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BAMAKO (Reuters) - Gunmen on Sunday attacked a luxury resort popular with Western expatriates just outside Mali's capital, Bamako, killing two people in what the security minister called a terrorist attack, while 36 guests were rescued.

Four gunmen arriving on motorbikes and a car stormed Le Campement Kangaba, near Dougourakoro, to the east of the capital Bamako, a resort that foreign residents visit for weekend breaks. Malian security forces backed by French troops deployed to push them out.

"At first we thought they were armed bandits but we know how armed bandits operate, they don't hold territory, so now we think it is a terrorist attack," Mali's Security Minister Salif Traore told journalists late Sunday outside the entrance to the resort, part of which was on fire.

Malian security forces, United Nations peacekeeping mission vehicles and French military armoured vehicles surrounded the resort, according to a Reuters witness. A helicopter circled overhead.

In a later news conference, Traore said Malian forces fatally shot two of the attackers but the other two escaped and were being pursued. An attacker had been wounded and fled, leaving a submachine gun and six bottles of explosives behind, the ministry said earlier.

"We're now in the process of combing the area to verify no one is hiding anywhere," Traore said.

One of victims killed in the attack was a French-Gabonese citizen, while the other has not yet been identified, Traore said. Both were killed by gunfire. Two hotel staff workers and two guests were also wounded by bullets, he said.

Eight policemen were wounded in the shootout with the attackers, Traore said.

 

Cameroon have crumbled before Chile in the Confederations Cup in Russia.
The winners of Copa America put up a spirited fight whose reward were two goals.
The two goals were scored by Vidal and and Vargas.


Cameroon were the first to shake the net during the first half but a foul by Aboubakar Vincent annulled the goal.
Chile also lost a goal because one of their players was offside. A decision which has received diverse reactions from across the world.
The first half was almost controlled entire by the Chileans.
Cameroon took over during the second half but Chile stood their ground and scored the two goals to win the game.
The first goal only came with the entry of most dreaded Alexis Sanchez, who was rumoured to miss the game due to a sprained ankle.
However, some Cameroonians are even happy because the score was not as heavy as they had suspected, given that Chile are among the first four strongest teams in the world according to the latest FIFA world ranking. Cameroon are on the 32nd position.
Cameroon play their second match against Australia on Thursday.
So far only hosts Russia and Chile have won their games, 2-0 each.
Portugal drew 2-2 with Mexico earlier on Saturday.

Cameroon will become an emergent nation by 2035. That is the utopian nation of Paul Biya, who will be over a hundred years old by then, if...
Cameroon will certainly attain emergence but not thanks to words like Biya's.
Concrete actions are the only vehicle to transport such transformation.
Until we understand who we are and what we have, we will continue to make noise while others fly quietly.
By no means will Cameroon shake from this position if the gap between the  taxpayers and "taxconsumers" widens every day.


You can't expect a country to make money from taxpayers when white collar-job persons ride in air-conditioned cars..., with drivers; live in luxurious houses, eat   extravagant meals... when the taxpayers are jumping from left to right under the control of hunger.
No country will develop when the public sector is in a constant, disastrous competition with the private sector.
"[...]Most of the richest businessmen in Cameroon are civil servants," Honorable Joshua Osih observed on Cameroon Calling,CRTV, on Sunday.
To back up this assertion, we can turn back to the story of the civil servant whose multimillion castle raised eyebrows in the country and beyond about two months ago.
When the public had got too interested in and critical about the story, some voices came up to justify the sources of the wealth.
They claimed that besides being a 'hard-working' civil servant, Mr Felix Samba is a farmer.
There is certainly nothing wrong in being hardworking and having a farm.
But we need to adapt to our situation.
If Cameroon is not very 'rich', let our ministers ride the vehicles that suit their country.
Let our administrators dress, eat and live like the leaders of a country struggling to grow.

The Portuguese Primeira Liga side have secured the services of the 25-year-old Cameroonian midfielder in order to boosts their midfield compartment.

This information was made public on the club’s website after the player completed a successful medical to cement the move. However, the transfer fee has not been made public regarding the move.

Azongha Tembeng Abenego has signed a two-year contract with Primeira Liga side Club Desportivo de Tondela that will run from June 2017 to June 2019 after leaving Algerian champions ES Setif.

This new move will give the midfielder the opportunity to have a taste of European football for the first time since he started his professional career.

The former Les Astre of Douala midfielder, expressed his joy as he will be plying his trade in Europe during the 2017/2018 footballing season.

“It is a great move for me and my career. I am so happy. It will also be a great challenge for me which am ready to take,” Tambeng said.

Although a midfielder, the versatile player can play in the cetre-back and left-fullback positions. His combative style of play, tight marking of opponents and ability to break down opposition plays will help give his new club shape in the midfield.

Tembeng had spells in Aigle Royal of Menoua, Les Astres in Cameroon and in Algeria with MC El Eulma, DRB Tadjenanet, and ES Setif were he won the championship.

He was also part of Cameroon’s squad that won the bronze medal at the 2011 All-Africa Games.

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Among the people socializing in a tavern in Alexandra township in Johannesburg is Karabo Sathekge, who asked that VOA not give her real name. She is a slight, attractive 19-year-old in a veil of an orange dress, defying the winter chill.

Sathekge often meets one of her partners here. He is more than twice her age.

Sathekge explains that sex with older men is sometimes "rough," and always without a condom.

South Africa has almost 7 million people living with HIV and manages the globe's largest antiretroviral program, keeping about 4 million people alive with the drugs. At the South African National AIDS Conference in Durban this week, specialists voiced their concern about the spiking rates of infections among young women, a trend reflected throughout the continent.

"What does it tell you about the lack of knowledge about HIV, 20, 30 years into the HIV epidemic?" said Mark Heywood, the director of the Section 27 social justice movement. "We have seen, shockingly, a decline in knowledge of HIV amongst young people. It is like we have taken our foot off the accelerator, in certain respects."

Heywood says more than 200 young women, ages 15 to 24, are infected with HIV each day in South Africa.

 

LISBON (Reuters) - Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave the club and Spain after being accused of committing tax fraud in the country, a report in Portuguese sports daily A Bola said on Friday.

The newspaper said its story was based on a reliable source and that the 32-year-old four-times world player of the year had already made up his mind to ask the club for a transfer.

It said that Ronaldo was "deeply disenchanted" with the allegations against him.

Spanish prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against the player accusing him of defrauding tax authorities of 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million) by hiding his image rights income between 2011 and 2014. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.

Real Madrid said on Thursday that they were confident the Portuguese forward had acted legally. They could not immediately be reached on Friday to comment on the report.

Ronaldo led Real Madrid to their 12th European Cup earlier this month after scoring two goals in a 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final, becoming the tournament's top scorer.

Ronaldo, Portugal's all-time leading scorer, is the latest in a long line of soccer players in Spain -- among them Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Neymar -- to be caught up in cases over tax or transfers.

Ronaldo has completed eight seasons at Real Madrid since joining them from Manchester United in 2009 for a then world record fee of 96 million euros

During that time, they have won the Champions League three times and La Liga twice. In November, he agreed to extend his contract until 2021.

 

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