New constitution clashes with old laws in Zimbabwe


Civic leaders from Zimbabwe said in Johannesburg that there was a growing debate about the discrepancy between the old legal framework and the constitution, which was adopted in a referendum in March 2013. In July of that year, President Robert Mugabe won another term of office in elections that the opposition charged were marred by fraud. “There is no structure ...

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US decreases surveillance flights seeking Nigeria abducted girls


The United States said on Friday it had decreased its surveillance flights in the search for more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants in Nigeria, but added that the overall effort was unchanged due to more flights by other countries. “We don’t have any better idea today than we did before about where these girls are, but there’s been ...

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Explosion at small Cairo telephone exchange kills two

Damage is seen at the site where two bombs exploded on Cairo"s outskirts

Two bombs exploded at a small telephone exchange on Cairo’s outskirts on Saturday, killing an 18-year-old woman and her mother, security sources said, days after a string of small bomb explosions hit the Egyptian capital’s metro network. The two bombs had been stored the exchange building which was still under construction, security sources and a judicial source said, adding they ...

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Nigerian teens create generator that runs on urine

Three of the four girls with their ingenious invention.

Here’s some news that will be of interest to all of the people waiting in line for gas to use in their generators. Four teenage girls figured out a way to use a liter of urine as fuel to get six hours of electricity from their generator. Fourteen-year-olds Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, and Faleke Oluwatoyin, and 15-year-old Bello Eniola displayed ...

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Several dead in north Nigeria blast


At least 10 people have been killed and 14 injured in an explosion in the northern Nigerian city of Bauchi, police say. Police spokesman Mohammed Haruna told AFP news agency the blast, which took place on Friday evening, occurred in a building widely known as a brothel. The cause of the blast is not clear, although Islamist militant group Boko ...

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Nigeria in darkest phase of history – Goodluck Jonathan

Burnt-out cars are seen at the scene of a blast in Abuja, Nigeria

President Goodluck Jonathan said on Friday Nigeria had entered one of the darkest phases of its history, visiting the scene of a bomb blast that had killed 21 people in an upmarket district of the capital Abuja two days earlier. His sombre tone as he paid respects at the scene of the rush hour attack on a crowded central shopping ...

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Pistorius psychiatrist suffers heart attack

The Olympic and Paralympic track star has been reporting for psychiatric tests for the past month

A psychiatrist who evaluated Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius in the trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, has suffered a heart attack. But this is not expected to delay the trial, which resumes on Monday, the prosecution say. Mr Pistorius is due to complete a 30-day psychiatric assessment on Friday. The judge in his trial ordered the tests ...

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Sierra Leone: Sheltering Ebola-infected people ‘is a crime’


Sierra Leone has warned it is a serious crime to shelter patients infected with the Ebola virus who are in hiding. The Health Ministry said several patients had discharged themselves from hospital in Kenema district, the heart of the country’s outbreak. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for “drastic action” to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which ...

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Meriam Ibrahim: Sudan ‘apostasy’ woman freed again

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman has was detained and has now been freed

A Sudanese woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam was overturned has been released from jail again, after she was detained at Khartoum airport on Tuesday. Meriam Ibrahim’s lawyer, Muhannad Mustafa, said that she was currently in the US embassy with her family. Mrs Ibrahim had been detained on charges of falsifying ID documents. She was first released on 23 ...

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Nigeria: Abuja bomb blast in Wuse district kills 21


A bomb attack on a busy shopping district in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, has killed at least 21 people and injured 52 more. The blast, near the popular Banex plaza shopping complex in Wuse district, could be heard from miles away and sent plumes of smoke into the air. Police say a suspect has been arrested. No group has claimed responsibility. ...

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