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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.
The Republic of Angola
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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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SA assisting cyclone-hit Mozambique
SA assisting cyclone-hit Mozambique South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has deployed soldiers to assist in recovery operations in neighboring Mozambique, which has been badly hit by Cyclone Idai, News24 reports. ,

The cyclone has killed at least 150 people across southern Africa.

Mozambique's port city of Beira has borne the brunt of the cyclone - the Red Cross said that the impact on it was "massive and horrifying".

The storm has also affected electricity supplies to South Africa after it damaged a transmission line in Mozambique, cutting supplies by 900 MW and worsening an already strained electricity supply in the country, news site Fin24 reported.

Mr Ramaphosa said that the power supply would be restored within days because the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) was helping the country's electricity provider Eskom with the pylons.

"But I am certain that we are going to be able to turn it around within the next two days because our defence force is already there helping with rescue operations, but we've already asked them to go and see how we can get the pylons to also be restored," he said.

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Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:38:03 GMT


Zambians apply for Middle East maid and driver jobs
Hundreds of Zambians have so far applied to be employed as maids and drivers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kuwait, reports the state owned Zambia Daily Mail.,

Last month, UAE and Kuwait requested the southern African nation to provide 1,000 citizens to work as drivers and maids in the two countries.

Minister of Finance Margaret Mwanakatwe told Zambia Daily Mail that medical and police screening processes have already started.

She said government had engaged a recruitment agency to receive applications for the UAE and Kuwait jobs.

“We have received an overwhelming response from Zambians who are interested in working in the two countries. The recruitment agency we have engaged has received about a thousand applications,” she said.

Ms Mwanakatwe said her ministry is working with the Ministries of Labour and Social Security and Foreign Affairs to ensure the recruitment process is accelerated.

She said once the screening process is completed, those selected will be advised on the dos and don'ts while working in the two countries.

She said: “The citizens will be sent in batches until we meet the required number of those that we are sending. We will have people working as cleaners, drivers, while others will work in hotels.”

Ms Mwanakatwe said government will keep constant contact with those who will be selected through the Zambian embassy in those countries.

However, other citizens took to social media questioning the offer given the poor labour records in the two countries.

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Malawi floods: thousands seek help as fear grows over more heavy rains
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Other survivor asked the government for basic necessities.

“We particularly ask the government to provide us with tents. We also need kitchen utensils and also agricultural inputs because the floods have landed us in big trouble”, said Light Chagwadala.

The Malawi floods have devastated Chikwawa, destroying homes and infrastructure.

Since last week, life has become unbearable for thousands of these women whose garden and homes have been washed by floods.

Reports say, agriculture in most parts of the flooded areas has been badly hit with some 42,000 hectares of farmlands destroyed.

Roads and bridges have also been destroyed, and many of the locals have been cut off from the nearest commercial city.

Meanwhile, there are fears of further floods as the Department of Meteorology and Climate Change warns of more heavy downpours that could trigger flash floods in flood prone districts.

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Sudan secures $300M loans from regional fund amid protests
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The state-run SUNA news service reported late Saturday that the Finance Ministry secured a $230 million loan from the Abu Dhabi-based Arab Monetary Fund to support the balance of payments.

 

It says the ministry signed another deal worth $70 million with the Arab Trade Financing Program, which is also based in the Emirati capital.

 

Price hikes and food shortages triggered demonstrations in December that quickly morphed into protests calling on President Omar al-Bashir to resign. Al-Bashir, who seized power in a 1989 military coup, has vowed to remain in office while launching a crackdown on demonstrations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:38:46 GMT


Veteran diplomat set to guide Algeria's transition after protests
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But his appointment may not go down well with protesters demanding rapid change. At 85, he is three years older than President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and from the same generation that has presided over Algerian politics since the 1954-62 war of independence against France.

 

Bouteflika yielded to the protests on Monday by postponing elections and dropping plans to stand for a fifth term. Brahimi is now likely to chair a conference planning Algeria's future, a government source said.

 

A former foreign minister, Brahimi has carried out troubleshooting missions for the United Nations across several regions and mediated on some of the Middle East's thorniest conflicts.

 

Though not directly or publicly involved in national politics, he is a heavyweight of Algeria's establishment, long viewed as a possible presidential candidate. He is close to Bouteflika.

 

"The voice of the people has been heard," Brahimi said on state television after Bouteflika's announcement that he would not seek a new term.

 

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Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:37:46 GMT


Algerian PM has started talks to form new government: state news agency
ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria's newly-appointed prime minister has started talks to form a new government, the state news agency (APS) reported on Sunday.,

 

The new cabinet will include experts without political affiliation and will "reflect the demographics of the Algerian society", APS said.

