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President Zuma undermining SA women, says rights group

President Zuma undermining SA women, says rights group

“The president is really undermining the laws of this country that seek to protect the citizens of this country and deal with sexual violence against women and children,” spokesperson Nonhlanhla Skosana said. “We are rated the highest in the world in terms of sexual violence against women and children so I think he would be […]

Prominent Sudanese politician Hassan al-Turabi dies at 84

Prominent Sudanese politician Hassan al-Turabi dies at 84

Hassan al-Turabi, a prominent Sudanese politician considered by many to be the spiritual leader of the country’s Islamists, has died at the age of 84, medical sources said on Saturday. A powerful establishment figure in the 1990s, Turabi became an influential opposition leader later in life, breaking ranks with President Omar al-Bashir and his ruling […]

Mother’s Day message: A Mother’s Pain

Mother’s Day message: A Mother’s Pain

Labour pains are very intense and all consuming. Mothers don’t dwell too much on the pain they go through because as excruciating as the experience is, beholding the face of the miracle from God that is the end result, is enough to forget everything. Till the next time of course. What mothers do not talk […]

Seawater pipeline attack heralds fresh trouble in Nigeria’s Delta

Seawater pipeline attack heralds fresh trouble in Nigeria’s Delta

A sophisticated attack on a sub-sea pipeline in Nigeria’s Delta might herald a return to the kind of widespread militant violence that crippled the oil industry in Africa’s top producer less than a decade ago. Attacks on oil facilities have been on the rise in the swamps since President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to shake up […]

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe will not pick successor, wants to live to 100

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe will not pick successor, wants to live to 100

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe says his successor must be chosen democratically and that his wife will not automatically inherit the role, a warning to feuding members of his ZANU-PF party that he is still in charge after 36 years in power. The comments from Africa’s oldest leader, now aged 92, are his clearest indication that […]

2 Syrians Sentenced in Deaths of Alan Kurdi and 4 Other Migrants

2 Syrians Sentenced in Deaths of Alan Kurdi and 4 Other Migrants

ISTANBUL — Two Syrian men were sentenced to more than four years in prison on Friday for the death of a young Syrian boy whose body washed up on a beach in Turkey in September. The death of the boy, Alan Kurdi, and the gripping photo of his body lying facedown in the sand and […]

Honduras: Indigenous Leader Murdered Despite Police Protection

Honduras: Indigenous Leader Murdered Despite Police Protection

Berta Caceres, the coordinator and co-founder of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras, or COPIHN, was killed by unknown assailants early Thursday morning at 1:00 a.m. local time inside her home in La Esperanza in the western province of Intibuca. Caceres was leader of the Lenca Indigenous community and was a staunch human rights […]

South African court rejects Pistorius right to appeal murder conviction

South African court rejects Pistorius right to appeal murder conviction

South Africa’s Constitutional Court on Thursday rejected Olympian Oscar Pisitorius’ right to appeal against his conviction for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The Supreme Court of Appeal upgraded the 29-year-old’s conviction to murder in December after the state prosecutors appealed the athlete’s prior conviction of culpable homicide in the Pretoria High Court. South African […]

War weary families in Central African Republic face dire food situation

War weary families in Central African Republic face dire food situation

Three years of conflict and ongoing displacements in the Central African Republic (CAR) continue to disrupt agriculture and severely constrain people’s access to food, as they struggle with the effects of multiple poor harvests, disrupted markets and soaring prices for many staple foods, two United Nations agencies warned today. The country’s overall crop production in […]

South Africa’s Zuma faces second no-confidence vote over economy

South Africa’s Zuma faces second no-confidence vote over economy

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma faced his second no-confidence vote in a year on Tuesday over what the opposition Democratic Alliance called his reckless handling of the economy. Zuma is likely to survive the vote, as he did in March last year, thanks to the support of ruling African National Congress (ANC) lawmakers, who control […]