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16 AFRICA Thursday, April 12 2018 | NEW ERA Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir who has ordered the release of all political prisoners. Sudan’s Bashir orders release of ‘all political detainees’ Khartoum President omar al-Bashir on tuesday ordered the release of “all political detainees” held in Sudan, state media said, weeks after massive arrests in a crackdown on anti-government protests. hundreds of opposition activists, leaders and protesters were arrested in January by security agents to curb demonstrations that erupted on the back of rising food prices, including bread. “President omar al-Bashir on tuesday issued a decree to release all political detainees held across the agency reported, quoting a decree issued by Bashir. “the decision aims to promote peace and harmony among all political parties in order to create a positive environment for achieving national goals,” it said. the January arrests came after sporadic protests erupted in the capital Khartoum and some other towns of Sudan after the price of bread more than doubled. Some activists were later freed but many remain in detention, including top opposition leaders Khaled omar of Sudanese Congress Party and mokhtar al-Khatib, head of Sudan how many prisoners would be set free or identify any of them. the united States and European embassies in Sudan had called for the release of all detainees, with Washington’s mission in Khartoum saying that many were being held in “inhumane conditions”. Sudanese authorities had cracked down on protesters in a bid to prevent a repeat of deadly unrest that followed an earlier round of subsidy cuts in 2013. at that time dozens of people were killed when security forces crushed demonstrations, rights groups say. - Nampa/AFP 17 killed in troubled district of Bangui Seventeen people were killed in Bangui, capital of the Central african republic (Car), where an aFP reporter saw Wednesday. residents of the PK5 district laid out the bodies of 17 men in front of the headquarters of they had been killed in clashes on tuesday between local armed “Yesterday they killed lots of people. here are the dead, which we have brought here,” one man told aFP, as the bodies, draped in white, were laid before the closed door of the mission. vehicles were stationed around a security source late tuesday and eight others wounded in the violence, which came when their patrol was ambushed on the outskirts of the neighbourhood. “a rwandan patrol supported by Central african forces was shot at and then pursued the attackers into PK5,” the source had told aFP. the violence marks a fresh and militia groups that control most of the Car’s territory. the Car spiralled into bloodshed after longtime leader Francois Bozize was overthrown in 2013 by the mainly muslim Seleka rebel alliance. France intervened militarily to push out the Seleka alliance, but the country -- one of the poorest in the world -- remains plagued by violence between ex-rebels and vigilante militias. many armed groups are nominally organised along for control of revenue from extortion, roadblocks or mineral resources. the PK5 was once a muslim rebel bastion, but is now home to several criminal groups that have taken advantage of the weakness of the state. dismantle all the armed groups’ bases in the area unless they hand over their weapons, according to sources. a series of clashes began on on patrol in PK5 came under attack and returned fire. a security sweep began in the area on Sunday, which was followed by tuesday’s bloodshed. - Nampa/AFP Former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe Mugabe to be summoned over diamond mining probe Former Zimbabwe President robert mugabe is to be summoned by a committee of lawmakers in Zimbabwe to testify at a parliament probe into lost revenue from diamond mining. the lawmakers plan to question mugabe over his 2016 claim that the country had lost billion (12.13 billion euros) in income from diamonds due to corruption and foreign exploitation, Kenya’s Daily mugabe, who was kicked out of power last year in a military takeover, has previously been accused of siphoning off “the committee resolved to call the former president to testify,” temba mliswa, an independent lawmaker who chairs parliament’s committee on mines and energy said. “he was the president, and we want to know where he was from.” hearing and it remains uncertain if the aging former dictator, now 94, will ultimately face a grilling from lawmakers. - African News Agency (ANA) Egypt court sentences 36 to death for role in church bombings a military court in Egypt tuesday sentenced 36 people to death for their role in several deadly church bombings, their lawyers said. a string of bomb attacks on Coptic churches in Cairo, city of tanta between 2016 and 2017 killed at least 80 people. the bombings were claimed by according to defence lawyers, a total of 48 people appeared before the military court accused of playing a role in the attacks. Egypt’s Coptic minority makes up around 10 percent of its 96-million-strong population, and they have been targeted on - Nampa/AFP

