At least 200 people killed, more than 1,000 injured in 7.5 magnitude earthquake that shook Afghanistan, Pakistan and India

Patients were shifted outdoors at the government medical college hospital after a 7.5 magnitude quake sent tremors across South Asia. Photo: AP

Patients were shifted outdoors at the government medical college hospital after a 7.5 magnitude quake sent tremors across South Asia. Photo: AP

At least 200 people killed and more than 1000 injured in a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit northeastern Afghanistan on Monday.

Centered near Jurm in Afghanistan, the quake – which lasted a minute – was felt in Pakistan and India, sending thousands of frightened people rushing into the streets.

The death toll continue to rise rapidly amid reports of buildings reduced to rubble, with Pakistan heavily hit.

Horrifying news emerged of at least 12 schoolgirls being trampled to death  in the  northern Afghan province.

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Amazon Delivery Drone Can Travel 15 Miles

Amazon’s new delivery drone is a cross between a plane and a helicopter, and can avoid obstacles to drop off packages.

Amazon has unveiled a new hybrid delivery drone that can travel up to 15 miles at high speed.

In a new video released by the online retail giant, one of its drones is seen landing on a designated spot in someone’s back garden.

A flap underneath the drone opens up, and a package is deposited on the lawn.

Amazon says the drone can fly around obstacles thanks to built-in safety features – an attempt to appease regulators who are generally resistant to the idea of drone delivery.

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Gov’t pays journalists to focus on NPP crisis – Blay

Freddie Blay

The New Patriotic Party is claiming some journalists have been paid whopping sums of money by the John Mahama administration to keep their focus on the internal happenings of the NPP, as opposed to bad governance the people have been subjected to under the seven-year rule of the NDC government.

The acting Chairman of the NPP, Mr. Freddie Blay, made these comments at a press conference held at the NPP headquarters on Friday, to denounce what it claimed “the State-sponsored attacks on the New Patriotic Party”, in the wake of the dawn raid at the party’s headquarters on Monday, November 23.

According to the NPP Chairman, instead of the media focusing its attention on the incompetent Mahama administration, which has brought in its wake worsening economic hardships, rising levels of unemployment, high cost of living, a rapidly depreciating currency, ‘dumsor’, low business and consumer confidence in the economy, and growing levels of despondency amongst the populace, the media, surprisingly, has its focus rather on the opposition.

“These times, however, some journalists, by no means all, are paid to abandon their ethics and adopt a culture of silence over the way our country is being incompetently managed, keeping their attention rather on making the opposition unduly unpopular,” he said.

To President Mahama, Blay urged him to focus his energies on solving the myriad of problems he had placed on the people of Ghana, as opposed to his constant fixation on the NPP.

“The country is faced with serious challenges. We will suggest that President Mahama and his people redirect their energies towards at least attempting to confront those challenges. Hiring hoodlums, sending armed men, using state security apparatus to harass, intimidate, and provoke reprisal attacks is cheap, archaic and unimaginative!” he stressed.

“The NPP grossly deplores and condemns these crude tactics by powerful people of the State to create a constant state of diversion from the mountain of problems facing the country. We call on the good people of Ghana to join us to resist these growing threats to our democracy by the forces of darkness.”

To the State security agencies, including the Military high command, the Ghana Police Service and the Office of National Security, the NPP Chairman urged these institutions to conduct full-scale investigations into how and why and under whose authorization their own forces were involved in an attack on the offices of the opposition.

“The investigations must be conducted professionally, transparently, and without political interference or bias. Anyone who participated in the planning and execution of this attack must be held accountable. We must end this here, today,” he added.

Meanwhile, the police and the military have denied any involvement in the raid at the party’s headquarters.

Source: Ghana/

Family appeals for return of kidnapped university student

Mercy Awuor Gache (left), a student at the

Mercy Awuor Gache (left), a student at the University of Nairobi, Kisumu campus, who is said to have been kidnapped on Friday evening, November 27, 2015. Her father, George Gache (right) has appealed to the captors to release her. PHOTOS | TONNY OMONDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A family in Kisumu is looking for their 20-year-old daughter who was allegedly kidnapped on Friday evening.

