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Branded as witches, cleft lip children now see hope in Africa

Ouagadougou - Accused of witchcraft or sorcery, children with cleft lips or palates are often driven into hiding in several African countries, forced to live as outcasts unless they receive an early operation.In the Suka clinic in the Burkina Faso capital Ouagadougo...
In the Media by Joris FIORITI (AFP)

Female genital mutilation a Western problem too Special

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) might not form part of the cultural spectrum of Europe or North America; it doesn't mean the phenomenon doesn't exist there. Both continents are home to hundreds of thousands of victims and potential victims.
Digital Journal Report by Miriam Mannak - 2 comments

UFO cult backs Africa's first clitoris restoration hospital

Ouagadougou - A UFO cult is behind Africa's first clitoral restoration hospital in Burkina Faso, set to open in March, which will offer a controversial surgery to victims of female genital mutilation.
In the Media by AFP

Ethiopia in FIFA World Cup playoffs

Toronto - Billed as one of the surprise packages in the World Cup qualifying rounds, the high flying Ethiopian national team lived up to its expectations beating the Central African Republic 2-1 in neutral Congo Brazzaville to secure a World Cup playoffs berth.
In the Media by Farid Omar

Man caught smuggling 207 pounds of dried insects at UK airport

London - Officials at Gatwick Airport, south of London, have impounded “tens of thousands” of desiccated caterpillars, estimated to weigh some 207 pounds (94 kilograms), from a traveler who claimed they were for “food” and “personal consumption”.
In the Media by Robin Okuthe - 2 comments

Mandela is well and talking football

Johannesburg - South African President Jacob Zuma yesterday called in on the former anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg and found him “comfortable and relaxed watching television”.
In the Media by Robin Okuthe

Op-Ed: Journalists mostly unable to cover Mali conflict effectively

Bamako - While the French, together with Malian forces, have managed to retake much of the territory formerly occupied by rebels, there has been little coverage of what is happening from anywhere near the front.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 2 comments

French airstrikes kill 11 Malian civilians, including 3 children

French airstrikes against Islamist revolutionaries in Mali have killed scores of rebels as well as at least 11 innocent civilians.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 10 comments

Libya: Convoy of Gaddafi loyalists flee to Niger

News has been coming over the wires all day about a large convoy of Gaddafi forces, possibly hundreds of vehicles, arriving in neighboring Niger and some say heading for Burkina Faso.
In the Media by Stephen Morgan

Op-Ed: The Ivory Coast and the end of French colonialist connivance

France’s reputation for influence-peddling and widespread corruption in Africa is nobody’s secret, but Nicolas Sarkozy's reactions to the current electoral deadlock in the Ivory Coast indicate that France's shadowy African era may be coming to an end.
In the Media by Michael Cosgrove

'People first' stressed on 20th Anniversary edition of HDR

New York - People are the real wealth, reiterates the 20th anniversary edition of Human Development Report (HDR) 2010. It also comes up with three new measures for discussing poverty and inequality.
In the Media by Srijit Mishra - 4 comments

North-Africa, ultimatum for the Sicilian in the hands of Al-Qaida

Alger - One day before the expiration of the ultimatum, the terrorist group ‘Al Qaeda in the Maghreb released an audio message by Sergio Cicala, the Sicilian abducted with his wife last December, in the desert of Mauritania, on the border with Mali.
In the Media by Alessandro Di Maio

Florida representative almost caught in coup

The embattled representative from the state of Florida, Alan Grayson found himself on the verge of being caught in a coup in Niger earlier this week.
In the Media by Michael Bearak - 4 comments

Africa needs $65 billion to meet climate change

Salifou Sawadogo, Burkina Faso's environment minister, told a special forum on climate change Africa requires $65 billion to deal with the effects of global warming.
In the Media by Bob Ewing - 2 comments

Guinea: Justice slow to come after soldiers go renegade

Guineans are coming forward with their stories of Sept. 28, the day the army brutalized protesters. Note: This story contains graphic content.
In the Media by Stephanie Dearing - 2 comments

African Sickle-Cell Anemia Deaths Heighten By Vaccine Shortage

Despite readily available vaccines, death rate of sickle-cell anemia in African children remains to be a growing concern, researchers said Thursday.
In the Media by John Louie S. Ramos - 1 comment

Homophobia and its impact on AIDS rates in Africa

In the newest HIV/AIDS study conducted by various researchers from Oxford University, the Population Council of Ghana and the Kenya Medical Research, they found how men who have sex with men have no safe access to relevant HIV/AIDS information.
In the Media by John Louie S. Ramos - 3 comments

Controversial ‘Pleasure Clinic’ to open in West Africa

The construction of a controversial clinic to offer surgery to victims of female genital mutilation is under way in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Fasso, West Africa and is expected to be completed by September this year, taking only six Months to construct.
In the Media by Natalie Peart - 3 comments

Polio Campaign Kicks off in West Africa

Fifty-three million children under five are expected to be reached across eight West African countries in a coordinated polio immunization campaign.
In the Media by Bob Ewing - 6 comments

Terrorist alert at Kenyan airports, borders

Kenya's internal security minister George Saitoti has ordered a terrorist alert, tightening up security at airports and borders. The east African countries of Kenya and neighbouring Tanzania were hit before by terrorist attacks from El-Qaeda linked cells.
In the Media by Adriana Stuijt
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