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U.S. ambassador to Libya killed in rocket attack in BenghaziThe U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other embassy staff were killed in a rocket attack on their car, a Libyan official said, as they were rushed from a consular building stormed by militants denouncing a U.S.-made film insulting the Prophet Mohammad.Gunmen had attacked and burned the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, a center of last year’s uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, late on Tuesday evening, killing one U.S. consular official. The building was evacuated.
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U.S. ambassador to Libya killed in rocket attack in Benghazi
The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other embassy staff were killed in a rocket attack on their car, a Libyan official said, as they were rushed from a consular building stormed by militants denouncing a U.S.-made film insulting the Prophet Mohammad.

Gunmen had attacked and burned the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, a center of last year’s uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, late on Tuesday evening, killing one U.S. consular official. The building was evacuated.


Fatal Clashes at South African Mine →

Violent protests at a platinum mine have left at least nine people dead in the past two days, and a large crowd overpowered police officers and stole their weapons, the police said Monday. The protests and clashes between rival unions took place at a mine run by Lonmin, a leading platinum producer, near Marikana, about 40 miles northwest of Johannesburg. Two police officers were killed Monday, Brig. Lindela Mashigo said. Officers opened fire on the crowd, killing at least three people, he said. The protests began Friday over a salary dispute, the company said. On Sunday, protesters killed two security guards, the authorities said. Two miners died Monday in other attacks, the police and company officials said. The fighting intensified Monday as part of a struggle between the National Union of Mineworkers and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union.

via - NY Times


'Earliest' evidence of modern human culture found in South African cave →

dynamicafrica:

The earliest unambiguous evidence for modern human behaviour has been discovered by an international team of researchers in a South African cave.

The finds provide early evidence for the origin of modern human behaviour 44,000 years ago, over 20,000 years before other findings.

The artefacts are near identical to modern-day tools of the indigenous African San bush people.

The research was published yesterday in PNAS.

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Although 75,000-year-old evidence for human innovation has previously been found in southern Africa, the meaning of these artefacts has been difficult to interpret.

“These were things that seem symbolic, but there’s no direct link to those people. We don’t know what they were thinking,” explained co-author Dr Lucinda Backwell of the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.

These new discoveries, however, resemble modern day tools used by San hunter-gatherers so clearly as to remove any doubt as to their purpose.

“You can hold [one of the] ancient artefacts in your left hand and a modern artefact in your right and they’re exactly the same. It’s incredible… the functions are very, very clear,” Dr Backwell told the BBC.

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Following the sudden death of Ghana’s President John Atta Mills’ yesterday. His Vice-President John Dramani Mahama, was sworn in as care taker head of state to replace him, before a sombre parliament, just hours after the announcement of President John Atta Mills’ death.

Mills had won international praise for presiding over a stable model democracy in Africa. The chief Justice led the in vesture ceremony with Mahama holding the sword of honour. He then addressed the assembly expressing his grief at the sudden loss of the former President.

The death came after Atta Mills had celebrated his 68th birthday on Saturday. There were rumours about his ill health, after Mills had returned from medical checks in the United States a few weeks ago. Some reports by local newspapers speculated he had throat cancer, other reports mentioned a sinus-related affliction. Mills had been due to stand for election as part of the expected elections in December, which have been confirmed as still going ahead as planned.


It was easier to explain Sudan’s conflicts with simple dichotomies. The North-South civil war was invariably reduced to “the Muslim North versus the Christian South.” I’m sure you’ve read this sentence before.

When commentators and writers realized that Darfuris were Muslim too, the Darfur genocide became an “Arab versus African” conflict.

But the global community knows next to nothing about the reality of Sudan

— Read more in “Why we’re ignoring the revolution in Sudan“by Mohamed El Dahshan; a very insightful and analytical article on the situation in Sudan from an outsider’s point of view and why Media isn’t interested.  (via rhapsodicstanza)


Mali's government vows to recover territory  →

Mali’s embattled interim government has ramped up diplomatic efforts to save the north from rebel fighters who have destroyed World Heritage shrines in Timbuktu and have reportedly rigged another city with mines.

The interim government in the capital Bamako, set up after the March 22 coup which led to a takeover in the north as armed groups exploited the resulting chaos, has been scrambling for assistance to regain its territory.

"We will do everything to recover our territory," Sadio Lamine Sow, Mali’s foreign minister, told the AFP news agency, speaking at the end of a two-day visit to Algeria, where he held talks with authorities in Algiers.

The post-coup transition government has struggled to assert its authority in the face of armed al-Qaeda-allied groups occupying the north, and Mali’s neighbours in west Africa have proposed a stronger unity government be formed

West African leaders will meet in Burkina Faso’s capital on Saturday to discuss this option with senior Malian political figures, as the Islamist rebels escalate efforts to exert their control in the country’s north.

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dynamicafrica:

BREAKING NEWS: #Zimbabwean President Mugabe said to be in critical condition at hospital in Singapore
According to several news reports, long-standing President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe is “fighting for his life” in a Singapore hospital however, the exact cause of his decline in health is unknown. Mugabe was in Singapore to oversee a postgraduate course at a university there where his daughter Bona is due to enroll later this year.
There have also been reports that Mugabe has agreed to temporarily hand over power to Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangawa. 
Last month, WikiLeaks released a US diplomatic cable from 2008 that stated that Mugabe had prostate cancer.
Mugabe’s politcal party’s twitter account - @Zanu_pf - has promised us that “Cde RG Mugabe will not die until he has finished here on earth, SA* needs him heaven can wait. He’ll surely bring light 2heaven, but not 2day”.
(*I believe they meant ‘ZA’)
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dynamicafrica:

BREAKING NEWS: #Zimbabwean President Mugabe said to be in critical condition at hospital in Singapore

According to several news reports, long-standing President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe is “fighting for his life” in a Singapore hospital however, the exact cause of his decline in health is unknown. Mugabe was in Singapore to oversee a postgraduate course at a university there where his daughter Bona is due to enroll later this year.

There have also been reports that Mugabe has agreed to temporarily hand over power to Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangawa. 

Last month, WikiLeaks released a US diplomatic cable from 2008 that stated that Mugabe had prostate cancer.

Mugabe’s politcal party’s twitter account - @Zanu_pf - has promised us that “Cde RG Mugabe will not die until he has finished here on earth, SA* needs him heaven can wait. He’ll surely bring light 2heaven, but not 2day”.

(*I believe they meant ‘ZA’)


dynamicafrica:

Another Female President for #Africa
Following the death of #Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika on Thursday, former Vice-President Joyce Banda has now officially been sworn in as president of the Southern African nation. Banda is the first female president in Southern Africa and is the second female head of state in Africa, after Liberia’s Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
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dynamicafrica:

Another Female President for #Africa

Following the death of #Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika on Thursday, former Vice-President Joyce Banda has now officially been sworn in as president of the Southern African nation. Banda is the first female president in Southern Africa and is the second female head of state in Africa, after Liberia’s Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.