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Andrea Giesbrecht guilty of hiding six dead infants in locker

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG A Winnipeg woman has been found guilty of disposing of the remains of six infants in a U-Haul storage locker. Andrea Giesbrecht had been charged with six counts of concealing the body of a child. Each charge carries a sentence of up to two years in jail. Manitoba provincial court Judge Murray Thompson read out his ...

Mali attack: Why the country is an insurgent hotspot

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG While most global attention has been focused on Nigeria, Mali has been West Africa’s other insurgent hotspot in recent years. It is threatened by various armed groups – from Ansar Dine, which is linked to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), to Touareg separatist rebel groups. The lawlessness in Libya after Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was toppled ...

How Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions roared again

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Cameroon won their fifth Africa Cup of Nations trophy in Gabon on Sunday and it was arguably their greatest triumph. World Cup star Roger Milla was the lynchpin of the victorious 1984 and 1988 sides, while the back-to-back title winners of 2000 and 2002 were led by Samuel Eto’o, a four-time winner of the African footballer ...

Benjamin Netanyahu to press Theresa May for tougher line on Iran

The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, will push his UK counterpart, Theresa May, to back his call for a tougher international stance on Iran when the pair meet in Downing Street. Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday he would raise the issue of Iran as a diplomatic priority, as it has become clear that he sees the arrival of the ...

Egypt’s top Islamic authority clashes with president over ‘I divorce you’ law

CAIRO — Egypt’s top Islamic authority on Sunday rejected President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s suggestion that legislation be adopted to invalidate the practice of Muslim men verbally divorcing their wives. It marked a rare instance of a public institution contradicting the president, who has presided over a wide-scale crackdown on dissent in recent years. The Council of Senior Clerics in Al-Azhar — ...

France elections: Socialists choose candidate in final vote

KALAHAN DENG France’s governing Socialist party is set to choose its candidate for the presidential election in April. Manuel Valls, a former prime minister, and left-wing Benoit Hamon are both contesting the run-off vote on Sunday. But sitting President Francois Hollande, who also comes from the Socialist party, is deeply unpopular and likely to affect their chances. Conservative Francois Fillon, ...

West Africa – from dictators’ club to upholder of democracy

KALAHAN DENG Former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh failed to appreciate that democracy had taken root in West Africa. It left him on a hiding to nothing once he lost elections. If proof were needed that the political atmosphere had changed in West Africa, it came with the departure into exile last Sunday of the long-time leader of The Gambia. Yahya ...

Syria regains Damascus water supply plant

KALAHAN DENG The Syrian military says it has regained Damascus’s main water source from rebels. Water shortages have affected more than five million residents in the Damascus area since late December. State television said the national flag was now flying over the pumping facility in the Wadi Barada region. Activists monitoring the conflict say the army entered the area as ...

Chile’s worst wildfire destroys town as help arrives

KALAHAN DENG More international help has been arriving in Chile to help the country fight the worst wildfire in its modern history. Russia has sent a super-tanker aircraft capable of carrying tons of water to douse the fires. The series of fast-spreading fires, mostly in Chile’s central region, are being fanned by strong winds, high temperatures and a prolonged drought. ...

Australian Open 2017: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams to set Grand Slam record

KALAHAN DENG Serena Williams beat sister Venus in straight sets to win her seventh Australian Open and an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles title. Serena, 35, won 6-4 6-4 to pass Steffi Graf in the all-time list of major winners since the Grand Slams accepted professional players in 1968. The American regains the number one ranking from German Angelique ...