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Stunned Zimbabweans Face Uncertain Future Without Mugabe

Young women walk past an armoured personnel carrier that stations by an intersection as Zimbabwean soldiers regulate traffic in Harare on November 15, 2017. AFP Zimbabweans weighed an uncertain future Thursday without President Robert Mugabe after the army took power and placed the 93-year-old, a liberation hero turned authoritarian leader, …

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EU Concerned By Zimbabwe Crisis, Urges ‘Peaceful Resolution’

Young women walk past an armoured personnel carrier that stations by an intersection as Zimbabwean soldiers regulate traffic in Harare on November 15, 2017.  AFP The EU called Wednesday for a “peaceful resolution” to the crisis in Zimbabwe after the military seized control and President Robert Mugabe said he was …

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Mugabe Deputy Had ‘Designs To Seize Power’ – Report

(FILES) This file photo shows Zimbabwe acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Photo: Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP Zimbabwean Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was plotting to seize power, state media said Tuesday, the day after President Robert Mugabe sacked him in a bitter power struggle. Mnangagwa was the leading contender to succeed Mugabe, …

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Liberia Supreme Court Hearing Threatens To Delay Election Run-off

Liberia’s Supreme Court said it will summon the country’s election commission on Thursday over a legal complaint backed by three political parties regarding the October 10 presidential election, potentially delaying a runoff vote. In a document released late Tuesday, the Supreme Court called on the National Elections Commission to defend itself …

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Two South African White Farmers Jailed For Forcing Black Man Into Coffin

A South African judge on Friday handed down jail terms of 19 and 16 years to two white farmers who filmed themselves forcing a black man into a coffin and threatening to burn him alive. Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jackson, who both shifted nervously in the dock, laid their …

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Mugabe Would Have Rejected WHO Appointment – Spokesman

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe did not know he had been appointed World Health Organisation goodwill ambassador and would anyway have rejected the role that has since been rescinded, state media reported Tuesday. The WHO reversed its decision on Sunday to award the 93-year-old the honour to help fight disease after …

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Kenya Poll Official Quits, Says Election Not ‘Credible’

One of Kenya’s top election officials quit Wednesday with a damning statement accusing her colleagues of political bias and saying an upcoming presidential election could not be credible. The resignation of one of seven poll commissioners is the latest dramatic twist to an election process that has plunged the East …

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Violent Clashes In Northern Togo After Imam Arrested

Riot police arrive during anti-government demonstrations calling for constitutional reform in Lome. . PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP Violence broke out in Togo’s second city, Sokode, after the arrest of an imam close to the country’s main opposition, fuelling tensions after weeks of anti-government protests. “Electricity was cut off at …

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Weah, Boakai Ahead In Liberia Election Partial Results

Liberian presidential candidates George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai Liberian presidential candidates George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai dominated partial tallies released by the country’s electoral commission on Thursday, but the results showed the vast majority of votes are yet to be counted. Political parties have expressed concern over polling-day …

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South Africa Court Clears Way For Zuma Graft Prosecution

President Jacob Zuma South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal ruled on Friday that President Jacob Zuma can face prosecution over almost 800 charges of corruption relating to a 1990s arms deal. Zuma had lodged a challenge at the court in Bloemfontein after a lower court decided in 2016 to reinstate …

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Mobile Internet Off In Togo Before Opposition Protests

Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP Mobile internet services were off in Togo on Thursday, where new opposition protests were planned after huge anti-government demonstrations across the country. On social media such as Facebook and Twitter, which were still accessible using intermittent Wi-Fi access in the capital, Lome, users called for services to …

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Spanish, Finnish Police Break Up Nigerian Prostitution Ring

file photo Spanish and Finnish police, with the help of European law agencies, have arrested 24 members of a suspected prostitution ring preying on young Nigerian women, Europol said Thursday. “The victims, mainly vulnerable young Nigerian women, were recruited in Nigeria and trafficked to Spain via Italy,” Europe’s Hague-based policing …

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Violence Breaks Out In Kenya After Kenyatta Victory

Violence erupted in a part of the Mathare slum of Nairobi on Friday (August 11) shortly after President Uhuru Kenyatta was officially re-elected and extended an olive branch to his opponent, Raila Odinga, and his supporters. Kenyatta’s rivals rejected the result, raising the prospect of street protests. Police fired tear …

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Kenyatta Urges Kenyans To Shun Violence Before Tense Election

File photo: Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta President Uhuru Kenyatta urged Kenyans on Monday (August 7), the eve of a presidential election, to shun intimidation and violence and stand together, no matter what the result. Opinion polls put Kenyatta neck-and-neck with opposition leader Raila Odinga, whose call for street protests after …

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Rwanda Opposition Candidate Confident Of Defeating Kagame

Rwandan President, Paul Kagame In Rwanda’s northern Rulindo district, residents look over a hill on to three tents pitched ahead of an opposition rally. Campaigns are gaining momentum ahead of elections on August 4. Frank Habineza, the presidential candidate for the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda (DPGR) the only registered …

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Ethiopia Cuts Off Internet After High School Exam Leaks

Ethiopia has cut off internet access nationwide until at least June 8 to try to stop cheats from posting high school exam papers on social media. Hundreds of thousands of students are taking the tests throughout the Horn of Africa country. Grade 10 exams started on May 31 and end …

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Cameroon Turns To Local Market To Promote Its Coffee

Despite coffee being one of Cameroon’s main cash crops, a coffee drinking culture has been slow to take off in the country, where most of the coffee produced is processed for the European market. To try and get more Cameroonians to drink coffee, a group of investors in the sector …

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Congo’s Main Opposition Rejects Kabila’s New Government

Democratic Republic of Congo’s main opposition party denounced president Joseph Kabila’s newly appointed government under prime minister Bruno Tshibala, which they say undermines a previous agreement. Kabila, in power since 2001, struck a deal in December with Congo’s main opposition bloc to stay on after his mandate expired provided he …

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