Thursday, April 12 2018 | NEW ERA WORLD 17 Korean kills neighbour’s dog, invites him to share meat Seoul A South Korean farmer killed and cooked a neighbour’s barking dog before inviting its unsuspecting owner to join him for a dog-meat dinner, police said Wednesday, in a case that has sparked online outrage. The 62-year-old unnamed man confessed to the crime after another neighbour tipped off the pet owner’s family. He claimed he was so irritated by the dog’s constant barking that he threw a stone at the two-year-old Welsh Corgi, resulting in the animal losing consciousness. “only after the dog passed out, he claims, he strangled the animal and cooked it,” a detective in the southern city of Pyeongtaek told AFP. “The man then invited his neighbours to share the meal, including the father of the dog-owning family”, he said. Dog meat has long been a part of South Korean cuisine. But consumption has declined as South Koreans increasingly embrace the idea of dogs as pets instead of livestock, with eating them now something of a taboo among younger generations. The case came to light when a daughter of the family this week published an online plea calling for public support to ensure that the offender be punished sternly. A petition has so far gained almost 15,000 signatures. “We had been all around the town, dog’s picture, phone number and rewards of one million won (0), the daughter told AFP by phone, asking for her family’s name to be kept anonymous. “When I reached the man’s house, which is just three doors down from ours, he expressed sympathy, promising to let us know if he found the dog”. At that time, however, the farmer was hiding the dog, either alive or dead, in his barn, she said. The following day, the suspect visited her father, drank with him and consoled him over the missing dog. “He even invited neighbours to come share the dog meat, including my father who did not accept the invitation as he is a non-dog meat eater”, she said. As many as one million dogs are still consumed in South Korea each year, with the greasy red meat -- which is invariably boiled for tenderness -- believed to increase energy. Activists have stepped up campaigns to ban dog consumption. under a newly strengthened law, animal abusers face up to two years in prison - Nampa/AFP Direct clash between uS, Russia in Syria unlikely: analysts MoSCoW With Donald Trump weighing strikes on Syria but Moscow warning of “grave repercussions” to any military action, an escalation seems increasingly likely even as analysts play down a direct clash between Russia and the uS. Washington has promised a “forceful” response to an alleged chemical weapons attack on Saturday that killed at least 40 people in Douma, the last rebel outpost in the Syrian capital. But the Syrian regime and its backers in Moscow have denied a chemical attack took insisting the claims are a pretext to justify further intervention by the West. OSHAKATI TOWN COUNCIL PUBLIC NOTICE Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari (C) speaks during a UN Security Council meeting, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 10, 2018. Photo: Nampa/AFP The Russian ministry of defence has previously said it strikes government areas of Damascus, where Russian of- Boris Dolgov, an analyst at the Russian Institute of oriental Studies, however, told AFP the uS was more likely to intervene via proxies. He suggested an attack would come from armed opposition groups supported by the American special services”. Alexey Malashenko, a spe- Washington and Moscow were more likely to remain engaged in a war of words. -Nampa/AFP GENERAL VALUATION OF ALL RATEABLE & NON-RATEABLE PROPERTIES Oshakati Town Council has as from 06 April 2018 commenced with the General Valuation of all rateable and non-rateable property within its jurisdiction. The Local Authorities Act 1992 requires a in the Council jurisdiction. REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA PUBLIC INVITATION Following the launch of the Ministry faces. 7716 registered rateable and non-rateable properties in the town of Oshakati. The values on the revenue but seek only to equalize values as each property is compared to all others. The valuation process: The main objective of the on-site inspection is to collect information, which will be used by valuers to establish the value of each property. The more accurate and correct the information, the more accurate the value determined. The data collectors will visit houses between 8:00 am and 19:00 The information includes: construction and value of your property can be collected and in this way you will be assured that an The Oshakati Town Council is therefore calling upon all its residence to cooperate in this regard.

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