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June 8, 2011. The Consul General for Angola moved from her job in New York to a consular position in Houston. Dr Chika Onyeani, above, gave a speech in recognition of the great work she has been doing in African communities. Dr Chika Onyeani publishes African Sun Times, and is a prolific writer of intellectual works.

Pictures of dancers above right and on Aug Daily Updates. Also on Aug Daily Updates, picture of the Consul General Mrs Julia Machado Esq with Princess Tosin Mustapha and Dr Susanna.
The Republic of Angola
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The Portuguese colonized Angola, and left in 1975, and a civil war started which ended in 2002. Angola has a lot of oil, a lot of minerals and a lot of poverty. They banned Islam in 2013.

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Bamako - Mali's government and armed groups which signed a 2015 peace deal have relaunched talks aimed at speeding up its implementation after several delays, they told AFP Saturday.,

The accord signed in 2015 aimed at curbing separatist uprisings in Mali's north after a 2012 rebellion was hijacked by jihadists, throwing the nation into chaos.

 

But several of its key planks have yet to be fully implemented, while jihadists continue to roam the north and centre of the country, despite being ousted from key northern towns by a French-led military intervention in 2013.

 

Malian lawmaker Mohamed Ould Matali said the government, the armed groups which support it -- known as the "Platform" -- and the former rebels of the Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA) had sat down for talks.

 

"It went well. We recognised that things are dragging and have fixed a new timeline to implement the peace deal," he told AFP.

 

Ilad Ag Mohamed, representing the former rebel alliance, confirmed the new timeline and said several dates had been set for rolling out key measures of the deal.

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Nigeria sends in troops, police after ethnic clashes
Lagos - Nigeria's acting president Yemi Osinbajo has ordered troops in to keep the peace in the restive state of Taraba after deadly clashes between herders and farmers.,

The vice-president, standing in for President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on indefinite medical leave, said Thursday the extra military battalions and police reinforcements had been sent.

 

Police say 18 people were killed in unrest between the Mambilla and Fulani groups in the central state earlier this week but others put the death toll at more than 100.

 

A local senator put the death toll at about 50 but it was not possible to independently verify that figure.

 

"With great sorrow, I offer my condolences to the victims of the violent attacks in communities in Taraba State," Osinbajo said in a statement posted on Twitter Thursday evening.

 

"The perpetrators of these attacks and acts of violence will be brought to book," he said.

 

When asked about the the death toll and how many troops have been deployed to the area, Nigerian armed forces spokesman John Enenche said "no confirmation yet".

 

 

 

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Tens of thousands have fled violence in Congo Republic
BRAZZAVILLE - More than 80,000 people have fled their homes in Pool province surrounding Congo Republic's capital since the government began a military operation there last year, a joint U.N. and government statement said.,

The campaign, involving occasional aerial bombardments, aims to curb what the government says is a resurgent rebellion led by Pastor Ntumi, an enemy of President Denis Sassou Nguesso from the oil-rich country's 1997 civil war.

 

While it has been hard to confirm death tolls and the impact on residents, any clear evidence of escalating violence could be damaging to Sassou Nguesso's ruling party, the Congolese Party of Labour, ahead of legislative elections next month.

 

The United Nations is seeking around $20 million in emergency funding to provide humanitarian assistance in the province, after a recent visit found widespread signs malnutrition, the statement released late on Friday said.

 

Many of the displaced remain beyond the reach of aid workers, it added.

 

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UN rights body votes to send experts to deadly Congo region
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The Human Rights Council approved a resolution Friday that blended stringent calls for an international investigation led by the European Union with calls from Africa for Congo's own forces and investigators to take the lead.

 

The resolution calls for experts working with Congo's government to visit people and sites in the central Kasai regions, where militias and government troops have been blamed for abuses.

 

The Catholic church this week estimated that over 3,300 people have been killed in the Kasais since August, including two U.N. investigators and their interpreter.

 

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the United States is glad the council finally took action to investigate human rights abuses in Congo.

 

"However, there is still much work to be done to bring justice to the victims of these brutal crimes," she said.

 

"Investigators must be able to carry out their work without interference, and the Congolese government must fully cooperate with the investigation. If they fail to do so, the council must be prepared to act," Haley said.

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Sheikh Mukhtar Robow was removed from the "most wanted list" of terrorist suspects run by the State Department's "Rewards for Justice" program in recent days, a U.S. official said Friday. The official, who was not authorized to speak to the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Robow's removal followed consultations with the Somali government but had no additional information about the step.

 

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The removal follows reports that the Somali government is in talks with Robow, who fell out with the former al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane. The fallout forced Robow to abandon rebel-held areas to escape an internal purge by Godane in attempt to finish off his rivals in the group. Pro-Godane fighters have since killed several senior militants, including the American-born Omar Hammami and Ibrahim Afghani, one of the group's highest ranking leaders.

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Three killed in gun attack on bank in northeast Kenya: police
NAIROBI - Attackers shot and killed three people in a raid on a commercial bank in northeast Kenya on Friday, police said, while Kenya Red Cross said an improvised explosive device had also been detonated on a road in the same town but no injuries had been reported.,

Two civilians and a police officer died in the attack on the bank in Mandera County, police commander Charles Chacha said.

 

"There were five armed gangsters. When they arrived at the bank, they shot the officer at the door, and the police managed to shoot one of the criminals, but ...they escaped," Chacha told Reuters by phone.

