June 5, 2018

Ethiopia ‘accepts peace deal’ to end Eritrea border war

Ethiopia 'accepts peace deal' to end Eritrea border war Image copyright AFP Image caption Ethiopia has refused to remove its troops from the region around Badme, the dusty market town at the centre of the dispute Ethiopia says it will fully accept the outcome of a border commission, ending a dispute with Eritrea that sparked Africa's deadliest border war in 1998. The ruling EPRDF coalition says the decision was taken in an effort to make peace with neighbouring Eritrea. Tens of thousands of people were killed in two years of fighting. The two sides have remained on a war footing as Ethiopia refused to accept the ruling of the border commission set up as part of a peace deal in 2000. The commission said that some disputed areas, including the border town of Badme, were in Eritrea. As a result, Ethiopia refused to withdrawn its troops out of the disputed areas. This led Eritrea to accuse Ethiopia of forcefully occupying its territory. Eritrea has refused to hold any talk..
June 5, 2018

Crocodile kills Ethiopian pastor during lake baptism

Crocodile kills Ethiopian pastor during lake baptism Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Crocodiles are found in freshwater habitats like rivers and lakes A crocodile has killed a Protestant pastor who was baptising followers near a lake in southern Ethiopia. Docho Eshete was conducting the ceremony for about 80 people on Sunday morning at Lake Abaya in Arba Minch town's Merkeb Tabya district. Residents and police told BBC Amharic a crocodile leapt from the water during the baptism and attacked him. Pastor Docho died after being bitten on his legs, back and hands. Africa Live: More on this and other stories"He baptised the first person and he passed on to another one. All of a sudden, a crocodile jumped out of the lake and grabbed the pastor," local resident Ketema Kairo told the BBC. Despite huge efforts, fishermen and residents could not save pastor Docho, policeman Eiwnetu Kanko said. They used fishing nets to prevent the crocodile from taking the pastor's..
June 5, 2018

ECOWAS-UEMOA Commissioners hold 17th meeting in Abuja

The high table at the opening ceremony of the meeting Abuja, 2nd June 2018. Commissioners of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) Commissions met in Abuja on Saturday, 2nd June, 2018, to assess and consolidate the achievements of the Joint Technical Secretariat (JTS) of the two Commissions as well as discuss the challenges that adversely affected the harmonization of regional integration programmes and policies within the framework of the Joint Commissions cooperation. The one-day consultation ahead of the Heads of Institutions of ECOWAS and WAEMU Commission’s meeting scheduled for Monday, 4th June, 2018 noted among others, the progress of the implementation of convergence projects such as customs, trade liberalization, agriculture, education and culture which has led to the development of joint texts and harmonization of approaches in the organizations. On the other hand, the meeting lamented on the adverse e..
June 4, 2018

Could a text message save thousands of fishermen’s lives?

Could a text message save thousands of fishermen's lives? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Much of the fishing takes place at night when lethal storms can blow up quickly We can't stop Nature when it unleashes its fury in the form of volcanoes, earthquakes, storms and avalanches, but we can use technology to warn us of imminent danger - and save lives. As the sun sets over Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake, tens of thousands of fishermen ready themselves to head out on the water for the night, fishing mostly for tilapia and Nile perch. As they push off, they know they are risking their lives - some of them may never be seen again. Lake Victoria - a lake so big it straddles Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya - is notorious for its deadly storms. At this time of year, strong winds, rain, lightning and huge waves are a regular occurrence. Up to 5,000 fishermen lose their lives each year, says the International Red Cross. "The storms usually start at midnight and last ..
June 4, 2018

