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  • South Africa's Saidy Brown: 'Why I shared my HIV status on Twitter'

    "When I found out at 14 that I was HIV-positive, I didn't think I would live to see 18, I am turning 22 this year." Since Saidy Brown tweeted those words on Friday, thousands of people have re-shared her hopeful message, with many praising her courage for speaking publicly about her own experience with the virus.

    Activist Saidy, who describes herself as an HIVictor in her Twitter bio, has been speaking to the BBC about the extraordinary reaction to her post, why it took so long for her to be diagnosed and the challenges of dating for someone who is HIV-positive.

    Deciding to tweet

    "I've always disclosed my status. I started disclosing it when I was 18. I usually use Facebook to talk to people about HIV and Aids," she says.

    "But I've been having this urgent feeling to post it on Twitter, so it wouldn't be just limited to my Facebook friends. I needed the world to get into conversations about this virus."

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  • Ex-IMF chief Rodrigo Rato gets 4.5 years for embezzlement

    Former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail for embezzling money from two Spanish banks he used to run.

    A court in Madrid found him and more than 60 other former bankers guilty of using undeclared corporate credit cards to finance lavish lifestyles.

    About €12m (£10.1m; $12.7m) was spent from Caja Madrid and Bankia in 2003-12. Rato, 67, had denied any wrongdoing.

    Bankia was rescued in 2012 at huge public expense.

    About 200,000 small-scale savers - who had been persuaded to convert their savings into shares before Bankia's flotation in 2011 - lost their money.

    During the trial, Rato argued that the corporate credit cards were part of his pay package.

    All the card purchases during that period were not declared to the tax authorities.

    Rato resigned as head of Bankia shortly before its near-collapse in 2012.

    He led the International Monetary Fund in 2004-07. Before that he served as Spain's economy minister.

    Source:BBC

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  • Gambia dog that killed President Barrow's son put down

     

    The dog that killed the eight-year-old son of Gambian President Adama Barrow has been put down, the agriculture ministry has said.

    Habibu Barrow died in hospital after being bitten by the dog last month at his aunt's house in a coastal resort near Banjul.

    The attack happened before Mr Barrow was inaugurated and while he was still in Senegal for his safety.

    The president, who recently returned to the Gambia, missed his son's funeral.

    Reports say that Habibu - one of the president's five children - was mauled by the dog and sustained a head injury.

    The animal, which was not infected with rabies, was put down on Tuesday, according to officials.

    "We concluded that it was not wise to allow this dog to continue roaming in the streets," a source in the veterinary unit of the department of agriculture said.

    Many homes in the upmarket area of Fajara, where Habibu was staying along with his mother and other siblings, have security dogs to ward off intruders.

    Mr Barrow, who won elections in December, was living in neighbouring Senegal at the time after the previous Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh, refused to step down.

    He returned to the Gambia last week after Mr Jammeh agreed to leave the country.

    Source: BBC.com

     

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  • Hundreds of Deportees from US Stuck at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

     Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) – Hundreds of deportees from several airports across the United States have stuck at Ethiopia’s Bole International Airport, media reports disclosed. The deportees were sent back to Ethiopia after the newly elected U.S President Donald Trump banned entry to the United States from seven countries.

    It is not yet clear why those passengers said to be of Somali, Sudanese and Yemeni origins preferred Ethiopia to be their destination and staying at the departure terminal of Bole Airport.

    Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Workineh Gebyehu refused to comment on the matter saying “I have no information on the matter” Ethio-News flash, an online media outlet allegedly funded by the ministry of foreign affairs, on its part reported that some of the deportees are about to file lawsuits against the Trump administration.

    Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg, is filing charges against the U.S government, representing two Yemeni brothers who were deported from Dulles International Airport and forced to sign a document relinquishing their green cards.

    “I am informed that there are a ton of returnees from airports all over the US, at Addis Ababa Intl, and the Ethiopian government is telling them they have only one more day to stay before it kicks them all out back to the countries they originally came from,” Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg was quoted as saying by ethio-news flash.

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  • Eritrea’s First Four People Injured And Transferred To The Hospital

     

    An Eritrean party ended in a fight and stabbing, with four injured.

    On Sunday morning January 29, 2017, shortly before 04:00 Oclock, the Kapo was reported a dispute in the community center Telli. The injured patrols found several injured persons as well as several, partially drunken, Eritrean. The first investigations revealed that there was a fight at a party. At least one knife was used. Four people were injured and transferred to the hospital.

    A suspected perpetrator could be arrested. The public prosecutor’s office Lenzburg-Aarau has opened a procedure and the further investigations are running.

     

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