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North Korea fires two more missiles

North Korea has fired two more short-range missiles, making six launches in three days, and condemning South Korea for criticising what it said were its legitimate military drills. South Korea’s defence ministry said North Korea had fired one missile on Monday morning and a second one in the afternoon. Both were fired into the sea [...]

AU turns to youth for major policy initiatives

The African Union will mark its 50th anniversary this year with a symposium on the theme “Pan Africanism and African Renaissance” from May 22-25, 2013, in Addis Ababa, a press release has said. The objective of the symposium is to provide a platform for dialogue between selected African Heads of state and young people on [...]

Four die in Ghana church stampede

Four lives were lost in a stampede at the Ghana branch of the Synagogue Church of All Nations yesterday, when thousands seeking divine intervention besieged the church premises to benefit from the distribution of ‘anointed water’. The anointed water was said to be a gift from the head pastor of the church, Prophet T. B. [...]

TIME Magazine Lists Omotola Amongst 100 Most Influential People In The World

Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, has been named amongst the 100 most influential people in the world, describing the 34 year old as “Africa’s most renowned leading lady.” The Nigerian actress was named in the 2013 icons segment of the list alongside young Pakistani activist; Malala Yousafzai, US first lady Michelle Obama, Burmese democracy leadey; Aung [...]

Google to offer street views of Lesotho

LESOTHO has become the third country in Africa after South Africa and Botswana to be included in the Google Street View maps, the company said on Wednesday. Street View features more than 3,000 cities across 50 countries worldwide, with images being viewed millions of times a day. The inclusion of Lesotho “adds another stepping stone [...]

Ethiopian Troops Could Withdraw from Somalia

Ethiopia is warning it will soon withdraw its forces from Somalia, according to Reuters. The news comes on the heels of increasing reports of journalist deaths in the capital reported by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Extremists retake border town Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said on Tuesday that he was frustrated with the [...]

Global Food Prices Expected To Remain Stable

World food prices have held steady for another month with falling cereal and sugar prices offsetting gains in vegetable oils and dairy, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said, while also pointing to what could be a record wheat crop this year. “First forecasts for the 2013 wheat harvest point to production increasing to 690 [...]

Rival to Challenge Kenya Election Result

The top rival to Kenya’s president-elect vowed to challenge his victory in court, extending the limbo of the country’s long vote count and casting a pall over East Africa’s largest economy. Prime Minister Raila Odinga won 43.31% of the 12.3 million votes cast in last Monday’s election, well short of the 50.07% that went to [...]

UK, Italy, Greece confirm hostages killed in Nigeria

Seven foreign hostages, kidnapped last month by a Nigerian Islamist group from a construction firm’s compound, have been killed, the Italian and Greek Foreign Ministries say. Al Qaeda-affiliated group Ansaru said on Saturday (Sunday NZT) it had killed the hostages seized on February 7 in the northern state of Bauchi because of attempts by Nigerian [...]