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  • Cameroon: Human Screens Protect Worshippers at Sunday Mass After Boko Haram Terror Attack

    09/14/2015 4:54:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    After Boko Haram terror attacks in northern Cameroon, Catholics in the African country have formed human chains to screen off areas where Mass is celebrated outdoors, a local bishop reports. Bishop Bruno Ateba of Maroua-Mokolo told Aid to the Church in Need that he always celebrates Mass outdoors. The faithful form a ring around the area, and anyone who attends must pass through security controls. The defensive measures were adopted after suicide bombings that killed 30 people in Maroua in July. More recently, on September 3, two suicide bombers struck at a crowded marketplace; the casualty figures are unclear.
  • African Soldiers Overtake 250 Muslim Terrorists, And Slaughter All Of Them Without Exception

    08/16/2015 8:35:26 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 65 replies
    Christian Daily ^ | 8/15/15 | PATRICK LEE
    Cameroonian and Chadian forces say they have killed over 250 Boko Haram militants. On Wednesday, forces from Cameroon said they killed about 50 militants in a battle at a border town between Cameroon and Nigeria. Boko Haram has been attacking northern Nigeria and had started to affect towns in Cameroon. Wednesday, Boko Haram militants fought with Cameroonian troops in the town of Fotokol. Cameroonian officials say that at least 50 militants and six soldiers were killed in the fight. Armed forces in Chad reported to have killed at least 200 Boko Haram militants on Tuesday. State media as well as...
  • Authorities order mosques closed in north Cameroon

    07/26/2015 10:58:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    Authorities have ordered the closure of mosques and Islamic schools following a series of suicide bombing attacks in northern Cameroon that have left at least 60 people dead, the region's governor said Sunday. Child beggars are also being ordered off the streets because all the suicide bombers so far have been children, including the 13-year-old female who detonated explosives in an attack Saturday evening. ... In the latest attack inside Cameroon, at least 20 people were killed and another 85 wounded Saturday evening in the northern town of Maroua. The suicide bombing came just days after another attack there earlier...
  • Clinton Foundation Got Millions from Fiercely Anti-Gay African Church

    06/08/2015 6:33:06 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    Breibart ^ | June 8, 2015
    On the same evening Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was at a LGBT fundraiser in Washington D.C., Fox Business Network’s “After the Bell” aired a report on the Clinton Health Initiative receiving millions of dollars from the Cameroon Baptist Convention’s health board, part of a Baptist church that compares homosexuality with incest, human trafficking and bestiality calling it “devilish” behavior . The Wall Street Journal’s Dan Henninger, Reason Magazine Editor-in-Chief Matt Welch, and New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin reported on the donations as revealed by the newest list of donors from the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which lists the...
  • Clinton charity took up to $10 MIL donation from African church which called homosexuals 'devils'

    06/08/2015 6:34:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 06/08/2015 | By DANIEL BATES
    EXCLUSIVE: Clinton charity took up to $10 MILLION donation from African church which called homosexuals 'devils' - despite Hillary's support for gay marriage Clinton Health Initiative received $1m to $10m from Cameroon Baptist Convention's health boardBaptist church in African country says homosexuality is on a par with incest and bestiality and is 'a devilish type of thing' Hillary launched her campaign with a video featuring a same-sex couple about to get marriedOther donors to imitative include Elton John AIDS foundation - Sir Elton recently married partner David Furnish Views of the church are shared by some US denominations but seem...
  • Abbas To Sign Accords With Putin in Moscow

    04/11/2015 10:14:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 4/11/2015, 10:55 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow on Monday where the issue of Middle East peace talks will be raised, Russian authorities announced Thursday. “The two leaders will hold talks concerning key aspects of Russian-Palestinian relations and their future, with particular attention on the trade, economy and humanitarian sectors,” the Kremlin said in a statement according to AFP. There will also be “an exchange of ideas on the process of Israeli-Palestinian talks and other problematic regional situations,” the statement continued, adding that North Africa would also be on the agenda. …
  • 19 killed in Boko Haram attack in Niger

