independent.co.uk — Writer Chinua Achebe shunned Nigeria's corrupt politicians and twice turned down national honours, never fearing to criticise those he felt ruined his country. Yesterday, however, the lawmakers and the country's elite came to praise him. Hundreds attended Achebe's funeral among the rolling hills of his eastern Nigeria home, a service that saw President Goodluck Jonathan literally hold up the writer's books.
m.apnews.com — EDITH M. LEDERER Published: Yesterday UNITED NATIONS (AP) - China has offered to contribute troops to the new U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, where Islamist jihadists controlled the country's north until French-led troops launched an offensive in January to oust them, a U.N. official said Thursday. Andre-Michel Essoungou, a spokesman for the U.N.
lustigletter.blogspot.com — Perhaps it might be useful, as we contemplate the horror of the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in Woolwich on Wednesday, to have a quick look through the history books. In 1971, for example, Robert Campbell killed 15 people in a bomb attack on McGurk's bar in Belfast.
bbc.co.uk — A bomb planted in a rickshaw has killed at least 12 people in Quetta in south west Pakistan, officials say. At least 10 of the dead were said to be security personnel. A number of other people were wounded. "The target was a truck of Balochistan Constabulary which was carrying the security personnel," police official Fayyaz Sumbal said.
dailymaverick.co.za — US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama are planning a three-nation tour to Africa, 26 June to 3 July. The visit is one that has long been anticipated by Africans, but has it come too late to generate the kind of enormous buzz that might have happened had this trip happened several years earlier?
nation.co.ke — Politics In Summary Leading politicians top list of people accused of inciting others to violence, abetting torture and grabbing land More than 30 sitting and former MPs or senators are among prominent personalities facing fresh prosecutions following allegations that they were behind the election violence that led to the killing of 1,133 people in 2007/2008.
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