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Zimbabwe sacks more than 200 doctors over strike action

The body in charge of the public health service in Zimbabwe has said that 211 doctors have been sacked this week because of their on-going strike for better pay. The doctors were “found guilty of absenting themselves from duty without leave or reasonable cause” for five or more days, according …

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Kevin Hart makes first public appearance since car accident

Some of the biggest names in Hollywood flocked to the E! People’s Choice Awards Sunday night. One of the most surprising was Kevin Hart, who was part of a devastating car accident in September in Calabasas, California. Hart fractured his spine and has since been in rehab. This was the …

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‘Mentally ill people being mistreated in Nigeria’

The campaign group, Human Rights Watch (HRW), says thousands of mentally ill people in Nigeria are being abused and kept in chains in care facilities. Its researchers visited nearly 30 private and state-run centres across the country. In all but one, they found patients were being chained up. Staff at …

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Pope Francis ‘hopes to visit South Sudan next year’

Pope Francis has urged the leaders of South Sudan to overcome their divisions and to find consensus for the good of the country. Speaking at his weekly blessing in the Vatican, the Pope said he hoped to visit South Sudan next year. South Sudan declared independence from Sudan in 2011 …

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Three arraigned in court for stealing goats, fish in Nigeria

  The Ebonyi State Police Command, on Wednesday, arraigned three persons, Mbam Oliver, 35; Mbam Igbogu, 40; and Chukwuemeka Nwovu, 22, for allegedly stealing goats and fish. They were arraigned before an Abakaliki Magistrates’ Court on four counts bordering on stealing, burglary, felony and conspiracy. Southern City News gathered that …

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Herdsman kills sibling for having affair with wife

A Kwara State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ilorin has remanded a cattle herder, Iliasu Abubakar, in the Federal Correctional Centre, Ilorin, after confessing to murdering his brother, Isah, in Gwanara, Baruten Local Government area of the state. Iliasu, who is standing trial for culpable homicide, allegedly killed his brother over …

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Japan ‘glasses ban’ for women at work sparks backlash

Wearing glasses at work has become an emotive topic in Japan following reports that some firms have told female employees to remove them. Several local news outlets said some companies had “banned” eyewear for female employees for various reasons. Among them, some retail chains reportedly said glasses-wearing shop assistants gave …

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‘Men also have breast cancer’

The acting Executive Director of Project Pink Blue, Mr Emeka Nwagboso, has stressed the need for everyone to get involved in breast cancer awareness, saying the ailment also affects men. Nwagboso, during a cancer awareness walk and screening held in Lagos to commemorate the International Breast Cancer Awareness Month, said …

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Mob attacks Bolivian mayor with paint, cuts hair

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales condemned Thursday an attack on a female mayor in which an opposition mob forcibly cut her hair, covered her in paint and marched her barefoot through the streets. Bolivia has been rocked by deadly post-election violence over opposition claims that Morales rigged his re-election last month. …

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Deadly magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits northwestern Iran

At least six people were reported killed and more than 300 people injured when a shallow 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck northwestern Iran early on Friday, according to state TV. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck around 60km (35 miles) from the town of Hastrud, in East Azerbaijan …

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Huawei Ships 200 Million-Smartphone units for 2019 in record time

Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) has announced that it had shipped 200 million smartphones as of the end of October 2019. A statement copied to the Ghana News Agency, in Accra, said Huawei’s relentless focus on cutting-edge technology and innovative design, with its complete commitment to consumers worldwide, had reinforced …

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Ex-Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia

Two former employees of Twitter have been charged in the US with spying for Saudi Arabia. The charges, unsealed on Wednesday in San Francisco, allege that Saudi agents sought personal information about Twitter users including known critics of the Saudi government. Court documents named the two as Ahmad Abouammo, a …

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Japan crab fetches record $46,000 at auction

A Japanese bidder may be feeling the pinch after forking out $46,000 at auction for a snow crab — a price that “probably set a new world record”, local officials said Thursday. The winter seafood delicacy is in season from this week in the western Tottori region, where the crustacean …

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Nigeria’s oil worth $42bn stolen in 10 years – NEITI

