Maldives president lifts 45-day state of emergency

The Maldives has lifted a 45-day state of emergency imposed by President Abdulla Yameen to annul a Supreme Court ruling that had overturned criminal convictions against nine opposition leaders. In a statement on Thursday, the president’s office said Yameen lifted the emergency “in an effort to promote normalcy” despite there still existing a “diminished threat to national security”. Under the emergency, security forces arrestedformer President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Yameen’s half-brother, as well as two Supreme Court judges and a top judicial administrator on charges of trying to topple the government. All four were charged with…

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WATCH: Coca-Cola admits presence of plastic in Dasani

Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has admitted to the presence of micro-plastics in Dasani water following a study released on Thursday that shows the brand is among 93 per cent of world’s famous bottled water products contaminated by tiny pieces of plastic. The concentration of microplastics in Dasani water sourced in Kenya topped 335 plastic pieces for every litre. Samples of Dasani water bought from Amazon had a minimum and maximum concentration of 85 and 303 plastic pieces per litre, respectively. The survey by scientists based at the State University of…

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Thousands flee Eastern Ghouta region outside Syria’s capital

Thousands of civilians are fleeing a town in the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside Syria’s capital, Damascus, as government forces advance. State television showed pictures of men, women and children carrying bags leaving the town of Hamouria, which has come under intense bombardment. It is the biggest exodus from the enclave since the military stepped up an offensive to retake it last month. At the same time, 25 Lorries carrying food aid entered the town of Douma. The International Committee of the Red Cross-ICRC has said that the aid…

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Rwanda Seventh – day Adventist churchgoers killed by lightning

Seventh – day Adventist church in Rwanda on Saturday, an official has said. Most of the victims died instantly when lightning hit the church in the southern district of Nyaruguru, local mayor Habitegeko Francois has said. Two people died from their injuries, and 140 people were rushed to hospital and health centers. Lightning also killed a student in the area on Friday, the mayor has said. The weather accident in the mountainous region near the border with Burundi took place around midday on Saturday while parishioners of the town of…

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Zambia deports racey South African dancer Zodwa Wabantu

Zambia has today evening deported a controversial female South African dancer, Zodwa Wabantu, who is popularly known for performing without underwear, on the grounds that her performance would “undermine national values”. According to her Zambian promoter, Lucky Munakampe, Wabantu was deported at about about 05: 20 PM. The dancer had been due to perform on tonight in Lusaka at the launch of a music album organized by a local entertainment company, Sunset Sound Production. The Council stated that Wabantu’s performances were not in the public interest and undermined our national…

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WATCH: Uhuru, Odinga meet at Harambe House

President Kenyatta on Friday held a surprise meeting with his political arch-rival and National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga at Harambee House in Nairobi. It was the first time the two were meeting face-to-face since their fallout following the hotly contested August 8, 2017 General Election and October 26, 2017 repeat presidential poll that Mr Odinga boycotted. The agenda of the meeting centred on how to unite and heal Kenya following a divisive General Election in 2017. In a joint statement, Mr Kenyatta and Mr Odinga promised to work…

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Officials in jail after Burundi President is ‘roughed up’ in game

Two Burundi officials have been arrested after the country’s President Pierre Nkurunziza was allegedly roughed up in a football match that they organized. President Nkurunziza’s football team Haleluya Football Club faced a side from the northern town of Kiremba on 3rd February. Normally, the opposition is well aware they are playing against the country’s president, and it has been said they go easy in the games, even perhaps allowing Nkurunziza to score. But as the Kiremba team contained Congolese refugees who did not know they were playing against Burundi’s president,…

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Kenya doctors ‘perform brain surgery on wrong patient’

A Kenyan doctor has been suspended after cutting open the head of the wrong patient. One patient needed surgery on a blood clot on the brain while the other just needed nursing for swelling. The doctors did not realize the mistake until hours into the surgery, when they discovered there was no blood clot in the brain. Kenyatta National Hospital, says that it deeply regrets the mistake and has suspended the doctor. But the doctor’s colleagues have protested the suspension, arguing it should be the person who put on the…

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Papua New Guinea’s earthquake death toll rises to 31

The death toll from the strongest earthquake to strike Papua New Guinea’s rugged interior in almost a century, has climbed to 31 and would probably rise further, officials said today, as damage to roads, runways and phone lines slowed relief efforts. Remote hamlets closest to the epicenter of the 7.5 magnitude quake in the Southern Highlands were buried, killing 13 people, said James Justin, a research officer at the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in Port Moresby in an email, citing a two-way radio call from a mission station in…

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Florida shooting survivors rally for stricter gun controls

Survivors of a Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead have travelled to the state capital to press lawmakers to take more action on gun control. About 100 students arrived in Tallahassee hours before the state legislature rejected a ban on assault rifles like the one used in the attack. They are due to stage a rally at the statehouse later and meet legislators. It is the first organised protest of the youth-led anti-gun movement that has swept the US since the attack. Wednesday’s demonstration is their first organised…

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