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21 teens likely killed by something they drank, ate or smoked

21 teens likely killed by something they drank, ate or smoked

SOUTH AFRICAN authorities investigating 21 teenagers found dead at an east coast tavern over the weekend said the youths were probably killed by something they ate, drank or smoked, ruling out the earlier-touted possibility of a stampede. The still unexplained deaths of the teens, some of whom were celebrating the end of school exams and others a birthday party, have brought an outpouring of grief and shocked a nation accustomed to injuries linked to a binge-drinking culture. "It is either something they ingested which will point to poisoning, whether its food or drinks, or it is something they inhaled," Unathi…
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Tunisian judges extend strike over sackings for fourth week

Tunisian judges extend strike over sackings for fourth week

TUNISIAN judges decided to extend their national strike for a fourth week in protest against a decision by President Kais Saied to sack dozens of them, a joint statement by the judges' unions in the country said. It said the fourth week of the strike will start on June 27. Saied dismissed 57 judges on June 1, accusing them of corruption and protecting terrorists - charges that the Tunisian Judges' Association said were mostly politically motivated.
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Nigerian senator, wife held for plotting to harvest child’s organs

Nigerian senator, wife held for plotting to harvest child’s organs

A Nigerian senator and his wife were remanded in custody in London charged with plotting to have a 15-year-old boy brought into the United Kingdom to harvest his organs, the BBC and police said. Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, were both charged with conspiracy to arrange travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting, police said. Ekweremadu is an opposition senator in the southern state of Enugu, and also a former deputy senate president. Police said they had been alerted to the alleged plan following reports made of possible offences under modern slavery…
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African women’s share of the labour force is on par with rest of the world – report

African women’s share of the labour force is on par with rest of the world – report

LATEST figures from the International Energy Agency (IEA) show that women constitute 43 per cent of economy‐wide employment across Africa today, a rate of participation that is on a par with that in advanced economies. But employment varies widely across economic sectors with links to energy, from 44 per cent in manufacturing to only 5 per cent in construction, based on 2019 data. "Female employment averages only 16 per cent in mining and 22 per cent in utilities," the IEA stated in its Africa Energy Outlook 2022 report published this week. "Female participation also varies greatly across African countries according…
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In Gaddafi’s hometown, little hope for Libya’s future

In Gaddafi’s hometown, little hope for Libya’s future

ANGUS MCDOWALL and AHMED ELUMAMI THE people living in the ruins of Sirte's 600 Block district have waited years for help removing rubble and rebuilding homes damaged by warfare, but despite a new Libyan government making the city its headquarters, they have little hope of change. They live in apartments where bullet holes let in the winter cold and summer heat in shell-pocked buildings that look structurally unsound. "Each government comes and takes photos of the damage and does nothing for us," said Badr Omar, an English teacher who lives in two rooms behind bare concrete blocks, the front part…
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Hostel in Rwanda for UK asylum seekers prepares to take children

Hostel in Rwanda for UK asylum seekers prepares to take children

ANDREW MACASKILL THE hostel in Rwanda where Britain plans to send migrants under its controversial asylum-seeker deportation policy is preparing to house children, its manager said, with the prospect of youngsters being sent there with their parents. Under an agreement struck in April, Britain will send tens of thousands of migrants who arrive on its shores illegally more than 4,000 miles (6,4000 km) to the East African country. The Hope Hostel, where the asylum seekers will stay for about nine months after they arrive, is currently building a mini football pitch and a basketball court. Elisee Kalyango, the manager of…
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Nigerian state to allow individuals to carry guns against bandits

Nigerian state to allow individuals to carry guns against bandits

NIGERIA'S Zamfara state will start issuing licences to individuals to carry guns to defend themselves against armed gangs of kidnappers causing havoc in the country's northwest, the state's commissioner for information said on Sunday. Armed gangs are rife across Nigeria's northwest where they rob or kidnap for ransom, and violence has been increasing, where thinly stretched security forces often fail to stop the attacks. The gunmen, known locally as bandits, operate from remote forests in the northwest and their deadly attacks and kidnappings, targeting villagers, farmers and travellers, have increased since the start of the year. Zamfara and neighbouring Kaduna…
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WHO eyes decision on monkeypox ’emergency’, Africa says it’s long overdue

WHO eyes decision on monkeypox ’emergency’, Africa says it’s long overdue

THE World Health Organization will decide on Thursday whether to declare monkeypox a global health emergency, stirring criticism from leading African scientists who say it has been a crisis in their region for years. The deliberations and scrutiny of the WHO’s response to the outbreak follow concerns over how the United Nations agency and governments worldwide handled COVID-19 in early 2020. A “public health emergency of international concern” is WHO’s highest alert level. The agency does not declare pandemics, but it did start using the term to describe COVID-19 in March 2020. For many governments, that – rather than WHO’s…
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Angola’s ex-leader in intensive care

Angola’s ex-leader in intensive care

ANGOLA'S former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled Africa's second-biggest oil producer for nearly four decades, is in intensive care at a clinic in Barcelona, Portuguese news agency Lusa reported, citing a source close to him. The Angolan government did not respond to a request for comment on Friday, but on its Facebook page said the former leader had suffered a deterioration in his health. Dos Santos, 79, has been receiving medical treatment since 2019. "Following the information about the deterioration of the health condition of the former president of the republic Jose Eduardo dos Santos, President Joao Lourenco…
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African shoemakers “on fire”

African shoemakers “on fire”

A storefront situated between distinctive rock outcrops in the Gwarandok community in Jos reveals a display of locally-made shoes whose perfect stitching is a tribute to hand-crafted luxury wear. Inside, a social-media-led initiative offers Zoom classes to would-be shoemakers from across the globe. Welcome to the brave new world of African footwear. “Over 90 percent of the current Nigeria shoe market share is controlled by China and Europe,” said Daniel Dung-Gwom. With their Jmofs shoes, he and his brother Gyang are on a mission to change that with what Dung-Gwom refers to as an "Afrocentric brand with a global appeal".…
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