- Published on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:32
More than 1,200 migrants have entered Spain illegally by sea over two days amid Spanish denials that Morocco failed to carry out patrols.
The interior ministry said the wave of migrants was the result of increased defences at the borders of two Spanish territories in North Africa.
- Published on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 11:43
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni wants to reinstate a divisive anti-gay law that was rejected by a court, but without tough penalties for consenting adults, a ruling party legislator has said.
"We agreed to come up with a new version that doesn't hurt our Western friends but also protects Ugandans," Medard Bitekyerezo said on Tuesday.
- Published on Thursday, 07 August 2014 11:12
South African state prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked the judge in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Thursday to reject the Paralympic and Olympic track star's defence because it was "devoid of any truth".
Oscar Pistorius, who had his lower legs amputated as a baby, is accused of murdering his law graduate and model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day last year. If convicted, he could face life in prison.
- Published on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 08:41
Kenyan men from several ethnic groups in the western town of Moi's Bridge have gone into hiding fearing they will be forcibly circumcised.
This follows the forced circumcision of at least eight men in the small agricultural town by groups of youths from the Bukusu ethnic community.
- Published on Thursday, 07 August 2014 11:02
The Chief Butcher of the Boko Haram sect, Zakari Mohammed Ardo, yesterday, gave a chilling description of how the terrorist group used to slaughter people they capture, saying it only takes him two minutes to butcher victims and enemies condemned to death.
Ardo, who had been reported in some media (not Vanguard) as having escaped from Police custody, said the group’s butchering committee was made up of five persons of which he is the chairman, pointing out that the other members will hold down the already tired victim while he cuts off the head.
- Published on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 08:48
African leaders have agreed to end hunger and cut poverty by 2025 with the signing of the Malabo declaration at the 23rd ordinary session of the assembly of the African Union heads of state and government.
“Accelerated growth is essential if Africans at all levels are to achieve their aspirations for prosperity,” said AU Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
- Published on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:17
The Spanish government said that an air force plane was leaving Madrid on Wednesday to pick up a Spanish priest who has tested positive for the Ebola virus in Liberia.
The Spanish Defence Ministry said the plane was leaving Madrid to pick up the patient, in line with the strict security and quarantine guidelines stipulated by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
- Published on Monday, 11 August 2014 08:50
Central African Republic President Catherine Samba Panza named the former cabinet chief of Seleka rebel leader Michel Djotodia as prime minister on Sunday in an effort to build a national unity government to end sectarian violence.
Mahamat Kamoun, a Muslim, will replace respected technocrat Andre Nzapayeke, who resigned last week, to allow a consensus government to be appointed in an effort to end violence between Seleka and the “anti-balaka” Christian militia.
- Published on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 17:11
Footage obtained by human rights group Amnesty International and released on Tuesday appears to show Nigerian soldiers slitting the throats of Boko Haram suspects and dumping their bodies in a mass grave.
Nigeria's military is battling an increasingly vicious Islamist insurgency by Boko Haram, which wants to carve an Islamic state out of religiously mixed Nigeria. But its forces frequently come repeatedly under fire for human rights abuses, including torture and extrajudicial killings they usually deny.
- Published on Monday, 11 August 2014 08:26
A Nigerian man who was quarantined after he showed Ebola-like symptoms during a trip to Hong Kong has tested negative for the deadly virus.
The southern Chinese city government said in a statement on Sunday that the man had “tested negative for Ebola virus upon preliminary laboratory testing”.
- Published on Friday, 01 August 2014 15:54
Uganda's Constitutional Court has annulled tough anti-gay legislation signed into law in February.
It ruled that the bill was passed by MPs in December without the requisite quorum and was therefore illegal.