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Four people have been killed in Burundi in a grenade attack on a bar in the capital Bujumbura, officials say. Among the victims was a child selling boiled eggs. Ten other people were injured in Saturday's attack. Unknown attackers also threw grenades at an army patrol and at police in Bujumbura, hurting several people. Since April, more than 400 people have died in clashes triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term. He won a disputed poll in July. The African Union is trying to persuade the president to agree to the deployment of AU peacekeepers. He is opposed to the plan, saying this would amount to an invasion. Bujumbura has recently witnessed a string of deadly grenade attacks. The government and opposition groups have accused each other of carrying out the attacks. Last month, human rights group Amnesty International published satellite images it said were believed to be five mass graves near Burundi's capital, where security forces were accused of killing scores of people in December. A fact-finding mission by the AU has reported arbitrary killings, torture and the "closure of some civil society organisations and the media".   Burundi: Key facts The country is facing its worst turmoil since the 12-year civil war ended in 2005 10.4m population 50 years - life expectancy for a man 2nd poorest country in the world 85% are Hutu, 14% Tutsi 300,000 died in civil war UN, World Bank, CIA Burundi's deepening crisis April 2015: Protests erupt after President Pierre Nkurunziza announces he will seek a third term in office. May 2015: Constitutional court rules in favour of Mr Nkurunziza, amid reports of judges being intimidated. Tens of thousands flee violence amid protests. May 2015: Army officers launch a coup attempt, which fails. July 2015: Elections are held, with Mr Nkurunziza re-elected. The polls are disputed, with opposition leader Agathon Rwasa describing them as "a joke" November 2015: Burundi government gives those opposing President Nkurunziza's third term five days to surrender their weapons ahead of a promised crackdown. November 2015: UN warns it is less equipped to deal with violence in Burundi than it was for the Rwandan genocide. December 2015: 87 people killed on one day as soldiers respond to an attack on military sites in Bujumbura. January 2016: Amnesty International publishes satellite images it says are believed to be mass graves close to where December's killings took place  Source: BBC
A six-month-old baby girl has been rescued from the ruins of an apartment complex in Taiwan, 30 hours after it was brought down by an earthquake. Earlier a 20-year-old man was also pulled out alive, but hopes are fading for 120 others thought to be trapped in the ruins of the Weiguan Jinlong building in Tainan City. Most of the 26 confirmed to have died in the quake were in the building. An investigation into its construction has been launched. About 200 people have now been rescued. Nearly 500 people were injured as a result of the magnitude 6.4 earthquake, and dozens remain in hospital. Hundreds of soldiers are involved in the rescue effort, with the help of hi-tech equipment, sniffer dogs and cranes. Shelters are being set up for those who have lost their homes in the city of two million people. The 17 storeys of the Weiguan Jinlong (Golden Dragon) apartment complex crumpled down on each other as the quake took hold just before 04:00 local time on Saturday (20:00 GMT Friday). Census records suggest about 260 people were living there but it is now thought that more than 300 were inside at the time of the collapse, as some students renting rooms would not have been registered and people may have had guests staying to celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday beginning on Monday. The BBC's Rupert Wingfield Hayes, in Tainan City, says there is an increasing sense of despair among the relatives still waiting for news. He adds that there is also anger, because the earthquake has exposed tin cans and blocks of white polystyrene inside some concrete pillars. Unscrupulous construction companies sometimes to use such techniques to save on concrete and reduce costs. Tainan Mayor William Lai said survivors and relatives had reported legal "violations" but gave no further details. "I've contacted judicial units and prosecutors have formally launched an investigation," he told reporters. "We've also commissioned three independent bodies to preserve evidence during the rescue so we can assist the residents if they want to file lawsuits in the future. We will hold the builder responsible if they have broken the law." Elsewhere in the city, at least two other victims were killed by falling debris. One woman at the site said her son had been found dead but she was hoping for her daughter-in-law and two grandchildren would be rescued alive. "I won't give up hope, I will wait here until I see them come out safe," she said. Su Yi-ming, 48, who lived on the sixth floor of the complex, told AFP news agency that he was rescued after tapping on a wardrobe that was trapping him. "I knocked on the closet to get the attention of rescuers who broke the window to get me," he said. A woman surnamed Chang said she was waiting to hear from her daughter, who lived on the fifth floor of the fallen block of flats. "She's not answering my phone calls. I am trying to hold my emotions and stay strong. I'll do that until I find her," she said. "I know they will find her, but I have also prepared for the worst." The quake was shallow, meaning its effects would have been amplified, the US Geological Survey said. There were also at least five aftershocks. The quake was felt in the capital Taipei, 300km away. Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and often sees tremors. Source: BBC
