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Travelling exhibition on the humpback whale opens in Seychelles

A travelling exhibition about the humpback whale has opened in Seychelles. “Mysterious Cetacean” opened on Friday at the museum of natural history in Victoria - the capital city of the island nation. Begum Nageon de Lestang, who is with the Indian Ocea
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Travelling exhibition on the humpback whale opens in Seychelles

A travelling exhibition about the humpback whale has opened in Seychelles. “Mysterious Cetacean” opened on Friday at the museum of natural history in Victoria - the capital city of the island nation. Begum Nageon de Lestang, who is with the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC)-European Union (EU) Biodiversity Programme, told SNA that the display is organised by the Biodiversity Programme of the IOC with funding from the EU.  “The aim of the exhibition is to present scientific knowledge on humpback whales and raise awareness about the need to protect them, especially as whale watching is a new economic activity in the southwest Indian Ocean,” said Nageon de Lestang. ...

Seychelles protects patch of ocean the size of Great Britain; Leonardo DiCaprio cheers the news

Seychelles on Wednesday announced an area of ocean the size of Great Britain that will be newly protected from overfishing, pollution, and unplanned development to guard against climate change while not slowing economic progress. American actor and environme
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Seychelles protects patch of ocean the size of Great Britain; Leonardo DiCaprio cheers the news

Seychelles on Wednesday announced an area of ocean the size of Great Britain that will be newly protected from overfishing, pollution, and unplanned development to guard against climate change while not slowing economic progress. American actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio was among those involved in the development. “The two new areas for protection and management together cover a total area of just over 200,000 square kilometres or 16 percent of Seychelles Exclusive Economic Zone,” said Didier Dogley, the Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change.  The first marine protected area includes 74,400 square kilometres of waters surrounding the extremely isolated Aldabra Atoll, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that has remained largely untouched by people....

FIFA says it trusts Russia to ensure safe World Cup despite clashes

The world football governing body FIFA expressed «complete trust» Friday in Russia's ability to ensure a safe World Cup despite fan violence in Spain during which a policeman died. A Basque officer died Thursday as hundreds of security forces cla
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FIFA says it trusts Russia to ensure safe World Cup despite clashes

The world football governing body FIFA expressed «complete trust» Friday in Russia's ability to ensure a safe World Cup despite fan violence in Spain during which a policeman died. A Basque officer died Thursday as hundreds of security forces clashed with supporters of Russian club Spartak Moscow in Bilbao before the start of a Europa League match. A regional police spokesman refused to comment on Spanish media speculation that he was killed in the street battles with scores of Russians wearing black hoodies. FIFA said it «deeply regrets» the incident but did not assign any blame. «As far as security for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is concerned, FIFA has complete trust in the security arrangements and comprehensive security concept developed by the Russian authorities and the Local Organising Committee,» a FIFA spokesperson told AFP. ...

Anger in NE Nigeria over Boko Haram 'abduction' response

Anger erupted in a town in remote northeast Nigeria on Thursday after officials fumbled to account for scores of schoolgirls who locals say have been kidnapped by Boko Haram jihadists -- a disappearance reviving traumatic memories of the abducted Chibok schoo
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Anger in NE Nigeria over Boko Haram 'abduction' response

Anger erupted in a town in remote northeast Nigeria on Thursday after officials fumbled to account for scores of schoolgirls who locals say have been kidnapped by Boko Haram jihadists -- a disappearance reviving traumatic memories of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls. Police said on Wednesday that 111 girls from the state-run boarding school in Dapchi, in Yobe state, were unaccounted for following a jihadist raid on Monday night. Hours later, Abdullahi Bego, spokesman for Yobe state governor Ibrahim Gaidam, said «some of the girls» had been rescued by troops «from the terrorists who abducted them». But on a visit to Dapchi on Thursday, Gaidam appeared to question whether there had been any abduction. «The girls scattered during the attack, and we can't be sure whether they were lost or taken,» he said....

