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Malian parties reject junta’s suspension of political activities

Malian parties reject junta’s suspension of political activities

MALIAN political parties and civil society groups jointly rejected the ruling junta's order to suspend political activities and vowed to mount a legal challenge to what one opposition politician called the "dictatorial" move. The West African country has been under military rule since a coup in 2020. Tensions have risen in recent weeks, leading major parties and other organisations jointly to call out the junta on March 31 for not scheduling elections within the promised time frame. The authorities issued a decree on Wednesday suspending until further notice all activities by political parties and groups on the grounds of maintaining public order. Joining forces…
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Nigerian military swoops on militants and oil thieves in week-long operation

Nigerian military swoops on militants and oil thieves in week-long operation

NIGERIA'S military said it had inflicted heavy losses on Islamist militant groups in the north and oil thieves in the south, arresting hundreds, seizing weapons and rescuing kidnap victims in a week-long operation. Defence spokesperson Major-General Edward Buba said in a statement that troops had killed or wounded 188 militants and arrested 330 suspects across different locations in the country. Security forces also arrested 36 suspected oil thieves in the Niger Delta region and freed 133 kidnap victims, seizing around 270 weapons and more than 5,000 rounds of ammunition during the entire operation. "The armed forces are working decisively to…
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Niger and China sign crude oil MOU worth $400 mln

Niger and China sign crude oil MOU worth $400 mln

NIGER has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese state-owned oil giant China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) worth $400 million linked to the sale of crude oil from its Agadem oilfield, Niger state television RTN reported late on Friday. RTN did not provide details on the agreement. Niger's military authorities and CNPC could not be reached for comment. "China is a great friend to Niger; we can never say it enough," Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine said at the signing ceremony, which was broadcast by RTN. "This signature demonstrates the friendship ... and…
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Girls suffer most as Nigeria kidnap scourge hits school attendance

Girls suffer most as Nigeria kidnap scourge hits school attendance

A kidnapping crisis in northern Nigeria is costing girls an education as parents choose safety over school a decade since the mass abduction of 276 female students in the town of Chibok caused global outrage. Jihadist group Boko Haram carried out the 2014 Chibok raid, but since then hundreds of children have been seized by criminal gangs using the same tactic of mass school kidnappings to seek ransom payments from parents. For some families, sending their children to school is a risk they cannot take. "We now have a situation where children are starting to choose between going to school and staying…
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Local manufacturing of drones is on the rise in Africa

Local manufacturing of drones is on the rise in Africa

RISING demand for unmanned aerial vehicles used in various commercial applications is fueling the growth of the local drone manufacturing industry as startups and governments ramp up production within the continent. Following South Africa's successful test flight of the Milkor 380, a groundbreaking unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of carrying up to 1300 kilograms among other unique capabilities, the landscape is witnessing a proliferation of local manufacturing hubs, with recent developments emerging in Nigeria and Morocco. In February, a drone manufacturing facility was unveiled by TerraHaptix, a Nigerian technology and robotics startup. The 1,400 square meter facility in Abuja was…
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Nigeria becomes first country to roll out new meningitis vaccine, WHO says

Nigeria becomes first country to roll out new meningitis vaccine, WHO says

NIGERIA has become the first country in the world to roll out the "revolutionary" new Men5CV vaccine against meningitis, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Nigeria is one of the hotspots of the deadly disease in Africa. Last year, a 50% rise in annual cases was reported across 26 African countries regarded as meningitis hyperendemic countries, according to the WHO. “Nigeria's rollout brings us one step closer to our goal to eliminate meningitis by 2030," Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, was quoted as saying in a statement. Between last October and mid-March this year, 1,742 cases were suspected in the country,…
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Isak brace leads Newcastle to crucial 4-0 win over Spurs

Isak brace leads Newcastle to crucial 4-0 win over Spurs

A dominant Newcastle United struck twice within 95 seconds as Alexander Isak's brace helped them secure a 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, a vital result in their bid to qualify for European competition. Newcastle, unbeaten at home since January, moved up to sixth place in the standings with 50 points from 32 matches, one ahead of Manchester United who have played a game less and visit Bournemouth later in the day. Spurs are fifth with 60 points. Isak scored at the half-hour mark when Anthony Gordon got hold of a long ball, shook off Destiny Udogie…
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Bayern battle past Cologne to end losing run, Coman out for weeks

Bayern battle past Cologne to end losing run, Coman out for weeks

BAYERN Munich struck twice in the second half to earn a 2-0 win over Cologne and bounce back from two straight league losses ahead of their Champions League return leg against Arsenal next week. With Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen 13 points ahead and poised to wrap up their first league title with a win over Werder Bremen on Sunday, Bayern's only hope of silverware this season rests with the Champions League following their 2-2 draw in the first leg in London. They suffered a serious injury blow, however, with winger Kingsley Coman taken off in the 50th minute and ruled…
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Sydney knife attacker shot dead after killing 6 in Bondi mall

Sydney knife attacker shot dead after killing 6 in Bondi mall

AN attacker who fatally knifed six people in a Sydney mall was shot dead by police in the beachside suburb of Bondi, police said, as hundreds fled the scene. The assailant was shot by a police officer after he attacked shoppers in the busy Westfield Bondi Junction shopping centre, a police statement said. Five of the six victims killed were women, while eight people, including a nine-month-old baby, were taken to hospital with stab wounds, New South Wales Police Commissioner Karen Webb told a press conference. Police at this stage do not believe the attack was terrorism-related, Webb said. Prime…
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Settlers incensed over teen’s slaying rampage in Palestinian towns

Settlers incensed over teen’s slaying rampage in Palestinian towns

ARMED Jewish settlers blocked roads, vandalised property and scuffled with Palestinians around towns and villages in the occupied West Bank, medics and witnesses said, after an Israeli teenager was killed in a suspected militant attack. Israeli authorities said they were beefing up security forces to tamp down the flare-up, worried about a possible spread of violence from the Gaza war now in its seventh month. The friction between settlers and Palestinians, at several locations between the city of Ramallah and northern Nablus, began on Friday after a 14-year-old Israeli went missing in the area. His body was discovered on Saturday,…
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