Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada dies aged 87

Former South African politician, who was sentenced to life imprisonment with Nelson Mandela, has died after a short illness South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, a Robben Island prisoner and one of Nelson Mandelas closest colleagues in the struggle against white rule, has died aged 87. Kathrada was among those tried and jailed alongside Mandela … Read more

UN: World facing largest crisis since 1945 as 20 million at risk starvation

(CNN)Somalia and three other countries desperately need aid to save more than 20 million people from starvation and diseases, the United Nations said. UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien pleaded with the world to come to the rescue of Kenya, Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia. “We stand at a critical point in history. Already at the … Read more

He who controls the sand: the mining ‘mafias’ killing each other to build cities

Rapid urbanisation has made an ordinary commodity suddenly precious: sand. As cities continue to voraciously need concrete, glass and asphalt, illegal sand mining has sparked a global wave of gang violence In the dark of the night of 20 December, two Kenyan truck drivers met a blazing death. The men were loading up their vehicles … Read more

Face-off over the Congo: the long rivalry between Kinshasa and Brazzaville

Its only a five-minute flight from Kinshasa to its rival city, Brazzaville but as the DRC slides into a bloody political crisis, an international border, the Congo river and centuries of colonialism continue to separate west Africas volatile twins Sunday morning, and the crowds are thronging the myriad churches on the ragged western edge of … Read more

UK supreme court to rule on government responsibility for alleged rendition

Judgments on alleged treatment of jihadi suspects could define extent of human rights protections overseas Government responsibility for alleged torture, rendition and illegal detention of jihadi suspects will finally be decided by the UKs highest court in a series of judgments that may define the extent of human rights protections overseas. One of the six … Read more

Hundreds of refugees try to scale fence dividing Morocco and Spanish enclave

An estimated 1,100 people from sub-Saharan Africa try to reach Europe by climbing over the border fence with Ceuta on New Years Day Hundreds of refugees have tried to jump a high double fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, resulting in violent clashes with police. A group of 1,100 people from sub-Saharan … Read more

Malaysia’s MH370 search under the spotlight after investigation delays

Remarkable coincidence that investigators have only now collected potential debris from Madagascar, say families who started own hunt for missing plane Questions have been asked about Malaysias commitment to the search for missing flight MH370, after the countrys civil aviation head insisted that delays in collecting potential debris were justified, and Malaysia Airlines took steps … Read more

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