    03/07/2015 6:42:57 PM PST · by piasa · 4 replies
    PMNews Nigeria | March 3, 2015
    At least 19 civilians were killed in a weekend attack by Boko Haram Islamists on three remote islands in Niger with many victims burnt alive, a local lawmaker said. Sunday’s onslaught took place on three islands located on Lake Chad, said ElHadj Aboubacar, a deputy from the town of Bosso in southeastern Niger. “We have been informed that at least 19 people have died, most of whom were either burnt alive or drowned in the lake,” he told AFP. There has been no official confirmation of the death toll but a private radio station in Niger has reported that two...
  • Chad president tells Boko Haram leader to surrender or face death

    03/05/2015 6:43:02 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 4, 2015 | Madjiasra Nako
    President Idriss Deby of Chad said on Wednesday he knew the whereabouts of Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, and called on him to surrender or risk being killed. Chad's army has waged a series of battles against Boko Haram as part of a cross-border military campaign and has re-taken territory the militant group held in northeastern Nigeria. ... The Chadian army is considered one of the best in the region, backed by a strong air force. It first deployed to help Cameroon fend off Boko Haram and is now pressing southwest into Nigerian territory...
  • Nigerian Army 'Kills 300 Boko Haram Fighters'

    02/18/2015 12:09:23 PM PST · by traumer · 23 replies
    Hundreds of militants have been killed during the struggle to recapture the Nigerian garrison town of Monguno, according to officials. "Over 300 terrorists were killed while a few were also captured," said defence spokesman Major-General Chris Olukolade. The claims follow similar statements from Niger, Chad and Cameroon - who are also involved in fighting the terror group - but they have not been independently confirmed. The army has often claimed success against the group which has then been contradicted by witness reports. Civilian vigilantes in the town confirmed it had been retaken and said there had been heavy casualties, but...
  • Chadian forces retake border town from Boko Haram

    02/03/2015 3:52:48 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    afp ^ | Feb. 3, 2015 | Stephane Yas with Ola Awoniyi in Abuja
    Chadian forces scored a key victory over Nigeria's Boko Haram on Tuesday, wresting control of the border town of Gamboru within hours of launching a ground offensive against the jihadist group. Around 2,000 Chadian troops backed by armoured vehicles crossed the border into Gamboru from the Cameroonian town of Fotokol . ... The ground intervention by Chad came after the African Union last week backed a regional five-nation, 7,500-strong force to take on the extremists amid growing fears about their threat to regional security. Nigeria has drawn fierce criticism for failing to hold back the insurgents, who have stepped up...
  • The African Union Readies an Army to Fight Boko Haram

    01/31/2015 1:08:31 PM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 30, 2015 | Peter Dorrie
    Boko Haram is officially an international problem. At least according to the African Union, which asked the United Nations Security Council on Jan. 29 to greenlight an intervention force to bring the Islamist group to its knees. The A.U. plans a 7,500-strong military force, named the Multinational Joint Task Force, and staffed by Nigerian, Cameroonian, Chadian and Beninese troops. If the coalition gets the go-ahead, the soldiers will base in their respective countries, but coordinate and assist each other.
  • Boko Haram boasts of slaughter as it rampages in Cameroon and Nigeria

    01/21/2015 9:01:02 AM PST · by KingofZion · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 21, 2015 | Fred Barbash
    As thousands of Nigerians and Cameroonians fled for their lives from rampaging Boko Haram fighters, the leader of the violent Islamist group reportedly bragged in a video released Tuesday about the slaughter in the town of Baga and promised that there would be more to come. “We killed the people of Baga,” Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau boasted in the video, first reported by Agence France-Presse. “We indeed killed them, as our Lord instructed us in His Book. … We will not stop. This is not much. You’ll see.” The video could not be independently authenticated. It was similar in...
  • Cameroon says Chad to send large military contingent to fight Boko Haram ( Nigeria )

