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Relief items needed, distributed among North Darfur's displaced

24 Apr 2014
EL FASHER/MURNEI An estimated 8,900 internally displaced people are in need of water and sanitation assistance, as well as food, health services, emergency shelter and non-food relief supplies, in Shagra area, west of El Fasher city. According to the Sudanese Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) on 17 April, these newly displaced people, who are mostly women and children, fled their homes in rural areas of El Fasher locality in North Darfur. The areas were plundered by the government's paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). The displaced currently share...

Real issues

24 Apr 2014
Tsvangirai was defeated in 2013 – two thirds majority. It is silly if not paranoid, to speak of him, nine months post elections. It is possible you make jokes about Morgan and attack gays to divert from real issues.

Mugabe tones down indigenisation rhetoric

24 Apr 2014
During his Independence Day speech, President Robert Mugabe signalled his government’s softening stance on indigenisation – saying it would be flexible when dealing with foreign investors.

COSAFA CUP 2014: Zim’s hat in

24 Apr 2014
Another edition, another attempt at regional superiority! Zimbabwe last week confirmed participation at the regional tournament, slated for September 13-28 in Botswana.

What nonsense

24 Apr 2014
George Charamba says Amai is your caregiver, which implies that the robust President needs a medicine dispenser cum diaper-changer. What nonsense! You’re as fit as a fiddle! Charamba must issue a retraction.

More than 224,000 new displaced in Darfur yet to return

24 Apr 2014
KHARTOUM About 105,000 people newly displaced by violence in North Darfur since February 2014 have returned to their areas of origin by 21 April 2014. Yet in many places in Darfur people remain displaced, many of them lacking adequate shelter, food and water. As of 21 April 2014, an estimated 224,000 people remain displaced across the Darfur region since they had to flee attacks on their villages in North and South Darfur since February this year. Some 273,000 people who were displaced in Darfur since February 2014 received some form of humanitarian...

Burmese Everest team postpones summit attempt

24 Apr 2014
A team of five Burmese mountaineers have been forced to postpone a plan to climb Mount Everest in the wake of an avalanche that last week killed 13 porters, with three missing, presumed dead. The five Burmese – Namar Johnsin, Sai Kyaw Wunna Soe, Ye Min Thu, Kee Yo Twee, Sai Kyaw Thu Htwe – would have been the first from their country ever to scale Everest, the world’s highest mountain at 8,848m (29,029 ft). They were training at altitude in the Nepalese Himalayas for an attempt on the summit when disaster struck on 18 April. On Tuesday, a coalition of guides and porters declared that they...

Media commission in limbo

24 Apr 2014
The Zimbabwe Media Commission faces collapse due to political bickering that has resulted in its major donor withdrawing thousands of dollars.

Paying tribute to a Burmese legend

24 Apr 2014
It was a mark of how respected and loved he was that thousands of people paid their final respects to one of Burma’s bravest and longest-serving pro-democracy fighters. Win Tin passed away at Rangoon General Hospital on Monday, 21 April, from kidney failure. Throughout Wednesday afternoon, throngs of people crowded the hall at Yay Way Cemetery in Rangoon where Win Tin’s body lay in repose. A co-founder of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and close aide to Aung San Suu Kyi, Win Tin spent 19 years behind bars for his vehement opposition to military rule and for his writings. Lying in a...

Land imbalances

24 Apr 2014
On the subject of taking things, how is that land reform thing going for you? Are you happy to see grass and shrubs growing where wheat once swayed in the breeze?

Jonathan Moyo got it wrong

24 Apr 2014
Media Minister Jonathan Moyo, purportedly speaking on behalf of government, recently said there was no need to change the “winning” Zanu (PF) cabinet and policies.

Grassroots futsal in Zim

24 Apr 2014
Former PSL player Philip Zulu, who started a futsal programme for juniors in the United Kingdom, has extended the programme to his homeland as he seeks to uplift the standards of football.

