| Africatime
Wednesday 22 February 2017
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Cases of torture in Tunisia are falling but abuses persist in prisons and detention centres, a rights group said Wednesday. The Tunisian Organisation Against Torture (OCTT) reported 153 torture cases in the North African country from January to November. There were 250 cases in the previous year. In a report, it accused authorities of abuses including arbitrary arrest, ill-treatment and threats or attempts at rape. The police were responsible for more than 60 percent of the abuses, followed by prison wardens and the National Guard, it said. "Until now, there has been no real, concrete reform within the security and penitentiary institutions," it said. OCTT president Radhia Nasraoui called for new laws to prevent torture...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Schools began to reopen across Guinea on Wednesday after a three-week strike and violent protests that left seven people dead in the capital this week, an AFP journalist and school staff said. The violence in Conakry on Monday and Tuesday capped weeks of protests mainly by young people and students that prompted the government to close schools on February 1. The protests were in support of a strike by temporary teachers demanding full-time government contracts. On Wednesday, students began trickling back into classrooms in the capital and in other cities...
(Agence Ecofin 02/22/17)
In Togo, last Saturday, the people of Bè Massouhouin, angered, are demanding for the lands taken from them in 1977 by the government to be returned. “We, the people of Bè, initially had a total of 900 hectares of lands. However, the State took half of these saying it was for public use. It is on these lands that the State built all infrastructures found in the Lomé II area.” “The airport, the harbor, the University of Lomé, the Kégué...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Clashes between Sudan's government and rebels in South Kordofan province on Tuesday smashed a months-long lull in fighting, the two sides said. Ethnic minority rebels in the southern state who say they are politically and economically marginalised have been fighting the Arab-dominated government since 2011. Fighting there and in Darfur and Blue Nile states have left thousands dead and millions displaced. Khartoum announced a unilateral ceasefire in June, which it extended by six months in January. Army spokesman Brigadier Ahmed...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Burkina Faso's Diebedo Francis Kere will be the first African architect to design a temporary pavilion in London's Hyde Park, a prestigious assignment given to a world-famous architect every year. Kere's design is inspired by a tree in his hometown of Gando that serves as "a central meeting point for life", the Serpentine Galleries said in a statement. "An expansive roof, supported by a central steel framework, mimics a tree's canopy, allowing air to circulate freely while offering shelter against...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Mozambican former first lady Graca Machel's daughter on Tuesday won a high-profile domestic violence case against her ex-boyfriend, a landmark victory in a country where abuse of women is growing. Josina Machel lost the sight in her right eye in 2015 after she was savagely beaten by a Mozambican businessman Rofino Licuco with whom she had been in a relationship for three years. A court in Maputo on Tuesday sentenced Licuco to a suspended prison sentence of three years and...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Four Moroccan cities, led by Marrakesh, ranked among the top 10 African cities for quality of life in a new survey published Tuesday. Marrakesh, nicknamed the Ochre City for the walls surrounding its old medina district, clinched the top ranking, with three other Moroccan cities -- Casablanca, Rabat and Fez -- in the top 10. "They are cities that are not huge, where real work has been done to improve infrastructure, people's quality of life (and) housing in a stable...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Italy's coast guard has rescued about 630 migrants off the coast of Libya who were trying to cross the Mediterranean. The two rescue operations came as the bodies of 74 migrants who drowned trying to reach Europe washed up on a beach west of the Libyan capital, the Red Crescent said Tuesday. The Italian coast guard said it mounted operations to rescue two drifting vessels, a large boat and a rubber raft. In the absence of an army or a...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
The bodies of 74 migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe have washed up on a beach west of the Libyan capital, the Red Crescent said Tuesday. Residents of the village of Harcha, outside Zawiya, 45 kilometres (30 miles) from Tripoli, alerted the emergency services after finding a wrecked boat on the beach with bodies inside, the Red Crescent said. More were discovered elsewhere on the beach and still more were feared to be in the sea...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Argentinian football star Lionel Messi was in Egypt Tuesday as the face of an initiative to promote the North African country as a medical tourism destination for hepatitis C patients. A blood-borne viral disease, hepatitis C is highly prevalent in Egypt. "Medication against hepatitis C saves lives, let's put an end to the waiting lists," the Barcelona FC superstar said on his official Facebook page. Messi has signed to become the ambassador for Tour n' Cure, the Egyptian initiative said...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/17)
Not a single car remains in the town of Dikwa in northeast Nigeria and there's no way to communicate to the outside world, as all the telephone lines have been blown up. But it is here that humanitarian groups are trying to bring aid to some 57,000 people forced out of their homes by Boko Haram Islamists, whose insurgency has devastated the remote region since 2009. "On average, 200 to 300 people arrive per day," one soldier posted in the...