    01/18/2015 8:40:50 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 15, 2015
    Chad will send a large number of troops to neighboring Cameroon to help it fight increasing incursions from Boko Haram Islamist militants attacking from Nigeria ... Biya has called for international military help to fight the Islamist militant group that has seized swathes of northern Nigeria and is threatening neighbors who share borders with the northeastern zones occupied by the group. Boko Haram, which aims to carve out an Islamist state in northern Nigeria, has stepped up attacks in the region as Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy, prepares for a crucial Feb. 14 presidential election. The group has also carried out...
  • UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $856 million for oil spill [from defensive war against Hizb'allah]

    12/21/2014 1:55:52 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 15 replies
    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Israel was asked by the UN General Assembly on Friday to compensate Lebanon for $856.4 million in oil spill damages it caused during its 2006 war with Hezbollah. The non-binding vote, which passed 170-6, asks Israel to offer "prompt and adequate compensation" to Lebanon and other countries affected by the oil spill's pollution. In a statement, Israel condemned the resolution as biased against the nation, Israeli media reported. The oil spill was caused by Israel's air force when it bombed oil tanks near a coastal Lebanese power plant during the fierce month-long war with...
  • Israel Sending Medical Teams to Africa as Ebola Crosses International Borders

    10/07/2014 6:06:07 PM PDT · by SJackson · 19 replies
    JTA ^ | October 6, 2014 | Lea Speyer
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli government will send three mobile emergency clinics to western Africa in an effort to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus. Medical experts will be attached to each clinic sent by Mashav-Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, a part of the Foreign Affairs Ministry. The staffers will train local health care workers in the operation of the clinic and its equipment, the ministry said in a statement. In addition, staff training will focus on raising awareness among populations with high potential for infection. An Israeli team has already been sent to Cameroon. The ministry also...
  • While World Watches ISIS, Boko Haram Declares Its Own Caliphate In Nigeria

    09/15/2014 9:22:24 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 57 replies
    NBC News ^ | 9/15/2014 | Robert Windrem
    the leader of the Nigerian terror group Boko Haram has established the world's second Islamic "caliphate" this summer and is seeking to cement his bloody rule on a territory that is now roughly the size of west Virginia. While much of the world has been focused on the brutal reign of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the forces of Boko haram have been racking up victories in northern Nigeria and have been violently imposing an equally harsh version of Islamic law on approximately 3 million civilians - including beheadings, forced marriages and the forced induction of children into its military...
  • Islamic extremists grab towns in northeast Nigeria

    09/07/2014 2:26:11 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 36 replies
    AOL News ^ | 7/9/14 | Ibrahim Abulaziz & Michelle Faul
    <p>YOLA, Nigeria (AP) - ...Boko Haram, has seized more towns along Nigeria's northeastern border with Cameroon and is adopting a strategy of encouraging civilians to stay, witnesses said Sunday, as the militants pursue their new aim to carve out an "Islamic caliphate" under their black and white flag.</p>
  • Star Player in Algeria Dies; Hit by Object at Game

    08/28/2014 12:03:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 24, 2014
    <p>A star soccer player has died after he was hit in the head by an object thrown from the crowd during a game in Algeria's top league.</p> <p>The Confederation of African Football says 24-year-old striker Albert Ebosse of Cameroon died in the hospital Saturday night.</p>
  • Obama’s monsters ball: doors to some of Africa’s most evil dictators

    08/06/2014 1:29:29 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 12 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 6 August 2014 | Corey Charlton and Ted Thornhill
    "President Barack Obama drew the diplomatic line somewhere at the first ever U.S-Africa summit at the White House this week by not inviting Zimbabwe’s brutal dictator Robert Mugabe. But the guest list still included several other African leaders with only slightly better human rights records. The White House promoted the summit as the largest-ever gathering of African leaders in the United States, with more than 50 countries represented. The red carpet was rolled out for Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who shot or jailed virtually all his political opponents, Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh, who threatened to ‘cut off the head’...
  • Boko Haram Kidnaps Wife of Cameroon's Vice PM, Kills at Least Three

