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Algerian rock singer Rachid Taha dies


Algerian singer Rachid Taha has died of a heart attack at the age of 59 at his home in Paris, French media reports.

His music was a unique mix of Algerian Maghreb “rai” rhythms and electronic rock – and he made it big in the 1980s in France.

He was born in the Algerian city of Oran and moved to France aged 10.

He saw himself as a “permanent immigrant” in France, a BBC Radio 3 article about the singer says.

He was the lead singer of Carte de Séjour, a French rock band popular in the 1980s.

“For me, music is rock & roll, coloured by what is inside me and what is outside me. My music enables me to express my multiple identities,” Taha said in 2004.

According to his official Facebook page, he was due to give a performance in Lyon later this month with one of long-time collaborators Steve Hillage.

Eclectic in his tastes, he pushed boundaries with his own music as well as doing covers such as an Arabic version of The Clash’s Rock the Casbah.

Taha’s fans have been paying tribute to him on Twitter, including Moroccan musician Reda Allali who remembered him as flamboyant and genuine:

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In US ‘World’s oldest’ pilot whale dies, SeaWorld says


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In an online posting, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc said Bubbles was in her early to mid 50s and had been at the park for nearly 30 years.

Bubbles, a female pilot whale at SeaWorld in San Diego that was believed to have been the oldest animal of her species in a zoological park, has died, the company said.
In an online posting, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc said Bubbles was in her early to mid 50s and had been at the park for nearly 30 years.
“SeaWorld San Diego is saddened to announce the passing of one of the world’s most beloved animals, Bubbles the pilot whale,” the company said on its website.
A necropsy is planned to determine the cause of death. The company, which operates marine parks in San Diego, San Antonio, Texas, and Orlando, Florida, did not say when she died.
Pilots whales, which have rounded heads and mouthlines that curve upward to resemble a smile, are in the dolphin family and are smaller than orcas, or killer whales.
Pilots, which live in pods of 20 or 90 animals, are about as intelligent as dolphins and easily trained, according to the American Cetacean Society.
Weighing roughly 3,000 pounds (1,360 kg) and measuring 15 feet (5 meters) long, Bubbles was considered the “grande dame” of SeaWorld. She was known for her ability to jump out of the water and spin at great velocity.
SeaWorld has faced intense public scrutiny over its public display of marine animals, especially killer whales.
In March, the company said it would stop breeding killer whales in captivity, but would still put on performances with orcas at its three parks.

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Source: Pulse

In Kaduna Air force pilot slumps, dies in cockpit [Photos]


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The flying official, Promise Gbenekanum, revealed to have studied at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, had reportedly died of undisclosed causes.

A Squadron leader in the Air Force, has reportedly slumped and died while flying a Nigerian Air force jet three weeks ago, leaving a young wife and child behind.

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The flying official, Promise Gbenekanum, revealed to have studied at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, had reportedly died of undisclosed causes.
Gbenekanum who was buried on Saturday, June 4, 2016, is reported to have only gotten married in December of 2014, and has a young baby.
The Air Force military transport is pictured landing at the Air Force base in Port Harcourt with his body.

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May his soul rest in peace.

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Baby girl whose pet dogs refused to leave her bedside dies


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The heartbroken mum of the terminally-ill baby whose pet dogs refused to leave her side has announced that the little fighter didn’t make it. In a blog post entitled ‘Goodbye Nora’, Mary Hall movingly described her daughter’s tragic final moments. She blogged how her “sweet baby” passed away as she “sighed a little sigh and breathed the breath that was her last”.
Mary wrote:
“She died with her puppies at her feet and while being held close in the arms of her parents as they sang to her and caressed her and told her how very much they loved her. “She went without pain or fear.”

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Five-month-old Nora died a day after her great-grandma whose life-support was turned off, the blog post revealed. The piece said the relative, named as Marilyn, “would be there in heaven, waiting for her with open arms”.
She wrote:
“We have returned home, to the place that is filled with so many happy memories of being a family with our Nora.
“Now, it feels so empty and alone. We feel like we are in a bad dream.
“We ache so much for our baby girl… We are so broken hearted; we never knew it was possible to hurt this much.”
She said her daughter was now “free from tubes and tests and pokes and procedures, but she has taken a large chunk of our hearts with her”.
She concluded:
“We love you, peanut. “Rest now, and watch over us until we can be together and hear your laugh and hug you and kiss you and hold you again.”
May her sweet innocent soul rest in perfect peace….Amen!
Source: Mirror Online

World’s oldest dog dies peacefully, sleeping in her basket


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Maggie the Kelpie, believed to be the world’s
oldest dog, died while sleeping in her basket on
Sunday night. Maggie’s owner was an
Australian dairy farmer, Brian McLaren.
Maggie was 30 years old at the time of her
death which is approximately 200 years old in
human years.
According to her owner, Maggie had been sick
on Friday and died on Sunday.

Soldier dies after Boko Haram lays seige on acting General Officer commanding 7 division


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One soldier was killed while 2 others were
injured after Boko Haram members laid an
ambush for the leading elements of the Acting
General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division
Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor
Ezugwu’s (pictured above) convoy which was
enroute Bama for a visit the troops.
After a gun battle, the soldiers were able to
clear the ambush, killing some of the terrorists
and recovered vehicles and weapons from
them. The recovered items include a Toyota
Hilux vehicle, 2 AK-47 rifles and several
ammunitions.
The Acting GOC has continued his operational
visit to Bama, while the body of the late soldier
and the wounded have been evacuated to
Maiduguri. The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant
General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has also spoken
with the GOC.