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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2015
Armed groups raided a South
Sudanese school and seized 89
children who were taking their
exams, the United Nations said
yesterday. It pointed out that boys
were among those taken.
The abduction occurred near
Malakal, where thousands of peo-
ple have taken refuge following
months of violence in the nation.
Kidnappers gathered around a
community and conducted house-
to-house searches, according to
the UN children s agency. It said
boys over age 12 were taken away
UN officials warned the abduc-
tors that they were violating inter-
"The recruitment and use of
children by armed forces destroys
families and communities," said
Jonathan Veitch, the Unicef rep-
resentative in South Sudan.
"Children are exposed to incom-
prehensible levels of violence, they
lose their families and their chance
to go to school."
South Sudan has been embroiled
in conflict since December 2013,
when President Salva Kiir accused
his fired deputy, Riek Machar, of
trying to oust him through a coup.
Since then, militia loyal to both
have battled each others forces.
Violence has quickly spread, with
reports of mass killings and star-
World's youngest nation
Talks and repeated pleas for
peace have yielded no results.
More than 1.5 million people
have been displaced, according to
the UN, and thousands killed.
Some civilians have fled to UN
bases in the country, making the
facilities targets for armed mili-
South Sudan seceded from
Sudan in 2011 after decades of war,
making it the world s youngest
Since the split, the nation has
battled various setbacks, including
violence divided along tribal lines---
the Nuer community backs rebel
leader Machar while the President
is from the Dinka tribe.
The warring sides have signed
ceasefire deals, but the bloodshed
...abduct 89 children
Zimbabwean President Robert
Mugabe turned 91 yesterday,
showing no sign of giving up
power as the West slowly eases
pressure on a man who has been
an international pariah for the last
Mugabe, one of the Africa s most
divisive figures, is the only leader
that Zimbabwe has known since
independence from Britain in 1980.
Leaders from his generation like
South Africa s Nelson Mandela have
died while others like Zambia s Ken-
neth Kaunda retired long ago, but
Mugabe plans to run in the 2018
election, his last under a new con-
stitution, when he will be 94.
Last December Mugabe fired his
deputy of ten years, changed the
ruling party constitution to concen-
trate more power in his hands and
promoted his wife Grace into the
top rungs of the ZANU-PF deci-
The EU and United States
imposed travel and financial sanc-
tions on Mugabe and his acolytes
in 2002 accusing the veteran leader
of vote rigging and human rights
Finger-wagging and remonstrat-
ing, Mugabe has said the West is
punishing him for seizing white-
owned commercial farms to resettle
blacks and have sponsored his oppo-
nents at home.
Yesterday, newspapers printed
congratulatory messages from com-
panies and government departments
hailing Mugabe as "chief of chiefs,"
"embodiment and a template of
unparalleled Pan-Africanism," and
"revolutionary and a visionary."
A senior Mugabe aide said he was
spending the day at home with his
family and would hold huge cele-
brations in the resort town of Victoria
Falls on February 28.
Viewed as an international pariah
only two years ago as Zimbabwe s
political crisis topped the agenda at
all summits of the regional Southern
African Development Community
(SADC), Mugabe s political fortunes
have now changed for the better.
After a landslide victory in July
2013 elections that has left the oppo-
sition in tatters, Mugabe is now SADC
chairman and was last month chosen
to chair the African Union, positions
his ZANU-PF says are an endorse-
ment of his nationalist policies.
The European Union (EU) on Fri-
day renewed an arms ban on Zim-
babwe as well as travel and asset
freezes on Mugabe and his wife,
although the bloc has gradually eased
sanctions to encourage reforms.
The EU this week gave Zimbabwe
234 million euros ($266 million) in
aid, the first time the bloc has direct-
ly given financial aid to the southern
African nation s government since
Zimbabwe's Mugabe turns 91,
slowly sheds pariah image
SINGAPORE---Lee Kuan Yew,
Singapore s first prime minister,
has been hospitalised for severe
pneumonia, the prime minister s
office said yesterday.
Lee, 91, was admitted to Sin-
gapore General Hospital on Feb-
ruary 5, the office said in a state-
His condition has stabilised and
he remains on mechanical venti-
lation in the hospital s intensive
care unit, the statement said.
It said Lee was conscious and
lightly sedated, and that doctors
were continuing to monitor his
A founding member of the rul-
ing People s Action Party, which
transformed Singapore from a
slow port city to a bustling
metropolis, Lee became prime
minister in 1959 and held power
for 31 years.
His son Lee Hsien Loong is the
current prime minister. (AP)
The CDC has discovered a new
virus that may have contributed
to a Kansas man s death, the
agency announced Friday.
Named the Bourbon virus after
the county where the patient lived,
the virus is likely spread by tick
or insect bites, the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
A 50-year-old man suffered
multiple tick bites in the spring
of 2014 while working outside on
his property, the CDC said in an
article published in the agency s
Infectious Diseases journal.
The man fell ill over the next
two days, went to a doctor on the
third day and was hospitalised.
He died of a heart attack 11 days
after becoming sick, the CDC
While the man was hospitalised,
test results for many infectious
diseases came back negative, the
press release said.
A blood sample was sent to the
CDC, which determined a new
virus had been discovered, the
press release said.
The man s symptoms included
fever, tiredness, rash, headache,
other body aches, nausea and
vomiting, the Web site said.
The man had low blood counts
for cells that fight infection and
help prevent bleeding, the Web
Though the CDC only has one
case to work with, the agency said
"it is likely that Bourbon virus is
spread through tick or other insect
The CDC recommends people
protect themselves from tick bites
by using insect repellents, wearing
long-sleeved shirts and pants,
avoiding bushy and wooded areas
and checking for ticks after spend-
ing time outdoors. (CNN)
Pope Francis arrives for a special audience with members of the dioceses of Cassano allo Jonio, southern Italy,
at the Vatican, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Man's death leads to new virus discovery in Kansas---CDC reports
Singapore PM hospitalised
but condition stable
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