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Seeking justice: the long hunt for Rwanda’s killers

April 3, 2019

Felicien Kabuga, once one of Rwanda’s richest men who is accused of financing the 1994 genocide./COURTESY By AFP The houses along the quiet tree-lined street look just like the normal homes found all across the Rwandan capital. But behind the walls of the three adjoining villas in Kigali are the headquarters of a global operation […]

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Revealed: Britain paid African soldiers less than white soldiers during WW2

February 23, 2019

  The British government may soon be slapped with multi-million compensation claims by African countries following revelations that the colonial master underpaid more than half a million soldiers up to three times less than their white counterparts during the second world war. A newly dug up 1945 government document from Britain’s national archives reveals that […]

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Why African Union is putting up Haile Selassie statue

February 11, 2019

By BBC IN SUMMARY Three years earlier, Rastafarians had begun to move to Ethiopia and a piece of land Selassie had put aside for black people from the West in 1948. After the visit, the numbers grew larger. Today, the community numbers about 300 people. But followers were presented with a conundrum after Selassie died […]

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TSC age limit for job applicants sparks row

February 8, 2019

By Nation An advertisement by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) indicating 45 years as the upper age limit for applicants seeking teaching jobs in secondary schools has sparked a legal battle. While TSC seeks to recruit more secondary school teachers, lawyer Soyianka Lempaa, a Kenyatta University-trained teacher, claims the age restriction is discriminatory. Mr Lempaa […]

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Don McCullin, chronicler of human suffering

February 5, 2019

By AFP IN SUMMARY Don McCullin was born on October 9, 1935 in north London. His father worked occasionally as a fishmonger, but mostly he was an invalid. McCullin worked in railway dining cars and at an animation studio before doing his national service with the Royal Air Force, where he was a photography assistant. […]

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Australia:Pilot falls asleep and misses destination by nearly 50km

November 28, 2018

By Agency A dozy pilot could soon find himself in hot water as an investigation has been launched after he fell asleep during a chartered flight and missed his landing by 46 kilometers. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) opened the probe following the alleged incident of “pilot incapacitation” which took place on a flight […]

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Pushing man out of moving matatu over Sh10 change earns conductor 30 years in jail

November 27, 2018

By Standard A matatu conductor has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for pushing a passenger to his death over Sh10 change. Roman Oduor who has been serving a death sentence for the crime he reportedly committed in 1995 had made an application for re-sentencing. Justice Fred Ochieng ruled that the accused serve 30 […]

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100 years after end of World War One

November 22, 2018

Thousands of soldiers “effectively disappeared” towards the end of the war and “very often no-one knew exactly what had befallen them or precisely when”. By AGENCIES IN SUMMARY Call:French President Emmanuel Macron last week urged dozens of world leaders marking a century since the end of World War I to come together for a joint […]

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Two thirds of African cities face ‘extreme climate risk’

November 14, 2018

  IN SUMMARY The findings were laid out in the 2018 Climate Vulnerability Index which calculates an overall risk figure from more than 50 separate data sources, including state-of-the-art climate models, socio-economic factors and demographic trends. It found Bangui in the Central African Republic, Liberia’s capital Monrovia and the Congolese city of Mbuji-Mayi to be […]

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Study finds ‘huge’ fall in FGM rates among African girls

November 10, 2018

Rates of female genital mutilation (FGM) have fallen dramatically among girls in Africa in the last two decades, according to new research. The study, published in BMJ Global Health, cited a “huge and significant decline” among under-14s. The practice involves removing all or part of a girl or woman’s external genitalia, including the clitoris. Some […]

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