UN Security Council set to vote on Syria ceasefire

The UN Security Council is expected to vote, probably on Thursday, on a draft resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow deliveries of humanitarian aid and medical evacuations, diplomats said. Sweden and Kuwait, which drafted the measure, requ
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UN Security Council set to vote on Syria ceasefire

The UN Security Council is expected to vote, probably on Thursday, on a draft resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow deliveries of humanitarian aid and medical evacuations, diplomats said. Sweden and Kuwait, which drafted the measure, requested the vote «as soon as possible,» the Swedish mission said Wednesday, adding that it will likely be scheduled for Thursday. It remained unclear whether Russia would resort to its veto to block the draft resolution. The push for a vote came after UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for a halt of the «war activities» in Eastern Ghouta, Syria's rebel enclave which has come under a fierce bombing campaign by government forces. As the death toll from airstrikes escalated sharply, Guterres said life for the 400,000 civilians of Eastern Ghouta had become «hell on earth». ...

2 cool UNESCO World Heritage Sites to visit in Seychelles

For visitors to Seychelles interested in exploring special reserves and protected areas, Seychelles' two World Heritage Sites sites are places that warrant a slot on your to-do list. Both properties are legally protected under national legislation and manage
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2 cool UNESCO World Heritage Sites to visit in Seychelles

For visitors to Seychelles interested in exploring special reserves and protected areas, Seychelles' two World Heritage Sites sites are places that warrant a slot on your to-do list. Both properties are legally protected under national legislation and managed by a public trust, the Seychelles Islands Foundation, with daily operations guided by a management.    Aldabra Atoll ...

Berlusconi, 81, seeks one last win in Italy vote

Despite a fraud conviction and sex scandal, Italy's 81-year-old former leader Silvio Berlusconi has one last political victory in his sights in general elections less than two weeks away. Temporarily banned from returning to public office himself, the billio
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Berlusconi, 81, seeks one last win in Italy vote

Despite a fraud conviction and sex scandal, Italy's 81-year-old former leader Silvio Berlusconi has one last political victory in his sights in general elections less than two weeks away. Temporarily banned from returning to public office himself, the billionaire media mogul still hopes to influence the country's political direction by leading a right-wing coalition in the March 4 polls. «I'm pretty confident of the result of the election and going to form a government with our centre-right allies,» he told a rally of youth activists from his Forza Italia party in Rome on Wednesday, in a typically outspoken address. «I can tell you how to stay young,» he added. "I'll tell you the brand of my suppositories....

New TV series shot in Seychelles will show need to watch children closely

A group of local film producers wants to create awareness of how precious children are and the importance of caring for them through the production of their latest short-series which will premiere on February 24. Dubbed “Disparet” (Creole for disappear)
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New TV series shot in Seychelles will show need to watch children closely

A group of local film producers wants to create awareness of how precious children are and the importance of caring for them through the production of their latest short-series which will premiere on February 24. Dubbed “Disparet” (Creole for disappear), the series is the brainchild of Albert Duncan, the scriptwriter, and founder at Orizinal Film, a production house in Seychelles, a 115-island archipelago in the western Indian Ocean. The series 'Disparet' will be premiered this Saturday at the Irish Rogan's Bar at the Docklands building at 9 p.m. Talking to SNA about the eight-episode-long series, Duncan said that he wanted “to write a story that people will be able to relate to and 'Disparet' has something for everyone in the society....

Private sector, government should work together to advance blue economy, Seychelles’ VP says

Sustainable development of the blue economy in Seychelles can be achieved if the private sector joins the government in its endeavours to ensure policies are implemented, Seychelles’ vice-president said Thursday. Vincent Meriton spoke at the ‘Financing S
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Private sector, government should work together to advance blue economy, Seychelles’ VP says

Sustainable development of the blue economy in Seychelles can be achieved if the private sector joins the government in its endeavours to ensure policies are implemented, Seychelles’ vice-president said Thursday. Vincent Meriton spoke at the ‘Financing Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Ocean Economies in Africa’ conference being held at Savoy Seychelles, Resort and Spa. The main objective of the two-day conference, co-hosted by Seychelles and the World Bank, is to advance the agenda of maximising finance for the development of the blue economy. “Government can set the rules for sustainable development of our ocean territory and ensure they are implemented, but development cannot take place without the strong participation of the private sector,” said Meriton. The vice president for Sustainable Development at the World Bank Group, Laura Tuck, agreed with Meriton, saying that “combining them is the only way that we can get healthier, more productive and more sustainable oceans....

