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Nigeria flying citizens from Libya amid ‘endemic’ abuse

Nigeria is flying out thousands of its citizens from Libya who face grave abuses such as rape and slavery as they attempt to reach Europe through the war-torn North African nation. Large numbers of Nigerians have been trapped in Libya where they were trying to cross to Italy by sea, but …

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Saudi warplane crashes in Yemen; pilots escape

A warplane from the Saudi-led military alliance fighting in Yemen has crashed after suffering a “technical failure”, a coalition statement said. However, Houthi rebels claimed on Sunday they shot down the plane, a British-made Tornado fighter jet, according to rebel-run al-Masirah television. The aircraft went down in Saada province. The Saudi-led coalition carried …

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Senegal vows to hunt down gunmen after 13 massacred

The Senegalese government vowed Sunday to be “relentless” in tracking down and bringing to justice those responsible for the execution of 13 people in the southern region of Casamance. Gunmen ordered a group of men and youths, out looking for wood, to lie on the ground deep in the forest …

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Explosion at Syria jihadist base kills 18: monitor

An explosion at a base for Asian jihadists in northwestern Syria’s Idlib city on Sunday killed 18 people including civilians, a monitor said. Extremist groups fighting in Syria count thousands of Asians among their ranks, including many from central Asian states and members of the Muslim Uighur ethnic minority of …

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Yrsa Daley-Ward: The model who turned her pain into poetry

The Instagram poet Yrsa Daley-Ward has had a difficult life – an unsettled childhood, the loss of her mother and struggles with depression. But it’s these things, she says, that have made her the person she is and added an extra dimension to her first, recently published collection, Bone. It …

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Namibia Switches to Electronic Passports – Nehemia Nghishekwa

Namibia has ceased the issuing of machine-readable passports and will start issuing biometric or electronic passports as from Monday, 8 January 2018. This was announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration’s director for immigration and border control, Nehemia Nghishekwa, on Friday at a media briefing in Windhoek. Nghishekwa …

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KENYA: What next? Fear and anxiety grip top State officers

Shock and confusion gripped Cabinet Secretaries (CSs) as anxiety amongst Principals Secretaries (PSs) mutated into panic after it emerged President Kenyatta could have lost confidence in more than three quarters of his Cabinet. President Kenyatta’s decision to fire 13 CSs painted an image of pending blood bath for PS’s and …

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Buhari has run out of ideas, even bad ones – Junaid Mohammed

A Second Republic lawmaker, Junaid Mohammed has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari has run out of ideas. Buhari had in his New Year message, put blame of the ongoing acute fuel scarcity on some saboteurs. Speaking in an interview with the Tribune, Mohammed, said, “I think it was too cheap. He …

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UN chief concerned by Western Sahara tensions

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is deeply concerned by a spike in tensions in a buffer zone in disputed Western Sahara, his spokesman said Saturday. Morocco has accused the Algerian-backed Polisario Front of carrying out incursions in the buffer zone near Guerguerat, an area in southern Western Sahara near the Mauritanian …

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INCHR Caution President-elect Weah Against Human Rights Violation

The Independent National Commission on Human Rights has cautioned President- elect George Weah against Human Rights violation during his tenure as Liberia’s President. The INCHR, in a statement issued Thursday, said Mr. Weah and the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) should not use the popular voices of Liberians to mete …

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Zimbabwe: Harare faces lawsuit over poor water quality

Harare City Council faces a possible class lawsuit by residents who fear their health has been compromised by being forced to consume visibly contaminated water supplied to their homes by the local authority. The residents, through the Harare Residents Trust (HRT), a non-profit organisation, have called for the immediate resignation …

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Egypt Coptic Orthodox Christians mark Christmas Eve after bloody year

Coptic Orthodox Christians packed Egypt’s newly built Nativity of Christ Cathedral on Saturday for a Christmas Eve mass after a bloody year for a minority repeatedly targeted by jihadists. Police had bolstered security around the country’s churches for days, especially at the cathedral east of Cairo where President Abdel Fattah …

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GHANA: Kickback For Contracts Angers Minister

The Upper East Regional Minister, Rockson Bukari has warned against public officers who demand ten percent of sums from contractors after awarding them deals, describing it as corruption which must be nipped in the bud. Mr. Rockson said most contractors tend to execute shoddy work when authorities that award them …

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