(AL Jazeera 02/22/17)
Spy chief Yankuba Badjie has been accused of overseeing kidnappings, arbitrary arrests, torture, killings and rape. Police in The Gambia have arrested the country's former head of the national intelligence agency and his deputy, both accused of overseeing killings, kidnappings, arbitrary arrests, torture and rape during their time in office. Spy chief Yankuba Badjie and director of operations Sheikh Omar Jeng were detained on Monday and being investigated for potential abuses of power, spokesman Foday Conta told the DPA news agency on Wednesday. The arrests were part of new President Adama Barrow's attempts
(Xinhuanet 02/22/17)
Sudan's army announced on Tuesday that it repelled an attack by rebels against the Al-Mashayesh region, which killed a government soldier and injured 10 others. "A force belonging the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector attacked one of our posts in Al-Mashayesh region, and our forces managed to repel them," Sudanese army spokesman Ahmed Khalifa Al-Shami told Xinhua. "One of our soldiers was martyred and 10 others were injured," Al-Shami said, adding " there is definitely a substantial loss...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/22/17)
Pope Francis called on Wednesday for urgent humanitarian aid for the starving people of South Sudan, saying millions risked being "condemned to death" by a famine in parts of the war-ravaged country. "Now more than ever there should be a commitment by everyone to not just talk but contribute food aid and allow it to reach suffering populations," he told tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square for his weekly audience. He said millions of people, including many...
(Xinhuanet 02/22/17)
The UN Security Council on Monday condemned "in the strongest terms" a terrorist attack at a market in Somalia's capital city of Mogadishu. On Sunday, a car bomb blasted at a busy market in Mogadishu, killing at least 30 people and injuring over 40 others. In a press statement, the 15-nation council called on all states to combat by all means threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. "The members of the Security Council reiterated their determination...
(The Ethiopian Herald 02/22/17)
Education Ministry said Finland would work jointly with the ministry in increasing access to quality education across the country. This was disclosed during a day-long seminar in connection with the centennial anniversary of the Finish State Independence organized by the Finland Embassy here yesterday. Opening the seminar, Education Minister Dr. Shiferaw Teklemariam said the existing extensive education cooperation between the two countries has been implemented through bilateral programs and pooled funding mechanisms directed to the development of teacher training, special...
(AL Jazeera 02/22/17)
At least five people killed and 30 wounded in Conakry demonstrations sparked by a teachers' strike, the government says. At least five people have been killed in Guinea's capital, Conakry, in protests sparked by a teachers' strike, according to the government, reviving labour tensions in a country where previous strikes have led to dozens of deaths. Guinea's main teachers' unions launched the strike on February 1 to protest at the government's decision to dismiss or cut the salaries of many...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/22/17)
Britain will provide additional aid money to South Sudan, where famine has been declared in parts of the country, and to Somalia, where there is a credible risk of famine, the government said on Wednesday. Britain will provide 100 million pounds ($125 million) to each country in 2017/18 in addition to existing flows of aid. "The world faces a series of unprecedented humanitarian crises and the real threat of famine in four countries," International Development Secretary Priti Patel said in...
(Macau Daily Times 02/22/17)
The government of Mozambique has approved a regulation to facilitate the granting of entry visas to foreign nationals engaged in investment activities, thus contributing to improving the business climate, the deputy minister of Culture and Tourism said on Tuesday in Maputo. Quoted by Mozambican news agency AIM, Ana Comoana said the approved document reduces the minimum amount to grant the Investment Activity visa from US50 million to US$500,000. “If the amount required is high there will be few people who...
(Dw-World 02/22/17)
For the last two decades, the Ethiopian government has been trumping the country's economic successes , which earned it the title the "African Tiger." However the youth appear to have been left behind. The town of Ambo is located 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Addis Ababa and is knows as the kicking off point of the protests against the infamous re-zoning plan of the government almost three years ago. Reports show that security forces responded to the protests with...

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