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06 January 2019 2:35 PM John Bolton to Israel and Turkey to discuss Syria pullout

US National Security Adviser John Bolton was deployed to Israel to allay concerns about President Donald Trump's decision to withdrawal troops from Syria and discuss the process with Turkish officials. The pull-out announced last month was initially expected to be completed within weeks, but the timetable has slowed as the president acceded to requests 67

21 December 2018 1:56 PM UN report finds women migrants in Libya often face gang rape

The "overwhelming majority" of women and older girls who passed through Libya as migrants reported being gang-raped by traffickers or witnessed others taken away to be abused, the United Nations said 0n Thursday in a report based on hundreds of interviews. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said its report, along with the UN support 70

16 December 2018 5:06 AM 2 female suicide bombers die in northern Cameroon attack

A Cameroon official says two female suicide bombers have died after detonating in a northern town near the Nigerian border. The governor of the Far North region, Midjiyawa Bakari, says the attack in Kolofata town occurred Friday night and wounded a woman and a 12-year-old girl. The governor says the attackers came from Nigeria, adding that "you know that the borders 42

15 December 2018 4:26 PM Jamieson edges ahead at Leopard Creek

Cape Town - Scotland's Scott Jamieson will take a slender one-shot lead into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malelane. The 35-year-old Glaswegian's only previous European Tour win also came in South Africa back in 2012, and he's given himself a real chance of another after firing a rock-solid four-under-par 68 at the gorgeous Leopard 64

14 November 2018 7:02 PM Media watchdog slams Gabon over 'erosion' of freedom

Freedom of the press is being eroded in Gabon, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Wednesday, after the government suspended a newspaper for commenting on the hospitalisation of President Ali Bongo. Gabon's media regulator, the High Authority for Communications (HAC), on Friday handed a three-month suspension to the L'Aube (Dawn) newspaper and a six-month 81

06 November 2018 9:31 AM Rights group condemns Egypt's media law as 'extortion'

An international press freedom group says new regulations in Egypt amount to "extortion" and aim to silence the country's last remaining independent media. Reporters Without Borders said on Monday that the new law, which went into effect last month, requires online newspapers to register and pay exorbitant fees for licenses. It says websites would have to pay more than $30 000 to register 44

27 October 2018 12:05 PM Niger launches mass polio vaccination drive

Niger has launched a mass polio vaccination campaign targeting more than three million children under five after new cases were detected, an official said on Friday. The programme kicked off on Thursday in the regions of Zinder, Maradi, Agadez and Diffa, said Rabi Souley, who is in charge of the programme. The mass vaccination come 12 years after the World 45

18 October 2018 11:46 AM DRC Ebola outbreak not global emergency 'at this time': WHO

A deadly Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is deeply worrying, but does not yet merit being labelled a global health emergency, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday. "Based on the current context... the committee recommended that the current Ebola outbreak in DRC does not constitute a public health emergency of international 62

11 October 2018 7:06 PM PICS: In fractured Mali, dance contest offers a sense of unity

All 3 000 seats in the cavernous Palace of Culture in Bamako had been snapped up, and the mood was at fever pitch as the TV dance competition reached its climax. The three finalists took to the floor one by one, dancing alongside a celebrity - a format familiar to viewers of talent shows around the world. But here's the difference: the three hopefuls 59

06 October 2018 2:33 PM Three killed in Cameroon anglophone zone ahead of vote

Three people including a police officer have died in violence in a flashpoint town at the centre of violence raging between anglophone separatists and Cameroon's government, witnesses told AFP on Friday. The trio died between Wednesday and Friday in Kumba in the country's southwest which, along with the northwest region, is home to Cameroon's anglophone 58