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Nigeria: Church Collapse Rescue Ends

[Premium Times]Rescue operations at the site of the collapsed building at The Synagogue Church of All Nations, Lagos, have ended with 80 people confirmed dead. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Children Face 'Extremely' High Violence Levels - Report

[VOA]Addis Ababa -African children are facing disproportionately high levels of violence, according to a new report by the African Child Policy Forum. The study calls for more coordinated action to prevent violence against children. (AllAfrica)

Swaziland: Mlungisi Challenges Anti-Terror Law in Court

[Fahamu]Swaziland's Suppression of Terrorism Act is a "flawed" and "inherently repressive" piece of legislation, according to Amnesty International. Mlungisi Makhanya, who has been charged under the act for wearing a t-shirt, is challenging it in court. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Up to 84 S. Africans Killed in Nigerian Church Collapse - Report

[SAPA]Johannesburg -The number of South Africans killed in a building collapse in Nigeria has increased from 67 to 84, SABC radio news reported on Friday. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Where Is Nation's Industrial Policy Positioned?

[SACSIS]There are three aspects of energy supply that lend themselves to shifting the diversification of a national economy. The mix of supply should reduce dependence on any source, especially if the source creates a foreign dependence or a systems path-dependence that eventually leads to wider risks for the general economy. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Another Hague Witness Recants

[Capital FM]Nairobi -A second prosecution witness in the case facing Deputy President William Ruto and Journalist Joshua arap Sang at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been declared hostile. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Torture is Not Official Policy, Say Nigerian Police

[Vanguard]Lagos -The Nigeria Police Force has faulted the report of Amnesty International, saying that torture is prohibited. In a statement by Force Public Relations Officer, Ag.CP Emmanuel Ojukwu, it stated that there is a zero tolerance for corruption and abuse of power, stressing there is no Immunity for impunity in Nigeria Police Force. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Ebola Deaths Rise to 2,600

[Deutsche Welle]More than 2,600 people have died in the current Ebola outbreak. The virus has so far infected at least 5,300 people in West Africa since early this year. (AllAfrica)

Mozambique: Election Violence Grows

[Mozambique Political Process Bulletin]Violence and electoral misconduct are increasing across the country, warned CNE President Abdul Carimo in a statement today (Thursday). He confirmed that electoral misconduct is leading to arrests. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Church Collapse Dead Are 'Martyrs' - TB Joshua

[Premium Times]The founder of The Synagogue Church of all Nations, Temitope Joshua,popularly known as T.B. Joshua, has described the victims of last Friday's building collapse in the church as "martyrs of the Kingdom of God." (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: Hotline Helps Small Farmers

[Addis Standard]A new information hotline is giving smallholder farmers across Ethiopia access to best practice agronomic advice revolutionizing traditional agricultural extension. (AllAfrica)

Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone to 'Close Down' Over Ebola Containment Measure

[VOA]Sierra Leone will "close down" the country for three days beginning on Friday as part of the government's effort to contain and eradicate the deadly Ebola virus infection from exponentially spreading in the West African nation, according to information minister Alpha Kanu. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Westgate Siege Anniversary Brings Back Painful Memories

[VOA]One year after it happened, the survivors of the terror attack on Nairobi's Westgate Shopping Mall still cannot shake the images of that tragic incident. For VOA, Mohammed Yusuf tells the story of victims still waiting for the answer to the question 'how could this happen?' (AllAfrica)

Mali: United Nations Loses Chad Peacekeepers to Bomb in Mali

[Deutsche Welle]At least five UN peacekeepers have been killed in northern Mali by an explosive. In addition, three were wounded. (AllAfrica)

South Sudan: Resumption of Peace Talks Delayed Over Agenda Disagreement

[Sudan Tribune]Addis Ababa -The sixth round of peace talks between South Sudan's two warring parties and other stakeholders has been delayed to allow discussions over substantial issues and agenda disagreements, as mediators and stakeholders remain locked in an endless round of consultations, a rebel spokesperson has confirmed. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Boko Haram and the War Against Terror