Two Darfuri students abducted in South Kordofan

24 Apr 2014
EL FASHER A group of militiamen abducted two displaced Darfuri students in South Kordofan two weeks ago. The coordinator of the North Darfur camps reported to Radio Dabanga that “Jibril Ahmed Abdelmoula Siyam (18) and Abdelaziz Ibrahim Abdelmoula Siyam (16) some two weeks ago went with one of their colleagues to the market of Allah Kareem in South Kordofan. On their way back home, they were intercepted and kidnapped by militiamen in two cars. Their colleague managed to escape and fled to the Koran school.” The abducted cousins are Koran students from the Abu...

Popular Front of Sudan claims abduction oil engineers in West Kordofan

24 Apr 2014
KANAR An armed group calling itself the Popular Front of Sudan has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of three foreign oil engineers during an attack on the Kanar oil field in West Kordofan on Friday. The leader of the group, Fadul Eisa, nicknamed Abu Keiaan, announced that the oil field is still under their control. He stressed that the foreign abductees (two Chinese and an Algerian) are in good health, saying that negotiations have been started with the Chinese authorities for their release. According to Eisa, eight members of the Sudanese security...

Mugabe hints at exit

24 Apr 2014
President Robert Mugabe has hinted that he will step down before the 2018 elections. Speaking in a BBC documentary “Robert Mugabe @ 90” by film maker Roy Abyemang he said “I have not come up with any conclusion as to which one, really, should be my successor. I leave it to the choice of the people.

Heat-wave descends on Burma

24 Apr 2014
People should prepare immediately for a heat-wave as potentially record-breaking temperatures look set to envelop many parts of Burma, according to Tun Lwin, the former head of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology. The ultraviolet (UV) index began spiking above 11 – an “extreme” level – at the beginning of April, but could reach a scorching 15.1 in eastern Burma’s Shan and Karenni states in the coming weeks and continue as such until the rains break, he said. According to recent data, the UV index in Rangoon, Pegu and Tenasserim divisions is 14.1, while it was 14.2 in Irrawaddy...

Tajikistan expected to start to publish new generation textbooks beginning on 2015

24 Apr 2014
DUSHANBE, April 24, 2014, Asia-Plus -- On Thursday April 24, members of the Majlisi Namoyandagon (Tajikistan’s lower chamber of parliament) unanimously endorsed a draft law on educational books. Presenting the law, MP Lutfullo Saidmurodov, who is one of authors of this law, noted that some textbooks did not meet requirements of education.  “Therefore, schoolchildren do not learn the educational program fully,” parliamentarian said.

Tajikistan’s election legislation contradicts the country’s Constitution, says IRP leader

24 Apr 2014
DUSHANBE, April 24, 2014, Asia-Plus -- The Islamic Revival Party (IRP) leader Muhiddin Kabiri, who is also member of Tajikistan’s lower chamber (Majlisi Namoyandagon) of the parliament, considers that some articles of the RT law “On Elections to the Majlisi Oli (Tajikistan’s Parliament)” contradict to the country’s Constitution. A regular sitting of the fifth session of the Majlisi Namoyandagon of the fourth convocation, presided over, by its head, Shukurjon Zuhurov, took place on April 24.

Cricket civilises people

24 Apr 2014
Your homophobia began circa 2000, when western nations scratched you off their guest list. Surely you must have known about Canaan Banana. You stopped attending cricket, which is strange because you once said ‘cricket civilises people.’ Do you not want us to be civilised any more, your Excellency? Would you rather have us run wild like savages?

The Fight for Values vs. Tribes

24 Apr 2014
The Armenia-Turkey border is shut down by Turkey since over 20 years. Being pressed in this difficult corner of the world, the issue of the closed border is the bleeding wound of Armenia, which is languishing the country everyday. This is an issue that even the friends of Armenians in Turkey are still hesitant to talk about it.