Iran teams carry plane crash dead down from mountain

Iranian emergency teams on Wednesday began recovering the bodies of the dead from a plane that crashed high in the Zagros mountains with 66 people on board, officials said. No survivors have been found from Aseman Airlines flight EP3704, which disappeared fr
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Iran teams carry plane crash dead down from mountain

Iranian emergency teams on Wednesday began recovering the bodies of the dead from a plane that crashed high in the Zagros mountains with 66 people on board, officials said. No survivors have been found from Aseman Airlines flight EP3704, which disappeared from radar on Sunday morning, around 45 minutes after taking off from Tehran on a domestic flight. Search helicopters finally located the crash site after a break in the weather on Tuesday at a height of around 4,000 metres (13,000 feet) in the Dena range. But the altitude and weather conditions have meant that helicopters cannot land to recover the bodies of the dead and they are being brought down on the backs of emergency personnel to a road at the foot of the mountain. «At the moment, we have a snowstorm and icy winds on the peaks and visibility is very low,» the deputy commander of army ground forces, Brigadier General Nozar Nemati, told state television. ...

Cabbage, cauliflower and tomatoes among new trade products coming in from Kenya

Seychelles will start to trade 21 crop commodities with Kenya following a pest risk analysis undertaken on each crop, a top official of the Biosecurity Agency said on Tuesday. Earlier this year, trade with Kenya in the 21 crop commodities was approved by th
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Cabbage, cauliflower and tomatoes among new trade products coming in from Kenya

Seychelles will start to trade 21 crop commodities with Kenya following a pest risk analysis undertaken on each crop, a top official of the Biosecurity Agency said on Tuesday. Earlier this year, trade with Kenya in the 21 crop commodities was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean. Last year the island nation’s President Danny Faure and the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta entered into a wide-reaching agreement to enhance ties in trade and security. This bilateral agreement also applies to importation of agricultural products. Seychelles imports most of its meat and poultry products from Brazil. ...

Venezuela begins selling oil-backed cryptocurrency

Venezuela formally launched its new oil-backed cryptocurrency on Tuesday in an unconventional bid to haul itself out of a deepening economic crisis. The leftist Caracas government put 38.4 million units of the world's first state-backed digital currency, th
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Venezuela begins selling oil-backed cryptocurrency

Venezuela formally launched its new oil-backed cryptocurrency on Tuesday in an unconventional bid to haul itself out of a deepening economic crisis. The leftist Caracas government put 38.4 million units of the world's first state-backed digital currency, the Petro, on private pre-sale from the early hours. During the first 20 hours of the pre-sale, which runs through March 19, Venezuela received «intent to buy» offers to the tune of $735 million, according to President Nicolas Maduro. «The Petro reinforces our independence and economic sovereignty and will allow us to fight the greed of foreign powers that try to suffocate Venezuelan families to seize our oil,» he said. ...

Game plan for Seychellois football team: Score 2 goals, concede none, then advance

The Seychelles’ St. Louis football club has a chance to progress to the next round of the Total African Champions league on Wednesday when it faces the Young Africans of Tanzania on home ground. In its away match on Saturday, February 10, St. Louis lost 1-
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Game plan for Seychellois football team: Score 2 goals, concede none, then advance

The Seychelles’ St. Louis football club has a chance to progress to the next round of the Total African Champions league on Wednesday when it faces the Young Africans of Tanzania on home ground. In its away match on Saturday, February 10, St. Louis lost 1-0 to Young Africans playing in Dar es Salaam in front of around 65,000 Tanzanian fans. The Seychellois side now needs to score two goals and not concede any more to move to the second round, which starts in March. ...

