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37 killed in Burkina Faso as gunmen attack Canadian mining company

The ambush, which also wounded 60 people, was the third deadly attack on the Semafo mining company in 15 months. Gunmen in Burkina Faso killed at least 37 people on Wednesday in an attack on a convoy carrying employees, suppliers and contractors of a Canadian mining company, one of the deadliest episodes in a recent tide of violence that has ...

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Scores of inmates escape Nigeria prison after heavy rains

Ninety-seven escapees at large after rainfall in Kogi state prison allows over 120 to escape, prison authority says. Nearly 100 inmates remain at large after torrential rains in central Nigeria allowed scores of protesters to escape, according to authorities. The “perimeter fence” of the facility in Kogi state was destroyed by rains and cells flooded, forcing inmates “to break out of custody ...

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Drought causes more than 100 elephant deaths in Botswana

More than 100 elephants have died in two months in Botswana’s Chobe National Park due to drought, which has also affected wildlife in other countries in the region, the government said Tuesday. Several southern African countries are enduring one of the worst droughts in decades, caused by months of over-average temperatures and erratic rainfall. The drought has wilted grasslands and ...

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Nearly 180,000 displaced by northeast Syria fighting as needs multiply: UN refugee agency

After nearly two weeks of fighting in northeast Syria, the UN’s humanitarian wing has estimated that around 180,000 have been forced to leave their homes or shelters, including 80,000 children, all in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported on Tuesday that despite a shaky five-day ceasefire, airstrikes and a ground offensive launched ...

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New labour laws in Qatar benefiting migrant workers a ‘momentous step forward’: ILO

New legislation in Qatar which will allow foreign workers to freely change jobs and leave the country without the approval of their employers, has been praised by the International Labour Organization (ILO) as “a momentous step forward in upholding the rights of migrant workers.” The UN agency said the reforms, which will enter into force by January, mark the end ...

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Tuberculosis infections declining, but not fast enough among poor, marginalised: UN health agency

A staggering 1.5 million people died from tuberculosis (TB) last year, the UN health agency said on Thursday, in an appeal for far greater funding and political support to eradicate the curable and preventable disease. Caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis, TB commonly causes persistent coughing, fatigue and weight loss. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and its latest ...

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Turkey-Syria offensive: US sanctions Turkish ministries

The US has imposed sanctions on Turkish ministries and senior government officials in response to the country’s military offensive in northern Syria. President Donald Trump also phoned his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to demand an immediate truce, Vice-President Mike Pence said. Mr Pence said he would travel to the region “as quickly as possible”. The move comes after criticism ...

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Africa must fund her own transformation – Rwanda’s Paul Kagame

The African continent cannot continue to rely on foreign aid to finance its transformation, President Paul Kagame has said. Kagame was speaking in Abidjan at the 8th CGECI (Confédération Générale des Entreprises de Côte d’Ivoire) Academy, the largest annual gathering of Private Sector in the West African country. The summit brings together the private sector of the West African countries ...

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#SexForGrades: Calls for action after BBC Africa Eye film

West African politicians and film stars are among thousands calling for action following a BBC report into sexual harassment at top universities. A year-long investigation by BBC Africa Eye, released on Monday, explored student harassment at the University of Lagos and the University of Ghana. The film showed lecturers propositioning undercover journalists. Three of the men featured, two in Ghana ...

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SexForGrades: No more ‘cold room experience’ as UNILAG shuts down location

Following the revelation in the ‘Sex for Grade’ documentary video released by BBC Africa Eye, the University of Lagos has shut-down the ‘Cold Room’, where lecturers allegedly sexually assaulted students. The development was announced on Monday by the Principal Assistant Registrar (Communication Unit) of the university, Taiwo Oloyede. The ‘Cold Room’ was mentioned by a lecturer of the school, Boniface ...

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