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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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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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When you buy diamonds, think of Bucha, Ukraine envoy says

When you buy diamonds, think of Bucha, Ukraine envoy says

CONSUMERS should think twice when buying diamonds that could be funding Russia's war, a Ukrainian diplomat said on Friday as a fraught international conflict diamond forum in Botswana came to an inconclusive end. The Kimberley Process (KP), a coalition of governments, the diamond industry and civil society representatives responsible for certifying diamonds as conflict-free, is split over a push to expand its definition of conflict diamonds to include those funding aggression by states. Russia - which invaded Ukraine four months ago - holds a 33% stake in Alrosa, which accounted for about 30% of the world's diamond output last year.…
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Burkina Faso gives civilians 14 days to evacuate ahead of military operations

Burkina Faso gives civilians 14 days to evacuate ahead of military operations

BURKINA FASO'S army has given civilians two weeks to evacuate vast areas in its northern and southeastern regions ahead of military operations against Islamist insurgents. The West African country's army this week ordered civilians to leave two large "military interest zones" to protect them but did not specify how long they would have to evacuate or where they should go. One of the military zones is a rural area of around 2,000 square kilometres (772 square miles) bordering Mali in the northern province of Soum. The other covers about 11,000 square kilometres on the southern border with Benin and is…
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Dozens of migrants piled together at Melilla border fence, video shows

Dozens of migrants piled together at Melilla border fence, video shows

DOZENS of migrants were pictured lying by a Moroccan border fence, some bleeding and many apparently lifeless, in a video showing the aftermath of an attempted mass crossing into a Spanish enclave on Friday in which at least 18 died. Moroccan authorities said the disaster occurred after migrants attempted to breach a fence into the Melilla enclave, with some dying in a crush after what authorities called a stampede, and others falling as they climbed. The Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH) local head Omar Naji said its members and sympathisers had shot the footage, which showed large numbers of…
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SA president lambasted by anti-graft commission

SA president lambasted by anti-graft commission

SOUTH AFRICAN President Cyril Ramaphosa told an inquiry into corruption under his predecessor Jacob Zuma that he had no first-hand knowledge of any wrongdoing, only media reports, the final part of the inquiry published on Wednesday showed. The final instalment of the inquiry chaired by senior judge Raymond Zondo, which examined claims of corruption and fraud under Zuma, is a product of three years of hearings involving some 300 witnesses, including Ramaphosa himself. Ramaphosa also faces a divided party ahead of this year's African National Congress (ANC) elective conference that will decide whether to give him a second run at…
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Nigeria to probe Shell’s multi-million dollar contracts

Nigeria to probe Shell’s multi-million dollar contracts

NIGERIA'S Senate said it will investigate oil company Shell Plc over alleged illegal extensions of oil exploration leases and is seeking a refund of $200 million which it said accrued over the period. The upper house of parliament said a seven-member committee has been mandated to investigate oil exploration leases granted to Shell's Nigerian division from 1959 to 1989 and from 1989 to 2019 under a joint venture agreement with state-owned NNPC. The Senate said the decision to investigate was following the non-payment of $200 million accruals from Shell's oil mining lease under its joint venture with NNPC and the illegal…
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