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21 SA teens killed by “something they drank, ate or smoked”

21 SA teens 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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Electric car-charging “grid” for Africa?

Electric car-charging “grid” for Africa?

CONRAD ONYANGO, BIRD STORY AGENCY THE installation of electric car charging stations is gaining momentum in Africa as investors look to exploit what will develop into a multimillion-dollar market opportunity driven by a growing demand for e-mobility. Most of these opportunities currently focus on South Africa, Morocco, Kenya and to a lesser extent, aspirational markets like Uganda. Governments and players in the automobile, real estate and oil-marketing sectors keen on facilitating the transition from "dirty" to "clean" fuel, are already putting up electric charging infrastructure to offer facilities to a nascent fleet of electric vehicles. “More and more people are…
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“Drugs fuel trafficking in West and Central Africa”

“Drugs fuel trafficking in West and Central Africa”

OPIOID and cannabis abuse are above global averages in West and Central Africa, while cocaine trafficking through the region is financing militant violence in the Sahel, the United Nations said in a report. Growing instability in West Africa, a transit route for illegal drugs on their way from South America to Europe, has facilitated drug production and trafficking, generating revenue for armed groups, said the U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Drugs have also become a public health problem within West and Central Africa, with 9.7% of people aged between 15 and 64 having consumed cannabis in 2020, compared…
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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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