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New Record: Man marries 107 women and has 185 children

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Trouble and strife: Bello Maasaba is attended to by followers at the home he shares with 89 wives and numerous children in Bida, Nigeria. For many, one wife is enough. But Islamic faith healer Bello Maasaba has only said: ‘I’m done’ after an incredible 107 marriages, producing 185 children. And the 87-year-old Nigerian, who now has an extended family of more than 5,000 people, says... 

Woman raped in Congo 'nearly every minute'

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Women in certain parts of Congo are 134 times more likely to be raped than a woman in the United States. A woman is raped in the Democratic Republic of Congo nearly every minute and is 134 times more likely to be raped there than in the US, according to a new study which found rates 26 times higher than earlier estimates. More than 400,000 women aged 15 to 49 were raped in a 12 month period, the researchers... 

Another Zimbabwean man raped as notorious female rapists strike again

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THE women rapists alleged to be behind a spat of sexual attacks on men around the country struck again last Wednesday when they picked up a man in Harare and took turns to rape him near Chegutu, police have said. Mashonaland West provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Clemence Mabgweazara, told the state-run Herald newspaper that a report regarding the alleged attack, which occurred just before... 

Blasts hit Nigeria ahead of election

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Last week Nigerians voted during parliamentary elections. At least two explosions have hit near one of Nigeria’s voting centers only hours before the polls open for the country’s presidential election. No casualties have been reported after the Friday and early Saturday blasts in the city of Maiduguri, AFP reported. “The attackers, who were in a moving car, threw the bomb which exploded... 

Malema warns rich whites of poor uprising

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JOIN THE PARTY: ANC Youth League president Julius Malema at a dinner of the South African Union of Jewish Students in Cape Town this week Picture: ESA ALEXANDER ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has accused white youth of shunning government events on national holidays such as Human Rights Day and Freedom Day. Addressing the South African Union of Jewish Students at a dinner in Cape Town on... 

Ivorian Surrender Talks Fail as Opposition Launches New Attack

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According to French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, the Tuesday night negotiations for Ivory Coast ruler Laurent Gbagbo’s surrender have failed, and opposition leader Alassane Ouattara’s militia forces are launching new attacks against him. The talks had been centering around offers of safety guarantees for Gbagbo, who remained in office after a hotly disputed November election against Ouattara.... 

Madonna’s Charity Fails in Bid to Finance School

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Madonna during a visit to Malawi in 2007. A high-profile charitable foundation set up to build a school for impoverished girls in Malawi, founded by the singer Madonna and fellow devotees of a prominent Jewish mysticism movement, has collapsed after spending $3.8 million on a project that never came to fruition. The board of directors of the organization, Raising Malawi, has been ousted and replaced... 

Zimbabwe: We can't feed nation - "new" farmers confess

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Farmers who benefited from President Robert Mugabe’s chaotic and corrupt land “reform” programme, which was ostensibly meant to empower disadvantaged blacks, have confessed that they do not have the capacity to feed the nation. The farmers, under their umbrella body Commercial Farmers Union of Zimbabwe (CFUZ), said this during a meeting with seed producers in Harare last week, and confirmed... 

At Least 92 Killed in South Sudan Clashes

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At least 92 people have been killed in clashes between South Sudanese troops and two rebel militias on Sunday and Monday. Fighting in Jonglei state left 14 rebels and seven soldiers dead on Monday, and the death toll from neighbouring Upper Nile state on Sunday has risen to 72, according to SPLA spokesman Philip Aguer. Auger said 65 rebels were killed in Sunday’s clashes between the Southern... 

Four Americans Killed on Yacht Hijacked by Somali Pirates

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Four Americans aboard a yacht hijacked by Somali pirates were gunned down by their captors Tuesday. U.S. forces responded to gunfire aboard the yacht Quest at approximately 1 a.m. Tuesday, but discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors. Despite attempts to save their lives, all four hostages died of their wounds. “We express our deepest condolences for the innocent lives callously... 

At least 296 killed in Ivory Coast unrest

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An injured Ivorian lies on the ground outside the UN building in Abidjan on December 20. At least 296 people have been killed in Ivory Coast since a presidential stand-off escalated in mid-December, the United Nations mission in the crisis-hit west African nation has said. At least 296 people have been killed in Ivory Coast since a presidential stand-off escalated in mid-December, the United Nations... 

Zimbabwe PM wants Egypt-style uprising against Mugabe

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Supporters of Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai have been assaulted this week. State-run radio has accused him of inciting anti-government protests. Zimbabwe’s state-run radio has accused the prime minister of trying to spark anti-government uprisings similar to those seen in Tunisia and Egypt, as an independent doctors’ group said recent political violence has left at least three... 

Soldiers shoot at university students in Nigeria

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Soldiers in a central Nigerian city opened fire Saturday on university students protesting continuing violence between Christians and Muslims, witnesses said, with at least nine people killed in the ensuing violence. The shooting came as gas stations and farmers’ markets smoldered after late Friday violence that sparked when Christian students attacked Muslims trying to bury a corpse in Jos,... 

Malawi set to make breaking wind a crime

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Causing a stink: The government of Malawi, led by Dr Bingu wa Mutharika, are planning to outlaw breaking wind. Breaking wind is set to be made a crime in an African country. The government of Malawi plan to punish persistent offenders ‘who foul the air’ in a bid to ‘mould responsible and disciplined citizens.’ But locals fear that pinning responsibility on the crime will be... 

Thousands to protest in Sudan today

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As street protests sweep Egypt, neighbouring Sudan watches nervously, faced with its own political and economic malaise, opposition calls for popular uprisings and the likely secession of the south. 10,000 people have so far joined a Facebook group calling for anti-government protests across Sudan today, the day preliminary results are due out for the vote on southern independence that is widely expected... 
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