Baby born with facial deformities dies of starvation

Baby born with facial deformities dies of starvation

A baby girl who was born on Sunday, August 27, with facial deformities in Kenya has died of starvation after her mother refused to breastfeed her. Her nose was on the upper side of her face. According to the family, the mother, Ms Mariam Mwakombo, 22, refused to breastfeed her because she was afraid. The baby cried for hours after birth due to hunger and later died at night. Mariam Mwakombo told DailyNation: “She frightened…

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African leaders blasted for “health tourism”

African leaders blasted for “health tourism”

A South African minister has criticised African leaders who seek medical treatment abroad. Aaron Motsoaledi condemned “health tourism” while speaking in Zimbabwe. President Robert Mugabe, who frequently receives treatment in Singapore, had left the meeting of health ministers when Dr Motsoaledi made the comments. Mr Mugabe’s spokesman has said that the president’s doctor “is not only Zimbabwean, he is actually black… He is very, very, very black”. George Charamba made those comments to Zimbabwe’s state-run…

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Shock and fear amid South Africa cannibalism case

Shock and fear amid South Africa cannibalism case

Fear has gripped the village of Shayamoya in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province after the discovery of a decapitated body. The family of Zanele Hlatshwayo, 25, who has been missing since July, believe she was a victim of a cannibalism ring that has so far led to the arrest of five men. Her decomposing body was found after a man who claimed to be a traditional healer handed himself over to police last week and confessed…

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Kenya passes world’s toughest plastic bag law in pollution crackdown

Kenya passes world’s toughest plastic bag law in pollution crackdown

Kenya has passed the world’s toughest law against plastic bags in a sharp crackdown on pollution. Anyone now producing, selling or even using the non-degradable bags faces four years in jail or a $40,000 (£31,000) fine. But Kenya’s environment minister Judy Wakhungu insisted manufacturers would be predominantly targeted first. “Ordinary wananchi will not be harmed,” she said, using a Kiswahili word for “common man”. Image: More than 8 million tonnes of plastic pollute the world’s…

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Model challenges Grace Mugabe immunity after ‘assault’

Model challenges Grace Mugabe immunity after ‘assault’

A South African model allegedly attacked by Grace Mugabe has challenged the government’s decision to grant her diplomatic immunity. Zimbabwe’s first lady, the wife of President Robert Mugabe, was accused of attacking Gabriella Engels with an electrical extension cord at a hotel in Johannesburg where the couple’s two sons were staying. Ms Engels, 20, suffered cuts on her head and forehead and filed an assault charge against Mrs Mugabe. At the weekend, South Africa’s foreign…

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Residents protest escape of suspected undergraduate ritualist

Residents protest escape of suspected undergraduate ritualist

Some residents of Eliozu area of Port Harcourt on Wednesday protested the unfortunate escape of Mr Ifeanyi Dike, a suspected ritual killer from police custody. The Rivers Police Command had paraded Dike for raping and killing Miss Victory Chikamso, an eight- year old girl residing in the same compound with him. Mr Promise Wobo, a resident of Eliozu disclosed in Port Harcourt that the protest was to call on the Rivers Police Command to re-arrest…

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Angolans choose new leader to replace Jose Eduardo dos Santos

Angolans choose new leader to replace Jose Eduardo dos Santos

Angolans are heading to the polls to vote for a successor for their veteran leader. Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been in power in the oil-rich country since 1979, making him the world’s second-longest serving president. He is not contesting this election – Defence Minister Joao Lourenco is standing for the governing MPLA party. His main challenger is expected to be Isias Samakuva, from the MPLA’s rival in the 27-year civil war, Unita. Under Angola’s…

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Mass burials held for unidentified Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Mass burials held for unidentified Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Hundreds of bodies have been removed from the mortuary in Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown overnight after devastating mudslides. There is now serious concern that diseases like cholera or typhoid could spread, and so the priority is for burials to take place as soon as possible. Taxis and ambulances arrive at the morgue, with coffins and flowers in the back. The bodies that have been identified will get the dignity of a private funeral service….

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‘Red alert’ to stop Grace Mugabe leaving South Africa

‘Red alert’ to stop Grace Mugabe leaving South Africa

Police have put out a red alert to stop Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe, who is accused of assault, from leaving South Africa. She is alleged to have assaulted a 20-year-old model who was in a hotel room with her two sons in Johannesburg. Gabriella Engels claims she was beaten with an extension cord and posted a picture on Twitter showing a gash on her forehead. Image: Ms Engels appeared at a press conference with…

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Grace Mugabe requests diplomatic immunity in assault case

Grace Mugabe requests diplomatic immunity in assault case

Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe is requesting diplomatic immunity after being accused of assaulting a 20-year-old model, South African police say. The wife of leader Robert Mugabe failed to appear at a police station on Tuesday to answer charges she hit Gabriella Engles with an extension cord, authorities claimed. Ms Engels was visiting the first lady’s sons in a hotel room in an upmarket suburb of Johannesburg when she alledges the assault happened. She later…

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