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Thursday 23 October 2014
A group of South Sudanese women peace activists has suggested that men in the civil war-torn country be denied sex until they stop fighting. The suggestion emerged after around 90 women, including several members of South Sudan’s parliament, met in the capital Juba this week to come up with ideas on how to “to advance the cause of peace, healing and reconciliation”. A key suggestion was to “mobilise all women in South Sudan to deny their husbands conjugal rights until they ensure that peace returns,” organisers said in a statement Thursday. Other proposals included finding ways to meet the....

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Thursday 23 October 2014
YOLA Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses to the attack said, despite talks aimed at freeing more than 200 other female hostages the militants seized in April. John Kwaghe, who witnessed the attack and lost three daughters to the abductors, and Dorathy Tizhe, who lost two, said the attackers came late in the night, forcing all the women to go with them, then later releasing the older ones. (Reporting by Imma Ande; Writing by ; Editing by We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data.

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Thursday 23 October 2014
The extremists attacked three north-eastern towns on Saturday and raised their flag in a fourth village, rounding up women and girls, according to locals. People who escaped this week from Bama, a town in a part of northeastern Nigeria where Boko Haram has declared an Islamic caliphate, say hundreds of residents are being detained for allegedly breaking the group's strict version of Sharia law. Residents who got out of Bama said so many people have been detained by Boko Haram that the local jail is overcrowded and houses are being used as makeshift prisons.

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Thursday 23 October 2014
The Zimbabwe students’ union on Thursday made war not love over a new code of conduct banning students from kissing on campus at the country’s top university. In a circular displayed at halls of residence, authorities at the University of Zimbabwe said students “caught in any intimate position such as kissing or having sex in public places” would be punished. The university also barred resident students from bringing members of the opposite sex to their hostels and “loitering in dark places outside the sports pavilion or lecture venues.” Student leader Gilbert Mutubuki said students would resist the rules introduced two weeks ago.

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Thursday 23 October 2014
WEST HAVEN, Conn.: Connecticut placed six West Africans who recently arrived in the United States under quarantine for possible Ebola exposure, a move that comes as the United States starts new restrictions on those coming from the countries hardest hit by the deadly virus. The family of six West Africans, who arrived Saturday and were planning to live in the United States, will be watched for 21 days, Connecticut state health authorities said Thursday. Officials have yet to say where the family came from. Fears about the spread of Ebola, which has killed nearly 4,900 people largely in....

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Thursday 23 October 2014
Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe on Thursday announced her candidacy to succeed her husband, 90-year-old president Robert Mugabe, when he leaves office. "People say I want to be president, why not? Am I not a Zimbabwean?" the 49-year-old said when addressing veterans of the country's liberation struggle in Mazowe at about 40km north of Harare. Mugabe called on Vice President Joice Mujuru - regarded as one of the top contenders to succeed the president - to resign. "There are plenty of people who can run this country, not Mujuru," she said, adding that her husband's deputy would take Zimbabwe "back to where we were before independence.

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Thursday 23 October 2014
A Tunisian policeman was killed in a firefight near the capital Thursday amid fears of jihadist violence in the run-up to the first parliamentary election since the country's 2011 revolution. "Our agent died of a bullet wound in the eye sustained in clashes with a terrorist group," a police official told AFP at the scene. The interior ministry said police traded gunfire with armed "terrorists" who had taken refuge in a house in the town of Oued Ellil on the outskirts of the capital. The police source said the family of a gunman holed up in the house was also inside.

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Thursday 23 October 2014
OUED ELLIL Tunisia (Reuters) - A Tunisian policeman was killed and another wounded on Thursday when security forces clashed with Islamist militants on the outskirts of Tunis, three days before parliamentary elections which voters hope will help them advance towards full democracy. Police negotiators in the suburb Oued Ellil to west of Tunis were trying to persuade militants to give themselves up after the house they were in was surrounded following heavy exchanges of gunfire, officials and a Reuters witness said. Heavily armed security forces used tear gas and stun grenades to try to force at....

