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Maryam's Body Arrives of Nigeria

Maryam's Body Arrives of Nigeria The remains of the former First Lady, Mrs. Maryam Babangida, who died on Sunday, will be buried tomorrow, just as the Niger State Government has declared a three-day mourning for the people of the state, in her honour. The former First Lady, who died at Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Centre of the University of California, Los Angeles, was earlier...

Fresh Fighting Kills Two Civilians in Somali capital Mogadishu

At least two civilians have been killed after fresh fighting between the transitional Federal Government troops backing by AMISOM and the Islamist fighters broke out in parts of the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses and officials told Shabelle radio on Saturday. Abdullahi Hassan Barise, the spokesman of the transitional police forces told...

Both Britain and Canada's prime ministers Speak Out Against Anti-Gay Law

Both Britain and Canada's prime ministers have told President Yoweri Museveni that a proposed law that would result in homosexuals in Uganda being imprisoned for life or even executed needs to be withdrawn. The proposed legislation has created a furore in Western countries with protesters saying it contravenes international human rights...

Police Do Not Have a Licence to Kill - President Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma on Friday reiterated that no police officer has permission to shoot suspects in circumstances other than those provided for by law. "The law does not give the police a licence to kill," the President said in a statement. He said he had noted the continuing media reports about the use of force by the police, which had at times...

Rwandair Aircraft Crashes, One Dead

A Rwandair aircraft yesterday crashed into the VIP lounge two minutes after taking off from the Kigali International Airport, killing one passenger. The unnamed Rwandan passenger died shortly after reaching King Faisal Hospital in Kigali. The afternoon plane was headed for Uganda and had fifteen people on board. The pilot was among the injured....

Pullout Won't Affect State Operations of of Zimbabwe President

President Mugabe has assured the nation that he will not allow MDC-T's "disengagement" from the inclusive Government to affect State operations. Opening the 78th Ordinary Session of Zanu-PF's Central Committee at the party's headquarters yesterday, President Mugabe said MDC-T had proved that it was not a "true and genuine partner". "We must no...

Iata Suspends Bellview Airlines of Nigeria

The troubles of Bellview Airlines seem to have been compounded further following notification by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) that it has suspended the airline with immediate effect from the association's clearing house. IATA, in a notice to Billing Settlement Plan (BSP) participants and all its accredited travel agents,...

Mortar Shells Kill 10 in Somalia Mogadishu

A number of mortar shells hit parts of central Mogadishu on Friday evening leaving at least ten dead. One of the mortars landed in a residential area while another crashed onto the city's main jail. The worst incident, however, occurred at De Martino Hospital, a former medical facility that had been converted into a lodge for the Somali war...

500 Suspects Held, 14 Dead in City Riot

At least 550 people have so far been arrested in connection to the riots that have, for three days, affected business in Kampala city and claimed 14 lives, police announced yesterday. Police also warned that the arrest the hunt for the ring leaders was still ongoing. "I can tell you that we are still arresting, this is not all, we are going to...

Heavy Shelling Injures About 10 in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU (Sh. M. Network) - at least 10 people have been injured after heavy shelling started in parts of the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Saturday. Reports say that some of the mortar shells landed in the neighborhood of 5-ta Ged in Hawl-wadag district in the capital where at least 6 people wounded. People say there...

31 Dead in Somali capital Mogadishu Battles And Bombs

At least 31 people were killed and over 100 others wounded in a series of street battles and bombardment in the Somali capital Mogadishu since Thursday night, Radio Garowe reports. The violence continued into Friday morning, after suspected insurgents attacked Somali government forces and African Union peacekeepers (AMISOM) based around Mogadishu'...

First Swine Flu Death Recorded in South Africa

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed that a 22-year-old Stellenbosch University student has died from the H1N1 pandemic, known as swine flu. According to a NICD report given to the Department of Health, the deceased presented with flu-like symptoms on 20 July 2009 and was treated symptomatically at the campus clinic...

Questions Trail Death of Boko Haram Leader in Nigeria

Questions and concerns are being raised over the death of the notorious leader of Boko Haram Islamic sect, Mohammed Yusuf who was killed, Thursday while in the custody of the Nigerian police after his purported arrest earlier that day in Maduguri, Borno State. Human rights groups have criticised the manner in which Yusuf was killed, with some of...

A Yemenia airline Airbus A310 Goes Down Off Coast

A Yemenia airline Airbus A310 is reported to have crashed in the Indian Ocean near the Comoros Islands. The crash follows a month after another Airbus, operated by Air France, went down in the Atlantic Ocean while flying from Brazil, killing 228 passengers. The plane which crashed last night disappeared from radar screens between Yemen and the...

Shock, Sorrow As Nigerians, Africans Mourn Michael Jackson

A mixture of disbelief and sadness has continued to greet the news of pop star Michael Jackson's death across Africa. For most of yesterday in Nigeria, Jackson's death topped the agenda of discussions virtually everywhere. A Lagos radio presenter allegedly broke down live on air and could not continue her program. Her co-presenter had to take over...