Government says it will continue to prioritise Technical, Vocational and Educational Training, TVET in second cycle schools as it offers opportunities to develop the country.President John Mahama, who stated this called on Parents and Students to consider the option to feed the growing industrial sector.The President was the special guest at the Silver Jubilee of the Akatsi Senior High Technical School at Akatsi in the Volta region.Speaker of Parliament Edward Doe Adjaho and the Minister of Education Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang were present at the ceremony.Former President Jerry John Rawlings, in the early 90's introduced Technical and Vocational Secondary Education.At 25, the Akatsi Senior High Technical School has chalked up some successes.Last year it was adjudged the best Technical school in the Volta region.Inspite of these successes, the school faces staff accommodation issues among others.On the essence of Technical and Vocational education to national development, President Mahama, stated that globally premium is being put on skills training because it has the tendency to build a robust human resource base of a country.He regretted that some people still hold the view that only unintelligent students pursue skills training programs.He said the Ministry of Education is embarking on a rebranding project of TVET institutions to make it accessible and whip up interest so as to meet the demands of industry.President Mahama, commended the Ghana Education Service for the quick action it took in suspending the Headmaster of Mfantsipim School for collecting unapproved levies from students.He urged the GES to do a lot more investigations to ensure that no Head of School charge unapproved fees as it goes against government’s initiative to make Secondary education accessible.President Mahama hopes to return to Akatsi to inaugurate the completed Community Day Senior High School at Avenorkpome.Source: GBC
The vice presidential candidate for opposition NPP, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has admonished Muslims to live in peace with Christians in the country. The former deputy governor made these comments when speaking at the 9th Annual UDS GMSA Congress in Tamale, as the guest speaker.  According to Him Islam preaches peace the need for Muslims to tolerate Christians as the Holy Quran preaches. “I also urged Ghanaian Muslims to continue to co-exist peacefully with the Christian Community as Islam itself, by Scripture, is very tolerant of Christianity and since that is the surest way to remaining a united, politically stable Nation.'' He also took the opportunity to advised the youth to speak against society ills including corruption and radicalism as well as the activities of terrorist groups which has hijacked the peace of some countries. “I identified the need for the youth to seek knowledge to avoid being misled into radicalism, pursuing socio-economic development and creating jobs for the youth, fighting corruption, shunning divisions, tolerating differing views in especially matters of religion mentoring and forgiveness as key to combating radicalism and extremism. I called on all to speak out against groups like ISIL, Al-Qaeda and Boko Haram, which have hijacked the Religion of Peace and are committing dastardly acts and for us to also speak out against other evils like Corruption that hamper our development,” he stated.  
The District Chief Executive (DCE) and NDC aspiring Member of Parliament for Kumawu constituency, Hon. Emmanuel William Amoako has made a passionately appeal to Ghanaians to embrace the National Sanitation Day Exercise to help clean the nation of the filth that has engulfed us. He called on traditional authorities, Municipal and District Chief Executives and all stakeholders to put their shoulders to the wheel and participate actively in the exercise. The National Sanitation Day Exercise was launched in November 2014 to help clean Ghana every first Saturday of the month under auspices of the Local Government Ministry. But after a year, many have said that the exercise is losing its credibility. However, Hon. Emmanuel William Amoako said it will be good if Ghanaians show keen interest in the exercise and come out to clean their communities when and necessary. He called for the exercise to be discussed as a national issue to whip up the interest of citizens to see the need for the exercise. The exercise has seen the participation of the President, John Mahama and Vice, Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur, the Mayor of Accra, Alfred Okoe Vandapuje join Ghanaians to clean. Phase two of the NSD was launched over the weekend with waste management giant, Zoomlion leading the exercise. They have provide about 400 trucks, over 5, 000, 000 dustbins and other logistics to help run the exercise smoothly with support from the Environmental Service Providers of Ghana.
