Monthly Archives: August 2014

Nigeria: Chibok Girls – Parents Want Case Closed, Say Funeral Rites Already Performed

MORE than four months after fruitless search for their abducted girls, parents of the kidnapped Chibok school girls said they want the matter closed. Since the girls have been missing for more than four months, the parents said they presumed the students to have died for which their funeral rites have already been performed in […]

East Africa: Renaissance Dam Talks Kick Off in Khartoum

Cairo — The fourth round of tripartite talks over the building of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam started in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. The talks, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, will involve discussions among Egypt’s, Sudan’s and Ethiopia’s water ministers to reach agreement over criteria and mechanisms for building the dam. Egypt’s Water […]

West African Examinations Council Results Worsen

Lagos — About 70 percent of candidates who wrote the May/June 2014 West African Examinations Council (WAEC) examinations in Nigeria failed to obtain five credits in English Language and Mathematics, the examination body said yesterday. WAEC Head of the National Office, Charles Eguridu, said at a news conference in Lagos that 529,425 candidates representing 31.28 […]

Central African Republic: New Premier Kamoun – ‘We Must All Work for Peace’

The strife-torn Central African Republic now has a Muslim prime minister – for the first time since it gained independence from France in 1960. The challenges he faces are formidable. Mahamat Kamoun’s appointment as the first Muslim prime minister of the Central African Republic is seen as a bid to try and end the sectarian […]

South Africa: Oscar Judgment in September

Oscar Pistorius, the once-celebrated athlete who fatally shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, is seen at the Pretoria High Court on Thursday, 7 August 2014 ahead of the final arguments of his murder trial. Pretoria — Judge Thokozile Masipa will hand down judgment on murder-accused Oscar Pistorius next month, she said on Friday after his defence […]

Zambia: Citizens From Ebola States Banned

THE Government has banned the entry of citizens from countries hit by the deadly Ebola virus, Health Minister Joseph Kasonde has announced. Four West African nations, namely, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria have recorded more than 1,700 cases as bodies were left in the streets, and at least 932 people were killed by Monday […]

Egypt: Two Sentenced to Life Over Tahrir Sexual Harassment Case

Cairo — An Egyptian court sentenced on Thursday two people to life imprisonment and one to 20 years in prison over the sexual harassment case that took place in Tahrir Square on June 3, during the celebrations of the inauguration of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The defendants will be under police surveillance for five years […]