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Friday, 24 October 2014

Zimbabwe’s First Lady, Grace Mugabe, confirms her presidential ambitions

Mr. and Mrs. Mugabe
Grace Mugabe on Thursday called on Vice President Joice Mujuru to resign from her position while also confirming she had presidential ambitions.

Zimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe’s comments signify an escalation of the succession battle in Zanu PF ahead of the party’s elective congress in December and confirmed the long held public view that she was working with a faction led by Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, to stop Vice President Joice Mujuru, although she has presidential ambitions of her own. 

Journalist attacked, detained for recording police in Zimbabwe

First Lady of Zimbabwe, Grace Mugabe
Cape Town, South Africa, October 23, 2014 Police and politicians in Zimbabwe should respect the right of journalists to report the news without fear of intimidation or violence, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after police beat up a journalist in the capital, Harare.

The attack on Wednesday followed a statement made last week by Grace Mugabe, the wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, in which she said journalists working for privately owned media were opposition activists and were bribed to write negative stories about her, news reports said. 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

New York City doctor tests positive for Ebola

By Andrew Hart/The Huffington Post

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23, 2014: A health alert is displayed at the entrance to Bellevue Hospital October 23, 2014 in New York City. After returning to New York City from Guinea where he was working with Doctors Without Borders treating Ebola patients, Dr. Craig Spencer was quarantined after showing symptoms consistent with the virus. Spencer was taken to Bellevue hospital to undergo testing. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
A New York City doctor who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea, tested positive for the disease on Thursday, the New York Times reports.

First Ebola case confirmed in Mali – Health Minister

By Adama Diarra and Tiemoko Diallo

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BAMAKO, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Mali confirmed its first case of Ebola on Thursday, becoming the sixth West African country to be touched by the worst outbreak on record of the haemorrhagic fever, which has killed nearly 4,900 people.

Mali's Health Minister Ousmane Kone told state television that the patient in the western town of Kayes was a two-year-old girl who had recently arrived from neighboring Guinea, where the outbreak began.

EFCC recovers N550,000 for blind teacher

Press Release
Relief came for a blind teacher, Mary Ihekanacho, on Wednesday October 22, 2014 as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, presented her with a draft of N550,000 which the anti-graft agency recovered from a gang of fraudsters that swindled her of N830,000 in a job scam. 

The syndicate conned the woman by promising to facilitate her son’s employment with one of the oil majors.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Dominic Adesanya, 23, in custody after jumping White House fence

By Mila Mimica

A Maryland man is in custody after jumping the White House fence Wednesday, just weeks after a similar incident prompted the director of the Secret Service to resign.

Officials said around 7:15 p.m., 23-year-old Dominic Adesanya climbed the fence on the North Lawn and got about 20 yards past it when he was taken down by Secret Service officers and K-9 dogs.

Canada worries as extremism lures more abroad

In Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s address to the nation, he acknowledged that Canada was not immune to terrorism, but emphasized that there would be no safe haven for those who threaten the country. (Pic: Reuters)
In January 2013, strewn amid the rubble and debris left after a terrorist attack on a gas plant in the Algerian desert were the remains of two men who had traveled far from home to wage what they viewed as a holy war.

The men had been friends in high school in Ontario, Canada, before they set off on a journey in 2011 that would take them to Morocco, Mauritania, a terrorist training camp in Mali and, ultimately, to their deaths in the sands of Algeria.

Gunman panics Ottawa, killing soldier in spree at Canadian capital

Paramedics and the police rushed a victim from the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday. A soldier standing guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier was fatally shot. Credit Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press, via Associated Press
OTTAWA — The heart of the Canadian capital was thrown into panic and placed in lockdown on Wednesday after a gunman armed with a rifle or shotgun fatally wounded a corporal guarding the tomb of the unknown soldier at the National War Memorial, entered the nearby Parliament building and fired multiple times before he was shot and killed.

It was the second deadly assault on a uniformed member of Canada’s armed forces in three days. The Ottawa attack heightened fears that Canada, a strong ally of the United States in its campaign against the Islamic State militant group convulsing the Middle East, had been targeted in a reprisal, either as part of an organized plot or a lone-wolf assault by a radicalized Canadian.