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8 Chadian Soldiers Killed In Boko Haram Attack

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8 Chadian Soldiers Killed In Boko Haram Attack

Eight Chadian soldiers died in a Boko Haram attack in the Lake Chad region on Wednesday, with 48 jihadists killed as the army retaliated, a military spokesperson told AFP.

“Boko Haram terrorists attacked defence force positions in Kaiga Kindji early this morning,” the spokesperson said.

The attack, which left 11 other soldiers wounded, had been “vigorously” repulsed, he added.

Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency has devastated the Lake Chad region since the group took up arms in Nigeria in 2009.

The jihadists’ campaign of violence has left at least 27 000 people dead, displaced some two million others and triggered a humanitarian crisis.

Chad, Cameroon and Niger have all joined the military effort by Nigeria to crush Boko Haram. Chad has seen a recent increase in attacks by the group.

A Chadian soldier was killed earlier this month after Boko Haram launched a mortar attack on a military camp in Litri, close to the Nigeria border.

In late September, six people, including two soldiers, were killed in another Boko Haram attack on the Chadian shores of Lake Chad, in which 17 of the attackers were shot dead by the army.

The Nigerian army has recently intensified operations in the Lake Chad region, including air strikes against the jihadist group, according to Nigerian military sources.

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Gabon Amends Constitution To Fill Vacuum Left By Ailing President

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Gabon Amends Constitution To Fill Vacuum Left By Ailing President

Gabon has amended the constitution to allow the Vice-president or Prime Minister to run cabinet meetings if the President is temporarily unavailable. In a move to avert a political crisis brought about by the ill health of President Ali Bongo, who remains in hospital in Saudi Arabia, after suffering what is rumored to be a stroke last month.

Although his cabinet has earlier said he only suffered fatigue. His office finally admitted on Sunday he was recovering from surgery.

The fifty-nine year old president has not been seen in public since, and the state of his health is unknown.  Some are even now questioning whether he was still alive.

The decision by the constitutional court, which the opposition says is illegal, is the first move to fill the vacuum.

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Tens Of Thousands Of Africans Die Each Year Due To Fake Drugs – Report

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Tens Of Thousands Of Africans Die Each Year Due To Fake Drugs - Report

An E.U. funded report released this week says, tens of thousands of people in Africa die each year because of fake and counterfeit medication.

Manufacturers of the fake drugs are said to prey on poorer countries more than their richer counterparts, with up to 30 times greater penetration of fakes in the supply chain.

It added that the drugs are mainly made in China but also in India, Paraguay, Pakistan and the United Kingdom.

The report says almost half the fake and low-quality medicines reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) between 2013 and last year were found to be in sub-Saharan Africa. The report was also backed by Interpol and the institute for security studies.

Substandard or fake anti-malarials cause the deaths of between 64,000 and 158,000 persons per year in sub-Saharan Africa.

W.H.O. Says, the counterfeit drug market is worth around $200 billion worldwide annually, making it the most lucrative trade of illegally copied goods, and its impact has been devastating.

Nigeria said more than 80 children were killed in 2009 by a teething syrup tainted with a chemical normally used in engine coolant and blamed for causing kidney failure.

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Medical Team Of Chinese Peacekeeping Force Gives Emergency Treatment To UN Employees In Mali

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Medical Team Of Chinese Peacekeeping Force Gives Emergency Treatment To UN Employees In Mali

The medical team of the sixth batch of Chinese Peacekeeping force in Mali gave emergency treatment on Monday to nine United Nations employees who were injured in a suicidal car bomb attack in the Gao region.

Four UN employees were brought to the Chinese Medical Team by the United Nations multi-dimensional integrated stabilization mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

After a preliminary check, Chinese medical workers found one suffered from a rib fracture, and head injury. One with injuries at his right heel and rupture, and the other two with some health condition.

The Chinese medical workers helped the injured to stop bleeding, clean wounds and suture the wounds.

As they were treating the four, another five injured UN employees arrived 20 minutes later. Seven patients with slight injuries have been discharged.

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