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South Africa's democracy under spotlight after parliament protest CAPE TOWN: South Africa on Friday took stock of its hard-won democracy, embodied by the late liberation hero Nelson Mandela, a day after chaos erupted in parliament during President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address.Radical lawmakers who interrupted Zuma to demand he "pay back the money" spent on upgrades to his private residence were dragged kicking and fighting out of parliament by a large force of security officials on Thursday night."Chaos sign of SA's democratic decline," the respected Business Day newspaper declared in a front-page headline."Unthinkable less than five years ago, the disturbing scenes that unfolded in and outside the national assembly last night are cause for SA to pause and reflect on why and how the country has arrived at this point."The paper pointed to Zuma's presidency as a key factor in the decline."SA is in the mess that played out in parliament precisely because it has prioritised ...

Five dead as Boko Haram carries out first attack in Chad N'DJAMENA: Nigeria-based Boko Haram Islamists on Friday carried out their first attack inside Chad, killing five people in an early morning strike on a village and military camp on the shores of Lake Chad, a security source told AFP.The attack left four civilians and one soldier dead before the militants were pushed back, the source said on condition of anonymity.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
At least seven die in Nigeria suicide blast: witnesses MAIDUGURI: At least seven people were killed on Thursday when a female suicide bomber blew herself up at a crowded market in northeast Nigeria, witnesses and a health official said.The mid-afternoon attack in Biu, 180 kilometres (110 miles) south of the Borno state capital Maiduguri is the latest in a spate of similar attacks in the troubled region.The Boko Haram group has been blamed for using women and young girls as human bombs as part ...
Top UN development official starts visit to Ebola-hit countries ISLAMABAD: A top UN development official has started her visit to Ebola-affected West Africa, showing UN's commitment to addressing the crisis and support for recovery process, a UN spokesperson said.Helen Clark, administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), began her one-week visit to West Africa which will include stops in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three hardest-hit West African countries that have seen almost 23,000 reported Ebola cases with almost 9,000 reported deaths, UN ...
Ivorian president taps into nation's football victory ABIDJAN: As members of Ivory Coast's football team became national heroes with their dramatic Africa Cup of Nations victory, President Alassane Ouattara has moved to turn their popularity into a political scoring opportunity of his own.Since the Elephants won Ivory Coast's first Africa Cup of Nations championship in 23 years Sunday in a 9-8 penalty shootout win over Ghana, Ouattara has seemingly been everywhere -- orchestrating the resulting explosion of collective joy, and pumping some ...
South Africa's Zuma faces showdown in parliament CAPE TOWN: South African President Jacob Zuma faces a showdown with radical lawmakers who are threatening to disrupt his nationally-televised state of the nation address in parliament Thursday.The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), led by populist firebrand Julius Malema, have vowed to prevent Zuma from speaking until he has answered questions about the $24 million of taxpayers' money spent on "security upgrades" at his private residence.The same issue triggered chaotic scenes in the assembly in August, ...
Sierra Leone to prosecute fraudulent Ebola ‘ghostworkers’ DAKAR: Sierra Leone said on Tuesday it had cleaned up a list thought to contain thousands of "ghostworkers" on its Ebola staff and would prosecute those who sought to swindle money from the government, tackling a problem that has dogged its fight against the epidemic. More than 10,000 Ebola cases have been reported in Sierra Leone since last May, making it the hardest hit country in the world's worst outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever.The epidemic ...


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