• 4 French nationals died in Ivory coast beach attack - French Presidency

    14/Mar/2016 // 1320 Viewers

     

    PARIS, MARCH 14, 2016: (DGW) - As against earlier reports that one French national died in the beach resort attack, the French Presidency in a statement  released  on Monday said  that four French nationals actually lost their lives in Sunday attack.

    President Hollande has, therefore, vowed to intensify cooperation with governments  in the West African subregion, the epicentre of Islamist militancy on the continent to ensure the terrorists are defeated adding that ''four French victims have now been reported''.

    This is, however , contrary to earlier reports by Ivorian officials that eighteen people were killed including three gunmen.

     


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  • : President Increases His Salary Despite Economic Recession

    14/Mar/2017 // 976 Viewers

     

    PARIS, MARCH 14, 2017: (DGW) Despite the economic recession plaguing the economy with its attendant effect ravaging the nook and crannies of the country, the president of Namibia, Hage Geingob ha last week approved an increment to his salary, The Herald reports.

    The latest bill approved brings the presidential salary to an increase of 6 percent for himself and fellow politicians in the country.

    The latest bill signed by the president is expected to take effect from the month.

    Recall that the Public Office-Bearers Remuneration and Benefits Commission, POBC, had in 2015 recommended the increases in salary for politicians but the president had kicked against the move based on the economic condition in the country.

    The new gazette signed by the president detailing how much he and other politicians will earn brings the president’s salary to a total of N$1,7 million per year whic is estimated at N$600 000 monthly.

    The vice president, Nickey Iyambo, will however earn an annual salary of N$1,5 million per year.

    The ministers in the country numbering 27 will earn a little over N$30 million per year. (Herald)


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  • Breaking News: Sierra Leone goes four weeks without new Ebola cases: official

    14/Oct/2015 // 631 Viewers

    FREETOWN (AFP) - 

    Sierra Leone has not recorded a single new case of Ebola in the past four weeks, the authorities said, keeping the west African country on course to being declared free of the killer virus next month.

    The last two known Ebola patients were discharged from hospital in late September, allowing Sierra Leone to begin the standard 42-day countdown to becoming Ebola-free.

    "Sierra Leone has no Ebola-positive case recorded in the country for the fourth consecutive week," the head of the government's National Ebola Response Centre, Palo Conteh, said at a press conference, adding that there were no more people in quarantine either.

    Since first emerging in December 2013, the worst outbreak of Ebola in history has infected 28,000 people and left some 11,300 dead -- almost all in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

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    All three countries have now gone two straight weeks without any new confirmed cases, a new milestone in the fight against the haemorrhagic fever. Liberia has already been declared free of transmission.

    The World Health Organization says a country can be declared Ebola-free 42 days after the last confirmed case has tested negative twice for the virus, once after each 21-day maximum incubation period.

    For Sierra Leone, that day falls on November 8.

    But the country's progress was overshadowed Wednesday by news of a study which found that the virus may persist in some men's semen for nine months after they were initially infected, longer than previously known.

    The first long-term study of its kind, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, adds to growing evidence that Ebola can linger in the body, causing health problems for months or even years.

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  • Breaking! Militant attack kills 12 soldiers, wounds 80 on Friday

    14/Oct/2016 // 11693 Viewers

     

    Security and medical officials say suspected Islamic militants have attacked an army checkpoint killing twelve soldiers and wounding no fewer than eighty soldiers, Al Jazeera has reported.

    Egyptian officials say the Friday attack about 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of the Suez Canal wounded another eight soldiers. They had no word on casualties among the militants.

    The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

    Egypt has for years battled militants in Sinai, but the insurgency has grown deadlier and spread into the mainland since the 2013 ouster of an elected Islamist president. The militants are now led by a local affiliate of the Islamic State group.

    There has been a recent surge in attacks in Sinai, but attacks elsewhere in Egypt have declined.


