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Ethiopia Arrests Ex-head Of Army Firm As Crackdown Targets Security Services

Ethiopia Arrests Ex-head Of Army Firm As Crackdown Targets Security Services

Kinfe Dagnew, a Brigadier General in Ethiopia’s army and former chief executive of METEC, was taken into custody close to the border with Sudan and Eritrea, state-run broadcaster EBC said. State media broadcast footage showing Kinfe surrounded by a ring of soldiers and later images of him in handcuffs arriving by military helicopter in the […]

Bribes, Beatings and Gridlock at Ports Choke Nigeria Economy

Bribes, Beatings and Gridlock at Ports Choke Nigeria Economy

The lines of aging blue, red and yellow trucks begin almost 6 miles (10 kilometers) from the gates of Nigeria’s main port of Apapa. Valentine, a 34-year-old driver, has been queuing outside the Lagos site for two weeks. He’s had to deal with policemen demanding bribes and fend off hoodlums known as area boys. “This […]

How to Manage Workaholism

How to Manage Workaholism

It goes by many names: the hustle, the grind, going all in. Entrepreneurs wear their long work hours, dark under-eye circles and stress-induced weight fluctuations like badges of honor. We look up to these people, who sacrifice such things as weekends and a good night’s rest, as the dedicated few willing to do what it […]

How To Relieve a Headache Instantly

How To Relieve a Headache Instantly

A few weeks ago, I had an appointment with a physical therapist. As he poked and prodded my body during the initial evaluation, he asked me a question that honestly kind of shocked me: “Have you been getting headaches lately?” Indeed I had been—bad ones. So bad that neither Tylenol nor Advil could relieve the […]

Current Ebola Outbreak Is Worst In Congo’s History – Ministry

Current Ebola Outbreak Is Worst In Congo’s History – Ministry

The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the most severe in the country’s history with 319 confirmed and probable cases, the health ministry said late on Friday. The haemorrhagic fever is believed to have killed 198 people in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, where attacks by armed groups and community resistance […]

New Tax Evokes Memories of 2008 Crisis in Zimbabwe

New Tax Evokes Memories of 2008 Crisis in Zimbabwe

When Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed a comparatively youthful, Cambridge-trained economist as finance minister in September, he gave him an almost impossible task: repay billions of dollars in debt and ignite a stagnating economy. Mthuli Ncube, 55, quickly moved to impose a two percent tax on electronic transactions in a bid to raise $700 million […]

Total Plans New Offshore Angola Well To Boost Oil Output

Total Plans New Offshore Angola Well To Boost Oil Output

  French oil company Total said on Saturday it plans to drill 13 wells on block 17, offshore Angola, in order to maintain production of 400,000 barrels per day of crude until 2023 in Africa’s second largest crude producer. In a statement, the company said the wells, which will connect marginal fields to existing floating […]

Rape Laws Offer Little Protection

Rape Laws Offer Little Protection

  The world over, laws to protect rape victims are paper tigers, often enacted but rarely enforced, a researcher said here. A bevy of international laws prohibit rape, and governments have been mandated under these laws to enact, implement, and monitor legislation that addresses all forms of violence against women, according to Olufunke Adesuwa Akiyode, […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Heaven For Little Girls

LOUD WHISPERS: The Heaven For Little Girls

I told mummy That daddy was hurting me She said, ‘Shhhhhhhhhhh Hush girl Don’t let anyone hear you How dare you?’ She called me a liar She called me a prostitute She called me an evil spirit I was sick for a long time Then all of a sudden, I did not hurt anymore I […]

Coffee Drinkers Really Do Live Longer

Coffee Drinkers Really Do Live Longer

By now, it’s clear: There’s a strong case for the health benefits of coffee. Studies have recently shown that regular java drinkers have a lower risk of diabetes, fewer strokes and heart problems and lower rates of certain cancers. All of that may help explain why coffee drinkers also tend to live longer than people […]

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