    07/27/2014 5:18:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jul 27, 2014 | Tansa Musa
    Nigerian Boko Haram militants kidnapped the wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister and killed at least three people on Sunday in a cross-border attack involving more than 200 assailants in the northern town of Kolofata, Cameroon officials said. A local religious leader, or lamido, named Seini Boukar Lamine, who is also the town's mayor, and five members of his family were also kidnapped in a separate attack on his home. SNIP Boko Haram, an Islamist group which made international headlines with the abduction of 200 Nigerian schoolgirls in April, has stepped up cross-border attacks into Cameroon in recent weeks. Cameroon...
  • Mysterious Snakes, Bees Attack Boko Haram in Sambisa Forest

    07/01/2014 11:23:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Vanguard ^ | June 26, 2014 | Ndahi Marama
    Some members of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, arrested yesterday at Mairi ward behind University of Maiduguri by members of the Civilian JTF vigilante group, have confessed that most of them are fleeing the Sambisa Forest to areas across Borno State owing to what they believe is spiritual attacks from mysterious snakes and bees, which had killed many of their leaders. According to Kolo Mustapha, one of the arrested insurgents, “most of us are fleeing because there are too many snakes and bees now in the forest. Once they bite, they disappear and the victims do not last for 24...
  • Nigerian Singer Offers Virginity To Boko Haram In Exchange For Kidnapped Girls

    06/27/2014 4:11:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    A Nigerian singer has offered her virginity to Boko Haram in exchange for the 276 girls they recently kidnapped, according to Vanguard Showtime. “They are between 12 and 15 year old girls for Christ sake,” Adokiye Kyrian said. “It is just unfair. They are too young. I wish I could offer myself in exchange.” Despite revealing she is still a virgin, the 23-year-old says she is “older and more experienced.” “Even if 10 to 12 men have to take me every night, I don’t care. Just release those girls and let them go back to their parents.” Some have criticized...
  • 'Mustache Goal' Gets Fred Going at World Cup

    06/23/2014 10:50:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    The Jakarta Post ^ | Tue, June 24 2014 | Tales Azzoni
    Brazil striker Fred got his first goal just in the whisker of time at the World Cup, scoring as the group stage was coming to an end. He's attributing the change in fortunes to the new mustache. The much-criticized forward scored Brazil's third goal in a 4-1 win over Cameroon on Monday, helping his team reach the second round. SNIP "As incredible as it seems, the ball came in hard and it ended up hitting my mustache," Fred said. "It was a mustache goal." SNIP
  • 20 Kidnapped Women: Boko Haram Demands 800 Cows as Ransom

    06/13/2014 5:37:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    Vanguard (Nigeria) ^ | June 12, 2014 | Ndahi Marama
    MAIDUGURI—Boko Haram terrorists are reportedly asking for 800 cows as a precondition for the release of the abducted 20 Fulani women. The terrorists demanded that each of the women would be swapped with 20 cows each bringing the total to 800 cows, husbands of the abducted women and other security sources have said. The people of Chibok, including members of the Vigilante Youths denied the abduction of the Fulani women when news of the kidnap first filtered, saying that the only people missing in the area were the 230 female students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok. The police authorities...
  • Boko Haram Kidnaps More Girls in Nigeria (20)

    06/09/2014 5:33:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 9, 2014 | Drew Hinshaw
    Abductions Near Town Where Students Were Grabbed Reflect Lack of ProtectionACCRA, Ghana—Nigeria's Islamist insurgency on Monday kidnapped some 20 girls just miles from a small town where the group abducted several hundred schoolgirls in April, local officials said, in an attack that exposed the military's absence in an area the president pledged to protect. The village of Garkin Fulani was preparing for its weekly market early Monday when Boko Haram fighters pulled up in a tractor trailer and began pulling young girls into the truck, said Adu Ibrahim, the area's chairman for a vigilante group called the Civilian Joint Task...
  • 'Dozens Killed' in Boko Haram Attack on Nigeria Villages

