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Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez dies at 58

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has died less than two weeks after returning from a prolonged medical trip to Cuba where he received treatment for cancer. He was 58. His Vice president, Nicolas Maduro, announced his death Tuesday evening, flanked by the Latin American country’s top political and military leaders. Venezuelan military have said they will protect the country, […]

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Senegal Koranic school fire leaves nine children dead

At least nine children burned to death after a room they were sleeping in caught fire near the centre of Dakar, Senegal, according to the Senegalese Press Agency (ASP). About 40 children, who are believed to be students at a Koranic school, were sleeping in a cramped room when the fire broke out around midnight. […]

Saudi Arabia delays execution of seven men, family, friends say

Saudi Arabia practices a strict version of Sharia.

Central Africa’s forest elephant population down by 62%

The forest elephants have tusk considered superior to that of savannah elephants.

Commonwealth considers visa-free regime among member nations

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday in Abuja held a closed door meeting with the visiting Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, during which a proposal for a visa free regime was discussed. Mr. Sharma and members of his delegation were accompanied to the meeting at the Presidential Villa, by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Olugbenga Ashiru. […]

Cardinals’ pre-Conclave meetings fails to fix Conclave date

No date has been fixed for the Conclave. The cardinals of the Catholic Church have ended their first pre-conclave general meeting without reaching a date for the take-off of Conclave to elect a new Pope. The cardinals gathered for the meeting on Monday where they took an oath of secrecy, prayed and began discussing some […]

Vote count begins in Kenyan presidential election

The election is seen as the most important in Kenya’s history.

INTERVIEW: The cost of a successful democracy – Mogae

After completing two terms as president of Botswana in 2008, Festus Mogae was awarded the $5 million Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. The prize committee cited “Botswana’s continued stability and prosperity in the face of an HIV/Aids pandemic which threatened the future of his country and people.” Mogae, whose unassuming style and willingness to […]

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ECOWAS’ political stability depends on collaborative effort of its leaders, Jonathan says

Nigeria’s president urges ECOWAS leaders to work towards a common of stability. The leaders of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, must work together to achieve peace, security, political stability and economic prosperity, Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, said on Friday. President Jonathan, who was speaking in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire, said he would continue […]

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Women-led farm initiative aims for peace, prosperity in Kenya

Fear of violence surrounding the upcoming general elections next week has raised anxiety among many Kenyans, but less so for Nyokabi Wamuyu. She is counting on a new initiative in communal agriculture to help unite communities that might otherwise be divided. At the same time, this initiative could save the lives of some of the […]

‘Pope emeritus’ leaves Vatican, promises obedience to successor

Thursday was Joseph Ratzinger’s last day as Pope.

Saudi Arabia denies Nigerian officials access to Nigerian prisoners

Many Nigerians are being held incommunicado in Saudi Arabian prisons.

Ex-Pope Benedict XVI stepped down yesterday

Twitter users bid Pope Benedict goodbye

The historic day is here at last. Pope Benedict XVI becomes the first pope to voluntarily resign in 600 years. The pope recently joined Twitter and has over 2.5 million followers. This is what Twitter users are saying on his last day as the head of the Catholic Church. [View the story “Pope Benedict’s last […]

Ex-Pope Benedict XVI stepped down yesterday

Will Benedict XVI be shadow pope after retirement?

After retirement today, Joseph Ratzinger will be referred to as ‘emeritus pope.’

Will Benedict XVI be shadow pope after retirement?

After retirement today, Joseph Ratzinger will be referred to as ‘emeritus pope.’ Today, the reign of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI ends. As he told Catholic faithfuls in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City, during his last official mass as the head of the 1.2 billion-member strong church, God called him to resign from his […]

Ex-Pope Benedict XVI stepped down yesterday

Intrigues surround appointment of new pope after scandals hit Vatican

A new Pope will be appointed in March.

Jonathan, Rousseff of Brazil, call for urgent reform of UN Security Council

The Brazilian president was in Abuja over the weekend

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Update: How Ghanaian footballer, Paintsil, stabbed wife, assaulted neighbour- Police

The police said the wife is still unconscious. Ghanaian defender, John Paintsil, not only stabbed his wife, but assaulted a neighbour, the police have said. Paintsil, a former Fulham, West Ham and Leicester City defender, was arrested by the police in Ghana for stabbing his wife on Friday. The shocking development comes when the sporting […]

Iran accuses US, Israel of sponsoring “Iranophobia” in Nigeria terrorism allegations

The diplomatic spat is not the first between Nigerian and Iran. The Iranian government has dismissed allegations it was behind an emergent terrorist cell in Nigeria, targeting American and Israeli interests, saying the claim was sponsored by Israel and the US, its famous enemies, to incite anger against Iran. A statement from the Iranian embassy […]

Iran denies links with spy cell in Nigeria

Iran said the report and findings by the Nigerian security agency are not true. The Islamic Republic of Iran has denied that it trained militants in Nigeria to carry out assassination and attacks on Israeli, American and Nigerian officials. Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Hussein Amir-Abdollahian, was quoted by Iranian state television on Friday that the […]

Iran installs advanced enrichment centrifuges –IAEA

Iran says its uranium enrichment is for peaceful purposes. Iran has began installing advanced centrifuges at its main uranium enrichment plant, a UN nuclear report said on Thursday, a defiant step likely to anger world powers ahead of a resumption of talks with Tehran next week. In a confidential report, the International Atomic Energy Agency […]

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Egypt’s Morsi to call April election – Presidential source

The Egyptian leader is expected to ratify the electoral law on February 25. Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi, will call a parliamentary election in April, a presidential source told Reuters on Thursday, adding that the election would be held in three or four stages. Earlier in the day the Shura Council, the Upper House of Parliament, […]