Africa 

News24.com | EFF unapologetic about banning Daily Maverick from covering elective conference

The EFF says it is unapologetic about its stance on media publication, the Daily Maverick, and that the South African National Editors’ Forum can go ahead and write to Parliament should it wish to. Speaking at the second media briefing held at the Nasrec Expo Centre on Friday, where the party’s second National People’s Assembly will be held throughout the long weekend, deputy president Floyd Shivambu said there was nothing out of the ordinary in what they had done by blocking certain media from covering the event. He said the…

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Pacific 

New citizenship law in India ‘fundamentally discriminatory’: UN human rights office

The amendment to the Citizenship Act gives priority to Hindus, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians resident in India before 2014, but excludes Muslims, including minority sects.  “Although India’s broader naturalization laws remain in place, these amendments will have a discriminatory effect on people’s access to nationality”, Jeremy Laurence, a spokesperson with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said on Friday.  India’s Parliament passed the controversial law on Wednesday, which has sparked protests and clashes in several locations.  Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Mr. Laurence said it appears to undermine India’s commitment to…

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Africa 

Cameroon MPs grant troubled Anglophone region special status

Lawmakers in Cameroon are debating a bill that seeks to grant more autonomy to the troubled Anglophone regions. The recent development comes more than two months after the Grand National Dialogue called by government which took place in the capital, Yaoundé. Parts of the new law adopted earlier this week stipulates that court decisions can be rendered “in any of the official languages, depending on the choice of the litigant and the understanding of all present in court.” Cameroon’s English-speaking North West and South West regions have been experiencing a…

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Africa 

Niger mourns 71 soldiers slain by Islamic State insurgents

Niger’s government has declared three days of mourning following an attack that claimed 71 soldiers, which has been described as one of the deadliest attacks in years. The Islamic State group, active in the troubled Sahel region, has claimed responsibility for an attack on a military camp. The extremist group carried out the assault near the town of Inates not far from the border with Mali, it said in a statement late Thursday. Niger’s military has said that 12 others were wounded in the attack earlier this week. The Islamic…

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Human Rights 

UN human rights report cites ‘multiple root causes’ of deadly Chile protests

The 30-page report based on research during the first three weeks of November, extensively details multiple allegations, including torture, rape and other forms of sexual violence by the police against people held in detention. The leader of the UN mission, Imma Guerras-Delgado, told journalists in Geneva, that the overall management of demonstrations by the police “was carried out in a fundamentally repressive manner.” When a student protest in October over subway prices turned into a nationwide movement against the Government, peaceful demonstrations swept across the country. Although the great majority…

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Africa 

‘Air bridge’ vaccination operation begins for Ebola-hit communities in DR Congo 

According to the UN agency’s latest outbreak update, 27 new cases were identified last week in the east of the country – three times the average number of infections in the past 21 days.  “The last three weeks were below 10 cases and this is only in four (DRC health) zones, and this is where we need to ensure access to finish the job,” Dr Michel Yao, Incident Manager, with the WHO Ebola Response team in the DRC, told journalists in Geneva. “Unfortunately it is in this area where we are…

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Africa 

News24.com | EFF’s Ndlozi: ‘The media needs a watchdog with teeth’

The media need stronger regulatory bodies to hold it accountable, EFF national spokesperson Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has told News24.  The first day of the party’s 2nd elective conference came under the spotlight when the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) criticised the EFF after it excluded some journalists from attending the conference. The EFF has defended its position, with outgoing secretary general Godrich Gardee saying the party reserved its right of association.  Speaking to News24 on the sidelines of the conference, Ndlozi said the solution for the problems it has…

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Africa 

Renewables top 90% of Kenyan power with new 50 MW solar plant

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya brought a new 50 megawatt (MW) solar plant online on Friday which it said would mean renewable energy, led by hydroelectricity, now makes up more than 90% of its power mix. The government is increasing electricity generation and investing in Kenya’s power grid to keep up with growing demand and reduce frequent blackouts in the east African country. But Kenya’s solar energy is still small compared to other sources. President Uhuru Kenyatta’s office said the new solar plant, which has been built by the state-run Rural…

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Africa 

Pirates release three oil tanker crew kidnapped off Togo

ATHENS (Reuters) – Pirates have released three crew taken hostage from a Greek oil tanker off the coast of the West African country of Togo in November, the vessel’s manager said on Friday. A fourth hostage, a Filipino, died from illness during captivity, European Products Carriers Ltd added. It did not give details of the release. The tanker, Elka Aristotle, was attacked on Nov. 4 about 18 km (11 miles) from the port of Lome. The pirates fled after kidnapping two Filipinos, one Greek and one Georgian. The released men…

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OP-ED Opinions 

News24.com | OPINION: Idea-less DA continues to revert to type

2019-12-13 14:00 One look at the continuing convergence between class and race inequalities confirms the reality of race in the lives of millions of South Africans. For example, the average black African household enjoys as little as four percent of the wealth of the average white household in South Africa, writes Christi van der Westhuizen It’s always a pity when a politician confuses insults with substantive debate, as Prof Belinda Bozzoli does in her reply.  To follow so many unthinking Twitterati in dragging in decontextualised American buzzwords to add to…

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