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Senegal: Authorities burn 4.5 tonnes of cannabis

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Today, drug law enforcers in Senegal invited the press to watch 4.5 tonnes of cannabis being burnt and social media is asking if observers inhaled the smoke and get stoned themselves?

Reporters who took pictures in the Mamelles neighbourhood of the capital, Dakar, said he watched the proceedings for a while but left specifically because he did not want to get high.

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The cannabis, which is illegal in Senegal, was confiscated along with small amounts of cocaine and heroin.

The idea of holding a press conference to burn cannabis has long been the butt of jokes – including this scene in the British comedy Drop the Dead Donkey where the reporter gets increasingly high while making a TV dispatch.

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Abiy Ahmed wins the 2019 Nobel Peace Award

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for immersly efforts to end two decades of hostility with longtime enemy Eritrea.

Though Africa’s youngest leader still faces big challenges, he has in under two years in power begun political and economic reforms that promise a better life for many in impoverished Ethiopia and restored ties with Eritrea that had been frozen since a 1998-2000 border war.

“We are proud as a nation,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement, hailing a “collective win for all Ethiopians, and a call to strengthen our resolve in making Ethiopia – the new horizon of hope – a prosperous nation for all.”

It said the prize was meant to recognize “all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.”

The Nobel Committee’s decision appeared designed to encourage the peace process, echoing the 1994 peace prize shared by Israeli and Palestinian leaders and the 1993 award for moves towards reconciliation in South Africa, said Dan Smith, head of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

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