North Korea has fired a long-range rocket, which critics say is a test of banned missile technology. A state TV announcer said that North Korea had successfully placed a satellite in orbit. The launch was condemned by Japan, South Korea and the US, who have requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council later on Sunday. South Korea says it is to begin discussing with the US the deployment of a missile defence system. Senior defence official Ryu Je-Seung said if the THAAD missile system - considered one of the most advanced in the world - were deployed it would be only to counter the threat from the North. 'Fascinating vapour' In a statement, the North Korean National Aerospace Development Administration said earth observation satellite Kwangmyongsong-4 had entered orbit about 10 minutes after lift-off from the Sohae space centre in North Phyongan province. Announcing the launch on state TV, a newsreader said it had been ordered by North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un and said the country planned to launch more satellites in the future. "The fascinating vapour of Juche satellite trailing in the clear and blue sky in spring of February on the threshold of the Day of the Shining Star,'' was how the launch was described. South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman Moon Sang Gyun said a warship had detected the launch at 09:31 (00:31 GMT). The rocket launch was roundly condemned by the international community. US Secretary of State John Kerry called it a "flagrant violation" of UN resolutions and warned of "significant measures to hold the DPRK [North Korea] to account." China said it "regrets" North Korea's actions but urged "the relevant parties" to "refrain from taking actions that may further escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula". Contenders for the Republican ticket in the US presidential election this year were asked for their reaction during a debate in New Hampshire. Donald Trump said China was the key. "I would get on with China. Let China solve that problem." Jeb Bush said he would not rule out an attack on North Korea. "If a pre-emptive strike is necessary to keep us safe, then we should do it." North Korea last fired a long-range rocket in 2012 to put, what it said was, a communications satellite into orbit. But experts say no signal has ever been detected. UN Security Council resolutions ban the state from carrying out any nuclear or ballistic missile tests. The North insists its space programme is purely scientific in nature but the US, South Korea and even ally China say the rocket launches are aimed at developing an inter-continental ballistic missiles. North Korea's rocket launches February 2016: Launch of rocket reportedly carrying satellite May 2015: North Korea announces it has successfully tested a submarine-launched missile for the first time, but scepticism is then poured on the claim Dec 2012: North Korea launches three-stage rocket, says it successfully put a satellite into orbit; US defence officials confirm object in orbit Apr 2012: Three-stage rocket explodes just after take-off, falls into sea Apr 2009: Three-stage rocket launched; North Korea says it was a success, US says it failed and fell into the sea Jul 2006: North Korea test-fires a long-range Taepodong-2 missile; US said it failed shortly after take-off Source: BBC
The Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms. Della Sowa has urged the police to fast track cases of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) to serve as deterrent to others and also help reduce cases of these abuses. According to her, the cases of SBGV is alarming hence the need for perpetrators to be punished. She indicated that over 84, 000 reported cases of SGBV has so far been recorded over a spate of five years and that is a serious issue that needs  holistic approach to deal with. The Deputy Minister explained in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem that, one of the difficult challenges facing the fight against SGBV, is the delays in prosecuting offenders. She said the Gender Ministry hopes that they will work with all stakeholders involved to tackle the cases head on. ''We don't control the legal system, ours is more advocacy, its more preventive ministry. The legal system is controlled by somebody else. Once it becomes a crime then the  police have to arrest the perpetrator and take them through the justice system. We have had some challenges with that... But we are now working with the police and the judiciary to face this SGBV head on.'' However, she decried the number of unreported cases of SGBV which is also affecting the fight to eradicate the canker. She blamed the issue on some traditional and cultural practices. She also indicated the media is also to be blamed for the increasing number of SGBV due to the sexual and explicit content aired on their platforms which sort to promote sexual promiscuity. Hon. Della Sowa admonished the media to be circumspective in their reportage on cases of sexual violence and not trivialize them because they are sensitize. She opined, it is not because offenders are not punished that is leading to the number increasing but a lot of factors contributes to the increasing figure. ''...The media also has a part to play. If you look at the kind of movies and things that are being shown on Television is also a contributing factor...'' 