Henri van Breda: Axe murderer transfixes South Africa

Henri van Breda: Axe murderer transfixes South Africa Image copyright AFP Image caption Henri van Breda was 20 years old when his killed his father, mother and brother and attempted to kill his younger sister A paramedic describing the aftermath of the attack on the Van Breda family said it was the worst thing he had seen in his 39-year career. "Blood ran like a waterfall down the stairs," testified the now-retired Christiaan Koegelenberg. Henri van Breda used an axe to kill his mother, father and brother, while his younger sister managed to survive. The motive for the horrific murders is still not known - some believe it was to inherit his father's estate but this was never proven. But whatever the motive, investigators and South Africans alike have been left cold by the violent nature of the attack. Van Breda is due to be sentenced shortly for the killing of his wealthy family in a supposedly secure estate in South Africa's wine countryof Stellenbosch. It was in the morni..
June 4, 2018

Tunisia migrant shipwreck death toll reaches 112

Tunisia migrant shipwreck death toll reaches 112 Image copyright Reuters Image caption The coffins containing the bodies of those who drowned are collected in Sfax on the Tunisian coast The death toll has risen to at least 112 people after a boat packed with migrants sank off the coast of Tunisia on Saturday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says. On Sunday, it was reported that some 50 people had died after it capsized. Sixty-eight others - from Tunisia and elsewhere - were rescued by the coastguard. The country has become an important new route for migrants trying to make the crossing to Europe in the past year. This comes after moves were made in neighbouring Libya against human traffickers, who have regularly enslaved, tortured or murdered migrants. Image Copyright @UNmigration @UNmigration Report Image Copyright @UNmigration @UNmigration Report Of the 180 passengers aboard the boat, about 100 were Tunisian. Would you survive as a migrant? Tunisia country profil..
June 4, 2018

Tunisia footballer ‘fakes injury’ to break Ramadan fast

Tunisia footballer 'fakes injury' to break Ramadan fast Image copyright AFP Image caption When goalkeeper Mouez Hassen appeared to fake injury at sundown his teammates feasted on dates Tunisia's World Cup football team has apparently found an ingenious way to fight fatigue as they fast for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. In friendly matches against Portugal then Turkey, goalkeeper Mouez Hassen appeared to feign injury at sundown, when the fast comes to an end. As he lay on the pitch receiving medical treatment, his teammates rushed to the sidelines to drink water and snack on dates. And it produced immediate results. Down 2-1 to European champions Portugal, Tunisia rebounded six minutes after Hassen's injury break by scoring an equaliser and ended the match 2-2. Days later against Turkey, Hassen stopped play by laying on his back. Again, his teammates ate dates and drank water provided to them by waiting coaching staff. That match also ended 2-2. Footage of tha..
June 3, 2018

Why South African children are drowning in toilets

South Africa's school pit latrine scandal: Why children are drowning Image copyright Gallo During his first week at school, five-year-old Michael Komape drowned in a pit latrine in northern South Africa. That day in January 2014 will be one his father James Komape will never forget. As he takes me back to the school in Chebeng village, where the tragedy struck, his pain is palpable. "When I arrived at the opening of the toilet hole all I could see was a small hand," he says. "Some people were standing looking into the hole, no-one had thought to take him out. It's the saddest thing I've ever seen. "No-one should die like that." He pauses for a moment before continuing. "He must have been trying to call for help to maybe even climb out. It's hard to accept that my son died alone and probably afraid." Image caption Michael Komape's parents plan to appeal against a recent ruling which denied their claim for damages Mr Komape struggles to make eye contact. In..
June 3, 2018

Tunisia boat capsizes killing dozens of migrants

Tunisia boat capsizes killing dozens of migrants Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The incident happened near the Kerkennah Islands off Tunisia's south coast At least 35 migrants died after their boat capsized off the southern coast of Tunisia, the Tunisian government says. Sixty-seven others - from Tunisia and elsewhere - were rescued by the coastguard. The country has become an important new route for migrants trying to make the crossing to Europe in the past year. This comes after moves against human traffickers in Libya, who have regularly enslaved, tortured or murdered migrants. The latest boat to go down off Tunisia was packed with about 180 people, most of whom were Tunisian, the country's interior ministry said. Would you survive as a migrant? Tunisia country profile Life in an Italian migrant camp "The boat was five miles from the Kerkennah Islands and 16 nautical miles from the city of Sfax," the ministry said in a statement quoted by the AFP news agency, ..
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