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CAR clashes death toll rises to 48



At least 48 people were killed in clashes between Christian and Muslim-dominated militias in a restive Central African Republic town last week, …
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S. African unemployment rate rises to 27.5 percent – Xinhua


CAPE TOWN, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) — South Africa’s unemployment rate increased to 27.5 percent in the third quarter of 2018, an increase of 0.3 percentage point over the second quarter, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) announced on Tuesday.

Unemployment among South Africans between the ages of 15 and 24 was even higher, standing at 52.8 percent in the third quarter of this year, compared with 52.4 percent in the second quarter, Stats SA said in its Quarterly Labor Force Survey.

While there were 446,000 people employed in the mining industry in the third quarter of 2017, this had fallen to 406,000 in the most recent data, a decrease of 8.9 percent.

On an annual quarter-on-quarter basis, jobs in the construction industry increased by over 10 percent, from 1.36 million, to 1.5 million.

The survey…

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Threat of African Swine Fever rises as outbreak spreads internationall


African swine fever (ASF) is a major threat to pork production worldwide. Once the virus that causes the disease is passed to a member of the even-toed ungulate family (Suidae, or swine), to Sus Scrofa (Eurasian wild boar), or to related animals outside the genus including warthogs, rapid spread of the fever is common and likely, often targeting large numbers of susceptible animals, creating an outbreak that can quickly devastate domestic swine and feral swine populations across a large area.

“This virus is complex and much harder to deal with than simple viruses,” says Dr. Waithaka Mwangi, Associate Professor at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and an animal disease specialist. “Some isolates, such as the currently causing…

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Carrie Austin rises to defense of African-American fire commissioner


The chairman of the City Council’s Budget Committee lashed out at a powerful colleague on Thursday for daring to ask newly-appointed Fire Cmsr. Richard Ford II to explain his qualifications for the job.

Public Safety Committee Chairman Ariel Reboyras (30th) was long gone when Budget Committee Chairman Carrie Austin (34th) unleashed her tirade against him.

But his ears must have been burning. Austin was so protective of Ford, who is African-American, and so furious about a line of questioning never directed at his newly-retired Hispanic predecessor Jose Santiago, she had to play a game of solitaire to, as she put it, “stay calm.”

Ald. Carrie Austin | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times

“When Commissioner Santiago sat in the seat, nobody asked about his qualifications. That was a disservice and a…

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Death toll in Haiti earthquake rises to 15; 333 injured


The death toll from a 5.9 earthquake that hit Haiti over the weekend rose to at least 15 people with 333 injured, according to updated figures released Monday by authorities, as rescue crews worked to help victims spooked by strong aftershocks.

Haiti’s civil protection agency said in a statement that it will soon deploy 70 soldiers to the Nord-Ouest and Artibonite provinces that were hardest hit, noting it already sent 14 soldiers along with nurses and doctors to the area over the weekend.

Thousands of people along Haiti’s north coast have dragged mattresses and chairs outside, fearing new aftershocks. Many wondered how they were going to rebuild from Saturday night’s quake and a strong 5.2 magnitude aftershock on Sunday that had residents in the coastal city of…

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Death toll rises to 12 in Haiti earthquake; 188 injured


Emergency teams brought relief and survivors sifted through the rubble of their toppled cinderblock homes in Haiti on Sunday after an earthquake killed at least 12 people and left 188 injured.

Haiti’s civil protection agency said at least seven people died in the coastal city of Port-de-Paix and three people died in the nearby community of Gros-Morne in Artibonite province. Among the dead from Saturday night’s magnitude 5.9 quake were a 5-year-old boy crushed by his collapsing house and a man killed in a falling auditorium.

A total of at least 12 people were killed in the quake, Interior Minister Fednel Monchery told radio station MAGK9. Authorities said 188 people had been injured.

“I feel like my life is not safe here,” said nun Maryse Alsaint, director of the San…

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