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  • Angola displaces Nigeria as Africa's largest oil producer

    15/Apr/2016 // 242 Viewers

     

    PARIS, APRIL 15, 2016: (DGW) - ANGOLA has again come from behind to displace Nigeria in crude oil production thus making her Africa's largest oil producer, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, (OPEC) has reported.

    Pipeline vandalism is reportedly responsible for this sharp drop which has become a major challenge.

    In its monthly report, Nigeria's production of crude oil fell from 1.744 million barrels in February to 1.677 million barrels per day. Angola's production output , the reports say , rose from 1.767 million barrels per day to 1.782.

    Angola had in November last year overtaken Nigeria when Nigeria's production output fell by 250,000 when production fell from 1.812 million barrels to 1.607 while Angola reportedly produced 1.722 million barrels per day compared to the previous month.


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  • Ghana government memo warns of possible militant attack

    15/Apr/2016 // 232 Viewers

     

    ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana and Togo are the next targets for Islamist militants following high-profile attacks this year in Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast, according to a memo from Ghana's Immigration Service.

    The memo calls for better border protection in the latest sign of a heightened government response to the threat to West Africa by militants based in northern Mali who have stepped up a campaign of violence in the last year.

    It says the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) has evidence from neighbouring Ivory Coast from the interrogation of a man suspected of orchestrating an attack on March 13 in which 18 people were killed. [nL5N16M30G]

    "Intelligence gathered by the ... NSCS indicates a possible terrorist attack on the country is real. ... The choice of Ghana according to the report is to take away the perception that only Francophone countries are the target," said the memo, dated April 9 and published by Ghanaian media.

    It ordered immigration agents on the northern border with Burkina Faso to be extra vigilant and said patrols should be stepped up along informal routes between the two countries.

    Ghana is one of Africa's most stable and peaceful democracies and has not suffered an attack by Islamist militants. Togo is the country's eastern neighbour.

    President John Mahama spoke about the memo in an interview on state radio's Sunrise FM on Thursday. He asked for public vigilance and said Ghana was also at risk from home grown militants, while noting that countries in the region share intelligence on militant threats.

    "We must deal with this without creating panic amongst our people," he said, adding that the memo should not have detailed the intelligence on which its calls for greater vigilance were based.

    Government spokesmen in the presidency and at the immigration ministry did not return calls requesting comment.

    Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has claimed responsibility for attacks on a hotel in the capital of Mali last November, a restaurant and hotel in Burkina Faso's capital in January and the Ivory Coast attack. In all, more than 65 people have died, many of them foreigners. 


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  • EgyptAir crash: Explosives found on victims, say investigators - BBC reports

    15/Dec/2016 // 454 Viewers

     

    Traces of explosives have been found on victims of the EgyptAir plane crash over the Mediterranean in May, investigators say.
    A criminal investigation would now begin into the crash of the Airbus A320, Egypt's civil aviation ministry said in a statement.
    Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo plunged into the sea on 19 May killing all 66 people on board.
    The cause of the crash has remained unclear.
    No distress call was made beforehand but the cockpit voice recorder revealed the pilots had fought to put out a fire.
    Automated electronic messages sent out by the plane showed smoke detectors going off in a toilet and in the avionics area below the cockpit, minutes before the plane vanished.
    Recovered wreckage showed signs of damage caused by high temperature and there was soot on the jet's front section.
    Although there were fears that an act of terrorism might have brought the plane down, no group has said it targeted the plane.
    The Egyptian ministry said on Thursday that, under Egyptian law, state prosecutors would take the investigation over "if it becomes clear to the investigative committee that there is criminal suspicion behind the accident".
    Those on board were 40 Egyptians, including the 10-member crew, and 15 French nationals.
    The crash came seven months after a Russian passenger plane was brought down by a bomb over Egypt's Sinai peninsula, killing all 224 people on board.
    An Egyptian affiliate of the Islamic State group said it was behind that attack. However, there was no such claim following the crash in May.
     
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  • JUST IN: Tears, confusion as daughter of former President shot dead by husband

    15/Dec/2016 // 13413 Viewers

     

    Tears and sorrow trail the highly reprehensible and heartbreaking behaviour as a business woman was shot dead by her husband on Thuresday thus sparking off an outrage in the southern African nation of Mozambique.

