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African leader speaks out after latest attack


The group of young men behind a senseless attack at St Kilda have been slammed by leaders of their own community.

As many as 20 youths of African appearance are wanted over a December 1 bashing on the esplanade not far from Melbourne’s CBD.

CCTV footage of the attack, which was shared by Victoria Police yesterday, shows three men cowering while they’re punched and kicked over and over again. For good measure, the offenders took the victims’ wallets and mobile phones.

As police search for those responsible, a leader of the African community in Melbourne says enough is enough.

“It’s absolutely deplorable,” lawyer Maker Mayek told news.com.au. “So many young people descending on one person is horrible. I was appalled when I saw it.”

The campaigner who helped his community reclaim the…

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South African owner of Perpignan bar dies after attack



Barend Britz (63) who played lock for local club Perpignan in the 1990s, was attacked by a man who entered the bar late Thursday, according to police and fire services.


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TOULOUSE – A former rugby player originally from South Africa was attacked in the bar he owned in Perpignan, southwest France, and died from his injuries, France, police said Friday.

Barend Britz (63) who played lock for local club Perpignan in the 1990s, was attacked by a man who entered the bar late Thursday, according to police and fire services.

The man, who has been arrested, turned…

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Attack of the small screens: Africa eyes mobile gaming boom – Tech News


An army of humans laid waste to an alien colony as South African videogame maker Simon Spreckley enthusiastically controlled the action using his phone’s touch screen. 

“The penetration of mobile devices in Africa is huge. People often have two or three phones, which is pretty crazy,” said Spreckley, 40, who wore a T-shirt emblazoned with “Brute”, a four-armed muscled alien from the game. 

“So that’s one of the big pluses and why we are trying to do this,” he said, promoting Invasion Day which will likely launch on Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play platform in 2019. 

The multi-player tactics game, set in the 1950s, is the brainchild of Spreckley’s eight-strong team at VSUS, a Cape Town-based developer. 

Many other African developers are also opting to tailor games for mobile devices…

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Woman recalls African beach town attack


Two years after Melbourne woman Elly Warren’s suspicious African death, a Scottish citizen has come forward with her own terrifying experience in Mozambique.

Sarah Hayrikyan wants to assist Elly’s family in any way she can, even if it means reliving a frightening ordeal.

“I could have very easily been found dead like Elly, but thankfully due to the sheer kindness and bravery of strangers, I am now able to help fight for her justice,” she told AAP.

Elly’s loved ones still don’t know why or how the fit and healthy 20-year-old died, but they are certain she was murdered.

In June 2010, six years prior to Elly’s African trip, Ms Hayrikyan says a man attempted to rape and kill her in the beach town of Tofo.

Then a 21-year-old backpacker, Ms Hayrikyan claims she was attacked just 300 metres away from…

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After cathedral attack, security concerns highlighted in Central African Republic


YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon – New reports say at least 48 people died during an attack on a Catholic cathedral in the Central African Republic last weekend.

The death toll from the Nov. 17 attack on Alindao Cathedral had originally been put at 37, which included two priests: Msgr. Blaise Mada, the vicar general for the diocese, and Father Célestin Ngoumbango, the pastor of Kongbo parish.

The bishops in the Central African Republic said they were following the developments with “consternation” and placed the blame for the attacks on militants from the Union pour la Paix en Centrafrique, or UPC.

The UPC is composed of former members of the Seleka, a Muslim militia that briefly took over the country in 2013.

The Christian-dominated Anti-Balaka militia then formed to fight the Seleka. French and…

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At least 42 killed in attack on refugee base in Central African Republic


At least 42 people were killed in an attack on a Catholic mission sheltering 20,000 refugees in the Central African Republic, according to officials.

The camp in the town of Alindao, around 300km east of the capital Bangui, was set on fire on Thursday following clashes between two rival armed groups.

Thousands were forced to flee their homes during the violence and dozens were left injured. A priest is among the dead.

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