Islamic extremists violate human rights in northern Mali

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Ivan Šimonović

• Human rights violations have become systematic in northern Mali, according to a senior UN human rights official who has visited the country. He says Islamic extremists who control the region have imposed a strict interpretation of Sharia law. The official says there are also cases of drastic punishments including executions, amputations and public floggings.

Kenyan troops protect Somali city from explosives left by militants

Kenyan soldiers in Kismayo

• It's been nearly two weeks since Al Shabaab insurgents retreated from the Somali port city of Kismayo. Kenyan soldiers on duty there are locating improvised explosive devices planted by the militants. Kismayo, the third largest city in Somalia, was until recently a stronghold of Al Shabaab, which is tied to the terrorist group Al Qaeda.

Combating Wheat Stem Rust in Africa

Ug99 wheat rust

• A new strain of wheat rust, known as Ug99, is decimating African wheat fields. It was first detected in Eastern Africa in 1998. The UN nuclear watchdog agency and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization have brought together experts to develop Ug99 resistant wheat varieties by using radiation to induce mutations in plants.

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Editor: Dianne Penn
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Studio Engineer: Rosie Starr
Duration: 10'00"

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