Seychelles wins gold in badminton women’s doubles in African championship

A Seychellois women’s doubles badminton team has won gold in the African championship that took place in Algeria from February 16 to 18. The Seychelles’ team of Juliette Ah-Wan and Allisen Camille defeated the Algerian duo of Doha Hany and Hadia Hosny i
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Seychelles wins gold in badminton women’s doubles in African championship

A Seychellois women’s doubles badminton team has won gold in the African championship that took place in Algeria from February 16 to 18. The Seychelles’ team of Juliette Ah-Wan and Allisen Camille defeated the Algerian duo of Doha Hany and Hadia Hosny in the final on Sunday 21-18, 13-21 and 21-18. Speaking to SNA via Facebook, Ah-wan said, “I am so happy with our performance. I was not expecting gold.” ...

Seychellois man arrested on drug charges while boarding plane in South Africa

A Seychellois man has been arrested at OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa for being in possession of heroin, a South African news source reported on Sunday.  The News24 wrote: “The man, who is from the Seychelles, was about to board a flight t
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Seychellois man arrested on drug charges while boarding plane in South Africa

A Seychellois man has been arrested at OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa for being in possession of heroin, a South African news source reported on Sunday.  The News24 wrote: “The man, who is from the Seychelles, was about to board a flight to Mahe Island in his country when he was arrested.” The arrest last Wednesday was made when the security officer was conducting routine body searches of passengers, News24 reported. ...

Cape Town now faces dry taps by July 9

Residents of drought-stricken Cape Town received good news Tuesday when city officials said they now face losing piped water to their homes by July 9 -- a month later than last forecast. But Capetonians are not yet out of the woods. If drastic consumption re
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Cape Town now faces dry taps by July 9

Residents of drought-stricken Cape Town received good news Tuesday when city officials said they now face losing piped water to their homes by July 9 -- a month later than last forecast. But Capetonians are not yet out of the woods. If drastic consumption reductions are not achieved by so-called «Day Zero» -- the last day of normal water supply -- people will have to queue at 200 standpipes for daily rations of 25 litres (6.6 US gallons). The city, which attracts millions of tourists every year, has enforced strict waste controls including prosecuting homeowners who use significantly more than the current 50-litre daily limit. ...

South African delegation in Seychelles to study, assist fisheries sector

A South African delegation is in Seychelles on a three-day visit to study the fisheries sector of the island nation in order to provide the best-targeted assistance.  The three-person delegation from the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry an
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South African delegation in Seychelles to study, assist fisheries sector

A South African delegation is in Seychelles on a three-day visit to study the fisheries sector of the island nation in order to provide the best-targeted assistance.  The three-person delegation from the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, will be visiting facilities of the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) and the Seychelles Bureau of Standards from February 19 to 21. "Conducting such a study will put the delegation in a better position to know where they can assist Seychelles within the five key areas - research, management, monitoring, control and surveillance, aquaculture and promotion of fish trade and post-harvest,” said Jude Talma, Seychelles’ principal secretary for fisheries. He added that for South Africa to cooperate with and assist Seychelles, “they need to understand the situation on the ground....

'Do not test Israel's resolve', Netanyahu warns Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tehran on Sunday over aggressions by Iran and its «proxies» in Syria, saying he would not allow them to «put a noose of terror around our neck». Calling it «a message to the tyran
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'Do not test Israel's resolve', Netanyahu warns Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tehran on Sunday over aggressions by Iran and its «proxies» in Syria, saying he would not allow them to «put a noose of terror around our neck». Calling it «a message to the tyrants of Tehran», he warned in a speech at the Munich Security Conference: «Do not test Israel's resolve.» His fiery comments came as tensions between the arch enemies have mounted after clashes involving Syrian forces this month, sparked by Israel's downing of what it called an Iranian drone sent from Syria. With a theatrical flourish, Netanyahu brandished a rectangular piece of dark green metal at the podium. ...