Mercy Awuor Gache, a student at the University of Nairobi, Kisumu campus, is said to have been waylaid while heading to the bus station after her evening classes.

Her father, Mr George Gache, said his daughter had written a message to her mother saying she had finished her class and was on her way home, only to be called later by a man using Mercy’s phone who said they had kidnapped her.

“As usual, Mercy texted her mother at 7:56pm saying she was on her way.

“When I got home at around 9pm, she had not yet arrived and did not answer her phone,” said Mr Gache, a pastor at Covenant of Peace Church.

Later, a man called using her phone, said Mr Gache.

“He said, “We are with your girl. We got hold of her when she was approaching the bus stage and we will communicate tomorrow,” and disconnected the call,” said the distraught father.


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11 killed in two Boko Haram attacks in Cameroon

Ten civilians and a soldier were killed in separate attacks by the Nigeria-based Islamist group Boko Haram in Cameroon’s north, Cameroonian military officials say.

In the first incident, five members of the same family and a soldier were killed when two female suicide bombers struck at about 6 p.m. Saturday near a military base in the town of Dabanga, near the Nigerian border.

“The explosives not only killed the terrorists, it also took away the lives of five people belonging to a single family,” said Col. Joseph Nouma, commander of Cameroon’s counterterrorism forces.

The soldier died of his injuries overnight in a hospital, and a colleague was seriously wounded.

About two hours later, Boko Haram struck again in the village of Gouzoudou, close to the Nigerian border in Cameroon’s north, killing five people, said Nouma.

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‘Shoot us or help us’: 3 stories from refugee crisis you need to read

Men from Bangladesh stuck at the Greek-Macedonian border hold up signs pleading for help

Hundreds of migrants stuck in no man’s land at the Greek-Macedonian border stand next to these heartbreaking words scrawled on a piece of cardboard.

On Turkey’s border with Syria, a man fleeing unbearable violence in his homeland is allegedly beaten by a guard and forced back into a war zone.

In Sweden, the deputy prime minister struggles to contain her tears: Her country can no longer cope with the influx of people and is closing its doors to all but a few.

These are three snapshots of life for refugees and migrants trying to find a new home in a continent consumed by terror and overwhelmed by the human cost of Syria’s war.

Read full Article @ CNN

Defeat by Middlesbrough took gloss off League debut of Huddersfield Town’s on-loan Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell

Ben Chilwell enjoyed his League debut – but admitted Huddersfield Town’s defeat took some of the gloss off the occasion.

It was only a second senior outing for the on-loan teenage left-back, his first coming for parent club Leicester City at Hull City in the Capital One Cup earlier this season.

Chilwell got the nod ahead of Kyle Dempsey, who played at left-back against Sheffield Wednesday, and Town’s Australian international Jason Davidson.

Head coach David Wagner, who made four changes to his side overall, rated Chilwell’s performance as “excellent”.

The 18-year-old himself said: “In the first half I thought I did well. I got forward and got a few crosses in.

“In the second half I didn’t do as well. Their winger got tighter to me and my crosses weren’t as good.

“Overall I thought I had a decent game. It was my League debut and while I was a bit nervous, I enjoyed it.

“But the result is the most important thing and it didn’t go our way.”

Despite the scoreline, Chilwell thought Town’s display was encouraging and added: “Middlesbrough are a top team, but I thought we battered them, especially in the first half.

“To do that and not get something is tough to take.

“But we will try to take the positives going forward.

“We will work on creating and taking chances and the results will start to come.”

MK Dons’ goalless draw at Wolves meant Town, who have taken just one point from the last 18 available, slipped into the Championship relegation zone.

But Chilwell insisted: “The players are all upbeat and if we play like that week in, week out, we’ll be fine.”


Source: Examiner

26 new HIV infections occur every hour – Report

The number of adolescent deaths from AIDS has tripled over the last 15 years, according to new data released today by UNICEF.

