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President MugabeHarare - Zimbabwe's strong man ruler Robert Mugabe lashed out at Europe's "homosexual nonsense" and condemned the refusal of its leaders to accept his grip on power in his latest marathon tirade on Friday.

"The Europe of yesterday is gone, we have a Europe of today which has no principles at all," the 90-year-old told a crowd of thousands gathered in a Harare stadium to mark 34 years since the country's independence from Britain.

Mugabe, who has been Zimbabwe's ruler since independence, faces EU sanctions as a result of his authoritarian rule.

He refused to attend an EU-Africa summit earlier this month after his wife was denied a visa to enter Europe.

School girls__NigeriaMAIDUGURI: Another 14 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in the northeast have escaped, leaving 85 missing on Saturday after an attack that has sparked global outrage, an official said.

The unprecedented mass abduction of 129 teenage girls from the Chibok area of Borno state has been described as among the most shocking ever by Boko Haram, a group blamed for killing thousands since 2009.

“I am glad to say that 14 more students have escaped from their abductors,” Borno’s education commissioner Inua Kubo told journalists.
“With this development, we have 44 out of our 129 students.”

Abuja blastBomb blasts ripped through a bus station in the suburbs of the Nigerian capital today in the largest single attack on Abuja since insurgents began violent operations in 2009.

Authorities say 71 people were killed and 124 were injured in a strike on Nyanya Motor Park, a chaotic bus station where commuters board megabuses into the pristine city center for work less than 10 miles away.

The blasts in Nigeria's capital are a direct challenge to the government's recent assurances that it has managed to contain Boko Haram, Nigeria's militant Islamist group, to the remote northeast of the country. The last attack in Abuja was two years ago, but Boko Haram insurgents have recently threatened violence beyond the northeast, where they normally operate.

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 10:20

SA Economy can be no 1 again - DA

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DA logo2The Democratic Alliance bemoaned the news that Nigeria had overtaken South Africa as the biggest economy.

"The [African National Congress] government’s failure to achieve South Africa’s growth potential over the past two decades has now led to our economy being overtaken as the largest economy in Africa," DA MP Tim Harris said in a statement.

"We believe that South Africa has the potential to do much better. With decisive leadership, the right policy mix and a government committed to job creating inclusive economic growth, we can again challenge Nigeria for the number one spot."

Nigerian official_calming_things_down10 Nigerians are now hospitalized while 25 shops owned by Nigerians have been looted following attacks by organized gangs in South Africa.

The President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on phone from Pretoria on Friday that the attack began last week in Johannesburg and later spread to Pretoria this week.

He said commercial taxi drivers, led the attack against Nigerians in Pretoria while unknown gangs attacked Nigerians in Johannesburg.

Anyene said one Nigerian in hospital was still in coma when officials of the Union and the Nigerian high commission in South Africa visited the injured in hospitals.

henry okahNigerian terrorist Henry Okah was whisked off in the early hours one morning last month to a high-security prison in Kokstad, KwaZulu-Natal, following another foiled “escape bid” – in which, it is said, he and four other inmates planned to use firearms, bombs and a helicopter to assist them.

It came to light in papers before the Pretoria High Court that Okah’s alleged escape plans involved the smuggling of steel hacksaw blades into the New Lock Prison in Pretoria, which were to be used to saw the grill doors of the prison cells.

These hacksaw blades were, according to correctional services, smuggled into the prison by visitors to these inmates.

naledi-pandorHome Affairs’ draft immigration regulations could be damaging to asylum seekers while failing to stem the tide of immigrants flocking to South Africa, say refugee rights groups.

The regulations, which closed to public comment on Friday, are expected to come into force soon – and, according to Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor, will “usher in a new era of secure, efficient and sound management of international migration”.

Only, the altered requirements are at odds with the practicalities asylum seekers face, say some.

The Government of Nigeria has demanded appropriate administrative and legal action from the South African government against two of its officers from the Police Service in Cape-Town over an assault on one Nigerian, Mr Clement Emekeneh.

police brutality_in_South_AfricaThe two officers were, last Friday reported by a local television (ETV) in the country, to have beaten an unidentified individual who was later confirmed to be a Nigerian.

In his reaction, the Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, Ambassador S.S. Yusuf, in a statement yesterday said the action which has caused public outrage, has "further highlighted the lawlessness of the South African Police Service, which has become notorious for extra-judicial actions."

The envoy noted that though the South African Police Service immediately is

henry okahSANigerians Online Magazine has gathered from a report by Bloomberg News that the South African prison services prevented an attempted jail break by Nigerian militant leader Henry Okah. The attempted Jailbreak according to the prisons spokesperson Manelisi Welela may limit Mr. Orkar's parole chances as a punishment for the attempted jailbreak.

Authorities tapped crime intelligence networks to foil the planned getaway of Okah and four South African inmates from Leeuwkop prison in northern Johannesburg in early January, Wolela confirmed to Bloomberg Reporters.

“Depending on the seriousness of this, there may be a criminal investigation and they may appear in court,” Wolela said. “They may find that among other things they may lose their parole dates.”

Refugee-CampThousands of people have fled violence in northeast Nigeria for neighboring Cameroon and Niger in recent days, the United Nations said Friday, as the frequency of attacks by Islamic extremists grows with dozens killed this week.

Villagers in several farming settlements around Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria's northeast Borno state, said at least 18 people were killed in attacks by suspected Boko Haram members this week.

Sunday, 19 January 2014 07:21

BBC 's Komla Dumor dies at 41

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Komla DumorGhana-born Dumor was a presenter for BBC World News and its Focus on Africa programme.

One of Ghana's best-known journalists, he joined the BBC as a radio broadcaster in 2007 after a decade of journalism in Ghana.

Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama said on Twitter that his country had lost one of its finest ambassadors.

BBC Global News Director Peter Horrocks called Dumor a leading light of African journalism who would be deeply missed.

He was "committed to telling the story of Africa as it really is," Mr Horro

Saturday, 18 January 2014 18:22

‘I am not going to pay my e-tolls bill’

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CravenCosatu’s spokesman Patrick Craven is leading a frontier of civil disobedience in the battle against the controversial e-tolling system on Gauteng highways.

Craven, like many Gauteng motorists, has received SMSes and invoices from the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) urging him to pay his outstanding bill but he is unshaken.

“I am not paying,” he said defiantly yesterday.

“I obviously don’t know what every one of our office bearers or leaders has done but I refuse to buy an e-tag and I am not going to pay for the tolls.”