New campaign in Seychelles markets neighbouring Reunion Island as a holiday destination

A first campaign has been launched in Seychelles to entice locals to visit the neighbouring island of Reunion – a French department in the Indian Ocean. The campaign - Discover Reunion Island - is being done through the local media, brochures, banners as w
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New campaign in Seychelles markets neighbouring Reunion Island as a holiday destination

A first campaign has been launched in Seychelles to entice locals to visit the neighbouring island of Reunion – a French department in the Indian Ocean. The campaign - Discover Reunion Island - is being done through the local media, brochures, banners as well with big posters on public buses. Marketing executive for Reunion in Seychelles, Daphnee Zahary, said that the promotion is being led by the Indian Ocean market office of the Reunion Tourism Board. “We know that Seychellois love travelling. The Reunion Island is really close to Seychelles but unfortunately, it is not really popular yet,” said Zahary, who is based at the Seychelles Tourism Board. ...

Ramaphosa targets graft, vows jobs in 'new dawn' for S.Africa

South Africa's freshly-appointed president, Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday hailed «a new dawn» as he pledged to tackle the corruption that his predecessor Jacob Zuma is accused of fostering. In his first major speech after Zuma's bruising nine-year te
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Ramaphosa targets graft, vows jobs in 'new dawn' for S.Africa

South Africa's freshly-appointed president, Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday hailed «a new dawn» as he pledged to tackle the corruption that his predecessor Jacob Zuma is accused of fostering. In his first major speech after Zuma's bruising nine-year term ended, Ramaphosa outlined a grand vision to revive the stagnant economy, address dire unemployment and control spiralling government debt. «We should put all the negativity that has dogged our country behind us because a new dawn is upon us and a wonderful dawn has arrived,» Ramaphosa told parliament in the annual State of the Nation address. «Tough decisions have to be made to close our fiscal gap, stabilise our debt and restore our state-owned enterprises to health,» he said, adding «our most grave and most pressing challenge is youth unemployment.» ...

Conservation group in Seychelles launches coral nursery on land

A conservation group from Anse Forbans has launched the first on-land coral nursery project to educate the community and act as a backup plan in case of a major seawater warming effect in Seychelles. The chairperson of the Anse Forbans Community Conservatio
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Conservation group in Seychelles launches coral nursery on land

A conservation group from Anse Forbans has launched the first on-land coral nursery project to educate the community and act as a backup plan in case of a major seawater warming effect in Seychelles. The chairperson of the Anse Forbans Community Conservation Programme, Lisa Booyse, said that Seychelles needs to be prepared as it is fast losing its corals to coral bleaching events and other issues such as human destruction, anchorage and marine pollution. “It is essential that we maintain our corals for our livelihoods, fish stock and to protect our beaches from erosion and flooding. As a community, we all need to start to realise the situation,” said Booyse. The project launched last week is an initiative of the Anse Forbans not-for-profit group from the southern Mahe district of Takamaka, in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles, DoubleTree Resort and Spa, and the Mauritius Commercial Bank....

Thirteen killed in Mexican quake zone helicopter crash

Thirteen people were killed in southern Mexico when a minister's helicopter crash-landed on its way to the epicenter of a powerful earthquake that rattled the region, officials said Saturday. The 7.2 magnitude quake caused only material damage when it struc
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Thirteen killed in Mexican quake zone helicopter crash

Thirteen people were killed in southern Mexico when a minister's helicopter crash-landed on its way to the epicenter of a powerful earthquake that rattled the region, officials said Saturday. The 7.2 magnitude quake caused only material damage when it struck late Friday, but it triggered a tragedy in the town of Santiago Jamiltepec in Oaxaca state, where the chopper landed on its side, crushing a van. Five women, four men, and three children were killed on the spot, while another person died in hospital, the Oaxaca prosecutor's office said. On board the UH-60 Black Hawk military helicopter were Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca state Governor Alejandro Murat, who were unharmed. ...

