Saturday, 5 December 2020

Tag Archives: Africa

Yahya Jammeh ‘handpicked’ women for rape: Human Rights Watch

BANJUL: Former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh “handpicked” women whom he would rape or sexually coerce, offering cash, gifts and other privileges in exchange, international rights groups said. “Yahya Jammeh treated Gambian women like his personal property,” said US attorney Reed Brody of Human Rights Watch (HRW). “But rape and sexual ...

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UN kicks off major climate change effort

UNITED NATIONS Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls it the defining issue of our time: climate change is moving to the center stage at the United Nations, three years after the Paris agreement went into force. A major UN push for progress on climate change kicks off next week when Guterres travels ...

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World’s first malaria vaccine launched in Africa

NAIROBI: The world’s first malaria vaccine has been rolled out in Malawi to protect 360,000 children under two in Malawi, Kenya and Ghana in Sub-Saharan Africa from the mosquito-borne disease that causes 435,000 people global deaths each year. The RTS,S/AS01 (trade name Mosquirix) is an injectible recombinant protein-based vaccine acts ...

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Nina Dobrev almost killed by lion during safari

Johannesburg: Actress Nina Dobrev almost became a lion’s meal during her trip to South Africa. “The Vampire Diaries” star was thrilled to see big cats in the wild safari but getting up close to one lion gave the actress and her friends a bit of a scare, reports aceshowbiz. “I’ve ...

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Ethiopia’s Nile river dam may start working in 2020 despite Egypt’s fears

ADDIS-ABABA: The €3.3 billion ($4 billion) Grand Renaissance Dam, the largest hydroelectric project in Africa, is due to start initial operations in December 2020, according to Ethiopian Water and Energy Minister Seleshi Bekele. “750 megawatts is the planned initial production with two turbines. The government expected the dam to be fully operational by the end of 2022”, Bekele ...

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Prince Charles, Camilla in Gambia on Africa tour

BANJUL: Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla landed Wednesday in The Gambia for the first leg of a week-long African tour aimed at strengthening ties with Commonwealth nations. The Prince of Wales, heir to the throne, took over as head of the 53-member Commonwealth of Nations in April, succeeding ...

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Ethiopia appoints Africa’s only female president

ETHIOPIA appointed a woman to the largely ceremonial position of president for the first time, further increasing female representation in the government of Africa’s second most populous nation. In a unanimous vote, Ethiopian lawmakers picked career diplomat Sahle-Work Zewde, 68, to replace Mulatu Teshome who resigned in unclear circumstances. Ethiopia’s ...

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Africa’s youngest billionaire kidnapped by gunmen in Tanzania

NAIROBI: Africa’s youngest billionaire was kidnapped by gunmen from a gymnasium in Tanzania’s economic capital Dar es Salaam, officials said. Mohammed Dewji, 43, who heads the MeTL Group which operates in about 10 countries with interests in agriculture to insurance, transport, logistics and the food industry, was snatched as he ...

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US may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan

THE HAGUE – US forces may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan from 2003-2004 by torturing prisoners in what appeared to be a deliberate policy, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has said. Unveiling the results of a lengthy initial probe into atrocities in Afghanistan, prosecutor Fatou Bensouda ...

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