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Empowering Girls: Martial Arts Training in Congo Promotes Self-Defense and Confidence

Some five years after its introduction to the Congo, the martial art hapkido is attracting many teenage girls to come train at a centre in the city of Pointe-Noire. “Although there are several martial arts in our country, there’s also hapkido. There are always differences, but anyone who has seen hapkido practice is interested in …

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“Decade After Chibok: Examining Nigeria’s Ongoing Struggle with Mass Kidnappings”

Nigeria, with one of the strongest armies in the region, is struggling to tackle rising insecurity that puts vulnerable groups at risk. Lagos, Nigeria – In the decade since the armed group Boko Haram kidnapped nearly 300 students at an all-girls school in the town of Chibok, abductions have become a recurrent fixture in Nigeria, especially …

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President Ruto signs Affordable Housing Bill into law

Kenya’s President William Ruto has signed into law a controversial bill, paving the way for the government to continue collecting a housing levy of 1.5% of a worker’s monthly pay. The levy aims to fund the construction of affordable housing for low-income citizens, though its implementation has sparked widespread criticism. Opposition voices and a significant …

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ECOWAS Court holds orientation programme for new staff

The periodic orientation programme is organised by the court as part of its integration process for new staff into the processes and procedures of the organisation The ECOWAS Court of Justice has commenced a two-day orientation programme for newly recruited staff members at the seat of the Court in Abuja. Speaking at the opening of the orientation …

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Nigerian state names airport after Tinubu

Nigeria’s central Niger state has decided to rename its newly renovated local airport after President Bola Tinubu. According to the state’s spokesperson, Hajia Binta Mammam, the decision to rename the Minna International Airport was made in recognition of President Tinubu’s contributions to the state’s development. However, this decision has faced criticism from some Nigerians, who …

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Haiti’s leader is locked out of country amid pressure to resign

Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry is struggling to stay in power as he tries to return home, where gang attacks have shuttered the country’s main international airport and freed more than 4,000 inmates in recent days. As of midday Wednesday, Henry remained in Puerto Rico, where he landed the day before after he was barred …

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Senegal panel suggests delayed polls be held in June to end crisis

Senegal’s national dialogue commission will propose a delayed presidential election be held on June 2 and recommend President Macky Sall remain in office until his successor is sworn in, commission member Ndiawar Paye said on Tuesday. The West African nation, set to become an oil and gas producer by the end of the year, has …

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Italian family back in Rome following two years of captivity in Mali

Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani said the family members were all in good condition. Three members of an Italian family kidnapped and held hostage in Mali since May 2022 returned to Rome on Tuesday. Rocco Langone, his wife Maria Caivano, and their son Giovanni landed at Ciampino Airport and were greeted by Italian Foreign Minister Antonio …

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Two people shot dead as Guinea protest turns bloody

The strike in Guinea’s capital Conakry comes days after the military unexpectedly dissolved the transitional government without providing a reason. Two youths were shot dead Monday in Conakry as Guinea’s capital was paralysed on the first day of an open-ended general strike against the military government that seized power in 2021 stands accused of stifling …

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