#AceNewsServices – September 19 – An Egyptian man, Adel Abdul Bary, said on Friday he would plead guilty in New York to charges connected with the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, Reuters reported.
Bary, 54, said in court he would plead guilty to making a threat to use an explosive device and conspiracy to murder Americans.
The plea comes two months before he was set to face trial in a federal court alongside two co-defendants, Libyan Anas al-Liby and Saudi Khalid al-Fawwaz.
The bombings killed 224 people. Bary and Fawwaz helped disseminate statements of responsibility for the group, according to an earlier criminal indictment.
#AceWorldNews – Kahama – Tanzania – April 08 – (ALJ) – The mango tree they chose to assemble under is by far the biggest tree around. It’s so big and its leaves so dense, it gives shelter to dozens of people. At a closer look, however, the leaves are coated with a layer of fine grey dust.
“That’s also from the mine,” says Generous Mayenda, glancing at the waste dumps of the Buzwagi Gold Mine owned by London-listed company African Barrick Gold (ABG).
On their website was their commitment to the health and safety of its workers – Extract – We have made a significant investment in procedures and controls, and have implemented various health and safety training initiatives as a means of giving workers the skills and knowledge they need to perform their tasks in a safe and reliable way. We also require all contractors to provide and maintain a safe and healthy work environment, and ask that they meet, as a minimum, our health and safety standards http://www.africanbarrickgold.com/corporate-responsibility/health-and-safety.aspx
The Canadian-owned firm is Tanzania’s biggest gold producer, owning three of the country’s five gold mines http://www.barrick.com/files/annual-report-2012/2012-World-Class-Assets.pdf
Mayenda looks tired. The red of the Manchester United cap on her head has faded over time, and her shoes are dirty and full of holes.
“One day in 2012 there was a massive blast, one of those that make the ground shake. It happens when they advance into a new rock layer,” she says.
That night when it rained, one of the buildings at her home collapsed. “A few weeks later, another one came down,” she says.
Mayenda says the Buzwagi Gold Mine is the reason the buildings collapsed, and she is not alone. Other villagers say their mud houses crack and collapse because of blasting at the open pit – Tanzania’s largest.
They say their children’s coughs come from the dust blown over the village, and the water from the local wells is polluted from mine waste.
Jumane Mpemba, a local representative, says about 200 mud houses have collapsed since the mine started operations in 2009, including two belonging to his family. “We have complained to the local authority many times, but never got an answer,” says Mpemba.
African Barrick Gold, however, denies that mine blasting is bringing down homes.
In a statement to Al Jazeera issued through its London-based PR agency Bell Pottinger, the company says it monitored blasting over a six-month period and found “there was no effects from the blasts, rather, most houses that were claimed to have been affected were a product of bad workmanship with the residents trying to get compensation”.
The company admits the community “didn’t accept the results” of its investigation. Residents here say they have never been informed about what is happening around them.
Company representatives have only attended three of eight scheduled meetings with community leaders, Mpemba says.
Courtesy of Victoria Schneider
Read More: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/01/tanzania-gold-rush-housing-crush-201412011841529140.html
The Security Council today condemned “in the strongest terms” the attacks by M23 rebels against the United Nations Mission in North Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), resulting in the death of a Tanzanian peace keeper.
In a statement to the press, the members of the Security Council expressed their condolences to the family of the peace keeper killed in the attack, as well as to the Government of Tanzania and to the UN mission, known by the French acronym, MONUSCO.
Council members also called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo swiftly to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.
“They also expressed their condolences for the loss of civilian lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and in Rwanda following shells landing on its territory,” the statement says, stressing that the members of the Council reiterated their full support for MONUSCO and called on all parties to cooperate fully with the mission.
The Council in its statement echoes a similar expression of condemnation by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who yesterday pledged the Organization’s ongoing commitment to take “all necessary actions” to protect civilians in the country.
According to UN chief’s statement, the attacks occurred as MONUSCO supported action being carried out by Congolese Government Forces (FARDC) to protect civilians on the Kiwanja-Rutshuru axis, 25 kilometres north of Goma, which the main city in the vast country’s eastern region.
Further to the statement, Mr. Ban said the UN remains committed to taking all necessary actions in line with Security Council resolution 2098 (2013) to protect civilians in eastern DRC.
By that resolution, adopted in late March, the Council approved the creation of its first-ever “offensive” combat force, intended to carry out targeted operations to “neutralize and disarm” the notorious M23, as well as other Congolese rebels and foreign armed groups in the east.
In the past year, clashes have continued sporadically throughout the DRC’s eastern region, with rebels briefly occupying Goma, in November 2012. The fighting has displaced more than 100,000 people, exacerbating an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region which includes 2.6 million internally displaced persons and 6.4 million in need of food and emergency aid.
- UN to hold emergency DR Congo talks (skynews.com.au)
- UN Envoy Says M23 Is Weakened Militarily in Eastern Congo (voanews.com)
- UN Council to hold emergency DR Congo talks (africareview.com)
- Rebels retreat from eastern Congo base (worldbulletin.net)
- U.N. peacekeeper killed in Congo (edition.cnn.com)