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Media Excel Production, Mr. Kwesi Ernest has urged journalist to be circumspective in their reportage as the country prepares towards the November, 7 Polls. Speaking in an interview with Agyemang Prempeh on GH Entertainment on how broadcast journalist can ensure they become relevant in this election year, the CEO of Media Excel said it will be prudent for journalists to desist from engaging in ''stomach journalism'' by playing the cards of any political party. He advised journalist to be abide by their professional ethics by been balanced, fair and impartial. Mr. Kwesi Ernest stated that journalist should check and cross check their in formation before they air it to prevent misinformation. According to him, journalists are the fourth realm of this country hence the need to be professional in their reportage. He called on journalist to provide ''authentic reportage and provide the truth nothing but the truth. He said journalist should stay away ''from baisness and be neutral. Do not allow yourself to be bough by any politician to do their selfish and individual bidding.  Mr. Kwesi Ernest admonished media owners to employ professional journalist and not persons who would use their platforms to discredit people and spoil their reputation. ''Media owners must sensor persons they employ...They must investigate them before employing them...The National Media Commission and the Ghana Journalist Association must ensure they increase their laws and ethics to guard the professional to prevent unprofessionals from working as journalist. ''It is high time they wake up and protect the industry otherwise some journalist will use their platforms and discredit people. Journalism is not about destroying people. As a media person, you will need to open your mind because journalism is about bringing service to the people.'' Mr. Kwesi Ernest known for producing Ghana's outstanding gospel duo, Joyce Blessing and SP Kofi Sarpong warned journalist to desit from failing to political parties because it will discredit them as professional and make them irrelevant when another party comes into power. He stressed the need for journalist to desist from acts that may create tension or push the country into violence. ''Journalism can cause coup during this election if journalist fail to abide by their professional ethics...'' He believes that if journalist work hard enough and remain relevant by researching and breaking stories that faces Ghanaians, the nation will develop.
Five Czech skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps, local police say. Tirol police spokesman Helmut Schuetz said another two people were injured when the avalanche struck the Wattener Lizum region, south-east of Innsbruck. He added that a total of 17 people were caught in the "massive" avalanche that struck shortly before midday. Rescue teams were dispatched to the scene. There were no immediate details on the condition of those injured. There have been several deadly avalanches in the French Alps this skiing season. Five French Foreign Legion soldiers died near the resort of Valfrejus on 18 January, and another died later in hospital. Two French teenage students and a Ukrainian tourist were killed four days earlier when a teacher took students onto a closed piste at the Deux-Alpes resort. Source:BBC
A blast that punched a large hole in the fuselage of a passenger plane at Somalia's Mogadishu airport on Tuesday was caused by a bomb, officials say. "It was a bomb that exploded in the Daallo Airlines flight. It was meant to kill all aboard," Transport Minister Ali Ahmed Jamac said. One passenger was sucked out of the plane and died, and two other passengers were injured. The Djibouti-bound Airbus 321 was forced to make an emergency landing. Some reports suggest that an explosive device may have been hidden inside a laptop of one of the passengers. The blast happened shortly after take-off from the Somali capital. No militant group has so far said it was behind the explosion. In a statement shortly after the incident, Daallo Airlines said an investigation was launched by Somalia's Civil Aviation Authority, as well as a technical team from the aircraft's owners and its manufacturers, Airbus. Mohamed Hassan, a police officer in Balad, an agricultural town 30km (18 miles) north of Mogadishu, said residents had found the body of a man who might have fallen from the plane. Serbian captain Vlatko Vodopivec said at the time he and others were told the explosion was caused by a bomb. "It was my first bomb; I hope it will be the last,'' Mr Vodopivec said. He said the blast happened when the plane was at around 11,000ft (3,350m). "It would have been much worse if we were higher," he added. Daallo Airlines flies regularly from its base in Dubai to Somalia and Djibouti. Somalia is battling militant Islamist group al-Shabab that has been carrying out deadly attacks in its quest to establish an Islamic state. Source: BBC
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