Africa

Two arrested over drowning of up to 900 migrants off Libya

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EU emergency summit to discuss plans to tackle crisis The Irish Times – Paddy Agnew Mohammed Ali Malek (centre, rear), one of two survivors of Saturday’s migrant boat disaster, later arrested on suspicion of trafficking, watching the bodies being disembarked, at Senglea in Valletta. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi /Reuters Two men have been arrested over last weekend’s boat disaster off the ... Read More »

The Chaos in Darfur

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Africa Briefing N°110 - ICG – Nairobi/Brussels – OVERVIEW Violence in the Darfur region of Sudan’s far west continues unabated. Some 450,000 persons were displaced in 2014 and another 100,000 in January 2015 alone, adding to some two million long-term internally displaced persons (IDPs) since fighting erupted in 2003. The government remains wedded to a military approach and reluctant to pursue a ... Read More »

Mapped: The world’s most open governments

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Raziye Akkoc The Telegraph It comes as no surprise that Nordic countries top the WJP Open Government Index but the UK’s position as having the eighth most open government out of more than a 100 countries is welcome news. Click to find out each country’s score An improving economy and better resources in the developing world may not equal a ... Read More »

These are the top 10 myths about the human brain

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Fiona Macdonald Science Alert When it comes to our brains, there’s a lot we’re yet to learn – for example, exactly what role sleep plays in memory formation, and how to stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. But there’s plenty that scientists do know, and you might be surprised to find that a lot of it contradicts what you believe ... Read More »

Egypt: Halt Executions of Six Men

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Convicted in Military Court After Unfair Trial Human Rights Watch (New York) – Six men face execution in Egypt after being convicted by a military court, despite evidence that some were in detention at the time of the crimes. Egyptian authorities should stay the executions and send the men’s case for retrial before a civilian court, Human Rights Watch said. The ... Read More »

Kenya’s cities ‘will run red with blood,’ warn Al Shabaab

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Kenyan police have made five arrests in connection to Thursday’s al-Shabab attack in eastern Kenya which left almost 150 people dead. Malta Today – Al Shabaab militants have threatened further attacks after Thursday’s university campus massacre, ominously announcing that the country’s cities ‘will run red with blood’. ‘No amount of precaution or safety measures will be able to guarantee your safety, thwart ... Read More »

Al Shabab gunmen kill 147 as troops move to end Kenya siege

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GARISSA, KENYA // At least 147 people, mostly students, were massacred at a Kenyan university by Somalia’s Al Shabab militant group on Thursday – the deadliest attack in the country since the US embassy bombing in 1998. The National – Masked gunmen stormed the university in the north-east town of Garissa as students slept, hurling grenades and shooting others dead before freeing ... Read More »

New Ethiopian Knesset member prioritizes immigrant community

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On March 31, at the age of 57, 30 years after he left the town of Gondar in Ethiopia, Avraham Negusie was sworn in to the Israeli Knesset. He was elated the entire day. Al Monitor ””’ SUMMARY: Likud’s Avraham Negusie, newly sworn in to the Knesset, promises in an interview with Al-Monitor to fight for Jews from Ethiopia, saying, “There shouldn’t be ... Read More »

British firms could be linked to slavery, murder and ecological abuse overseas – NGO

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RT - Hundreds of British firms operating abroad may be implicated in severe human rights abuses such as modern slavery, poverty-level wages, beatings, killings and environmental damage, an international NGO warns. A report released by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre on Wednesday found that British businesses impact heavily on communities and individuals around the globe. The NGO’s research ... Read More »

Ebola survivors told to stop having sex

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Monrovia: Liberia called on Ebola survivors on Sunday to strictly observe a period of sexual abstinence after recovering from the disease amid fears the country’s latest case may have resulted from sexual transmission. Brisbane Times – Alphonso Toweh The West African nation suffered a setback in its efforts to end a year-long outbreak of the disease earlier this month when it ... Read More »