AIDS is the number one cause of death among adolescents in Africa and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally.

Among HIV-affected populations, adolescents are the only group for which the mortality figures are not decreasing.

In sub-Saharan Africa, the region with the highest prevalence, girls are vastly more affected, accounting for 7 in 10 new infections among 15-19 year olds.
However, among adolescents in that age group in the region, just over 1 in 10 are tested for HIV.

“It is critical that young people who are HIV-positive have access to treatment, care and support,” said Craig McClure, head of UNICEF’s global HIV/AIDS programmes, at the Critical Thinking Forum in Johannesburg today. “At the same time, those who are HIV-negative must have access to the knowledge and means to help them to stay that way.”

According to the data in UNICEF’s Statistical Update on Children, Adolescents and AIDS, less than half of children under 2 months old are tested for HIV. Only 1 in 3 of the 2.6 million children under the age of 15 living with HIV are on treatment.

The new data states that most adolescents who die of AIDS-related illnesses acquired HIV when they were infants, 10 to 15 years ago, when fewer pregnant women and mothers living with HIV received antiretroviral medicines to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. These children have survived into their teenage years, sometimes without knowing their HIV status.

However, since 2000, nearly 1.3 million new infections among children have been averted, largely due to advances in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

By 2014, 3 in 5 pregnant women living with HIV received anti-retroviral treatment to prevent transmission of the virus to their babies. This has translated into a 60 per cent reduction in AIDS-related deaths among children under 4 years of age since 2000. These efforts to eliminate mother-to-child transmission will help to change the course of the epidemic for the next generation of adolescents.

The data reveal that currently among adolescents (15-19):

• 26 new infections occur every hour; and

• About half of those living with HIV are in just six countries: South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, India, Mozambique and Tanzania.

Source: Starrfm Online

Mahama knows his running mate – Boamah

As groups within the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) lobby John Mahama to pick their preferred choice as a running mate, Communications Minister said the president has already settled on one.

Dr Edward Omane Boamah in a Facebook post said Mahama’s “mind is clear on his choice of a running mate for the 2016 general elections.”

A group of supporters of the NDC Thursday issued a statement to Mahama to select foreign affairs minister Hanna Tetteh as his running-mate for the 2016 elections.

According to the group, the Awutu Senya West MP will make a better vice president for the country than Kwesi Amissah-Arthur. The call comes on the back of a similar one by a group from the Volta region pushing for the candidacy of Speaker of Parliament Doe Adjaho for the veep slot.

According to Dr Boamah, Mahama will name his running mate when he meets the Council of Elders of the “great NDC Party and the National Executive Committee.”
Mahama was endorsed as the presidential candidate of the NDC last weekend after garnering 95% of the total votes cast.

Great rapport
It will be recalled that in October, Mahama said in a Radio Ghana interview that he enjoys “working with my Vice President. As head of the Economic Planning Committee, my Vice has initiated many policy interventions to keep this country running.

“He is also good in the day-to-day running of the state anytime I’m out of the country performing functions as the head of the ECOWAS or on an official mission for the country. Mr. Amissah Arthur really takes care of everything,” Mahama told the host Emmanuel Essel, Monday.

When asked if he will maintain Amissah-Arthur as his running mate for the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections, Mahama replied: “I think it is too early to mention my running mate even before I get elected.”

When pressed further about it, he said: “I know who he would be.”

Source: Ghana/

Ten SHS students suspended for watching porn video

Ten female students of the Namong Senior High School in the Ashanti region have been suspended for watching pornography at their dormitory.

They were caught in the action by their Housemistress. The headmaster of the school Victor Owusu Ansah told the media that his outfit had received information that the practice was popular among the female students.

He said their investigations had revealed that many of the female students had different kinds of porn videos on their phones and often entertain themselves with them.

He said the Housemistress upon a tip-off proceeded to the dormitory and caught the students watching the X-rated movie.

They, according to him, admitted to the breach of the school’s regulations before they were suspended. He said the school authorities has asked them to come along with their parents in order to sign a bond of good behavior before they could be reconsidered.