Meghan and Harry interview: Tabloid racism ‘large part’ of why we left UK, says duke

The Duke of Sussex has said racism from the tabloid press that filtered into the rest of society was a “large part” of why he and his wife left the UK. Prince Harry told Oprah Winfrey that the UK tabloid media is “bigoted” and creates a “toxic environment” of “control and fear”. He said he thought the Prince of Wales had to “make peace with it”. The Society of Editors said the media is not bigoted and is holding the “rich and powerful to account”. Meghan said social media had…

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Nigeria kidnappings: The Chibok captive who defied Boko Haram

Mass kidnappings of children in Nigeria have been making global headlines recently and this has been hard to watch for a young woman who was abducted in an infamous attack on a school in Chibok. Naomi Adamu is quiet. As she talks she rarely makes eye contact, keeping her voice low and steady. Upon meeting her, few would suspect she survived one of the most harrowing experiences a young woman could go through. But her timid demeanour belies an extraordinary strength of character. Naomi, 24 at the time of the…

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The woman with HIV helping others have a ‘good death’

Thembi Nkambule has been there for hundreds of people dying from Aids in Eswatini – a country where one in four people have HIV. These are the lessons she has learned on what it means to have “a good death”. Thembi sees three kinds of death. The first is the most common. The person looks at her with blank eyes that say, “It’s over. I’ve given up.” Thembi watches as they close their eyes and let go. A life lived in secrecy ending in shame. This is a bad death.…

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George Floyd death: How will jurors be selected in Derek Chauvin trial?

Chauvin faces trial after posting a $1m bail in October It was video footage seen across the world – Derek Chauvin with his knee pressed on the neck of George Floyd for about nine minutes before he died. Now the former US police officer faces trial on second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges. Three other dismissed officers will stand trial together later this year but proceedings in Chauvin’s trial will start Monday, when jury selection begins. How will the jury be picked? A pool of eligible local citizens have been…

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Senegal protests after opposition leader Ousmane Sonko arrested

At least one person has died as protests hit Dakar and other cities in Senegal Large protests have hit Senegal for a third day as demonstrators burnt cars and clashed with police after the arrest of an opposition leader on Wednesday. Ousmane Sonko appeared in court on Friday accused of disrupting public order. He also faces a rape allegation. He denies the allegations and his supporters say the accusations are politically motivated. At least one person has died in the rare nationwide unrest. Senegal is one of West Africa’s most…

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Nigeria kidnap gangs targeted in mining and jet ban

The girls taken last week were reportedly made to walk a long distance into the forestImage caption: The girls taken last week were reportedly made to walk a long distance into the forest Nigeria has announced a ban on mining and a no-fly zone in the north-western state of Zamfara as part of efforts to clamp down on notorious criminal gangs often involved in kidnapping. Mining activities are believed to offer cover to these groups, which often invade communities and abduct villagers – many of them for ransom. Last week,…

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Nigeria’s school abductions: Why children are being targeted

Two daughters of Humaira Mustapha were kidnapped when gunmen attacked a girls’ school in Zamfara state Since December, more than 600 students have been abducted from schools in north-west Nigeria, highlighting a worrying development in the country’s kidnap-for-ransom crisis. Friday’s kidnapping of 317 students from the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara state, was the second mass kidnap from schools in less than 10 days. Twenty-seven boys and their teachers who were taken from a school in Kagara, Niger state on 17 February were released on Saturday. The…

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Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: BBC reporter Girmay Gebru detained by military

is not clear why the BBC’s Girmay Gebru was detained The BBC reporter in Ethiopia’s conflict-hit region of Tigray has been detained by the military. Witnesses say Girmay Gebru, who works for BBC Tigrinya, was taken along with four other people from a café in the regional capital, Mekelle. Mr Girmay is reported to have been taken to a military camp in Mekelle. The BBC is yet to establish the reason for his detention, but has expressed its concern to the Ethiopian authorities. A local journalist, Tamirat Yemane, and two…

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Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: Blinken says US concerned about atrocities

The conflict has displaced tens of thousands to neighbouring Sudan The US has condemned reported atrocities in Ethiopia’s conflict-hit northern region of Tigray, urging the African Union to help resolve the “deteriorating situation.” “We are deeply concerned by the worsening humanitarian crisis,” Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said. An Amnesty report said crimes against humanity may have been committed. Hundreds have been killed and tens of thousands displaced in four months. The conflict erupted on 4 November 2020 when Ethiopia’s government launched an offensive to oust the Tigray People’s Liberation…

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Cape Town: Pictures of how Muslim worship helps quell South African ganglands

A team of Islamic scholars in South Africa has been on a mission for the past three years to bring peace to Manenberg and other areas of Cape Town with gang and drug problems. Photographer Shiraaz Mohamed accompanied them on one of their weekly visits:Most Thursday evenings the scholars go to Cape Town’s ganglands for an open-air form of devotion known as “dhikr”. These sessions involve a rhythmic repetition of the name of God and his attributes. Over the last three years there has never been a gang fight during…

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