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MSF says UN failed civilians in Central African Republic attack | Central African Republic News

The United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) were “ineffective” in protecting civilians from attacks by armed groups in the town of Batangafo in October and November, a medical aid organisation has said in a new report.

The medical charity, Doctors Without Borders, known by its French initials MSF, said at least 15 people were killed and 29 others injured in the attack on the town, some 400km north of the capital Bangui, according to the report published on Monday.

It said the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR or MINUSCA, failed in its primary responsibility in the country.

“MINUSCA was responsible for protecting civilians. However, they were unable to do this,” Omar Ahmed Abenza, the MSF head of the mission in the country,…

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India Pakistan: Pakistan briefs African and SCO envoys about situation after Pulwama attack

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Sunday briefed ambassadors from African and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) countries about the situation after the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 41 CRPF soldiers.

India held a briefing for envoys of 25 countries, including from P5 nations — US, China, Russia, the UK and France — in New Delhi on Friday to highlight Pakistan’s role in using terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal Sunday said that briefing by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua to resident ambassadors regarding Pulwama attack continued at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Faisal said the Indian allegations were baseless and “aggressive rhetoric” by New Delhi was “counterproductive and threat to regional peace.”


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Letter: Media attack by Emir Crowne and Newsday

Dear Sir:

Newsday has published an article by one Emir Crowne that lumped me together with the government and others under the deliberately inflammatory headline ‘Attacking Journalists’, in which he talks about the importance of the media, but neither Crowne nor Newsday sought to get any input or comment from me, again proving the point that the media in this country has one agenda, to use its pulpit to bully and spew their divisive venom at whomsoever they please.

Alluding in that article to information about a certain journalist doing her best work on her back and ascribing it to me is more fake news as he should well know, as the entire country is aware that the person who put that information complete with pictures into the public space is an ex-paramour of the…

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Florida woman recalls terrifying hippo attack during African…

TAMPA, Fla. – A Florida woman said there was a moment she thought she was going to die when she was attacked by a hippopotamus while canoeing during an African safari.

Kristen Yaldor and her husband were enjoying a canoe safari on Zimbabwe’s Zambezi River on Dec. 1, when one of the guides saw hippos on the right side of the river and instructed guests to paddle to the left, away from them, tour operator Wild Horizons…

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Letter from Africa: What is it like to report a terror attack?

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Special forces helped evacuate 700 people during the 19-hour siege

In our series of letters from African journalists, Waihiga Mwaura, a news anchor for Citizen TV in Kenya, looks back on a traumatic week following the deadly hotel siege in Nairobi.

It all began with a phone call from my wife.

I was in a meeting at work, but something told me that this was urgent, so I stepped away from my colleagues and picked up the phone.

Her tone immediately set me on edge and she was speaking faster than she usually does.

With no time for the usual pleasantries she asked if I was OK.

I responded in…

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Sniffer dogs, bomb experts comb through Nairobi attack site

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Kenyan security forces on Thursday resumed their search of the hotel-office complex attacked by Islamists with sniffer dogs and bomb experts, as information emerged about one of the attackers who killed 21 people.

A police source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they were confident there were no more people trapped inside the hotel or surrounding office buildings after the 20-hour assault, during which some 700 civilians were rescued.

“We are confident that we have no more people there,” the officer told AFP, “but in a situation like this, you are not done until you are done.”

“We are back in with sniffer dogs and bomb experts are checking through because yesterday we found grenades left by those people.”

Police warned the public there may be loud controlled…

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