    Police sources revealed that Valentina Guebuza, the influential businesswoman who was shot dead was the daughter of former Mozambican President Armando.

    She was shot in their apartment, in a wealthy neighbourhood of the capital, Maputo.

    A Police spokesperson, Orlando Mudumane, said Guebuza, a member of the ruling Frelimo party’s Central Committee and ranked as one of Africa’s most powerful women, was rushed to hospital after being shot four times but died en route.

    Mudumane said that her husband, Zofimo Muiuane, had confessed to the murder, saying they had of late been living a tumultuous relationship.

    A South Africa-trained civil engineer, Guebuza held prominent positions in the telecommunications and banking sectors and led several family businesses.

    Among these was Focus 21, a family investment firm with interests in fisheries, transportation, mining, real estate, media and the port in Beira, Mozambique’s second city.

    Her father, Armando, stepped down in 2015 after 10 years as president in which his commercial interests earned him the nickname Gue-Business.

    He remains one of Mozambique’s most powerful figures


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  • Boko Haram fighters trained in Somalia- President

    15/Feb/2016 // 153 Viewers

     

    MUNICH (Reuters) – Fighters for the Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram have been trained in Somalia on Africa’s eastern coast before returning to West Africa, Somalia’s president told a security conference in Germany on Sunday. Somalia, plagued by political in-fighting, corruption and attacks by al Shabaab insurgents, has recently made limited progress towards creating a functioning political system, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

    “Without a stable Somalia, the whole region of the Horn of Africa will remain unstable and by and large, the African continent. There are proofs and evidence that (for) some time Boko Haram has been trained in Somalia and they went back to Nigeria,” he said.

    “The terrorists are so linked together, they are associated and so organised, (that) we the world we need to be so organised,” he said, speaking in English. It was not clear from his comments whether he believed al Shabaab was still training Boko Haram fighters, who have pledged allegiance to Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

    Somalia’s al Shabaab, which has links to al Qaeda and wants to overthrow the Somali government and impose a harsh version of Islamic law, claimed responsibility for a blast this month that punched a hole in the fuselage of a plane.


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  • Despite the failed revolution, Egypt’s iron-fisted ruler won’t last

    15/Feb/2016 // 242 Viewers

    By Stephanie Thomas

    Egyptians have always been ill-served, at best, and brutalized, at worst, by their leaders, whether Ottoman, British, Nasserist or under President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. So instead of asking why Egypt’s revolution of five years ago failed, let’s point a finger at the sorry parade of post-revolutionary leaders who have presumed to lead but failed just as their predecessors did.

     
    Egyptian citizens were ill-served by their first democratically elected leader, President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. Overweening and prone to clumsy power grabs that appeared to have less to do with Islam than stupidity, Morsi was more incompetent than he was evil. He was certainly no “terrorist,” as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has labeled him and all other Muslim Brotherhood members.
     
    Egyptians were also failed by the liberal and secular politicians whose self-interest took precedence over the hard work of developing strong alliances, parties and platforms. They espoused pluralistic democratic values but applied them selectively — in 2013, for example, they chose to back the violent overthrow of Morsi rather than let him be voted out of office.
     
    Consider Nobel Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, who played the coy politician for two years, tweeting his fatuous aspirations instead of rolling up his sleeves and building the political process. He then joined Sisi’s interim government, only to resign a month later after the Rabaa massacre, in which some 800 Muslim Brotherhood supporters were killed by security forces.
     
    Egyptians have even been let down by a generation of their own sons and daughters. These young activists often seemed more adept at online organizing and protesting — no matter the cause — than protecting the gains of their protests. After fighting the military throughout 2011 and 2012, many joined the military-backed effort to remove Morsi in the spring of 2013, even protesting when Sisi called for a show of support. Familiar with this pattern, it was inevitable that they would eventually sour on Sisi, which they have.
     
