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`King Kong’ wins African Boxing Championship

Welterweight Muzamir ‘King Kong’ Kakande won his final fight on Sunday as Uganda ended the AIBA African Boxing Championships in Congo Brazzaville with a gold and two silver medals. It is Uganda’s first gold in a major boxing tournament in 13 years. Uganda national champion Kakande beat Mauritian Merven Clair on points and is one of three Ugandan boxers who booked their place in the World Boxing Championships due in Hamburg in August. All semi-finalists at the African continental event qualify. The 19th AIBA World Boxing Championships will he held in the German city of Hamburg. Hamburg will host the world’s top 280 elite male boxers for the first time in the new Olympic cycle to Tokyo 2020. Qualification for Hamburg comes in the form of the various AIBA Continental Championships held in May and June. Kakande’s gold was the first for Uganda since 2004, when Light-fly Jolly Katongole won the African 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Super heavyweight David ‘The Dragon’ Ayiti and Bantamweight Geoffrey Kakeeto settled for silver medals after they lost their final fights Sunday. Kakeeto fell to another Mauritian Jordy Vadamootoo on points in the 56kg category. Uganda entered a team of 9 boxers. At the last edition in 2015 , five of eight Ugandans reached the semis, with four qualifying for the World Championship in Doha, Qatar. Uganda managed 5 bronze medals. Source: The Independent...

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Drugs: Abuse rate among girls worrisome – NDLEA

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Yobe has described as ‘worrisome’ increase in number of females abusing drugs in the state. Commander of the agency in the state, Mr Apeh Reuben, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu on Monday that young girls between the ages of 15 and 35 were increasingly involved in drugs consumption and abuse. “Some of the females consume and abuse multiple drugs, especially Tramadol, Amphetamine and Cannabis,” he said, He called for partnership with Yobe government to curtail the ugly trend in the interest of the individuals and the state....

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McConnell faces hunt for GOP votes for Senate health bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally unwrapped his plan for dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law. Now comes his next challenge — persuading enough Republicans to back the measure and avert a defeat that would be shattering for President Donald Trump and the GOP. McConnell released the bill Thursday, drafted after weeks of closed-door meetings searching for middle ground between conservative senators seeking an aggressive repeal of Obama’s statute and centrists warning about going too far. Erasing Obama’s law has been a marquee pledge for Trump and virtually the entire party for years. The bill would cut...

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Why neither North Korea nor the United States want all-out war

It’s been a tense six months on the Korean Peninsula and many North Korea watchers believe the situation is dangerous. But it hasn’t reached the brink yet, and that’s likely because US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and their respective advisers are aware of the immense cost of the Korean War, which started 67 years ago Sunday. “If this goes to a military solution, it is going to be tragic on an unbelievable scale,” Defense Secretary James Mattis said at a news conference last month. The Korean War, which technically never ended, led to the deaths...

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Funeral, vigil reveal depth of sorrow at Muslim girl’s death

Whether a mourner in a black robe at a mosque or a soccer mom in a T-shirt and shorts at a community vigil, reaction to 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen’s death carried a common refrain: That could have been my daughter. More than 5,000 people attended Hassanen’s funeral Wednesday in suburban Washington, grinding traffic to a halt and forcing attendees to walk more than a mile to join the overflow crowd at All Dulles Area Muslim Society, one of the nation’s largest mosques. Another crowd of several thousand attended a community vigil Wednesday evening. Hassanen, 17, died Sunday after police said...

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