    06/04/2014 2:23:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | June 4th, 2014
    Boko Haram militants have killed dozens of people in fresh attacks on villages in Borno state in northern Nigeria, the BBC has learnt.In one attack, gunmen reportedly fired on a crowd in a church compound. Boko Haram has waged an increasingly bloody insurgency since 2009 to create an Islamic state in Nigeria. The latest attacks come as the Nigerian army has denied reports that several generals have been found guilty of aiding Boko Haram in their insurgency. Nigerian media reported on Tuesday that 10 generals and five other senior military officers had been tried before a court martial for supplying...
  • Nigeria's Boko Haram k\Kills 28 in Three Village Attacks

    05/25/2014 12:00:38 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat May 24, 2014
    Suspected Islamist Boko Haram gunmen rampaged through three villages in northern Nigeria, killing 28 people and burning houses to the ground in a pattern of violence that has become almost a daily occurrence, according to police and witnesses. All three attacks happened on Thursday in remote parts of Borno state, the epicenter of Boko Haram's increasingly bloody struggle for an Islamic kingdom in religiously mixed Nigeria. One took place right next to Chibok, by the Cameroon border, from where more than 200 school girls were abducted last month.
  • West Africa leaders vow to wage 'total war' on Boko Haram

    05/17/2014 2:55:31 PM PDT · by kingattax · 18 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 5-17-14 | John Irish and Elizabeth Pineau
    PARIS (Reuters) - West African leaders on Saturday agreed to work together to wage "total war" on Boko Haram saying the Nigerian Islamist group had become a regional al Qaeda that threatened all of them. Nigeria's neighbors Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin, and Western officials, met in Paris to flesh out a plan enabling them for the first time to share intelligence, coordinate action and monitor borders. Although Boko Haram has been fighting for five years, carrying out bombings and attacks on civilians and the security forces, the kidnapping last month of more than 200 girls from a school in...
  • Suspected Boko Haram rebels attack Chinese Plant in Cameroon

    05/17/2014 3:12:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 17, 2014
    Suspected rebels from Nigeria's Islamist militant group Boko Haram attacked a Chinese plant in northern Cameroon near the town of Waza, a local governor told Reuters on Saturday. Waza is 20 km (12 miles) from the Nigerian border close to the Sambisa forest, a stronghold of Boko Haram which has killed thousands in Nigeria in a five-year insurgency for an Islamist state and threatens to destabilize the wider region.
  • African leaders vow to wage 'total war' on Boko Haram

    05/17/2014 9:34:33 AM PDT · by csvset · 21 replies
    France24 ^ | 17 May 2014 | Staff
    African leaders on Saturday described Boko Haram as an "al Qaeda operation" and promised to wage "total war" on the Islamic extremist group after a summit meeting in Paris. The leaders of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad and Benin as well as the French president and US and British officials met for talks in the Elysée Palace to discuss strategy for fighting Boko Haram and freeing at least 276 girls it is holding. After the meeting, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan told the media, “Boko Haram is no longer a local terrorist group, it is operating clearly as an al Qaeda operation,...
  • Suspected Boko Haram rebels attack Chinese plant in Cameroon

    05/17/2014 5:40:27 AM PDT · by csvset · 16 replies
    France24 ^ | 17 May 2014 | Tweet
    A Chinese national was killed and 10 others were feared kidnapped after an overnight attack in northern Cameroon believed to have been carried out by Boko Haram militants from Nigeria, officials said on Saturday. "Boko Haram Islamists attacked a camp (of road workers). A Chinese was killed. Ten Chinese cannot be found since the attack. We think they have probably been kidnapped," a local police chief said on condition of anonymity. The cross-border attack comes as Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan arrived in Paris Saturday to attend an international summit on Nigerian security, aimed at forging a strategy against the Islamist...
  • Cameroon cardinal: Ministers are ‘bound not to’ give Communion to pro-abortion politicians