  Crude oil and refined products worth $41.9bn were stolen from Nigeria in the last 10 years, the Nigeria Extractive Industries Initiative has said. NEITI also urged the government to embrace oil fingerprinting technology, comprehensive metering infrastructure of all facilities and other creative strategies to combat the growing menace of …

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Albino girl’s hand chopped off in Zambia

  A seven-year-old albino girl in Zambia has had her hand chopped off by unknown people as she was sleeping. The incident happened on Wednesday in the northern mining town of Kitwe, local police chief Charity Katanga said. She said the assailants used a machete to chop off the girl’s …

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Burkina Faso: Gunmen ambush mining firm convoy and kill 37

At least 37 people have been killed and 60 wounded in an attack on a mining company convoy in Burkina Faso, authorities say. Five buses carrying staff of Canadian firm Semafo were ambushed on Wednesday about 40km (24 miles) from the eastern town of Boungou, reports say. A military escort …

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Congolese ‘Terminator’ to serve 30 years in jail

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague has sentenced the former Congolese warlord, Bosco Ntaganda, to 30 years in prison. He was convicted in July of 13 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. His offences include rape, sexual slavery and ordering massacres of civilians in the eastern …

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South African doctors stop dialysis on asylum seeker

An Ethiopian asylum seeker has been taken off life-saving dialysis treatment because she is not a South African citizen, her friend has told BBC Newsday. It’s “a miracle” Alem Eresolo is still alive nine days after she was taken off dialysis, her close friend Hanna Abedo told the BBC. She …

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Nigerian businessman hacks into firm’s account, steals N498m

The State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department of the Lagos State Police Command has arraigned a businessman, Suleiman Adamu, before the Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly hacking into a company’s account and stealing N498.6m. Adamu was arraigned alongside his companies, A. A. Suleiman and Sky Cambrian Limited, before …

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22% of Nigerian women can’t access contraceptives – NGO

A civil rights organisation, Marie Stopes International Organisation of Nigeria, has advised Nigerian women to space their children in such a way that they would be strong and healthy enough to contribute to the wellbeing of their families. MSION said its mission was to provide sexual reproductive health services in …

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Do three WhatsApp tick marks mean you’re being watched?

A message doing the rounds on WhatsApp claims three tick marks on a sent message means a government agency has read your chat and may take action against you. It was shared widely among Nigerians shortly after the country’s information minister, Lai Mohammed, declared on 28 October 2019 that the …

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Grieving husband dies 24 hours after wife’s demise

  Residents of Ajao Estate in the Isolo area of Lagos State are in mourning following the death of a mother of four, Mrs Chibuzor Balogun. Chibuzor, whose 14-year-old son, Uche, said was a little above 30 years, died at their residence, No. 2 Raji Aliu Street, off the Airport …

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Two nuns become pregnant after mission work in Africa

Two Catholic nuns have become pregnant after working in Africa. According to Daily Mail, the situation has prompted the church to launch an investigation into how the nuns got pregnant despite their vows of chastity. The two women, who belonged to separate religious orders in Sicily. One of the women, …

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Zimbabwean teacher arrested for caning pupils on privates

A deputy headmaster at Lower Gweru Mission School has been arrested after he allegedly beat two boys on their privates, accusing them of being involved in love affairs with girls at the school. The pupils, aged 17 and 16, are reportedly admitted at a private hospital in Gweru, with the …

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Zambia develops honey export to diversify economy

    As the second largest copper producer on the African continent, Zambia has been trying to expand exports beyond the metal while diversifying its economy and lifting thousands out of poverty, for instance, developing honey export. Tons of raw honey used to be sold cheap or to brew alcohol …

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How an ex-death row inmate freed himself from jail

  A former death row inmate in Kenya has told the BBC of his joy at having graduated with a law degree from the University of London. William Okumu, one of several inmates or former inmates who graduated at a ceremony last Thursday at the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison in …

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Dangote plans fuel exports to Europe, others

Dangote Group has said it plans to export petroleum products from its refinery to Europe, South America, West Africa and Central Africa. The company stated this on Sunday during a visit by a delegation led by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, to the refinery site …

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