Kenya torches massive ivory bonfires to save elephants

Eleven giant pyres of tusks will be set on fire Saturday as Kenya torches its vast ivory stockpile in a grand gesture aimed at shocking the world into stopping the slaughter of elephants. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was the first to light the semi-circle of tusks expected to burn for days in Nairobi’s national park, on Friday demanded a total ban on trade in ivory to end trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild. “To lose our elephants would be to lose a key part of the heritage that we hold in trust. Quite simply, we will not allow it,” Kenyatta said at a meeting of African heads of state and conservationists. “We will not be the Africans who stood by as we lost our elephants.” The historic bonfires were the largest-ever torching of ivory, involving 105 tonnes from thousands of dead elephants, dwarfing by seven […]

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Mosque collapse kills 15 in Somalia

A mosque under refurbishment has collapsed in Somalia, killing at least 15 people and injuring 40. It happened during Friday prayers as the building, in the capital Mogadishu, was packed with worshippers. Hundreds of people are reported to have been inside the building when it collapsed and some are still believed to be trapped under the rubble. An engineer on the refurbishment project has been arrested on suspicion of negligence, local media report. Some media outlets report that worshippers were at prayer, while others say more than 100 people were pouring a concrete foundation after prayers when the structure collapsed. Most of the dead were construction workers, the privately-owned Radio Shabelle reported. The state-owned Somali National News Agency said the incident took place in Dayniile district. Country profile: Somalia Heavy rains have fallen on the area over the past few days. The Somali government controls Mogadishu and other cities, but […]

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Posted by admin - May 1, 2016 at 7:39 pm

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Malawi: China Promises More ‘Buffet’ of Assistance

[Nyasa Times] President Arthur Peter Mutharika says the strengthening of Malawi-China ties over the years has been a double edged sword which has benefited people of both nations through infrastructure development, social and academic exchanges among other things.

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Posted by admin - May 1, 2016 at 6:27 pm

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Tanzania: President Magufuli Cuts Employee Tax

[Citizen] President John Magufuli has reduced pay as you earn (paye) charged on salaries from 11 percent to nine percent. Dr Magufuli said it today when addressing the May day celebrations in Dodoma that the move aims at alleviating a burden which workers in the country carry.

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Posted by admin - May 1, 2016 at 6:24 pm

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Angola: Lauca Dam to Boost Investments in Malanje

[ANGOP] Northern Malanje Province's governor, Norberto dos Santos "Kwata Kanawa", expressed this idea during the visit of the ministerial delegation, the diplomatic corps and international organisations accredited in Angola, made Thursday to the project.

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Posted by admin - May 1, 2016 at 5:08 pm

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Angola: Cambambe Dam to Have Country’s Largest Power Substation

[ANGOP] Luanda -The Hydroelectric Dam of Cambambe (AHC) is being prepared to have the country's largest power substation, an expectation that should be achieved on completion of the construction of the second plant.

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Posted by admin - May 1, 2016 at 5:06 pm

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Sierra Leone: Cocoa Farms Spring Back to Life

[Al Jazeera] As Mary Sia Kombo walks through the trees and shrubs of her family's cocoa farm, images of her father flood her memory.

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Posted by admin - May 1, 2016 at 4:59 pm

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Zimbabwe: Multichoice Zimbabwe Donates to Hurungwe Children’s Home

[Zimbabwe Standard] MultiChoice Zimbabwe teamed up with local entertainer Blessing Chimanga — popularly known as Bled — in support of a charity initiative at Hurungwe Children's Home, where a large number of orphaned, abandoned and needy children are cared for.

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Posted by admin - May 1, 2016 at 4:09 pm

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Zimbabwe: Economy Under Threat of Using U.S. Dollar

[Zimbabwe Standard] Zimbabwe's privilege of using the United States dollar as its major medium of exchange is under threat amid revelations the currency is being smuggled out of the country on a massive scale.

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Kenya: MKU Signs MOU With China University of Petroleum

[Nation] Mount Kenya University has entered into an academic partnership with China University of Petroleum (East China) as it moves to tap in training of experts in the lucrative oil industry.

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Posted by admin - May 1, 2016 at 4:04 pm

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