Author: Kennin Monroe

On the first anniversary of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan’s deadliest border war, marked in September, irascible Kyrgyz national-security chief Kamchybek Tashiev aired his frustrations at the slow progress in talks aimed at demarcating the disputed frontier. Tajikistan, said Tashiev, was making “territorial claims” against Kyrgyzstan in the talks. “But our answer is that there should be no such claims,” Tashiev fumed, noting ominously that Kyrgyzstan had found “new documents” related to the border. “Based on those, we know that many parts of Kyrgyzstan had been given to Tajikistan,” he claimed. “If [Tajikistan] does not renounce its territorial claims against Kyrgyzstan then…

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For years, the exact reason behind the yellow color of urine remained a mystery, puzzling scientists and medical professionals alike. However, a recent breakthrough has finally shed light on this everyday biological trait. A new study found that an enzyme, known as bilirubin reductase, is ultimately responsible for giving urine its characteristic yellow color. “It’s remarkable that an everyday biological phenomenon went unexplained for so long, and our team is excited to be able to explain it,” said lead author Brantley Hall, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland’s Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics. The journey from red…

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Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance presented its 3D Hajj app to visitors at the Jusoor exhibition in Morocco, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Through the app, users can immerse themselves in an augmented-reality experience while learning the ritual steps involved in performing Hajj and Umrah. A high-quality realistic modeling system is used by the app through smartphones, and its services are interactive and require no internet connection. It supports the Arabic, English, French and Urdu languages, and one can easily get more information and answers on the app through voice and image. It is available for…

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Brussels (25/11 – 33.3) Tajikistan Supreme Court has sentenced a widely respected 65-year-old female journalist, Ulfathonim Mamadshoeva, to 21 years in prison on charges of incitement to overthrowing the government. Mamadshoeva was accused by the authorities of being a leading figure behind the political turbulence that rocked her native Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) earlier this year. State propaganda has previously alleged that the veteran reporter and activist hatched the purported plot, for which no credible evidence has been produced, at the behest of an unnamed foreign government. Mamadshoeva’s brother, Khursand, was last week sentenced to 18 years in prison on…

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No investigation has yet been opened into the death of a Sudanese woman journalist who was run down by a vehicle of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces 20 days ago, on 10 October. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls the Sudanese authorities to identify the persons responsible and bring them to justice. The journalist, Halima Idris Salim, was covering fighting between the regular army and the paramilitaries in Omdurman, a city on the opposite bank of the Nile from the capital Khartoum, when a Rapid Support Forces vehicle knocked her down and left her for dead. It is still hard to know whether she was deliberately killed,…

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Paris, Wellington, Cape Town (29/10 – 18) South Africa has produced another magnificent defensive performance, to win the 2023 World Rugby Cup final. The Springboks beat New Zealand 12-11 in a Saturday thriller at Stade de France, Saint-Denis, thus becoming the first nation to win four Rugby World Cup titles – after their previous triumphs in 1995, 2007, and 2019. Four Handre Pollard penalties gave the Springboks a 12-6 lead in the first half. By that time, New Zealand already lost captain Sam Cane, red-carded for a high tackle on Jesse Kriel in the 32nd minute. The All Blacks only…

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In a bid to connect West Africa to eastern Africa, Uganda Airlines Friday commenced flight operations to Nigeria through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos. This was coming 21 years after both countries signed the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) for flight operations. The inaugural flight of the airline touched down at the MMIA from Entebbe International Airport with passengers and a government delegation. The A330-800 aircraft was received with a ceremonial water cannon salute from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Firefighting and Rescue Services. And just as the airline commenced the three weekly flights to Lagos,…

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned about the ongoing malaria outbreak in Ethiopia, as more than two million cases have been reported across the country. The WHO, in its periodic bulletin on outbreaks and other emergencies on the African continent, issued Thursday, said since January this year, Ethiopia has experienced a significant malaria outbreak, with reports from various regions. “Cumulatively, from Jan. 1 through Sept. 10, a total of 2,235,311 cases have been reported in Ethiopia.” Figures from the WHO showed that four regions affected by the malaria outbreak have reported incidence rates exceeding 2,000 cases per 100,000 population.…

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President William Ruto has renamed the Kericho Green Stadium after Kenya’s first ever Olympic Games medallist, Wilson Kiprugut Chumo, who died last year aged 84.The President made the announcement during this year’s Mashujaa Day fete held on Friday at the stadium in Kericho County. “Allow me to celebrate Kiprugut Chumo, the first Kenyan athlete to win an Olympic medal by renaming this Kericho Green Stadium after him, I think he deserves it,” said President Ruto. Chumo, a legendary middle distance runner, won Kenya her maiden medal at the Summer Games in 1964 during the Tokyo Olympic Games, striking a bronze…

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Poland Media Association have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on October 18, 2023, aimed at establishing the Journalists House. This initiative is designed to enhance media exchanges and collaboration between Nigerian and Polish journalists, as well as to promote communication and professional understanding between the two countries. The MOU was formally signed by leaders from both organizations, with Dr. Christopher Isiguzo representing NUJ and Mr. Marek Traczyk representing the Polish Media Association. This significant agreement was a key highlight of the Belt and Road Journalists Forum in Beijing, China, which saw…

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