    That said, none of them deserved to be put in prison, where many of them languish.
     
    While covering the protests in Tahrir Square in 2011, I was inspired to leave my television job, move back to Egypt and be a witness to what looked like a promising future. I had lived happily in Cairo as a student studying Arabic in the 1990s and looked forward to working at the American University in Cairo, a campus infused with post-revolutionary energy and potential.
     
    When I arrived in September 2011, the romantic slogans (“The army and the people are one hand”) and alliances forged in Tahrir Square were already fraying badly. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the interim military body that replaced Mubarak, was cracking down on protesters with impunity, most egregiously during what came to be known as the Maspero massacre, in which armored personnel vehicles were caught on camera mowing down fleeing Coptic protesters. When the Muslim Brotherhood swept the parliamentary elections of 2011 and 2012, political demonization become the preferred platform of the feckless secular opposition groups.
     
    Closer to home, I found a giddy array of empowered and politically vocal citizens, a liberated media and a class of public intellectuals sporting shiny new revolutionary personas, and the clothes to match (“revolution chic”). One professor-turned-politician sported long hair, corduroy sport coats and appeared to do a little teaching (sometimes from his car by calling in to a student’s phone that would be set on speakerphone). One former ambassador-turned-dean embodied the values of civil liberty and democracy in elegant suits, then promptly joined the post-Morsi interim military government. A cadre of denim-clad, gel-haired Tahrir activists secretly cooperated with the military to foment a “grass-roots” movement against Morsi.
     
    Even the revolution-anointed leaders were failing Egypt’s citizens. By the time I left Cairo in June 2013, most people I knew at the university supported a return to military rule and seemed to accept as a given the violent and illiberal measures it would take to do so. One self-aware pundit coined the phrase “Egypt’s illiberal liberals.”
     
    Egypt’s current regime, led by Sisi, makes the Mubarak regime look benign. Harsh repression is justified in the name of security and stability, protests are against the law, political groups are banned or emasculated and polarization is promoted by a subservient media.
     
    Sisi’s hold on power has been aided by widening regional chaos. Libya, Syria and Yemen loom conveniently large in case Egyptians forget what premature democracy movements can yield. A spate of recent house arrests and “enforced disappearances” has targeted journalists and civil-rights activists, which has forced the government to acknowledge that hundreds are being illegally detained.
     
    The discovery last week of the body of Giulio Regeni, a 28-year-old Italian PhD student, who was left by the side of a road and appeared to have been tortured, was considered particularly unsettling because the Egyptian security forces typically reserve their brutality exclusively for Egyptians. In spite of continuing efforts by Italian authorities, Regeni’s family will almost certainly never find out what happened to their son, just as tens of thousands of Egyptians never learn the truth about the extrajudicial deaths of family members.
     
    Not much is likely to change in the short term. Sisi will probably continue to perform better outside of Egypt than domestically, and he’ll maximize his role as a line of defense against Islamic State in the Sinai. He will likely maneuver for a place in whatever regional coalition is formed to manage the crises in Libya, Syria and Yemen. He will continue to receive international support and military aid in spite of his authoritarian measures. Ninety million Egyptians will continue to struggle with rising food prices, high unemployment, impossible daily commutes, poor healthcare, worse education and an entirely unaccountable government.
     
    Where is the bright side? It is the simple fact of Egypt’s revolution — not its much-debated outcomes. Egyptians have shown that they can depose leaders who serve them badly, whether they’ve done this righteously, cynically or fickly. Egyptians have also shown their capacity for political accommodation and transient loyalties — bad for democracy but useful for getting rid of governments.
     
    With time, as Sisi’s excesses continue, new alliances of convenience and cooperation will form among unexpected allies. Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers may once again align with secular groups; military factions may find the Brotherhood a useful ally against a rogue president. Voices in the media will begin to speak up. Criticism on social media will begin to build up a revolutionary head of steam. One day, Sisi will be replaced — probably not democratically.
     
    I hope whoever replaces him will finally serve Egyptians better.
     


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