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Ben Obumselu obituary

2017-04-28 European News Comments Off on Ben Obumselu obituary
My father, Ben Obumselu, who has died aged 86, was a leading literary critic, a key figure in the Biafran war and, later, an influential political adviser in Nigeria. A combination of scholarship and political engagement informed much of his life. He was among a formidable generation of university graduates in the mid-1950s poised to Read More

Tanzanian president orders dismissal of civil servants with fake degrees

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The president of Tanzania has ordered the immediate dismissal of more than 9,900 civil servants after a nationwide verification of academic credentials uncovered workers with forged school and college certificates. Elected in October 2015, John Magufuli has also dismissed several senior officials, including the head of the government’s anti-corruption body, the tax chief, a senior Read More

Liberia mystery deaths not Ebola, say officials

2017-04-28 European News Comments Off on Liberia mystery deaths not Ebola, say officials
Eleven people have died and five are in hospital in Liberia after contracting a mystery illness the World Health Organisation (WHO) said was linked to their attendance at the funeral of a religious leader, officials have said. “We are still investigating. The only thing we have ruled out is … Ebola,” said Liberia’s chief medical Read More

Conviction of Chad’s Hissène Habré for crimes against humanity upheld

2017-04-27 European News Comments Off on Conviction of Chad’s Hissène Habré for crimes against humanity upheld
An African court has upheld Hissène Habré’s conviction for crimes against humanity after a decades-long fight for justice for his victims. The former president of Chad was acquitted of a rape charge, but all the other charges against him – including torture and murder – were upheld. Last year, Habré was sentenced to life in Read More

Andrew Mitchell

2017-04-27 European News Comments Off on Andrew Mitchell
Next month another less well known but equally vital election takes place: the new head of the World Health Organization (WHO) will be elected by health ministers from around the planet. The election couldn’t come at a more crucial time for the WHO. Smarting from its failures during the Ebola epidemic, it needs urgent reform Read More

World’s last male northern white rhino gets help from Tinder

2017-04-26 European News Comments Off on World’s last male northern white rhino gets help from Tinder
The world’s last male northern white rhino has joined the Tinder dating app as wildlife experts make a last-chance breeding effort to keep his species alive. “I don’t mean to be too forward, but the fate of the species literally depends on me,” the rhino’s profile says. “I perform well under pressure.” The campaign called Read More

Man in gorilla suit still crawling on hands and knees – and will finish London Marathon on Friday

2017-04-25 European News Comments Off on Man in gorilla suit still crawling on hands and knees – and will finish London Marathon on Friday
A Metropolitan Police officer has been crawling the London Marathon in a gorilla costume since the race began on Sunday morning. Tom Harrison, who goes by the name Mr Gorilla, is raising money for the Gorilla Organisation and has yet to complete half of the 26-mile race. The 41-year-old Londoner started at 10.34am on Sunday. Read More

Two wildlife rangers killed by poachers in Democratic Republic of the Congo

2017-04-25 European News Comments Off on Two wildlife rangers killed by poachers in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Elephant poachers have killed two wildlife rangers in a shootout in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), reports African Parks, a not-for-profit conservation group that manages 10 protected areas across Africa in partnership with governments and local communities. While out patrolling on 11 April, ranger Joël Meriko Ari and Sgt Read More

Satellite images trigger payouts for Kenyan farmers in grip of drought

2017-04-25 European News Comments Off on Satellite images trigger payouts for Kenyan farmers in grip of drought
The Kenyan government is scaling up an innovative livestock insurance programme that uses satellite imagery of drought-hit areas to offer a safety net to vulnerable farmers. The Kenya Livestock Insurance Programme (Klip) monitors forage conditions throughout the two annual rainy seasons, triggering payouts to pastoralists when vegetation dies back to critical levels. The payments are Read More

Former Perth student pleads not guilty to murdering his family with axe in South Africa

2017-04-25 European News Comments Off on Former Perth student pleads not guilty to murdering his family with axe in South Africa
A former Perth student accused of murdering three members of his family with an axe in South Africa pleaded not guilty on Monday, saying he fought with a laughing attacker during the slaughter at their upscale home. The trial of Henri van Breda began more than two years after his parents and older brother were Read More