[Fahamu]Nigerian security forces have killed as many people as the militant group Boko Haram in the ongoing war against terror. What must be appreciated is that Boko Haram is a symptom of serious economic and social problems and an indication of the level of despair that many poor people feel. Military force alone will not quash the insurgency (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: UN Experts Urge Ethiopia to Stop Using Anti-Terrorism Legislation to Curb Human Rights

[Addis Standard]A group of United Nations human rights experts* today urged the Government of Ethiopia to stop misusing anti-terrorism legislation to curb freedoms of expression and association in the country, amid reports that people continue to be detained arbitrarily. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Collaboration Maps May Aid Neglected Disease Fight

[SciDev.Net]Plans to map research networks in the field of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) could help ensure the field's scarce funding is better focused. (AllAfrica)

West Africa: Online Volunteers Map Uncharted Ebola Zones to Help Save Lives

[Thomson Reuters Foundation]Washington -Donating to disasters used to mean writing a check to Oxfam or the Red Cross. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Amnesty Disappointed in Police Response to Torture Report

[AI London]London -Speaking in response to the Nigerian police force's criticism of Amnesty International's new report, Welcome to hell fire: Torture and other ill-treatment in Nigeria, Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International's Research and Advocacy Director for Africa, said: (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: 'Welcome to Hell Fire' - Torture Report

[Deutsche Welle]Torture is routinely used by Nigeria's police and soldiers, says Amnesty International in a new report that documents horrifying acts of brutality which largely go unpunished. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Amnesty Urges Nigeria to Stop Routine Use of Torture

[Deutsche Welle]The rights group Amnesty International has called on the Nigerian government to end the use of torture as part of policing. Amnesty alleges that the practice has become routine and has called for it to be criminalized. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: Desalegn's Distraction?

[Fahamu]The Ethiopian prime minister's recent outburst against Eritrea appears to be an attempt to turn the spotlight away from his own government's crises as it continues to face rising popular discontent against its various policies, crackdowns and interference in socio-religious affairs (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Torture 'Routine,' Says Amnesty

[VOA]Dakar -Amnesty International says Nigerian police and security forces routinely torture people in detention, many of whom are arrested without evidence during large-scale sweeps. (AllAfrica)

Sierra Leone: Ebola Awareness Campaign Begins

[VOA]Sierra Leone launched a new campaign Thursday to try to contain the spread of the ebola virus. Initial reports -- describing the effort as a nationwide lockdown -- were wrong. Instead, the campaign is officially called the House-to-House Ebola Talk. (AllAfrica)

West Africa: Acceleration Seen in Ebola Outbreak, Death Toll Exceeds 2,600

[VOA]At least 2,622 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history, which has so far infected at least 5,335 people in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Sweden Backs New Global Fund to Secure Community Land Rights

[Thomson Reuters Foundation]Barcelona -Sweden plans to announce at the U.N. climate summit next week funding of around $14 million for a new body that will provide grants and expertise to help indigenous peoples and forest communities secure rights to their land. (AllAfrica)

Egypt: Court Sentences 34 Brotherhood Supporters to 17 Yrs in Prison

[Aswat Masriya]Fayoum -An Egyptian criminal court sentenced on Thursday 34 "Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood" in absentia to 17 years in prison on charges of violating the protest law and disrupting the constitutional referendum. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: As Uganda Heats Up, Pests and Disease Flourish to Attack Its Top Export Crop

[IPS]Kampala -When Abudu Zikusoka was a small boy his father would bring people to their home in Ndesse village in Central Uganda's Mukono district. He would watch as they packed the family's harvested coffee into sacks and then loaded it onto their bicycles. (AllAfrica)

Somalia: How Will Federal Govt Share Resources?

[African Arguments]Two years have passed since Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was elected the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia. He came in to office with a view that federalism in the country needed more debate. (AllAfrica)

Ebola health team killed in Guinea

Nine members of a team trying to raise awareness about Ebola have been killed by villagers in Guinea, officials say. (BBC News)