22 Mar 2015 18:30pm

1.WINDHOEK, 23 MAR (NAMPA) – A 39 year-old Namibian male shot and killed his former lover on Saturday at Otumbatumba Cuca shop at Okathitu Ka Lyokoshandi village in the Omusati Region.

Inspector Slogan Matheus, during the weekend crime media briefing on Sunday, said it is alleged that Ruben Endjala shot and killed 50-year-old Maria Nangula Shikongo ,before committing suicide.

The incident took place at about 21H00.

He was found hanging with a wire from a tree at about 07H00 on Sunday, a kilometer from the murder scene.

The police followed his footprint from the scene. Their bodies were taken to the Okahao police mortuary for a post-mortem report.


2. OUAGADOUGOU, March 23 (Xinhua) -- Burkina Faso's transition President Michel Kafando recalled Friday ten ambassadors abroad who were deemed to be close to the former regime.

Kafando, who is also Minister for Foreign Affairs, announced the decree of recall on state television this weekend, giving no explanation of the decision.

Among the recalled ambassadors are Odile Bonkoungou, Burkina Faso's ambassador to Germany and Daniel Ouedraogo, the country's ambassador to Cuba.

Since taking office, the new authorities of Burkina Faso undertook extensive 'cleaning' in the administration under pressure from the public. Transition began in Burkina Faso since the fall of Blaise Compaore after 27 years of rule by the end of October last year.


3.PARIS, March 23 (Xinhua) -- The first round of France's regional council elections kicked off on Sunday, while economic troubles and social strains are likely to give impetus to the far-right National Front (FN) party and further undermine the governing Socialists' eventual chances at the 2017 presidential election.

About 43 million registered voters are expected to cast their ballots to pick councilors in 2,054 cantons in 101 departments, except in Paris, Lyon and overseas.

In a binomial ballot, voters will choose in each list a male and female candidates in order to improve equality gender in the departments in line with a reform adopted in 2013.

By 12:00 (1100 GMT), turnout was 18.02 percent, up from 15.7 percent recorded four years ago, the interior ministry's figures showed.

However, the country's pollsters estimated a record abstention at 58 percent up from 2011's rate of 55 percent, a figure mirroring the frustration of disgruntled voters and may punish the ruling PS candidates.


4. LONDON, March 23 (Xinhua) -- The most remarkable funeral service in British history got under way on Sunday with the start of ceremonies to finally lay to rest the body of a King of England who died in battle more than 500 years ago.

The body of King Richard the Third was discovered in 2012 when work was being carried out at a car park in the English city of Leicester. The car park had been built over what had been an old religious priory.

His remains had remained a mystery following his death at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 when he became the last English monarch to die in battle.

Following the discovery of his skeletal remains he has been kept at the University of Leicester where numerous tests have been carried out.

Today a crowd gathered outside the university where the Chancellor of the University carried out the first of a number of ceremonies taking place this week as part of the re-burial program. A simple wreath of white roses - emblem of Richard's House of York - was placed on the wooden coffin by descendants of Richard III.


5. UNITED NATIONS, March 23 (Xinhua) -- The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged for cooperation and innovation to tackle challenges related with water, as over one in ten of world' s population still need improved water supply.

He noted that access to safe drinking water and sanitation are still urgent issues facing the mankind, with some 750 million people without access to an improved water supply while around 2.5 billion people still live without improved sanitation, and a billion people practice open defecation.

The UN chief stressed that 'we cannot achieve a world of dignity, health and prosperity for all until we address this urgent need.'

To address the many challenges related to water, we must work in a spirit of urgent cooperation, open to new ideas and innovation, and prepared to share the solutions that we all need for a sustainable future,' said the UN chief.

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.