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Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh

Gambia Approves Life Sentence for ‘Aggravated Homosexuality’

Gambia’s recent passage of a more stringent anti-gay law will put the already persecuted lesbian, gay, bisexual,…

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Israel uncovers knives, stun guns in Palestinian Christmas decoration

Israeli police said Thursday in Tel Aviv that they had uncovered more than 10,000 knives,…

Christine Kaseba

Zambian president’s widow says she wants to run for president

The widow of Zambia's President Michael Sata, Christine Kaseba, on Wednesday announced she will seek…

Turkey

Turkish teenage boy tortured and killed by lover’s family

A teenage boy in western Turkey was kidnapped, tortured and buried alive by his young lover's relatives, police said on Monday. The lover's father said the 16-year-old boy from Denizli was killed out of "honour". The police also said that the family had accused the teenager of having sex with…

English Anglican Church

Church of England set to approve women bishops

The final hurdle to women becoming bishops in Anglican Church is set to be removed when leaders of Church of England vote on Monday, revoking gender restrictions on top jobs. A show of hands among Anglicans meeting in London is expected to clear the way for the first appointment in…

Martin Salia

Doctor flown to U.S. with Ebola dies at Nebraska hospital

A doctor who was flown to the U.S. from Sierra Leone after contracting Ebola died at Nebraska Medical Centre, a hospital spokeswoman said on Monday. Martin Salia, who tested negative for Ebola three days after exhibiting symptoms and then tested positive in a second test a week later, arrived in…

Michel Kafando

Burkina Faso names transitional leader

A career diplomat, Michel Kafando, was named on Monday in Ouagadougou as the transitional president of Burkina Faso. Mr. Kafando's appointment followed the signing of a transitional constitution on Sunday in Ouagadougou by representatives of the military, political parties, religious authorities and civil society. President Blaise Compaore was ousted just…

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Ebola: Chinese team arrives Liberia to man $41 million clinic

No fewer than 160 Chinese health workers have arrived in Liberia, where they are due to staff a new $41 million Ebola clinic. The Chinese Ambassador, Zhang Yue, disclosed this to journalists in Monrovia on Sunday. The clinic is being built by Chinese personnel, and they would equally run it…

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UAE declares Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation

The United Arab Emirates, UAE, has designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation, echoing a similar step by regional allies Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the local media reported on Sunday. The designation was part of a blacklist officially released naming over 80 Jihadist and Islamist groups in the UAE,…

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Portugal’s golden visa program achieves success in 2 years

Up to the end of September 2014, over 1,500 Portugal’s Golden Visas had been issued, with a total investment of €950 million, of which Chinese citizens (80%) were the largest applicant group, followed by Russians (50 visas). Portugal’s Golden Residence Permit Program (Golden Visa) was launched in October 2012 as…

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Mali records second Ebola death

A nurse at a private clinic in Bamako has become the second victim of the Ebola virus in Mali, radio reports said on Wednesday. According to the reports, the nurse was infected by a patient from Guinea who was treated at the same clinic and has since died. Mali has…

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Mali records second Ebola death

A nurse at a private clinic in Bamako has become the second victim of the Ebola virus in Mali, radio reports said on Wednesday. According to the reports, the nurse was infected by a patient from Guinea who was treated at the same clinic and has since died. Mali has…

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AU creates $750m to fight Ebola

The African Union, AU, on Saturday created a 750-million dollar special fund for curbing the spread of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, in some parts of West Africa. The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dlamini Zuma, announced this shortly after a business roundtable with members of the private sector at the AU Headquarters in Addis…

Blaise Compaore

Don’t impose sanctions on Burkina Faso – ECOWAS

The Heads of Government of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, has called on the international community and the African Union, AU, not to impose sanctions on Burkina Faso but to help it to surmount its current political crisis. This is contained in a statement issued at the end of the extraordinary…

ECOWAS Heads of State

ECOWAS heads of government agree on immediate elections in Burkina Faso

The leaders of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, on Thursday agreed on the immediate lifting of the suspension of the constitution and holding of presidential and legislative elections within 12 months in Burkina Faso. The agreement was one of the resolutions reached by the leaders during their…

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World’s longest aircraft to fly Sino-U.S. routes in 2015

Air China will fly the Boeing 747-8, the world's longest aircraft on the Beijing-New York and Beijing-San Francisco routes beginning from January, the Chinese flagship carrier said on Thursday. Report says Air China will become the first Asian airline company to use this model of aircraft. Since joining Air China's…

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4,400 rats killed in Indian hospital

A pest control firm exterminated 4,400 rats over two days at a state-run hospital in India with thousands still on the premises, its chief executive said on Thursday. Sanjay Karmakar, head of Laxmi Fumigation and Pest Control Service Ltd., said that Maharaja Yeshwantrao in Indore, south of Delhi, was still…

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan

Jonathan to attend ECOWAS emergency summit on Ebola

President Goodluck Jonathan will on Thursday attend a meeting of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, in Accra, Ghana. The leaders of the West African countries are convening an Emergency Summit on the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, which has continued to ravage Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The…

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President Jonathan, other ECOWAS leaders head to Burkina Faso for crisis talks

President Goodluck Jonathan will travel to Ouagadougou tomorrow as a member of the three-man delegation of Heads of State and Government raised by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to facilitate the rapid resolution of the current political crisis in Burkina Faso. Other members of the delegation of…

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Philippines to quarantine 112 peacekeepers returning from Liberia

Philippine Military Spokesperson, Harold Cabunoc, said on Tuesday in Manila that more than 100 soldiers returning to the Philippines from a peacekeeping mission in Liberia would be quarantined on a secluded island. He said the 112-member peacekeeping contingent is due to arrive in Manila on November 11. Cabunoc said the military initially planned to…

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South Sudan accuses Chinese telecom giant, Huawei, of hacking, forgery

Chinese telecom giant, Huawei, is currently embroiled in a major controversy as South Sudan government officials accuse the company of forgery and hacking of official e-mails. In a letter addressed to South Sudan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Benjamin Barnaba, and dated October 10, 2014; the country's Minister of Information and…

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Ebola infected UN worker flown to France for treatment

The French Health Ministry announced on Sunday that a United Nations employee who contracted the Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone has been evacuated to a hospital near Paris for treatment. The ministry said the patient, who had been working on the Ebola crisis, was transported from Freetown to Begin…

Brazil

Brazil screens air passengers from West Africa for Ebola

​Air passengers from the three West African countries hardest hit by Ebola will be screened at Brazilian airports. The Health Minister, Arthur Chioro, disclosed this to journalists in Brasilia on Saturday. "The passengers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone must undergo a body temperature check and claim their health status…

Blaise Compaore

Power struggle in Burkina Faso as another officer announces self as Head of State

Another military officer, Isaac Zida, a colonel and former presidential guard to ousted President, Blaise Compaore, has announced he is assuming responsibility as the country’s head of state. Burkina Faso’s local media quoted Mr. Zida as making the declaration in Ouagadougou during a broadcast over a private television station on…

President Goodluck Jonathan

UK-based Nigerian group laments state of Nigeria

A United Kingdom-based group, Nigeria 2015, has said it would support the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the coming elections to provide alternative government in Nigeria next year. The group, in a statement on Thursday, denounced the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying 16 years was enough for it to…