Protesting Ethiopian soldiers given jail terms

A military court in Ethiopia has sentenced 66 soldiers to between five and 14 years in prison for marching on the residence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in October. The smiles on the soldiers’ faces suggest the prime minister succeeded in defusing the situation amicably The government said the soldiers were asking for a pay rise but Mr Abiy later insisted they had wanted to kill him. “These sentences delivered today will serve as lessons,” prosecutor Cap Hailemariam Mamo told reporters. The defendants’ lawyer said he would lodge appeals for…

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Zimbabwean woman carrying baby on back hit, killed by car in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA: A Zimbabwean woman was killed and her baby seriously injured, when they were hit by a car on the N1 between Beaufort West and Leeu Gamka on Saturday afternoon, Western Cape traffic authorities have confirmed. Traffic chief Kenny Africa said the pedestrian, a 34-year-old Zimbabwean woman, had gotten out of a car to cross the road to urinate. She had been carrying the baby on her back. The woman sustained fatal injuries and the baby was seriously hurt when the Nissan – driving in the direction on Beaufort…

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Kenyan marries 2 university students at same ceremony

On Dec 15, 2018 28,977 0 The story of 27 year old Tom Junior Mako marrying his two wives at the same ceremony has captivated Kenyans in the past few days. The businessman from from Kajiado County, south of the capital, Nairobi, married Elizabeth Simaloi, 25, and Joyce Tikoiyan, 23. Tom Junior Mako and his wives Elizabeth Simaloi and Joyce Tikoiyan. – BBC The two young women are students at a local university. There had been reports that the wedding took place in a church, which would make it unlawful.…

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Deported Kenyan lawyer gets ‘torture’ damages

On Dec 15, 2018 14,396 0 A High Court judge in Kenya has ruled that deported lawyer and politician Miguna Miguna was tortured and treated inhumanely by state officials when they detained and forcibly removed him from the country earlier this year. Miguna Miguna Mr Miguna, a fiery opposition politician, was first deported in February after taking part in the mock inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga as the “people’s president”. Mr Odinga had refused to accept defeat in last year’s election. Mr Miguna was deported for a second-time in…

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Somalia violence: Deadly Baidoa clashes over Robow arrest

Several people are reported to have been killed in southern Somalia as violence erupted following the arrest of a former al-Shabab commander set to contest regional elections. Mukhtar Robow defected from al-Shabab last year At least 11 people, including soldiers and civilians, died in Baidoa during clashes involving supporters of Mukhtar Robow, sources told the BBC. The government has accused Mr Robow of being a security threat. He is seeking the presidency of South West state in next week’s election. Related Articles News of Mr Robow’s arrest early on Thursday…

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UK schoolgirls assaulted in Ghana ‘given specialist support’

On Dec 15, 2018 25,455 0 A group of UK schoolgirls who were sexually assaulted at gunpoint in Ghana are receiving support, police say. British police are assisting their counterparts conducting the investigation in Ghana They were attacked on a visit to the west African country last Friday and returned to the UK on Sunday. A British police force – which asked not to be identified to help safeguard the girls’ anonymity – is assisting an investigation in Ghana. Police said they would do “everything possible” to ensure the offenders…

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‘Miracle’ six-day-old baby survives Ebola

By James Gallagher A baby girl who was diagnosed with Ebola when she was only six days old has survived, health officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have confirmed. Baby Benedicte’s mother, who had Ebola, died during childbirth Baby Benedicte’s mother was infected with Ebola and died during childbirth. Benedicte showed symptoms only days later and it has taken five weeks of round-the-clock treatment to keep her alive. Related Articles Her dad and aunt took her home on Wednesday. “Her father, Thomas, was very emotional… she is his…

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British students raped at gunpoint on Ghana trip

On Dec 14, 2018 12,354 0 Thomas Naadi |BBC Africa| Authorities in Ghana are investigating the sexual assault of four British girls and their teacher at gunpoint. Hundreds of corrugated iron roofed huts can be seen lining the shore in the heart of Accra, Ghana; the schoolgirls and their teacher were flown home from the city after the attack The Sixth Form students, aged between 16 and 17, were part of an organised trip by a school in southern England. Reports say the four girls and their teacher were attacked…

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Brexit: EU says no to May on renegotiating deal

European Union leaders have said the Brexit withdrawal agreement is “not open for renegotiation”, despite appeals from Theresa May. Prime Minister Theresa May She wanted legal assurances on the Irish backstop to help her deal get through Parliament, after she delayed a Commons vote in anticipation of defeat. The PM said the deal was “at risk” if MPs’ concerns could not be addressed. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said there could be clarifications but no renegotiation. Related Articles He urged the UK to set out more clearly what it wants,…

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Former Angolan minister found dead in Maputo hotel under unclear circumstances

Last updated Dec 14, 2018 24,374 0 By Jose Tembe Angola has confirmed the death of its former minister of higher education, Adão Gaspar Ferreira do Nascimento, in a hotel room in the Mozambican capital, Maputo. Adão Gaspar Ferreira do Nascimento was Minister of Higher Education from 2012 to 2017 A press statement from the Angolan embassy in Maputo says the 60-year-old’s body has been moved to a local morgue for a trauma examination. The embassy says the death occurred at 21:00 local time on Wednesday night. Mozambique’s National Criminal Investigation…

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