    04/29/2014 2:19:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 29, 2014 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    Cardinal Christian Tumi, archbishop emeritus of Douala, spoke to just outside the Vatican walls after the canonization of St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII. ROME, April 28, 2014 ( – A cardinal from Cameroon told LifeSiteNews Sunday that ministers of Holy Communion are “bound not to” give the Eucharist to Catholic politicians who support abortion. “Abortion is a crime. Yes, a crime. It’s murder, really. So there’s no doubt about it,” Cardinal Christian Tumi, archbishop emeritus of Douala, told LifeSiteNews in an interview just outside the Vatican walls after the canonization of St. John Paul II and...
  • Pope Francis prays for kidnapped (in Cameroon) priests, nun

    04/05/2014 8:40:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | April 5, 2014 | Kerri Lenartowick
    Pope Francis. Credit: David Ibanez / CNA. Vatican City, Apr 5, 2014 / 11:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is remembering in his prayers two Italian priests and a Canadian religious sister who were kidnapped in Cameroon Friday night. Vatican Radio reports that Pope Francis “hopes for a rapid and positive solution to the affair.” He “remains in constant contact with the nunciature.” The two priests and religious sister were kidnapped by armed persons around midnight on April 4. The identity of the kidnappers is unknown at this time, although the Islamic militia Boko Haram has been known to operate...
  • Letter from Africa: How the history of real racism and human nature, is distorted by the Left.

    03/11/2014 7:44:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/11/2014 | Dennis Prager
    I am writing this column from Cameroon, on the coast of West Africa, during my sixth trip to Africa. Having traveled to some 20 African countries, I find myself, like so many other visitors to Africa before me, sort of intoxicated with the continent. And I am not referring to the wildlife, as much as I have been enthralled by it in safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Rather I am referring to the African peoples. Here, then, are some observations: First and foremost, just as when I visited Auschwitz and the killing fields of Cambodia, when I visited places...
  • Douala-Djibouti Corridor-France is enabling bloc of non-Islamist, liberal democracies in Africa

    02/06/2014 5:29:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 6, 2014 | Jerome Vitenberg
    - FrontPage Magazine - - The Douala-Djibouti CorridorPosted By Jerome Vitenberg On February 6, 2014 @ 12:15 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment The current French involvement in the Central African Republic, which follows in the footsteps of its ongoing “Operation Serval” in Mali, has led many to wonder about President Francois Hollande’s goals in his African campaigns.In recent months, the CAR’s ex-Séléka Muslim rebel fighters, bolstered by Sudanese and Chadian mercenaries, have waged a campaign of murder, rape and pillage against the country’s 80% Christian-majority population. With the government in disarray, Christians have organized defensive “anti-balaka” (“anti-machete”)...
  • Cameroon: Government Suspends 11 Media Organisations Ahead of Elections

    09/15/2013 5:59:26 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 2 replies
    All Africa ^ | 11 September 2013
    Three weeks before parliamentary elections in Cameroon, the government's National Communications Council (NCC) has ordered the suspension of 11 media organisations, accusing them of unprofessionalism and unethical behaviour. The suspension of seven newspapers, three radio outlets and a television station constitutes a violation of press freedom in the West African country, the International Press Institute (IPI) said today. The NCC also suspended two publishers and a journalist, ranging from one to two months, on the grounds of failing to respect professional norms and ethics. The actions affected both French- and English-language news outlets in the capital Yaoundé and other cities....
  • Central Africa: UN finds burnt, abandoned villages

    09/07/2013 7:23:38 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies
    New York, US - UN agencies on Friday expressed alarm at the increasing rate of human rights violations in the Central African Republic (CAR), following reports of burnt and abandoned villages, massive displacement, as well as looting and torture. PANA in New York reported that members of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), along with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), travelled last week to the town of Paoua, 500 kilometres north of the capital, Bangui. They found seven villages burnt to the ground and deserted and the eighth partially burnt with...
  • Rebels capture Central African Republic capital, president flees (France sends 300 more troops)

    03/25/2013 11:43:41 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Mar 24, 2013 5:59pm EDT | Paul-Marin Ngoupana
    (Reuters) - Rebels in Central African Republic seized the riverside capital Bangui in fierce fighting on Sunday, forcing President Francois Bozize to flee and sowing confusion over who ruled the mineral-rich heart of Africa. At least nine South African soldiers were killed trying to prevent the rebels taking Bangui, a Reuters witness said, dealing a blow to Pretoria's attempt to stabilize the chaotic central African nation and assert its influence in the region. ... "The looting is bad. Both the population and Seleka are involved," said one senior U.N. official in Bangui. "We are not sure who is in charge....
  • Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought

