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Sodas, sugar drinks may ‘kill’ some 184,000 people a year-study report

(By Bonny Apunyu)

According to a study published Monday in the journal Circulation, SODAS and other sugary drinks may cause up to 184,000 deaths a year worldwide, AFP reported. The report, which is being termed as a first, reportedly analyzed the global risks of death due to diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancers linked to the consumption of sugary drinks.

Ebola kills teenager in Liberia 7 weeks after WHO declared Liberia Ebola free

(By Bonny Apunyu)

Only seven weeks after the World Health Organization(WHO) declared Liberia free of Ebola,a 17-year-old boy has died from the deadly virus, VOA reported Tuesday saying Liberian afficials are trying to determine how the boy contracted the illness.

VOA spoke with Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, who heads Liberia’s Ebola response. According Nyenswah, the  teenager died June 24 and was given a safe burial the next day.

Islamic State ‘claims responsibility’ for massacre of 39 people in Tunisia

(Estera Popowska)

In a statement released on Twitter, the Islamic State group on Saturday claimed responsibility for a massacre in a Tunisian seaside resort that left 39 dead in the worst attack in the country's recent history.

According to AFP, the Islamic State group said the gunman, who they identified as Abu Yahya al-Qayrawani, was a "solider of the caliphate" and most of those killed were "subjects of states that make up the crusader alliance fighting the state of the caliphate".

Nigeria’s Boko Haram rebels kill 42 people in Borno state

(By Estera Popowska)

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have killed at least 42 people in attacks on two villages in northeast Nigeria's restive Borno state, a police officer and a resident who fled said on Wednesday, according to Africa Review.

"We received reports of attacks by suspected Boko Haram gunmen on the two villages in which 42 deaths were recorded," the officer said from Biu, 180 kilometres (112 miles) south of Maiduguri, the state capital.

Somalia: Security agent killed as Al shabab attacks national intelligence agency

(Bonny Apunyu)

A security agent was killed and two others injured after Al-Shabab militants in Somalia attacked a national intelligence agency compound in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

VOA reported Sunday that the raid on the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) base Sunday in Mogadishu started with a suicide car bombing. Somalia’s NISA reportedly  said in a statement "The attack was successfully thwarted by our forces. None of our buildings nor bases were entered."

Somalia: al-Shabab launches major attack in capital Mogadishu

(By Bonny Apunyu)

Al-Shabab militants have  launched a major attack in Somali capital Mogadishu, BBC reported that a suicide bomb exploded near the national intelligence headquarters on Sunday morning.

According to reports, Somali government officials say that they have "foiled the attack" and four militants are dead. BBC says Al-Shabab militants have vowed to intensify attacks during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began on Wednesday.

4 Somali government soldiers killed in Al-Shabaab attack in Gedo region

(By Bonny Apunyu)

At least 4 government soldiers died and six others injured in an attack by Al-Shabaab on Thursday in southwest Somalia's Gedo region, Xinhua reported Friday.

Militants from the Al-Shabaab attacked military positions of government forces in the region's Ged-Wayn district, local official Ashor Geasey told Xinhua  adding that "We have managed to inflict heavy casualties among the attackers in the fighting which lasted several hours; we did not know the number of their dead."

Kenya will not be intimidated by Al Shabab-says President Uhuru Kenyatta

(By Bonny Apunyu)

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said Kenya will not relent in its war against  terrorism even as al Shabaab continues launching attacks on soft targets in the East African country, Standard Digital reported Thursday.

President Kenyatta reportedly said the fact that Al-Shabaab has resorted to attacking soft targets means they are losing the war. "They are seeking to intimidate us as a nation, but we will not let them. We will fight them fiercely," the President said.