 

In the past, Mandera has been the scene of frequent attacks, which have killed dozens of civilians and security personnel. Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab have taken responsibility for most of them.

 

Elwak, where Friday's attack took place, is near the border with Somalia.

 

Kenya Red Cross said on its Twitter account that there had been an incident involving an improvised explosive device on the road linking Elwak to Mandera, but there were no injuries reported.
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Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:33:48 GMT


Tanzanian leader reaffirms ban on pregnant girls attending state schools
NAIROBI - Tanzanian President John Magufuli has rejected activists' calls for the government to allow pregnant students to attend state schools, saying it was immoral for young girls to be sexually active. ,

Tanzania's ban on pregnant girls attending state primary and secondary schools dates back to 1961, when the country secured its independence from Britain, though it does not extend to private schools.

 

Activists have stepped up calls in recent years for the ban to be scrapped, saying expelled teenagers face widespread stigma, the possibility of being forced into early marriage and the challenge of providing for themselves and their babies. Tanzanian politicians are divided on the issue, but Magufuli, nicknamed "The Bulldozer" for pushing his policies through, reaffirmed the
existing policy during a public rally late on Thursday in the coastal town of Bagamoyo.

 

"In my administration, as long as I am president ... no pregnant student will be allowed to return to school. We cannot allow this immoral behaviour to permeate our primary and secondary schools ... never," he said. Magufuli ordered police to arrest and prosecute men who get students pregnant, saying convicted offenders could get up to 30 years in jail under the
country's sexual offences legislation. "Non-governmental organisations that have been campaigning for pregnant girls to be allowed to continue with their studies at government schools should open private schools and enrol those teenage mothers," he said.    

 

More than 55,000 Tanzanian schoolgirls have been expelled from school over the last decade for being pregnant, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) said in a report in 2013. Some
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Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:30:12 GMT


Egypt's Sisi pardons 502 prisoners including well-known tycoon
CAIRO - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has pardoned 502 prisoners before the Eid al-Fitr holiday including prominent businessman Hesham Talaat Moustafa, according to a presidential decree issued on Friday.,

The prisoners to be released include 25 women and "a large number of youth jailed in cases involving protesting and gathering," state news agency MENA reported, without specifying how many.

 

Since seizing power in mid-2013 from the Muslim Brotherhood, Sisi has presided over a crackdown on Islamist opponents that has seen hundreds killed and many thousands jailed. Activists and liberal opponents have also been imprisoned.

 

A law requiring permission from the Interior Ministry for any public gathering of more than 10 people is strictly enforced and has largely succeeded in ending the kind of mass demonstrations that helped unseat two presidents in three years.

 

Among those pardoned was Hesham Talaat Moustafa, the former chairman of one of Egypt's largest real estate developers, Talaat Mostafa Group.

 

Moustafa had been sentenced to 15 years in prison for hiring a hitman to kill Lebanese pop star Suzanne Tamim in 2008. He was pardoned on health concerns, security sources told Reuters.

 

Sisi ordered the interior ministry to implement the decision before the start of the holiday, which immediately follows the holy month of Ramadan that ends this Saturday.
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Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:26:48 GMT


Botswana ex-president who helped steady democracy dies
GABORONE - Botswana's former president Ketumile Masire, an instrumental figure in establishing the southern African country's image as a stable African democracy, has died, his aide said on Friday. He was 91.,


Masire was Botswana's second president after independence in 1966 and was in office from 1980 to 1998 when he stepped down voluntarily.


Botswana, the world's largest diamond producer and a haven for luxury safari tourism, has been one of the world's fastest growing economies since the 1970s and has remained politically stable on a continent plagued by violence and corruption.


Masire had been in intensive care in a Gaborone hospital since last Friday after checking in for surgery. He died on Thursday.


"He died peacefully at Bokamoso Private Hospital surrounded by his family," private secretary Fraser Tlhoiwe said in a statement.
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Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:11:29 GMT


Nigeria's acting president meets with regional leaders on ethnic unrest
ABUJA - Nigeria's acting president met with regional leaders in an effort to quell ethnic tensions, his office said, as threats grow of conflict between northern Muslims and southeastern Igbo people.,


The two groups have been trading barbs since the beginning of the month, after Muslim activists demanded the eviction of Igbo from the north over their calls for a separate southeastern state, known as Biafra.

 

The expulsion notice is an echo, 51 years later, of the anti-Igbo pogroms across the north that helped spark the secession of Biafra in 1967. The resulting civil war ended with Nigeria's victory in 1970, after an estimated 1 million people died.

 

"There is a point where a line has to be drawn, and that is when conversations or agitations degenerate into hateful rhetoric, where the narrative descends into pejorative name-calling, expressions of outright prejudice and hatred," said Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria's acting leader, according to a statement late on Thursday.

 

Osinbajo met with leaders from the north and southeast, state governors and media publishers and editors, the statement said.

 

"It will be wrong of us to approach our grievances by threatening to disobey the laws or by threatening the integrity of our nation," Osinbajo told leaders.

 

Nigeria is no stranger to ethnically charged violence. Deadly clashes between Muslim herders and Christian farmers have erupted in recent years, partly over land use in the region known as the Middle Belt.

 

In the eastern state of Taraba, part of the Middle Belt, 10 people have died since last week in ethnic clashes, a police spokesman said.
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Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:55:51 GMT