Africa

Dictator made off with millions

Gambia’s leader Yahya Jammeh is stepping down after earlier refusing to concede an election defeat. Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has finally left the country after his December election loss. Picture: AFP/Tom Mihalek GAMBIA is awaiting the arrival of the country’s new leader and an era of democracy, hours after the …

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Cult members die in bizarre ritual

Vicentia Chanvoukini the Baname church leader is known by her followers as ‘Lady Perfect’. Picture: Supplied FIVE cult members have died and others are in a critical condition in West Africa after their leader told them to stay sealed in prayer rooms and suffocate themselves. The individuals in Benin died …

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Madonna adopts twins from Malawi

Madonna takes daughter, Mercy, shopping despite a tough custody battle over Rocco with ex-husband Guy Ritchie. Madonna has adopted twins from Malawi. Picture: AFP/Angela Weiss MADONNA has adopted two four-year-old twin girls from Malawi, two weeks after denying she was looking to expand her brood from four to six. The …

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Military mistakenly bombs refugee camp

Cameroon soldiers stand guard in an operation against Boko Haram on the Nigerian border. Picture: AP Photo/Edwin Kindzeka Moki, File NIGERIAN fighter jets mistakenly killed more than 100 innocent civilians after bombing a refugee camp instead of Boko Haram extremists. The Nigerian army confirmed the attack on the camp in …

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Morocco ‘bans burqa’ over security fears

French Muslim women explain why they wear the niqab. By Dheepthi Namasivayam and Julien Luttenbacher. Morocco has reportedly banned the burqa full-face Muslim veils. Picture: Menahem Kahana. MOROCCO has banned the production and sale of burqa full-face Muslim veils, apparently for security reasons, media reports said on Tuesday. While there …

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‘They call us marriage breakers’: Sex workers’ tell all

Nompumelelo, one of the sex workers who used the Lifeline service in Durban. THE first time she was raped she was just eight years old. Her mum had remarried and it was her stepfather who was the first to abuse her. He wasn’t the last. “I would run to another …

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Teen dancing his way out of poverty

Kenyan ballet dancer Joel Kioko, 16, centre, dances a solo in a performance of The Nutcracker in Nairobi, Kenya. Picture: AP In a country not usually associated with classical ballet, a 16-year-old dancer leaps onto the stage, his gravity-defying turns taking the audience’s breath away. Joel Kioko is arguably Kenya’s …

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‘No one is above the law, bye Kabila’

Clashes between protesters and police turn deadly in the capital Kinshasa as demonstrators demand the resignation of President Joseph Kabila. Protesters scatter as police open fire with rubber bullets outside Congo’s embassy in Pretoria, South Africa. Picture: AFP/John Wessels SECURITY forces in Congo have killed at least 26 demonstrators and …

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Giant rats eat baby alive

A three-month-old baby was eaten alive by rats after the baby’s mother left her home alone. Picture: Supplied GIANT rats have eaten a three-month old baby girl alive after her mother left her home alone to go partying. The 26-year-old woman — who has been arrested for child neglect — …

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Stunning ghost town in the desert

The mining manager’s elaborate house deserted in Diamond Desert, Kolmanskop in Namibia. GHOST towns have long intrigued the human race. From Silverton in New South Wales to Bodie in California — the world is home to many once bustling villages and cities suddenly abandoned and now frozen in time. But …

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