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Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:36:48 GMT


At Ethiopia flight memorial, white roses mark passing of lives
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Weeping women held slender single stems in their shaking hands. Banks of the white flowers, the traditional color of mourning, were placed in front of a row of empty coffins at the ceremony.

 

A band - some of the musicians in tears - temporarily stopped playing as band members ran to comfort bereaved relatives who lunged forward, wailing in grief over the coffins.

 

"Our deep sorrow cannot bring them back," an Orthodox priest in a traditional black turban and black robes told the crowd gathered outside an airport hangar.

 

"This is the grief of the world," he said, as Ethiopian Airlines staff sobbed in each other's arms.

 

At least the crash had taken place in Ethiopia - the holy land - he said, prompting "amens" from the crowd.

 

In faraway Paris, investigators are examining black box recorders to determine why the aircraft plunged into a field shortly after take off from Addis Ababa, searching for similarities to an October Lion Air crash that killed 189 people.

 

Both crashes involved the same model of plane - a Boeing 737 MAX 8 - causing aviation authorities to ground the model around the world after last week's accident.

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Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:36:48 GMT


Ethiopians hold mass funeral ceremony for crash victims
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Thousands mourned the Ethiopian plane crash victims on Sunday, accompanying 17 empty caskets draped in the national flag through the streets of the capital as some victims' relatives fainted and fell to the ground. ,

The service came one day after officials began delivering bags of earth to family members of the 157 victims of the crash instead of the remains of their loved ones because the identification process is expected to take such a long time.

 

Family members confirmed they were given a 1 kilogram (2.2 pound) sack of scorched earth taken from the crash site. Many relatives already have gathered at the rural, dusty crash site outside Ethiopia's capital.

 

The victims Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 came from 35 countries and included many humanitarian workers headed to Nairobi.

 

Elias Bilew said he had worked with one of the victims, Sintayehu Shafi, for the past eight years.

 

"He was such a good person," Bilew said. "He doesn't deserve this. He was the pillar for his whole family."

 

French investigators said Saturday night that they had successfully downloaded the cockpit recorder data and had transferred it to the Ethiopian investigation team without listening to the audio files. Work on the flight data recorder resumed Sunday but no additional details were given.

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Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:36:48 GMT


Gunmen attack Mali army base, kill at least 16 soldiers-sources
BAMAKO (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked and briefly seized a Malian army base overnight, killing at least 16 soldiers and destroying five vehicles in central Mali's Mopti region, two local councillors in the area where the attack happened said on Sunday.,

The base is in the village of Dioura, the mayor of the nearest town Kareri, Youssouf Coulibaly, told Reuters by telephone from inside it. Central Mali has in the past few years been overrun by jihadists with links to al Qaeda.

 

"I'm currently inside the base and there were many deaths here. We've counted 16 so far," he said. Army spokesman Colonel Diarran Kone confirmed the attack but gave no further details.

 

Violence by jihadist groups has worsened almost every year since it first exploded in Mali in 2012, when Islamists and allied Tuareg rebels took over the north and advanced toward the capital Bamako, until a French-led intervention pushed them back the following year.

 

Groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State used central and northern Mali as a launch pad for growing numbers of attacks across the Sahel region, especially on neighbors Niger and Burkina Faso, despite the presence of 4,500 French troops.

 

Central Mali is the locus of the Macina Liberation Front, led by Salafist preacher and militant leader Amadou Koufa. French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly claimed in November that Koufa had been killed in a raid by French forces.

 

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Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:36:48 GMT


Pope reactivates plans for South Sudan trip
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has asked aides to resume plans for a visit to South Sudan, a trip that had to be scrapped in 2017 because of the civil war in the world's youngest country.,

During a meeting with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Saturday, Francis "expressed the wish to ascertain the conditions for a possible visit to South Sudan," a Vatican statement said.

 

It added that he wanted to make the trip as "a sign of closeness to the population and of encouragement for the peace process".

 

Oil-producing South Sudan, which became independent in 2011, descended into civil war in December 2013 when a dispute between Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar sparked fighting, often along ethnic lines.

 

In September, Kiir, who is Catholic, and Machar, a Presbyterian, signed a peace deal calling on the two main rival factions to assemble, screen and train their respective forces and unify them into a national army before the formation of a unity government in May.

 

Three days ago, the Brussels-based International Crisis Group said in a report that the six-month-old peace deal risked collapse because none of these steps have occurred, just two months before the deadline.

 

More than half of the population of South Sudan is Christian, while Sudan is predominantly Muslim.

 

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Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:36:48 GMT