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Cholera outbreak kills at least 18 in South Sudan

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South Sudan’s Health Ministry says at least 18 people have died of cholera in the strife-torn country, which has declared an outbreak of the highly contagious disease. Minster of Health Riek Gai Kok told reporters on Tuesday that the outbreak began in crowded UN bases in the capital, Juba, where tens of thousands have been sheltering due to the war in the poverty-stricken country. Other cases have... 

Gambian president threatens to kill homosexuals

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The president of the tiny African nation of The Gambia has reportedly threatened to kill any homosexuals in his country, adding to his long-time record of cracking down on homosexuality. “If you do it [in The Gambia] I will slit your throat,” President Yahya Jammeh said in a public speech in the Wolof language, cited by VICE News. “If you are a man and want to marry another man in... 

12 injured in Boko Haram attack on Nigeria school

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Witnesses and security officials say at least 12 people have been critically injured when a gunman opened fire outside a school in Nigeria’s violence-plagued northeastern state of Yobe. Multiple students at the College of Administrative and Business Studies (CABS) in the city of Potiskum, situated about 575 kilometers (350 miles) northeast of the capital, Abuja, said the gunman arrived at around... 

214 Nigerian girls rescued from Boko Haram pregnant

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A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Takfiri terrorist group Boko Haram, showing girls abducted from the northeastern town of Chibok. The United Nations (UN) says at least 214 young women and girls recently rescued from the the camps of the Jihadist Boko Haram militants in northeastern Nigeria are pregnant. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA)’s executive director, Babatunde... 

Nigerian Army Rescues Hundreds of Women and Girls from Boko Haram Captivity

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The Nigerian army on Tuesday rescued 200 girls and 93 women who had been kidnapped and taken hostage by the terrorist group Boko Haram. The women were rescued during the Nigerian army’s offensive to take back the Sambisa Forest from Boko Haram, the army announced on Twitter. “Troops this afternoon rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Sambisa Forest. We cannot confirm if the Chibok girls... 

Vandalism of apartheid-era statues sparks fevered debate in South Africa

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How South Africa confronts symbols of its difficult past are being discussed in newspaper columns, television talkshows and mainstream politics. A 112-year-old statue of Queen Victoria has become the latest colonial or apartheid-era monument to be vandalised in South Africa, raising fears that a racially charged debate over the country’s heritage could spiral out of control. Splashes of green paint... 

Mystery Disease claims 18 lives in southeast Nigeria

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At least 18 people have been killed in a southeastern Nigerian town due to a “mysterious” disease which kills in less than 24 hours, government says. “Twenty-three people (were affected) and 18 deaths were recorded,” AFP quoted the Ondo state health commissioner, Dayo Adeyanju, as saying on Saturday. Earlier in the day a government spokesman, Kayode Akinmade, had put the number... 

'I don't want to see a white face' Zimbabwe president tells SA journalist

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Racist “president” Robert Mugabe’s apparent disgust at seeing a “white face” has elicited mixed reactions from people on social networking site Twitter. Mugabe was in Soweto on Thursday visiting the Hector Pieterson Memorial. Exiting the museum, he was cheered by locals. In a video clip taken by the SABC, Mugabe is seen walking past the crowds when the national broadcaster’s television... 

71 Chadian soldiers killed fighting Boko Haram terrorists

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Members of the Boko Haram terrorist group at an undisclosed location in Nigeria. The Chadian army says 71 soldiers from the Central African country’s units of government forces have been killed and 416 others injured during the two-and-a-half months of fighting with Nigeria-based Boko Haram Takfiri militants. Chad’s army chief, General Brahim Seid, told reporters in the capital, N’Djamena,... 

France declassifies Rwandan genocide documents

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Preserved human skulls exhibited at the Genocide memorial in Nyamata, inside a Catholic church where thousands were slaughtered during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. France has declassified documents relating to the 1994 Rwandan genocide. A decision to declassify documents concerning Rwanda and the genocide, which claimed at least 800,000 lives, was made on Tuesday, said a source in President Francois... 

Kenya: Massacre survivor hid 2 days in closet

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A survivor of the massacre at Garissa University College in Kenya was found on Saturday, two days after Al-Shabaab extremists slaughtered 148 people. Cynthia Cheroitich, 19, had cowered in a wardrobe for two days. The student was finally coaxed from her hiding place in deep shock. She had covered herself with clothes and said she drank a bottle of lotion to stave off hunger and thirst, AP reports. Cheroitich... 

Murders of South African whites hidden by fraudulent ‘natural death’ certificates

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According to newspaper reports recently unearthed by several rights groups in South Africa, murders of South African whites are being disguised by issuing death certificates showing that they had died of “natural causes”. At least three such cases have come to light. In a brutal murder, auto-electrician Henry Locke (41) was shot through the heart in front of his whole family on 5 October 2009.... 

Ebola death toll exceeds 10,000 mark says WHO

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The UN health agency says the death toll from the Ebola epidemic has passed the 10,000 mark, with the three hardest-hit West African countries taking the brunt of the plight. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Thursday that the number of the deaths had hit 10,004 and the total number of cases stood at 24,350. Almost all of the deaths and cases have occurred in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and... 

Tanzania sentences 4 to death over albino murder

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A Tanzanian court has handed down death penalties to four people convicted of killing an albino woman. On Thursday, Tanzania’s High Court sentenced four people to death for killing 22-year-old Zawadi Mangidu in 2008 in the northwestern town of Geita. “The prosecution has proved the case beyond reasonable doubt,” said High Court judge Joaquine Demello, adding that the verdict was issued... 

Cholera claims 41 lives in Mozambique

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Abandoned homes are seen in this January 20, 2015 photo after heavy flooding hit Mozambique. ​The death toll from a cholera epidemic in northern and western Mozambique has risen to 41 since the country was hit by widespread flooding in December 2014. Mozambique Ministry of Health spokesman, Quinhas Fernandes, told a press conference on Monday that 4,518 cases of cholera and 41 deaths have been recorded... 
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