Africa 

Video: Sudan’s deputy military junta head denies role in protestor deaths, says wants democratic elections

The deputy head of Sudan’s ruling military council on Saturday denied ordering soldiers to attack protestors. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) are accused of firing at protestors this past week, killing at least six. Speaking in front of an audience of tribal leaders and senior diplomats, Dagalo, widely known as Hemedti, said the army wants Sudan to revert to civilian rule. Watch our report

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Africa 

Sport24.co.za | Faf says fearless Proteas must forget failure

Cape Town – Faf du Plessis, who will lead the Proteas at this year’s World Cup, believes his team must forget about failure as they attempt to win world cricket’s most prestigious competition for the first time.  In previous tournaments, Du Plessis believes that the Proteas have failed simply because they placed too much pressure on themselves. This time, however, they will focus on enjoying their cricket.  “In previous World Cups, we wanted to do Superman things. We thought we had to be more special, we had to do something…

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Africa 

Malawi’s president makes final plea for re-election in tight race

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika made a last-ditch bid to win re-election on Saturday as candidates for next week’s hotly contested election wrapped up their campaigns at rival rallies across the country. Former law professor Mutharika, 78, is trying to secure a second five-year term in Malawi, a southern African country heavily dependent on foreign aid which has experienced severe droughts in the past decade. Addressing thousands of supporters in his stronghold in Blantyre, the nation’s commercial capital, Mutharika highlighted the country’s relative economic stability during his government and said he…

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Africa 

Deaths, ashes in wake of Ivory Coast ethnic violence

Nine people have died and at least 84 injured in Beoumi, a small town in central Côte d’Ivoire, following ethnic violence for three days this week between indigenous (Baoulé) and non-indigenous (Dioula or Malinké, northern nationals) populations. An altercation between a taxi driver (Malinke) and a commercial motorbike rider (Baule) on Wednesday turned into a battle in the city and then surrounding villages, according to witnesses. The clashes spread to the village of Kongonoussou, separated from the city by a bridge over a dam. “At about 9am on Thursday, I…

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Africa 

Boeing admits flaw in 737 MAX simulator software

American aircraft manufacturer Boeing admitted that there were defects in its 737 MAX flight simulators’ software that is used to train pilots, following two deadly crashes involving the aircraft. The company said Saturday that the flight simulator software could not reproduce certain flight conditions such as those at the time of the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March or the Lion Air crash in October last year. Later the same day, a spokesman from Boeing, Gordon Johndroe, said that “Boeing has made corrections to the 737 Max simulator software and has…

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Africa 

Forces loyal to Libya’s U.N.-backed government receive military hardware

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A coalition of forces allied with Libya’s U.N.-backed government of national accord (GNA) said it had received a shipment of armoured vehicles and arms on Saturday as it tries to stop Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) from taking the capital, Tripoli. “The GNA is fostering its forces defending Tripoli with armoured vehicles, ammunition and quality weapons,” the pro-GNA coalition said on one of its Facebook page, without giving further details about the origin of the military equipment. Pictures and videos posted by the coalition on its…

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OP-ED Opinions 

News24.com | Make job creators the most respected people in the country, Mr President

2019-05-19 09:00 The president must introduce measures to change the attitudes of all officials who run public institutions with direct and indirect influence on the economy to have a focus on job creation, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela. President Cyril Ramaphosa is facing unprecedented pressure. It comes from a good place. South Africans want their country to progress. They are tired of being let down by politicians with questionable patriotic credentials. So it is that, never before in our 25-year history as a democracy a president has faced nation-wide concerns about the…

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Africa 

Nomadic farmers in Morroco assert their rights to freely move and graze livestock

Nomadic farmers in Morroco assert their rights to freely move, graze livestock and explore the country’s Southern teritories. In spite of the countless disputes their exploits has landed them in with crop famers in the region of Souss, they remain determined. Tensions are recurrent and the situation is increasing in complexity.They fear eventual disappearance of their identity due to periodic movements. We are part of the society and we have our customs, what are our customs? We are nomads, we cannot limit ourselves to one place, we want to travel…

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Africa 

Italian oil company Eni discover new light oil in Agola’s deep offshore

Italian oil company Eni, revealed on tuesday the discovery of a new light oil in Agola’s deep offshore. With this discovery, up to 250 million barrels of light oil with further upside is expected. The production is also estimated at 10,000 barrels of oil per day. According to the company, this operation is the fourth largest commercial discovery since Eni relaunched its exploration project in mid-2018, in Angola. The Ndungu-1 NFW well is located a few kilometers from Eni’s West Hub facilities, and has been drilled in a water depth…

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