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Cameroon violence, Chelsea, sea of blood: Your Tuesday briefing

Watch the Met Opera stage a sea of blood

Photo: Damon Winter/The New York Times

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Good morning, Here are yesterday’s top stories, and a look ahead – Click on any title to read the complete story.

Heavy fighting reported in Southern Cameroon as army hit protesters

Cameroon soldiers. Photo: International Crisis Group

THERE was heavy military activity in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon on the night of February 3.

Fifty armoured vehicles and assault weapons were deployed by the government in the English-speaking regions – specifically Bole in the Southwest, Africa Info learned from a trustworthy source. 

Chadian soldiers, dispatched by Chadian President Idriss Deby at the request of Cameroonian President Paul Biya, have been fighting for several weeks alongside Cameroonian’s armed forces against the English-speaking separatists.

“It is since the last summit of the Economic Community of Central African States on October 30, 2017, that the two heads of state – in power for three decades – have had to help each other,” a high-ranking official of the Chadian army told Africa Info on condition of anonymity.”


Photo: Damon Winter/The New York Times

When it comes to blood, Quentin Tarantino has nothing on the Metropolitan Opera. Stabbings, shootings, torture and beheadings are routine at the Met. But the bloodiest show of them all may be François Girard’s production of Wagner’s “Parsifal,” which returns on Feb. 5 and floods the theater’s vast stage with some 1,250 gallons of the stuff.

The stage blood — made from a recipe that includes tap water, glycerin, and red and blue dye, mixed to taste — is created in Brooklyn by a company called J&M Special Effects, which heats and trucks it to the Met in 250-gallon rectangular tanks before each performance.

Confused? Well, so is everyone else! But allow us to illuminate matters for you. The constitutionally recognised president of Kenya is Uhuru Kenyatta, He took office in November 2017 after winning the presidential poll rerun that had been ordered by the court in September 2017. In what some deem a miscalculated move, Raila Odinga boycotted this rerun, allowing President Kenyatta and his supporters to attain the lead.

But on 30 January 2018, Odinga, who is a former prime minister, took his own presidential oath. His new titles were displayed on his verified social media pages within an hour of doing so.

This was confirmed to The Namibian last week by Lilliane Kahuika, an epidemiologist with the health ministry. The victim was a woman who died a day after giving birth on 25 January, but her baby survived.

The Namibian reported last month that two pregnant women also died from hepatitis E-related illnesses in December and early January.

This brings the number of deaths attributed to the disease to three since the outbreak late last year.

So far, all those who have died from the disease were post-partum women.

“All the three victims were women, and all of them died shortly after giving birth […] in the post-partum period. The third one died a day after giving birth,” Kahuika said, adding that they were still waiting for the test results of samples from the victim to confirm the details. Hepatitis E is a liver disease caused by ingesting faecal contaminated water and environmental contamination due to poor sanitation.

#DayZero: Cape Town residents could queue for water for months

THE country’s biggest referral hospitals — Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals and Harare Central Hospital — faced biting water shortages over the weekend, exposing patients’ health to greater risk. It was reported that Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals had no water on Saturday, while Harare Central Hospital had limited supplies.

There are fears the capital could face the spectre of water-borne diseases if the water supply situation is not addressed urgently. Zimbabwe Medical Association (zima) secretary-general Dr Shingi Bopoto, told The Herald the water situation was under investigation.

Antonio Conte had shivered through much of this contest, hands planted deep in the pockets of his puffa jacket and that distant, rather haunted look in his eyes which tends to mark out Chelsea managers under the cosh.


Gerard Deulofeu rolls home the third Watford goal on a night when they beat 10-man Chelsea 4-1. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

The Italian had been emotionless as Eden Hazard belted his team level eight minutes from time and, perhaps more significantly, just as motionless as Watford ran riot in what time remained. A third chaotic defeat in four games has reinforced the sense this campaign is veering away from the champions.

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