Happy puppies: Animal welfare group in Seychelles gets upgraded facilities

The Seychelles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) is now in a better position to serve their mandate with the opening of their new and more spacious animal welfare shelter. “More strays and unwanted puppies will now be able to be shel
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Happy puppies: Animal welfare group in Seychelles gets upgraded facilities

The Seychelles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) is now in a better position to serve their mandate with the opening of their new and more spacious animal welfare shelter. “More strays and unwanted puppies will now be able to be sheltered with the relocation of the society to Zone 20 of the Providence Industrial zone,” said Jimmy Marie, the office manager at society. Before the opening of their new shelter at Providence - located on the eastern coast of the main island of Mahe - on February 6, the society was operating under the same roof as the veterinary services at Union Vale – on the outskirts of the capital city Victoria. Marie said that space was a major Issue. Manpower was another problem the society was facing. ...

Military agreement will benefit both Seychelles and India, high commissioner says

The signing of a revised agreement between Seychelles and India earlier this year will benefit both countries, a top official of the Indian High Commission said on Friday. The Indian High Commissioner to Seychelles, Ausaf Sayeed, said the agreement will prov
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Military agreement will benefit both Seychelles and India, high commissioner says

The signing of a revised agreement between Seychelles and India earlier this year will benefit both countries, a top official of the Indian High Commission said on Friday. The Indian High Commissioner to Seychelles, Ausaf Sayeed, said the agreement will provide Seychelles with the opportunity to enhance its military capabilities and safeguard its marine zone. “In return, India will benefit through better communication and safe trade in the region as most imports of goods pass through the Indian Ocean,” Sayeed told journalists.  Seychelles and India signed the 20-year agreement in January that will enable the construction of military infrastructures on Assumption Island....

Zimbabwe's leading opposition leader Tsvangirai dies at 65

Morgan Tsvangirai, the veteran Zimbabwean opposition leader who confronted Robert Mugabe's regime for many years, died on Wednesday after a battle with cancer, a party official said. He was 65. Tsvangirai, who founded the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC
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Zimbabwe's leading opposition leader Tsvangirai dies at 65

Morgan Tsvangirai, the veteran Zimbabwean opposition leader who confronted Robert Mugabe's regime for many years, died on Wednesday after a battle with cancer, a party official said. He was 65. Tsvangirai, who founded the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party in 1999, was among the most prominent critics of Mugabe, the long-time authoritarian leader who was ousted from power in November. «It is sad for me to announce that we have lost our icon and fighter for democracy,» Elias Mudzuri, one of the vice-presidents of the MDC, said on Twitter. Tsvangirai's death in a South African hospital, where he was receiving treatment, was confirmed to AFP by two other senior party members. ...

Divorce on Valentine’s Day: Seychellois political party Lalyans Seselwa leaves opposition coalition

The Seychellois opposition party Lalyans Seselwa has broken away from the opposition coalition Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) saying that cohabitation is not working. Party leader Patrick Pillay, who last month resigned as the Speaker of the National Assemb
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Divorce on Valentine’s Day: Seychellois political party Lalyans Seselwa leaves opposition coalition

The Seychellois opposition party Lalyans Seselwa has broken away from the opposition coalition Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) saying that cohabitation is not working. Party leader Patrick Pillay, who last month resigned as the Speaker of the National Assembly and the elected member for Anse Boileau district, said there are two main reasons for what he said was a divorce on Valentine’s Day. “There is some time now that I have been calling for fresh presidential elections as I believe in an elected president and not a selected one,” said Pillay, adding that “I have not received the support of the rest of the leaders in LDS.  I was calling for elections to be held in 2018 whilst they wanted to wait until 2020.” ...

