Bangladesh fire: Thousands of homes destroyed in Dhaka slum

A fire in a crowded slum in Bangladesh‘s capital Dhaka has destroyed thousands of homes and left at least 10,000 people homeless, officials have said. The fire started on Friday in Dhaka’s Mirpur neighbourhood and destroyed about 2,000 mostly tin homes, fire services official Ershad Hossain told AFP news agency. Several people were injured but nobody was killed in the fire, authorities said. Most of the homes were empty as people had left to celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday with their families. “Otherwise, the damage would have been bigger,” local police chief…

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CPJ calls on SADC to prioritise press freedom and the safety of journalists

Dear Dr Stergomena Tax, I write to you from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an independent non-profit organisation that advocates for press freedom worldwide, ahead of the 39th Ordinary Summit to urge you to prioritise press freedom and the safety of journalists within the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The SADC treaty commits member states to the principles of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. In addition, the SADC Protocol on Culture, Information and Sport provides that member states should “take necessary measures to ensure the development of media…

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Prepare and Profit: How to Financially Succeed in A Global Recession

The world is on the cusp of a Global Recession. In the United Kingdom, Brexit could lead to economic misery, chaos at ports, grounded flights and food shortages according to analysts. In the United States, an ego-driven trade war with China and another unsustainable economic bubble is setting the nation up for a downturn. And when the white economy catches a cold, the Black economy catches the flu. In fact, the last Great Recession in the United States smashed 33% of Black wealth – and none of it has come…

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Italy allows 27 minors to leave rescue ship at Lampedusa

Unaccompanied minors aboard the Spanish sea rescue ship Open Arms were permitted to disembark at the Italian port of Lampedusa on Saturday, one day after the head of the rescue organization warned the situation aboard the ship – where migrants have been trapped for two weeks – was rapidly deteriorating. The Italian Coast Guard agreed to evacuate the 27 people following approval from Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, a hardline anti-immigrant politician who made clear the decision was not his own. It underscored divisions in Italy over the country’s rejection of…

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Southern Africa: SADC Summit Roars Into Life

TANZANIA writes yet another history as all eyes are on the country with all the ‘number one citizens’ of southern African nations gathering in Dar es Salaam for the 39th Southern African Development Community Summit (SADC) Summit. The newly commissioned state-of-the-art Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) Terminal Three was a hive of activity yesterday as one leader after the other arrived, ready for the event that kicks off today at the JNICC. And, Tanzanian President John Magufuli officially takes over the SADC Chairmanship from his Namibian counterpart, Dr Hage Geingob…

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Nigeria: ‘El-Zakzaky Being Held Hostage, Govt Scuttled His Treatment in India’

Meanwhile, the IMN has accused the federal government of scuttling the treatment of El-Zakzaky and his wife’s in India. In a statement yesterday, the group alleged that Zakzaky was brought back from India for refusing to agree to be treated by doctors chosen by the federal government. The statement signed by the spokesman of the Islamic group, Ibrahim Musa said the interference by the federal government raised suspicion that it was planning to kill the Sheikh in India using its international connections. Musa said following alleged refusal of the government…

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Meningitis: 26.7m kids at risk in Nigeria—Agency

About 26.7million Nigerian children between one and seven years of age are  currently facing the  risk of contracting meningitis, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) warned on Friday. The Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, said in a message in Calabar during the introduction of “Men A” vaccine into routine immunization in Cross River that 25 states  and the FCT are  within the meningitis belt. He described the use of vaccines as the only way to prevent meningitis for now. “The introduction of Men A vaccine into the…

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7 compelling reasons for Michelle Obama to run for President.

You are here: Home / News / 7 compelling reasons for Michelle Obama to run for President. Like Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry 1 (ThyBlackMan.com) This is not a prophecy but a possibility. Even when political people say they’re “not interested in running,” don’t be fooled. I’m an Alabama football fan. I vividly recall a moment in the 2018 national championship game between the Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs when Alabama’s coach, Nick Saban, faced a BIG decision. Seeing his team’s sputtering offense, the clock winding down and aware…

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Congo-Kinshasa: Mystery Militia Sows Fear – and Confusion – in Congo’s Long-Suffering Ituri

Bunia and Tchomia — The general hospital in Tchomia is not designed for medical emergencies. The shabby, single-storey clinic in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeastern Ituri province has no X-ray machine, no defibrillator, and barely enough doctors and nurses to get through the day. But there is an emergency unfolding here, inside overcrowded wards where the smell of antiseptic fills the air. On one bed, a soldier lies with gunshot wounds to his left knee and right thigh. Blood is escaping through his bandages. On the next bed, a…

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