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Saturday, August 10th, 2019

 

AFRICA: EAC staff desert duty, return home as cash crunch bites

The East African Community Secretary-General Liberat Mfumukeko. The EAC budget for the 2019/20 fiscal year amounts to $111.4 million. PHOTO | COURTESY  By THE EASTAFRICAN Some staff of the East African Community Secretariat staff have deserted their workstations as a cash crunch continues to bite due to delayed remittances by the partner states. A spot-check by The EastAfrican in Arusha established that some stations remain unmanned, with a number of foreign staff moving back to their countries of origin. The Secretariat has recently faced difficulties in paying salaries and allowancesRead More


Zimbabwean Bank Alleges Loan Defaults by 26 Public Figures

FILE – Grace Mugabe, then Zimbabwe’s first lady, dances at a rally in Gweru, Zimbabwe, Sept, 1, 2017. By VOA News The Zimbabwean president’s son, a former first lady and 24 prominent politicians are accused of abusing their positions to acquire loans without collateral from a leading bank in the southern African country. The Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe (CBZ) says it has been forced to assume debt totaling at least $160 million after Emmerson Mnangagwa Jr., Grace Mugabe and others defaulted on loans made from 2010 to 2014. Zimbabwe’s government,Read More


Myanmar landslide kills 41, many more feared missing

Rescue teams search for the bodies of miners killed in a landslide in a jade mining area in Hpakhant, in Myanmar’s Kachin state on November 22, 2015. The death toll from a landslide triggered by monsoon rains in eastern Myanmar rose to at least 41. PHOTO | AFP  By AFP Mawlamyine, Myanmar, The death toll from a landslide triggered by monsoon rains in eastern Myanmar rose to at least 41, an official said late Saturday, as emergency workers continued for a second night their desperate search through thick mud forRead More


Richard Gere, Italy’s Salvini clash over migrant ship

LAMPEDUSA, Italy (Reuters) – Hollywood star Richard Gere on Saturday urged the Italian government to stop “demonising people” and instead help migrants who have been stranded on a Spanish charity boat in the Mediterranean for more than a week. Founder and director of Proactiva Open Arms NGO Oscar Camps, Head of mission of Proactiva Open Arms NGO Riccardo Gatti, U.S. actor Richard Gere and Italian chef Gabriele Rubini (known as Chef Rubio), attend a news conference in support of an NGO ship “Open Arms”, which carries stranded migrants, in Lampedusa,Read More


Kacaman: Burundi’s YouTube star dies of malaria aged six

Six-year-old Darcy Irakoze perfomed with the top comedians in Burundi A six-year-old YouTube star known in Burundi for his popular comedy sketches has died of malaria, his manager says. By BBC Darcy Irakoze, known as Kacaman, was a primary school pupil who performed online and in theatres. He was diagnosed with malaria on Wednesday and died the next day. Malaria has killed over 1,800 people in Burundi this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More than five million cases have been recorded in the country since January. TheRead More


Chad: Intercommunal conflict ‘national concern’ after 37 killed

President Idriss Deby says dozens of people killed this week in Ouaddai province, near eastern border with Sudan. By AL JAZEERA, NEWS AGENCIES Chad‘s President Idriss Deby has said at least 37 people were killed this week in intercommunal fighting in the country’s east. The violence broke out over three days in the province of Ouaddai, a strategic area for herder migration near the border with Sudan. “The intercommunal conflict has become a national concern,” Deby said at a news conference on Friday. “We are witnessing a terrible phenomenon.” ThisRead More


Chad: Intercommunal conflict ‘national concern’ after 37 killed

President Idriss Deby says dozens of people killed this week in Ouaddai province, near eastern border with Sudan. By AL JAZEERA, NEWS AGENCIES Chad‘s President Idriss Deby has said at least 37 people were killed this week in intercommunal fighting in the country’s east. The violence broke out over three days in the province of Ouaddai, a strategic area for herder migration near the border with Sudan. “The intercommunal conflict has become a national concern,” Deby said at a news conference on Friday. “We are witnessing a terrible phenomenon.” ThisRead More


YEMEN: Separatists seize Aden presidential palace, gov’t military camps

Members of UAE-backed southern Yemeni separatist forces shout slogans as they patrol a road during clashes with government forces in Aden [Fawaz Salman/Reuters] Southern separatists take effective control of Aden, seat of Yemen’s internationally recognised government, say sources. By AL JAZEEERA, NEWS AGENCIES Separatists in southern Yemen have seized all government military camps and a presidential palace in the port city of Aden, according to security sources and witnesses, amid heavy fighting that has killed and wounded scores of people. A spokesman for the Security Belt, a militia aligned withRead More


Tanzanian police say 62 killed when siphoned tanker explodes

An injured man is carried from the scene as a petrol tanker burns in the background, Saturday, Aug. 10 2019, in Morogoro, Tanzania. A damaged tanker truck exploded in eastern Tanzania Saturday as people were trying to siphon fuel out of it, killing at least 62, in one of the worst incidents of its kind in the East African country. (AP Photo) DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (Associated Press) — A damaged tanker truck exploded in eastern Tanzania as people were trying to siphon fuel out of it Saturday, killing atRead More


USA: Jeffrey Epstein taken off suicide watch before death

FILE – This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein has died by suicide while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges, says person briefed on the matter, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File) Source: Jeffrey Epstein taken off suicide watch before death NEW YORK (Associated Press) — Jeffrey Epstein, the well-connected financier accused of orchestrating a sex-trafficking ring, had been taken off suicide watch before he killed himself in a New York jail,Read More