Daily Archives: May 18, 2013

Violence in Iraq kills 10 people including a police officer, his wife and two children

BAGHDAD: Violence in Iraq today killed 10 people including a police officer, his wife and two children, while gunmen kidnapped five policemen, officials said.

The attacks are the latest in a wave of violence in Iraq that has killed 270 people since the beginning of May, at a time of simmering tensions between Iraq’s Sunni minority and Shiite majority.

An interior ministry official said gunmen broke into the home of the administrator for the Rashid area, south of Baghdad, killing one of his guards.

They then moved to the nearby house of Captain Adnan al-Obaidi, a member of a police anti-terrorism unit, and killed him, his wife and their two children.

A medical official confirmed the toll.

Gunmen killed a policeman in Mosul in north Iraq, and shot dead a local administrative official to the west of the city, police and a doctor said.

Officials in Ivory Coast say military has detained a militia leader accused of grave crimes during 2010-11 post-election violence

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast: Officials in Ivory Coast say the military has detained a militia leader accused of grave crimes during the country’s 2010-11 postelection violence whose forces had been illegally occupying a national park.

Amade Oueremi, a native of Burkina Faso, fought alongside forces backing President Alassane Ouattara in the conflict.

He had become a symbol of alleged impunity for Ouattara’s military backers.

A military commander, who insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the operation, said Oueremi turned himself in.

It was not immediately clear whether Oueremi had been charged with a crime.

Human Rights Watch has identified him as a main perpetrator of a notorious March 2011 massacre in Duekoue.

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan party pledges to trim the army and ensure a free society if it wins upcoming general elections

HARARE: Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party yesterday pledged to trim the army and ensure a free society if it wins upcoming general elections.

Tendai Biti, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) secretary general, said at a conference in the capital Harare to unveil the party’s post-election plan the size of the army must be rationalised taking into account the fact that they are in peace and chances of them going to war are nil.

Zimbabwean troops have in the past been deployed to diamond fields in the eastern Marange district where rights groups reported widespread violations including torture of illegal diamond miners and dealers.

MDC leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who is confident he will oust President Robert Mugabe in the vote, said under his rule the government will respect property rights and freedom for all.

Tsvangirai’s comments were in reference to Mugabe’s redistribution of land and wealth to black Zimbabweans which Tsvangirai said hurt the economy.

He pledged a free and just society for all saying Zimbabweans had been lived in fear for too long.

A blood shortage forces Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia to open emergency clinics for donations at shopping malls

WINDHOEK: A blood shortage in the country has forced the Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) of Namibia to open emergency clinics for donations at shopping malls here yesterday.

The BTS Clinic Planner Wendy Willemse told Nampa in an earlier interview that blood donors should donate blood as a matter of urgency.

She said the BTS is appealing to the public to roll up their sleeves and donate blood, adding that the country’s blood supply is critically low and mere days away from a severe shortage.

Willemse raised the concern that only 0.06 per cent of a population of two million Namibians donates blood while one in seven patients need blood.

She said people should consider that by donating blood they are giving someone the gift of life.

A rise in traffic accidents due to increased travel over the weekend before the opening of the school term next week usually leads to a higher number of blood transfusions, according to Willemse.

Sterilisation exercise of over 100 dogs and cats commenced in old Outjo Municipality building at Etoshapoort

OUTJO: The sterilisation exercise of over 100 dogs and cats commenced in the old Outjo Municipality building at Etoshapoort here yesterday morning.

Lindie Prinsloo, the founder of Have a Heart for Animals, an organisation taking care of domestic animals here, told Nampa yesterday that about 109 dogs and cats have been registered for sterilisation from yesterday to Monday.

About 40 dogs and cats would be sterilised per day.

Prinsloo expressed happiness with the turnout of residents with their dogs and cats, adding that another sterilisation exercise is scheduled for September this year, again in Outjo.

She called on the community members to continue working with them well as the business community to support them with financial means, because the whole exercise is expensive in purchasing vaccine drugs and other chemicals.

The actual sterilisation on the animals is being performed by a South African veterinarian, Dr Desmond Stafford who has been doing it for 26 years.