    03/21/2013 7:05:11 AM PDT · by Renfield · 15 replies
    UANews ^ | 3-1-2013 | Daniel Stolte
    UA geneticists have discovered the oldest known genetic branch of the human Y chromosome – the hereditary factor determining male sex. The new divergent lineage, which was found in an individual who submitted his DNA to Family Tree DNA, a company specializing in DNA analysis to trace family roots, branched from the Y chromosome tree before the first appearance of anatomically modern humans in the fossil record. The results are published in the American Journal of Human Genetics. "Our analysis indicates this lineage diverged from previously known Y chromosomes about 338,000 ago, a time when anatomically modern humans had not...
  • Kano blasts: Nigerians killed at bus station

    03/18/2013 8:08:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    BBC ^ | March 18, 2013 | unattributed
    At least 20 people have been killed in a series of explosions at a bus station in the northern Nigerian city of Kano. Several buses were destroyed in the attack in the Sabon Gari district - which is home to many Christians from southern Nigeria. No group has said it was behind the blasts but Islamist militants from the Boko Haram group have attacked Kano in the past. It is the largest city in the mainly Muslim north of Nigeria. One eyewitness told the BBC that he had seen 20 bodies after Monday's blasts. Several witnesses told Reuters that one...
  • Slow-acting killer that was Saddam's favourite instrument of vengeance

    11/19/2006 11:31:47 PM PST · by MadIvan · 9 replies · 2,347+ views
    The Times ^ | November 20, 2006 | Mark Henderson
    On New Year’s Day in 1988, Abdullah Ali, an Iraqi businessman who had been living in London for eight years, joined three compatriots for dinner at a restaurant called Cleopatra in Notting Hill.The next morning, he was taken ill with flu-like symptoms and was admitted to hospital. There his condition rapidly deteriorated — his hair fell out, he developed excruciating skin and joint pain, and paralysis and respiratory failure began to set in. Fifteen days later he was dead — but not before he had begun to wonder whether something had been added to his vodka. He was right: the...
  • UPDATE 2-Syria to be suspended from int'l Islamic body -diplomat

    08/13/2012 6:00:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, August 13, 2012 | unattributed
    Syria will be suspended from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Wednesday for its violent suppression of a 17-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a diplomat said on Monday ahead of an emergency OIC summit in Mecca. "The resolution regarding the suspension of the Syrian membership in the OIC is not facing obstacles ... It will be approved," said the diplomat, speaking on the sidelines of a preliminary foreign ministers meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He said the decision was likely to be formally announced at the end of the second day of the summit, which was called by Saudi...
  • Mass grave in London reveals how volcano caused global catastrophe

    08/05/2012 5:20:32 AM PDT · by Renfield · 38 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-4-2012 | Dalya Alberge
    When archaeologists discovered thousands of medieval skeletons in a mass burial pit in east London in the 1990s, they assumed they were 14th-century victims of the Black Death or the Great Famine of 1315-17. Now they have been astonished by a more explosive explanation – a cataclysmic volcano that had erupted a century earlier, thousands of miles away in the tropics, and wrought havoc on medieval Britons. Scientific evidence – including radiocarbon dating of the bones and geological data from across the globe – shows for the first time that mass fatalities in the 13th century were caused by one...
  • Terror in the Skies: ‘Human bomb’ threat forces U.S.-bound flight to divert

    05/24/2012 8:55:28 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 13 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | May 23, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    A US Airways jet traveling from Paris to North Carolina was diverted to Maine on Tuesday after a "French" passenger handed a note to a flight attendant mentioning that she had a surgically implanted device, raising fears of a terror scenario that security officials had warned about. What is disturbing is the lack of coverage and relevant reporting on this act of terror in the skies. The would-be terrorist is described as a "French" woman. What's her name? Read the tea leaves. The Cameroon-born woman was traveling alone with no checked baggage and visiting the United States for 10 days...
  • AU Wants Peace, Security and Bigger Global Role in 2012

