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June 8, 2011. The Consul General for Angola moved from her job in New York to a consular position in Houston. Dr Chika Onyeani, above, gave a speech in recognition of the great work she has been doing in African communities. Dr Chika Onyeani publishes African Sun Times, and is a prolific writer of intellectual works.

Pictures of dancers above right and on Aug Daily Updates. Also on Aug Daily Updates, picture of the Consul General Mrs Julia Machado Esq with Princess Tosin Mustapha and Dr Susanna.
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The Portuguese colonized Angola, and left in 1975, and a civil war started which ended in 2002. Angola has a lot of oil, a lot of minerals and a lot of poverty. They banned Islam in 2013.

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Two to three thousand mourners had gathered in Khartoum’s Burri neighborhood where the 60-year-old man, Moawia Othman, was shot on Thursday evening during demonstrations against the 30-year-old rule of President Omar al-Bashir.

Before police opened fire, some mourners had pelted police nearby with rocks and damaged a police car, a Reuters witness said. The mourners blocked a main street in Burri with stones and chanted “There is no God but God!” and “Martyr! Martyr!”. Several were wailing and crying and some were carrying Sudanese flags.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The protests, now in a fifth week, were triggered by price rises, but have quickly developed into demonstrations against Bashir. Bashir has blamed the protests on foreign “agents” and said the unrest would not lead to a change in government, challenging his opponents to seek power through the ballot box.

In violent clashes in Burri on Thursday, a child and a doctor were shot dead, the Sudan Doctors’ Committee, a group linked to the opposition, said. A live video posted on social media and verified by Reuters showed security forces pointing guns at protesters in Burri. A sound of gunfire could be heard.

After Friday’s shooting outside Othman’s home, thousands attended his funeral at a cemetery across from a police officers’ club. Clashes with police had calmed by the time protesters transported the body to Burri Mosque,REUTERS.

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He said these markets would enhance competition and confront some merchants and businessmen who want to control the markets.

NFSY Deputy Chairman Muawiya Yagoub, speaking to Xinhua, said that "the Youth Markets initiative was adopted to address the economic situation."

The initiative aims to establish markets in localities in Khartoum State and other Sudanese states, he added.

He further noted that the main idea behind the Youth Markets is to deliver the goods directly from producers to consumers so as to neutralize brokers who exploit the citizens' needs to make large profits.

He said the NFSY seeks to sustain the initiative to be year-round, wishing the markets would contribute to providing basic commodities at reasonable prices.

Abdul-Rahman Mohamed Ahmed, a Sudanese citizen, told Xinhua that the idea is "excellent," calling for generalizing it.

"It is a good idea, but it should be given more momentum to cover the densely-populated districts and neighborhoods," he noted.

Sudan has been undergoing a dire economic crisis since the secession of South Sudan in 2011, due to which Sudan lost 75 percent of its oil revenues.

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All human and material potentials are available to hold the election after Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika summoned the independent election commission, Bedoui said in a speech before the district chiefs in the capital Algiers.

Bouteflika is expected to announce the organizing of election in a few days according to the constitution which holds that the summoning of the election commission takes place three months prior to the balloting.

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According to the ministry's statistics, 80 percent of these attempts were made by foreigners and 29,715 migrants were rescued at sea.

The Moroccan authorities have also busted 229 trafficking networks last year, the ministry said in a statement.

Some 5,608 migrants opted for voluntary return to their countries of origin, the same source noted,XINHUA.

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Zimbabwean gov't orders another Internet services shutdown
HARARE -- The Zimbabwean government ordered another complete shutdown of Internet services from Thursday night to disrupt communication among protesters demonstrating against fuel price hikes and rising living costs.,

The country's biggest mobile network operator Econet told subscribers early Friday morning that the government had issued another order which it had to comply with.

"The earlier directives are already the subject of a pending High Court application. We sincerely apologize for all inconvenience caused by the acts of government which are beyond our reasonable control," the operator said.

This follows an earlier blackout of more than 24 hours between Tuesday and Wednesday.

Social media platforms including WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook remained shut after the government believed that protesters were exchanging information to carry on with their activities.

However, Internet users could still communicate on WhatsApp and another platform called Telegram after installing VPNs on their smartphones. This may have prompted the government to order the second Internet blackout,XINHUA.

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