CON­TI­NEN­TAL DRIFT

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Tan­za­nian seizes di­a­monds

Tan­za­nia’s fi­nan­cial min­is­ter has “na­tion­alised” di­a­monds af­ter the Pe­tra Min­ing Com­pany at­tempted to ex­port the gems from Dar es Salaam the firm val­ued at $14.7-mil­lion. The gov­ern­ment claimed their true value was nearly $30-mil­lion and has asked the two of­fi­cials in­volved in al­legedly un­der­valu­ing the di­a­monds to re­sign. Ac­cord­ing to par­lia­men­tary re­ports, the of­fi­cials have a his­tory of fraud and em­bez­zle­ment.

US anti-slav­ery visit ‘il­le­gal’

United States pas­tor Jesse Jack­son’s Rain­bow/PUSH Coali­tion was de­nied visas to Mau­ri­ta­nia on the ground that it breached na­tional law. The gov­ern­ment said the visit would be “di­vi­sive”. Mau­ri­ta­nia abol­ished slav­ery in 1981 and has made strides to end the prac­tice by doubling prison sen­tences. But 4% of its pop­u­la­tion still live as slaves be­cause of a sys­tem of hered­i­tary servi­tude.

Hep C pa­tients head for Egypt

Egypt has the high­est rate of hep­ati­tis C in­fec­tions in the world, — and the coun­try is be­com­ing a des­ti­na­tion for peo­ple seek­ing a cure. In 2015, an af­ford­able drug, So­valdi, be­came avail­able in Egypt and the coun­try’s wait­ing lists for the treat­ment ended in July 2016. The low cost of the cure is now at­tract­ing pa­tients from abroad.

Model mi­grant breaks cover

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