Divorce à la Saint-Valentin: le parti politique seychellois Lalyans Seselwa quitte la coalition de l'opposition

Un des partis de l’opposition aux Seychelles Lalyans Seselwa s'est séparé de la coalition de l'opposition Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) en déclarant que la cohabitation ne fonctionne pas. Le chef du parti, Patrick Pillay, qui a démissionné le mois d
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Divorce à la Saint-Valentin: le parti politique seychellois Lalyans Seselwa quitte la coalition de l'opposition

Un des partis de l’opposition aux Seychelles Lalyans Seselwa s'est séparé de la coalition de l'opposition Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) en déclarant que la cohabitation ne fonctionne pas. Le chef du parti, Patrick Pillay, qui a démissionné le mois dernier en tant que président de l'Assemblée nationale et membre élu pour le district d'Anse Boileau, a déclaré qu'il y avait deux raisons principales à son divorce à la Saint-Valentin. «Depuis un certain temps j'appelle à de nouvelles élections présidentielles car je crois en un président élu et non choisi», a déclaré M. Pillay, ajoutant que "je n'ai pas reçu le soutien du reste des dirigeants de LDS. J'appelais à des élections en 2018 alors qu'ils voulaient attendre jusqu'en 2020....

Tears and guilt grip survivors at US school shooting vigils

Florida teen Stacey Sayers says she is on an emotional roller coaster -- happy to have survived the carnage at her high school, but overwhelmed by what her classmates have lost. The 15-year-old was one of thousands who honored the victims in a series of vigi
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Tears and guilt grip survivors at US school shooting vigils

Florida teen Stacey Sayers says she is on an emotional roller coaster -- happy to have survived the carnage at her high school, but overwhelmed by what her classmates have lost. The 15-year-old was one of thousands who honored the victims in a series of vigils on Thursday, the day after the deadly shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. «I feel so bad for those kids who died,» Sayers told AFP as she gathered with hundreds of people for an afternoon ceremony in a public park in Parkland, north of Miami. Thousands more turned out for an evening candlelight vigil. «They couldn't get up this morning and do their makeup like I got to do and just fall in love and have children -- they can't do any of that,» she said. ...

Seychelles’ schools to gain autonomy, implement anti-bullying policy

Public schools in Seychelles this year will be implementing an anti-bullying policy, and all parents will be asked to sign social contracts making them responsible and accountable for their child’s behaviour. State schools will also be self-governed with m
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Seychelles’ schools to gain autonomy, implement anti-bullying policy

Public schools in Seychelles this year will be implementing an anti-bullying policy, and all parents will be asked to sign social contracts making them responsible and accountable for their child’s behaviour. State schools will also be self-governed with minimal interference from the Ministry for Education and Human Resource Development. Joel Morgan, minister for education and human resource development, gave details of these new changes to reporters last week. Morgan said that state schools will gain autonomy but school management and councils will be accountable for schools’ performance. “The ministry will have an oversight of the policy under the education act....

Vice President of Cuba visits Seychelles as part of African tour

The Cuban Vice President Mercedes López Acea is on a two-day visit to Seychelles as part of Cuba’s effort to strengthen its ties to the African continent, a press release from State House said on Wednesday. López Acea met with Danny Faure, the President
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Vice President of Cuba visits Seychelles as part of African tour

The Cuban Vice President Mercedes López Acea is on a two-day visit to Seychelles as part of Cuba’s effort to strengthen its ties to the African continent, a press release from State House said on Wednesday. López Acea met with Danny Faure, the President of Seychelles on Wednesday afternoon at State House in Victoria to discuss state affairs. The Cuban Vice President will also be meeting with Seychelles' Vice President, Vincent Meriton.  During her visit, the Cuban Vice President will also be looking at the ongoing bilateral engagement between Cuba and Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean. ...

Aid reaches cyclone-hit Tonga as storm passes Fiji

International aid began trickling in on Wednesday to areas of Tonga devastated by Cyclone Gita, as Fiji escaped the worst of the storm's fury. Military aircraft from Australia and New Zealand flew emergency supplies to Nuku'alofa, which was battered early Tu
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Aid reaches cyclone-hit Tonga as storm passes Fiji

International aid began trickling in on Wednesday to areas of Tonga devastated by Cyclone Gita, as Fiji escaped the worst of the storm's fury. Military aircraft from Australia and New Zealand flew emergency supplies to Nuku'alofa, which was battered early Tuesday by the most powerful cyclone ever recorded in the capital. Fiji feared similar destruction when the tempest moved over its southern Lau islands early Wednesday, but initial indications were encouraging. Fiji's maritime rescue centre said there had been no reports of casualties in the remote and sparsely populated islands, while state broadcaster FBC said three houses had been destroyed, along with plantation crops. «At this stage it seems Fiji can count itself lucky in terms of the amount of damage,» Fiji Disaster Management Office director Anare Leweniqila told the New Zealand Herald. ...