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Thursday 23 October 2014
Tunisia's transition to democracy serves as an example of how to defeat extremists such as the Islamic State jihadist group, the leader of the country's powerful Islamist movement said. "The success of the Tunisian experience is in the international interest, especially in the fight against extremism and the fight against Islamic State and similar groups," Ennahda head Rached Ghannouchi said in an interview with AFP in the runup to the country's first parliamentary election on Sunday since its 2011 revolution. "The Tunisian model is the alternative to the Daesh model ... This Tunisian model ...

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Thursday 23 October 2014
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break out of isolation because they have no food, the West African nation's state radio reported Thursday. Forty-three people were put in quarantine after four people died of Ebola in Jenewonda, a town in an impoverished corner of Grand Cape Mount County near the Sierra Leone border, the Liberia Broadcasting System said. It quoted those quarantined as saying that the UN World Food Program apparently has stopped providing food to people affected by Ebola in the area.

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Thursday 23 October 2014
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 23. Trend: The Boryspil and Zhuliany airports in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, introduced additional sanitary control due to the Ebola threat, the Kyiv city state administration deputy head for health and social welfare, Mikhail Radutskii said at a press briefing, TASS news agency reported Oct. 23. He said an additional sanitary control was introduced for those arriving to Ukraine from other countries. “The employees of the sanitary and epidemiological service are on duty at airports,” Radutskii said. “Localization process will be started if there is a suspicion of infection with the fever or other dangerous diseases.

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Thursday 23 October 2014
ANTWERP, Belgium - An international research consortium led by the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM) will assess whether treatment with antibodies in the blood of Ebola survivors could help infected patients to fight off the disease. If proven effective, this straightforward intervention could be scaled up in the short term and provide an urgently needed treatment option for patients in West Africa. The researchers receive € 2.9 million of European Union (EU) funding to evaluate the safety and efficacy of treatment with blood and plasma made from the blood of recovered Ebola patients.

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Thursday 23 October 2014
Botswana will on Friday hold what are expected to be its closest elections since gaining independence from Britain 48 years ago as President Ian Khama's ruling party faces growing dissent in a country often heralded as a beacon of African democracy. Picture: Botswana will on Friday hold what are expected to be its closest elections since gaining independence from Britain 48 years ago as President Ian Khama's ruling party faces growing dissent in a country often heralded as a beacon of African democracy. Khama's Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is expected to win a reduced majority, extending the grip on power it has held since 1966.

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Thursday 23 October 2014
Immigration official mother of Canadian gunman says she's only mourning his victims and not her Muslim convert son Susan Bibeau, the mother of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, said in an emotional interview on Thursday that she did not know what to say to the victims; She is on the country's immigration board; Her son had had his passport seized by the government before he carried out his shooting spree at the Parliament on Wednesday; He fatally shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo, 24, by the National War Memorial then opened fire inside the building - before he was shot dead. By and Published: 13:19 GMT, 23 October 2014 Updated: 14:24 GMT, 23 October 2014.

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Thursday 23 October 2014
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. PUBLIC STATEMENT. AI Index: AFR 27/012/2014. 16 October 2014. Serious danger of reprisals against Gambians seeking to engage with the UN’s Universal Periodic Review. Human Rights Council must seriously address instances and risks of reprisals. Amnesty International is deeply concerned at the ongoing trend of intimidation and reprisals against those who engage with UN human rights mechanisms, including the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The recent report by the Secretary General specifically addresses reprisals arising from the engagement of individuals with the reviews of Cameroon, China, Egypt, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

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Thursday 23 October 2014
Copenhagen , Oct 22, 2014 (SPS) - POLISARIO Representative in Denmark, Mr. Abba Malainin, on Wednesday received at the headquarters of the Social Democratic Party of Denmark by Mr. Simon Redder, International Secretary and International Consultant. The meeting focused on the stalemate of the UN peace process placed by Morocco to protract the resolution of the conflict in the last remaining colony in Africa, Western Sahara, It also shed light on widespread brutal oppression against the Saharawi people and the illegal exploitations of the territory’s resources that finance and support the illegal occupation of Moroccan.

