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Tedros Ghebreyesus elected first African Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO)

An Ethiopian medical doctor, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has been elected the new Director-General of the World Health Organisation. Mr. Ghebreyesus, who was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia and will begin his five-year term on 1 July, was elected Tuesday as the first African to occupy the position. He had served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia from 2012-2016 and ...

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South African men take collective responsibility as they march against abuse of women and children

Hundreds of protesters, most of them men, have marched in the South African capital, Pretoria, over rising levels of violence against women and children. One of the organisers, Kholofelo Masha, said men had to take collective responsibility for the increase in beatings, sex attacks and killings. South Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the world. ...

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Libya: 5,000 migrants rescued from drowning by Italian and Libyan coastguards

Some 5 000 migrants bound for Italy were rescued in waters off the coast of Libya between Thursday and Saturday morning by Italian and Libyan coastguards, statements from both countries said. Migrants aboard a rubber dinghy boat. PHOTO: AFP /STRINGER Around 2,900 people were rescued Thursday, 2,300 of whom were found in international waters and taken to Italy, while 580 ...

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir wanted for war crimes to hold conference with President Trump

The US has not confirmed the claim. Saudi Arabia has invited Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for alleged war crimes, to a summit with US President Donald Trump and Arab and Muslim leaders. Mr Bashir will travel to Saudi Arabia on Friday, Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said. The minister added that he hopes US sanctions against Sudan ...

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180 people killed by Meningitis in Niger

  At least 179 people, almost half of them children, have died of meningitis since January in Niger, where some 3,000 suspected cases have been reported, the United Nations said Wednesday.   “From January 2 to May 7, 2017, a total of 3,037 suspected cases of meningitis, including 179 deaths, was reported in the country,” said the UN’s humanitarian agency, ...

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Northeast Mali: Unmarried couple stoned to death in public by Islamists

An unmarried couple was stoned to death in public in northeast Mali by Islamists, the first such known occurrence since 2012, local officials told AFP on Wednesday.   “The Islamists dug two holes where they put the man and the woman who lived maritally without being married,” said a local official about the incident Tuesday. “They were stoned to death.” ...

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DR Congo: Gunmen belonging to religious sect invade prison, frees leader and 50 other prison inmates

Gunmen from a Christian sect have stormed a prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, freeing their leader and about 50 other inmates, a government spokesman says. Shots were fired and vehicles torched as Ne Muanda Nsemi was freed from the jail in Kinshasa, witnesses said. Police are suspected to have shot dead several prisoners, witnesses added. Mr Nsemi ...

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Ivory Coast: Rebel soldiers accept government proposal on bonus payments to end mutiny

The leaders of a nationwide military mutiny in Ivory Coast have accepted a government proposal on bonus payments and agreed to return to barracks, ending their revolt, two spokesmen for the soldiers told journalists on Tuesday.   Neither Ivory Coast’s defense minister nor government spokesman was immediately available to confirm details of the agreement, but a witness said the soldiers ...

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Ivory Coast Rebellion: Mutinous soldiers under attack by government forces

Ivory Coast’s military says it has launched an operation to restore order after three consecutive days of protests by mutinous soldiers. The soldiers took to the streets in several cities over a pay dispute and blocked off the second largest city, Bouaké, on Saturday. They have said they are willing to fight if the army intervenes. Popular opposition to the ...

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Ivory Coast Mutiny: Rebel soldiers declare they are ready to fight if attacked

Angry soldiers have blocked off access to Bouaké, the second largest city in the Ivory Coast, as a revolt over a pay dispute continues. One of the uprising’s leaders said the soldiers were “ready to fight” if attacked. Sergeant Seydou Koné said they did not want to negotiate with anyone, according to Reuters news agency. The unrest began after a ...

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