gates funded schools

Uganda closing Zuckerberg, Gates funded schools

KAMPALA – A legal tug-of-war between Ugandan authorities and a for-profit international chain of schools has led to the education provider being ordered to shut down in a matter of weeks, leaving the lives of thousands of pupils in limbo. Uganda’s High Court has described the Bridge International Academies (BIA) — which is funded by […]

SOUTH AFRICA – Pastor uses ‘Doom’ to ‘heal’

SOUTH AFRICA – Pastor uses  ‘Doom’ to ‘heal’

JOHANNESBURG – Images of a South African Pastor spraying insecticide into the faces of his congregants are circulating on social media. Lethebo Rabalago, of the Mount Zion General Assembly (MZGA), in Limpopo, has openly posted photographs on his Facebook page of him spraying congregants with Doom Super Multi Insect Killer to cure various ailments. A […]

Teen girls in Morocco face jail for kissing

Teen girls in Morocco face jail for kissing

RABAT – Two teenage girls in Morocco face up to three years in jail on homosexuality charges after they were caught kissing. The girls, aged 16 and 17, were detained by police after they were spotted kissing and hugging on the roof of a house in Marrakech last week, Omar Arbib from the Moroccan Association […]

Chibok girls smile through the pain

Chibok girls smile through the pain

ABUJA –– Giggling and chatting among themselves, it’s hard to imagine that just one week ago, these girls were at the mercy of one of the world’s deadliest terrorist organizations. As the Chibok girls waited patiently Wednesday to meet the man who signed off on their release –– Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari –– it was remarkable […]

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