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Thursday 23 October 2014
U.S. Ambassador Donald Koran welcomes Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs Louise Mushikiwabo at the U.S. embassy in Kigali, Rwanda, on July 4th. (Photo: U.S. Embassy/Facebook) USA TODAY. The East African nation of Rwanda is requiring all visitors from the United States and Spain to self-monitor, fill out an extensive questionnaire and report their medical condition for the first 21 days of their visits because of the Ebola cases that have surfaced in the two Western countries. Coincidentally or not, the new screening follows an embarrassing uproar in a New Jersey school over the imminent....

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Thursday 23 October 2014
* Turkish company takes over management of Mogadishu port. * Company promises to boost revenue for Somalia's top asset. * Workers, lawmakers balk at changes; raise graft concerns. By Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh. MOGADISHU, Oct 23 (Reuters) - The Somali government's grand vision for Mogadishu port under its new Turkish managers sees modern container ships replacing wooden dhows, new cranes easing the back-breaking work of porters and a surge in state revenue as traffic rises. Outsourcing port operations to Turkey's Albayrak Group is one more sign of Somalia's slow rehabilitation, a dramatic....

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Thursday 23 October 2014
APGA’s National Secretary, Dr. Abdulahi Sani Shinkafi By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja. The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) on Wednesday gave an indication that it would not field a candidate for the 2015 presidential elections after it skipped primaries for the presidency from its approved guidelines and timetable. In the timetable and guidelines for the conduct of its primaries released on Wednesday, the party gave a timeframe for the conduct of primaries for all categories of elective political offices and cost of the nomination forms except that of the presidency.

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Thursday 23 October 2014
After inking an agreement to secure snap elections in the tiny landlocked kingdom, southern African mediators led by Cyril Ramaphosa are trying to finalise a deal to end a crisis that has left the armed forces with no clear commander. The talks may lead to partial amnesty for the man accused of leading the August 30 putsch, a senior official in Lesotho's defence ministry said. Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli is suspected of leading the early morning raid on Prime Minister Tom Thabane's residence and the national police headquarters, which killed one police officer and injured nine.

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Thursday 23 October 2014
Peace has been declared between Uefa president Michel Platini and his African counterpart Issa Hayatou after the Frenchman reacted angrily to suggestions that he had interfered in the affairs of the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf claimed in a statement on Tuesday that Platini had suggested calling off the African Nations Cup, due to be played in Morocco in January and told him to stay out of their business. Platini denied making the comment and, in a letter to his fellow Fifa executive committee member Hayatou on Wednesday, described it as "unwarranted" and "even insulting".

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Thursday 23 October 2014
Medical sleuths are deep in the jungle of the DR Congo trying to track down the origins of the latest Ebola outbreak in the country. It is a different strain than the one that has swept three west African countries this year, killing nearly 4,900, and its toll of 49 so far is extremely modest in comparison. Their all-terrain vehicles bounce along gutted roads in the northwest of the vast country where the outbreak began in late July and has been contained. Pinning down its source, and learning more about how it acts and develops, are keys to fighting the virus better.

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Thursday 23 October 2014
Nigeria's senior national team, Super Eagles, dropped five places to 42nd in the latest Fifa world ranking released on Thursday. The African champions were adjudged the 38th best football playing team in the world according to the ranking released earlier in September. The Eagles are now the ninth-ranked African side behind Algeria, Cote d'Ivoire, Tunisia, Ghana, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Egypt and Senegal following their poor run in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers earlier this month. Their drop comes after losing 1-0 to Sudan in Khartoum after playing out a 0-0 draw in South Africa.

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Thursday 23 October 2014
Unsuspecting Yvonne Gibney, 55, spotted pictures of husband Maurice, 49, getting married AGAIN in a lavish 45,000 beach wedding in Oman. The wedding was attended by Gibney's side of the family, after he told them that he and Mrs Gibney had divorced. The father-of-three, who lives and works in the Arab state for Oman Oil, spun a web of lies, telling them that his 'former' wife was "crazy" and urged them not to contact her. He told his family and new 'wife' that they were keeping the divorce secret to protect the children. To add insult to injury, Mrs Gibney discovered that her husband had been....

