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South Africa marks Mandela departure

South Africa marks Mandela departure

People in South Africa are marking the first anniversary of the death of anti-apartheid hero and former president Nelson Mandela who passed away at the age of 95 last year. The official ceremonies which began early Friday consist of an interfaith prayer service followed by a wreath-laying commemoration by veterans of the anti-apartheid struggle. In [&hellip

UN, Sudan discussing UNAMID exit

UN, Sudan discussing UNAMID exit

A UN team has traveled to Sudan to hold talks on Khartoum’s demand to end a peacekeeping mission in Darfur, a UN official says. The team is discussing an “exit strategy” for the 16,000-strong United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), which was established in 2007 to protect civilians and ensure aid to Darfur, UN [&hellip

Chechnya fighting death toll hits 19

Chechnya fighting death toll hits 19

The death toll from a militant attack in the Chechen capital city of Grozny has risen to 19, including 10 police officers. The gunbattles broke out early Thursday when militants traveling in three cars entered the city, killing three traffic police at a checkpoint, security officials said. According to the National Anti-Terrorist Committee, the militants [&hellip

Pakistan kids get HIV in transfusion

Pakistan kids get HIV in transfusion

​Ten Pakistani children have contracted HIV after receiving contaminated blood, officials say. The children, aged five to 16, come from the Pakistani cities of Rawalpindi, Lahore and the capital, Islamabad, Dr. Yasmin Rashid, secretary general of the Thalassemia Federation of Pakistan, confirmed on Thursday. However, officials have yet to pinpoint which blood banks were the [&hellip

Argentine footballer dies after attack

Argentine footballer dies after attack

Argentine football player Franco Nieto, 33, has died after being struck in the head following a match on Saturday. Nieto, the captain of regional club Tiro Federal, was attacked by hooligans after a match against rivals Chacarita Juniors in the town of Aimogasta, in north-west Argentina. The match was stopped 15 minutes before full time [&hellip

US police slay another black man

US police slay another black man

Another unarmed black man has been killed by a white police officer in the United States, amid nationwide protests over a spate of police killings of African Americans in the country. A Phoenix police officer fatally shot 34-year-old Rumain Brisbon on Tuesday evening. He died with two bullet wounds in his torso at a north [&hellip

Stop razing Palestinian homes: UN

Stop razing Palestinian homes: UN

The United Nations has censured the Israeli regime for demolishing Palestinian houses in the occupied West Bank, calling it a violation of the most basic human rights. The demolition of homes as a “punitive” measure against Palestinians runs counter to international laws and must stop, UN Humanitarian Coordinator James W. Rawley told a press conference [&hellip

US airstrikes in Syria illegal: Assad

US airstrikes in Syria illegal: Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has described as “an illegal intervention” the US-led aerial bombarding campaign purported to be against Takfiri ISIL militants in his country. “It is an illegal intervention, first, because it did not receive the approval of the [UN] Security Council. Then, because it has not taken into consideration the sovereignty of a [&hellip

Separate bombings kill over 40 in Iraq

Separate bombings kill over 40 in Iraq

At least 40 people have been killed and scores more injured in separate bomb attacks across Iraq, including in the capital city of Baghdad. Police officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a bomb went off close to a line of small restaurants in Baghdad’s northeastern district of Sadr City on Thursday, killing eleven people [&hellip

Obesity can cut life expectancy by 8 yrs

Obesity can cut life expectancy by 8 yrs

A recent study shows that obesity can reduce up to eight years of life expectancy and deprive people of as much as 19 years of good health. Researchers found that overweight people, who had a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 29.9, were estimated to lose between zero and three years of expected life, [&hellip