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SA mine search for trapped toddler

Rescue efforts are set to continue to find a five-year-old boy trapped for nearly three days in a disused mineshaft in the Boksburg, a small town on the outskirts of the South African city of Johannesburg. The boy reportedly fell into the hole sometime between 12:00 and 13:00 local time on Saturday. According to EyeWitness News , the search operation …

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Libya exposed as an epicentre for migrant child abuse

The United Nations has warned that large numbers of children are still risking their lives to make the dangerous journey from Libya to Italy. Unicef says almost 26,000 children – most of them unaccompanied – crossed the Mediterranean last year. In its new report, Unicef says many children suffer from violence and sexual abuse at the hands of smugglers and …

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Nigerian musician donates $11,000 to UNHCR for humanitarian efforts

Nigerian music icon, Innocent Idibia – known by his stage name Tuface, has donated 3.5 million naira to the UN refugee office in the country. He has also disclosed that a charity concert will be held in June to help raise more funds. The funds which come up to over $11,000 is expected to go into humanitarian interventions particularly in …

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Famine-hit: South Sudanese eat weeds and water lilies to survive

Like thousands of other South Sudanese families caught up in their country’s famine, Sara Dit and her 10 children are hiding from marauding gunmen in the swamps and islands of the river Nile. The refuge has a steep price: families cannot farm crops or earn money to buy food. They eat water lily roots and the occasional fish. Dit’s family …

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Gunmen kill seven in Sri Lanka prison bus shooting

Gunmen opened fire on a prison bus in Colombo on Monday, killing five prisoners and two warders on their way to court in what was believed to be a gangland dispute, officials said. Thushara Upuldeniya, spokesman for the Prison Department, said an armed gang blocked the bus transporting the prisoners, who included an underworld figure. “All five prisoners and two …

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Spicer cracks down on White House leaks

White House press secretary Sean Spicer recently checked his aides’ cell phones to ensure they weren’t communicating with reporters as part of an aggressive effort to stem the recent tide of White House leaks. Spicer called staff into his office last week to reiterate his frustration with the leaks, sources with knowledge of the matter said. He informed them that …

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Nigeria arrests two Chinese for importing N5bn fake tyres

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has arrested two Chinese nationals, Taolung Shen and Xu Jing Yau, who were said to have dealt in substandard tyres worth over N5bn. The suspects, according to a statement on Sunday, were paraded following their arrest, and the sealing of the warehouse where they had been cloning different sizes of tyres under different brand names. …

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North Korea spy agency runs arms operation out of Malaysia – U.N.

It is in Kuala Lumpur’s “Little India” neighborhood, behind an unmarked door on the second floor of a rundown building, where a military equipment company called Glocom says it has its office. Glocom is a front company run by North Korean intelligence agents that sells battlefield radio equipment in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a United Nations report …

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Woman deported to Singapore despite 27-year marriage

A woman who has been married to a British man for 27 years has been deported to Singapore. Irene Clennel was being held in a Scottish detention centre, but has now told the BBC she has been sent back to her country of origin without warning. Mrs Clennel had been living near Durham with her husband before being detained, and …

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Xenophobia: SERAP calls for sanction against South Africa

The Socio-economic Rights and Accountability Projects, SERAP has called on King Mswati the 3rd of Swaziland and the Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to convene an emergency summit of the SADC heads of state and government to deliberate on the persistent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreigns living in South Africa. The group also asked SADC …

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