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Thursday 23 October 2014
Jealousy Mawarire, the journalist who was mired in controversy ahead of last year's disputed elections, has fingered Information minister Jonathan Moyo as "the architect and inventor of confusion" in Zanu PF. In an unsolicited, hard-hitting opinion piece delivered to the Daily News yesterday, Mawarire - who unexpectedly dragged President Robert Mugabe to court last year and forced the election to take place before critical reforms had been put in place - accuses Moyo of introducing an alien doctrine of "disrespect for party seniors... which has gotten resonance in the State media and lately....

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Thursday 23 October 2014
The management of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has responded to a request by a request by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, for the identities of bank customers laundering money through the banking system to fund the extremist Boko Haram sect.‎ Following recent revelations by Australian negotiator, Stephen Davis, that sponsors of Boko Haram insurgent activities were known patrons of the country's banking system, SERAP, on September 15, wrote to the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, demanding the identities of such persons.

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Thursday 23 October 2014
APA – Lagos (Nigeria) As the Nigerian government is negotiating with the Boko Haram insurgents for the release of more than 170 schoolgirls abducted in April by the group, 60 women have been reportedly abducted by the insurgents from Waga Mangoro and Garta villages in Adamawa State in fresh attacks unleashed by the militants. Nigeria’s Punch newspaper report on Thursday said that 40 of the women were said to have been abducted in Waga Mangoro, while 20 were reportedly abducted in the Grata area of the state. The report said that the residents of the affected areas, who escaped during the....

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Thursday 23 October 2014
Special representative for the UN secretary-general on sexual violence in conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura (shown on screen), briefs the Security Council at its meeting on South Sudan on 22 October 2014 (Photo: UN) On Wednesday, the UN special representative of the secretary general on sexual violence in conflict, Zainab Hawa, presented a report to the UN Security Council (UNSC) in New York which painted a worrying picture on the magnitude of the sexual violence against vulnerable women and children in the conflict affected areas. She said Bentiu in Unity state, which is home to the rebel leader....

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Thursday 23 October 2014
President Goodluck Jonathan By Jaiyeola Andrews in Abuja. President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday effected some minor changes in his cabinet following the resignation of seven ministers who left the cabinet to run for elective offices in their respective states. Those who resigned were the Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, who is running for the governorship position in Rivers State; Health Minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu (Ebonyi), and Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro (Lagos). Others were Minister of State for Niger Delta, Darius Ishaku (Taraba), Minister of State for....

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Thursday 23 October 2014
BENGHAZI - When longtime dictator Moamer Gathafi's regime collapsed in a 2011 revolution, many Libyans looked to affluent and booming Dubai as an example of what the future could hold. Three years on, they fear a Somalia-like "failed state" status, with the North African nation awash with weapons, lawless, at the mercy of militias and in political chaos. On October 23, 2011, three days after Gathafi was captured and killed, transitional authorities announced the "total liberation" of Libya, in a joyous declaration from the eastern city of Benghazi, birthplace of the eight-month conflict.

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Thursday 23 October 2014
Bafana Bafana have made huge strides on the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings released on Thursday, 23 October jumping 10 places. South Africa moved from 67 to 57 following impressive performances in the CAF Orange Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2015 qualifiers. In four matches, Bafana Bafana amassed eight points after wins over Sudan and Congo, as well as draws against Nigeria and Congo to propel them to the 57th spot. "This is good news. It shows we are doing something right especially in such a short space of time. It is still early days though, there is a lot of work to be done and hopefully we will get even higher on the rankings.

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Thursday 23 October 2014
Cairo hotels... significant year-on-year growth Cairo September occupancy jumps 107pc, tops MEA LONDON, 9 hours, 2 minutes ago Hotels in Cairo reported the largest occupancy increase during September in the Middle East and Africa region with year-on-year growth recording a significant 107.5 per cent, while occupancy levels reached 51.8 per cent, a report said. In year-over-year comparisons, the region reported a 13.1-per cent increase in occupancy to 65.5 per cent, a 1.3-per cent increase in average daily rate to $145.12 and a 14.5-per cent increase in revenue per available room to $94.

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