Need Valentine's Day plans? Reggae artist Judy Boucher is performing in Seychelles

A well-known reggae and R&B singer from St Vincent -- Judy Boucher -- will be performing in Seychelles for the first time on Valentine’s Day.  Boucher will perform on Wednesday at 9 p.m. at the Berjaya Beau Vallon resort and casino in the north of the mai
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Need Valentine's Day plans? Reggae artist Judy Boucher is performing in Seychelles

A well-known reggae and R&B singer from St Vincent -- Judy Boucher -- will be performing in Seychelles for the first time on Valentine’s Day.  Boucher will perform on Wednesday at 9 p.m. at the Berjaya Beau Vallon resort and casino in the north of the main island Mahe....

S.Africa police raid house of Zuma's allies in graft probe

South African police Wednesday raided the Johannesburg home of the business family accused of overseeing government corruption under President Jacob Zuma, who has been ordered to resign by his party. Zuma is expected to respond to the ANC party's order late
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S.Africa police raid house of Zuma's allies in graft probe

South African police Wednesday raided the Johannesburg home of the business family accused of overseeing government corruption under President Jacob Zuma, who has been ordered to resign by his party. Zuma is expected to respond to the ANC party's order later Wednesday, hours after police arrived at the Gupta family's heavily protected house in the upmarket suburb of Saxonwold in the early morning. «We have now left the compound. It is an operation that is ongoing related to issues of 'state capture',» police spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi told AFP referring to the alleged corruption of state institutions under Zuma's reign. The president, who could be ousted in a parliamentary vote of no confidence if he clings to office, has «agreed in principle to resign», secretary-general of the African National Congress (ANC) Ace Magashule said Tuesday. ...

Oxfam vows shake-up after Haiti sex abuse

Oxfam announced a new raft of measures to tackle sexual abuse cases after being ordered to meet the British government on Monday to explain its handling of a 2011 prostitution scandal involving its aid workers in Haiti. The British-based charity will reexami
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Oxfam vows shake-up after Haiti sex abuse

Oxfam announced a new raft of measures to tackle sexual abuse cases after being ordered to meet the British government on Monday to explain its handling of a 2011 prostitution scandal involving its aid workers in Haiti. The British-based charity will reexamine the episode as part of an independent review started this year to drive out unacceptable behaviour, while pledging to improving the recruitment, vetting and management of staff. «It is not sufficient to be appalled by the behaviour of our former staff -- we must and will learn from it and use it as a spur to improvement,» Caroline Thomson, Oxfam's chair of trustees, said in a statement. She confirmed the charity would meet with the Department for International Development (DFID) on Monday and the Charity Commission, which regulates the sector, later this week. Earlier Sunday Britain's International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt warned Oxfam to cooperate with a renewed probe into the scandal or face repercussions. ...

Truck drivers protest in Seychelles' capital over exclusion from Chinese project

A group of pickup truck drivers demanding better work conditions held a protest on the State House Avenue in Seychelles’ capital Victoria for a second consecutive day on Tuesday.  The drivers of trucks for hire are asking the authorities to design a natio
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Truck drivers protest in Seychelles' capital over exclusion from Chinese project

A group of pickup truck drivers demanding better work conditions held a protest on the State House Avenue in Seychelles’ capital Victoria for a second consecutive day on Tuesday.  The drivers of trucks for hire are asking the authorities to design a national tariff. They are also demanding that they are contracted to participate in big national projects. They cited as an example the work for raising the main water reservoir at La Gogue in the north of the main island Mahe....

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