    01/13/2012 9:38:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    AllAfrica ^ | Thursday, January 12, 2012 | unattributed
    The AU wants Africa to manufacture and export finished products to its trading partners rather than just selling them the raw materials as it does now. She cited China, India, the EU and US and other rising stars in trade with the continent, including Turkey and Latin America, and said the AU had held talks on the new breed of partnerships with some of them. The AU also wants Africa to have a veto-wielding seat on the UN Security Council, and a place at the G20 negotiating table, Ali said. The peace and security that have eluded Africa for decades...
  • Mauritius tops African household lighting survey

    01/13/2012 9:06:47 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    ESI-Africa ^ | Friday the 13th, January 2012 | unattributed
    A Gallup survey done across 20 sub-Saharan African countries on the main sources of lighting for households saw Mauritius fair best, with 100% of respondents saying this was provided by power lines. South Africa came in second at 80% in terms of households with grid supplied power for lighting, followed by Ghana (67%), Nigeria (66%) and Cameroon (65%). At the bottom of the list in this survey for electrical grid power supplying household lighting was Liberia at 4%, followed by Chad and Burkina Faso at 8%. In Chad, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Uganda and...
  • Analysis -- Fuel subsidy cuts test faith in African governments

    01/13/2012 9:02:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday the 13th, January 2012 | Richard Valdmanis
    A growing trend of African countries promising to free up money for social spending by slashing fuel subsidies will test public faith in governments, amid widespread fear the cash will vanish in a haze of graft and mismanagement. Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea, Chad and others have all cut back on expensive fuel subsidy programmes in recent months. For economists, the cuts have been an encouraging sign, raising hopes that reforms are taking root in the continent even as it braces for the fallout of the European debt crisis. For millions of Africans, however, the changes have created nothing by pain. Nigerians...
  • Pipeline archaeology will re-write history of central Africa

    07/22/2011 3:25:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Tuesday, July 12, 2011 | unattributed
    In May this year, researchers from around the world gathered in Yaounde the capital of the west African country of Cameroon, for the International Conference on Rescue Archaeology. At the conference, archaeologists introduced new findings from the book: "Kome-Kribi: Rescue Archaeology Along the Chad-Cameroon Oil Pipeline; 1999-2004". Archaeologists say the results have marked a major breakthrough that will begin a rewrite of the history of Cameroon and the rest of Central Africa. The fieldwork was carried out as construction took place along the line of the underground petroleum pipeline from Chad to the port of Kribi, Cameroon... According to Professor...
  • Archeological Findings Reveal Central African History [...humans settled Cameroon 5000 years ago]

    07/08/2011 4:03:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Voice of America ^ | Wednesday, July 6, 2011 | Ntaryike Divine Jr
    Artifacts from hundreds of archeological sites from southern Chad to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Cameroon... research was conducted between 1999 and 2004 as construction was underway on the underground petroleum pipeline... which is more than 1000 kilometers long.... 472 archeological sites along the area in both Cameroon and Chad were found .some dating back to as long ago as 100,000 years. He says, "we found sites where people had lived, where people had stored food, where people had made tools of iron. Before people in this area used iron, they made a whole variety of different...
  • Inequality between rich and poor in US worse than Cameroon, Yemen

    06/21/2011 4:23:07 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 65 replies ^ | June 2011 | Asian News International
    The gap between America's rich and poor is reportedly at an extreme high, much higher than many developing countries like Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, and even Yemen. According to the Central Investigative Agency's (CIA) World Fact Book, which ranks countries in terms of how 'equally' wealth is distributed, the U.S. is the 42nd most unequal country in the world, the Daily Mail reports. It has been ranked way behind the European Union and the United Kingdom in terms of equality of pay. In fact, the situation is so extreme that it has even been placed behind countries such as Cameroon,...