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16,600 children lost parents to Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leon – UNICEF

No fewer than 16,600 children are registered as having lost one or both parents, or…

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Ebola Outbreak: Sierra Leone to reopen schools in March

The President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Koroma, said on Friday in Freetown, all schools in…

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Islamic clerics denounce burning alive of Jordanian pilot by ISIS

Muslim clerics around the world have condemned the burning to death of a Jordanian pilot…

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UN calls for more regional military operations against Boko Haram

The UN Security Council on Tuesday urged West Africa countries to enhance regional military operations and coordination to effectively combat activities of Boko Haram in the region. The Security Council stated this in a statement made available in Lagos by the United Nations Information Centre, UNIC. The council, however, restated…

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ECOWAS Parliament to get enhanced legislative powers in 2016

The Economic Community of West African States Parliament said on Monday the Supplementary Act on the Enhancement of the Powers of the parliament would be implemented by the fourth legislature in 2016. The fourth Deputy Speaker of the parliament, Simon Osei-Mensah, made this known to journalists on the sideline of…

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UN Security Council condemns continued attacks by Boko Haram

The United Nations Security Council has condemned the continued escalation of attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists, including the Sunday attack in Maiduguri, Nigeria. The 15-Member body, in a statement issued on Tuesday in New York, also condemned the increasing attacks in the Lake Chad Basin region, against the Chadian…

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Egypt deports jailed Al Jazeera journalist, Peter Greste

The Egyptian government has deported detained Al Jazeera journalist, Peter Greste, to his home country. The Australian, who has been held in prison for 400 days, boarded an Egypt Air flight on Sunday, the Doha based news agency has reported. Mr. Greste was accompanied by his brother. However, two other…

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Iran offers to help fight Boko Haram

By Shu'aibu Adamu Iran on Saturday announced plans to assist in the fight against the Islamist group, Boko Haram, as part of its contribution for global peace. The country's Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Amir Hossein Abdollohian, made the announcement while addressing the press on Saturday on the sideline of the…

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“Nigeria accounts for 25% of maternal, infant deaths in sub-Saharan Africa”

Prof. Chris Akani, the Provost, College of Health Sciences, University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), says Nigeria accounted for 25 per cent of maternal, new born and child deaths in sub-Saharan Africa in 2014. Mr. Akani, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, gave the alarming statistics while delivering the university's 116th…

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Ethiopia Moves Forward with Case against Zone 9 Bloggers

In response to an Ethiopian court's decision today to recognize formal charges against the Zone Nine bloggers and journalists, who have been imprisoned for nine months and are now required to enter a plea on February 3, Freedom House issued the following statement: “The court’s decision to accept amended charges…

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Mozambique death toll rises after heavy flooding

Mouzinho Saide, Mozambique's Deputy Health Minister, said the death toll in the country has risen to 100, while 150,000 persons were displaced, after heavy flooding. He said on Wednesday in Maputo, that the floods have killed 117 people, an increase from the last balance of at least 84 dead a…

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South Africa: Calm restored after outbreak of xenophobia

Calm has returned to Soweto and other townships around Johannesburg following several days of clashes between local residents and foreign shop owners, an official report said on Tuesday. The violence was sparked by the shooting of a teenager, allegedly by a foreign shop owner, on Monday. The rioting that followed…

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UN secures release of 3,000 child soldiers in South Sudan

The United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, said on Tuesday in Bangui that it had secured the release of 3,000 child soldiers in South Sudan. It said more than 12,000 children are believed to have been recruited to fight over the past year. UNICEF said the 3,000 child soldiers who are…

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France arrests 5 terrorism suspects who recruit youths to fight with ISIS-Minister

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, said police on Tuesday arrested five persons in Paris, suspected of links to jihadists who recruit youths to fight with the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. He said the suspects, aged 26 to 44, were arrested in the southern town of Lunel, some…

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Journalist flees Argentina after reporting on prosecutor’s death

The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned that Argentine journalist Damián Pachter fled the country early Saturday out of concern for his safety, according to news reports. Pachter broke the news on January 18 that Alberto Nisman, a prosecutor investigating the 1994 terrorist attack on Jewish cultural center AMIA, had…

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CPJ welcomes release of six Eritrean journalists

Nairobi, January 23, 2015-Six Eritrean journalists who worked for the government-controlled station Radio Bana have been released from jail,according to Eritrean journalists in exile who spoke to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The journalists-Basilos Zemo, Bereket Misguina, Ghirmai Abraham, Meles Nguse, Petros Teferi, and Yirgalem Fesseha-were among the Radio Bana…

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Sierra Leone lifts Ebola quarantine measures amid progress

Sierra Leone's President Ernest Koroma on Friday, removed Ebola district quarantine measures intended to curb the spread of the disease, declaring "victory is in sight". Reports say there are indications that there is a sharp drop in transmission. He said since the worst outbreak on record began in West Africa…

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Liberia cremates 2,800 Ebola bodies

Liberian government has said 2,800 Ebola bodies have so far been cremated following the outbreak of the deadly virus. Ciatta Bishop, the Head of the National Ebola Burial Team, disclosed on Thursday, in Monrovia, that the cremation and burial teams collected over 2,800 bodies across the country during the process…

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Iran bans newspaper for showing American actor wearing ‘Je suis Charlie’ pin

Iran's hard line judiciary has banned a reformist newspaper for publishing a picture of Hollywood star George Clooney wearing a "Je suis Charlie" ("I am Charlie") button, Iranian newspapers reported on Monday. Mardom-e Emrooz (Today's People) had come under criticism after running the image of the U.S. actor at last…

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Mauritius offers $100,000 to fight Ebola

Mauritius is to contribute 100,000 dollars to the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, which is ravaging parts of West Africa, the Government said in a statement on Wednesday. “The money will be given to the WHO Africa Public Health Emergency Fund, the UN Trust Fund for Ebola”. “The…

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Nigeria to ratify anti-Mercury convention in August

Nigeria is to ratify the Minamata Convention in August, which is aimed at protecting human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury, an official, has said. A Deputy Director in charge of Chemical Management in the Ministry of Environment, Idris Goji, said this in an interview in…

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Leaked Report Says World Bank Violated Own Rules in Ethiopia

Internal watchdog finds link between World Bank financing and Ethiopian government's mass resettlement of indigenous group BY SASHA CHAVKIN The World Bank repeatedly violated its own rules while funding a development initiative in Ethiopia that has been dogged by complaints that it sponsored forced evictions of thousands of indigenous people,…

Islamic State threatens to kill two Japanese hostages

Islamic State threatens to kill two Japanese hostages

The Islamic State militia threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless 200 million dollars in ransom is paid within 72 hours, the Japanese government said on Tuesday. “The government is trying to verify the authenticity of the video,” the Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said. According to the government, it…

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Cuba records another death of Ebola health worker

The Cuban Health Ministry has confirmed that a Cuban male nurse, who was sent to Sierra Leone as part of a team to help fight Ebola, has died of malaria, on Sunday. A report from the ministry, said on Monday in Havana that Reinaldo Antigua, 43, died on Sunday of…

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Indonesia says no evidence so far of terrorism in AirAsia crash

Indonesian investigators said on Monday in Jakarta that they had not found any evidence so far that terrorists were involved in the crash of an AirAsia passenger jet last month that killed all 162 people on board. Chief Investigator Andreas Hananto said that his team of 10 investigators at the…