Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

SA man who raped a girl in restaurant toilet jailed for life

A 21 year old young man who raped a seven year old girl in a toilet in South Africa last year has been jailed for life. Nicholas Ninow was convicted of rape in September this year but his sentencing is now being delivered. According to police he followed the girl into the female toilet of a popular Pretoria restaurant, then pulled her into the men’s washroom and raped her. During his trial Ninow pleaded guilty and explained that he had gone into the toilet to take drugs when he saw the…

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Africa Nigeria West Africa World 

Nigeria’s Buhari reduces foreign trips of ministers to cut cost

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has reduced the number of foreign trips his ministers will embark on as well as their duration. The President is reported to have taken the action which covers other categories of government officials as part of ‘cost-saving measure’. Nigeria is struggling to reduce its fiscal deficit and the move is intended to help address the crisis. A statement from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation said President also removed travel allowances, cut down on the number of persons permitted to travel with ministers and…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

African summit to tackle climate change opens in Ghana

The 2019 Climate Chance Summit has opened in Ghana’s capital, Accra, hosting hundreds of delegates from around the world. Under the theme, “Towards the institutionalization of Local Climate Action and Access to Finance,” efforts are being made to engage local governments in new initiatives to tackle climate change. Already African countries are reportedly at risk of losing about 1.5 percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to the negative impact of climate change. The opening of the summit on Wednesday brought together mayors from across the sub-Saharan Africa to discuss…

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Africa Liberia West Africa World 

Liberia ranks topmost globally in helping strangers

Liberia has emerged top when it comes to countries around the world that help strangers. The West African nation that is struggling to rebuild its economy came on top in the category of helping strangers in the latest World Giving Index, an annual ranking of people’s generosity. The index showed that helping strangers which is a component of the overall generosity rankings is something Liberia is good at. Charities Aid Foundation, a UK-based group that developed the index was rating countries based on their level of generosity. The group looked…

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Africa East Africa World 

Ethiopia: Dozens killed in landslide, many displaced

Heavy rains in Ethiopia have led to a deadly landslide that has killed at least 22 people. Scores of people in the Konta district of Southern Ethiopia are reported to have been displaced by the disaster. Heavy rains were recorded on Sunday in the district with fears of further destruction if the rains continue to fall. Local media reported that many homes and properties have been lost in the landslide. Efforts are ongoing to retrieve dead bodies and rescue those trapped and in dire need of help. So far excavators…

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Guinea: Several dead in protest against President Conde

A demonstration to oppose constitutional amendments that could allow Guinean President Alpha Conde to run for a third term has left at least five people dead. The Police clashed with demonstrators in the capital, Conakry and the opposition stronghold of Mamou. At least four demonstrators were reportedly shot dead in Conakry as police opened fire on protesters. Opposition leader Cellou Diallo has told reporters that four protesters had been shot dead. He hinted that the protests will continue until the plan to give President Conde a third term is aborted. “We encourage citizens…

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Africa North Africa World 

Tunisians elect a law professor as new president

Tunisian voters have elected a retired law professor, Kais Saied as their new president after Sunday’s presidential run-off poll. Saied is set to become Tunisia’s next president after securing over 70 percent of votes in the run-off election. He beat his only challenger in the election, media mogul Nabil Karoui, who is facing charges of money laundering and tax fraud. The electoral commission announced that Saied, 61, secured 73% of votes in the run-off election. Saied has since the announcement of his electoral victory appeared in front of jubilant supporters…

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Africa Nigeria West Africa World 

Nigeria’s border closure sparks protests from ECOWAS countries

Since August 20, 2019, Nigeria has closed its borders with some of its neighbouring West African countries. Borders in four geopolitical zones across the country, including South-South, South-West, North-Central and North-West have been closed. The government took the decision in an attempt to stop what it calls smuggling activities at it’s borders. Rice is one of the commodities mostly smuggled on a massive scale into Nigeria through borders linking with Benin. President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has said that the smuggling was a setback for his country’s agricultural policies pushing…

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Africa East Africa World 

Kenya: Families receive bodies of Ethiopian Airlines crash victims

Bodies of Kenyan victims of the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed in Addis Ababa in March have arrived in Kenya. The bodies arrived on Monday at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where families of 32 Kenyan victims gathered to receive them ahead of burial on Thursday. The airliner crash killed all 157 people on board with victims coming from 30 nationalities. They also had the chance for the first time to view the remains of their loved ones. Families of passengers who perished in Ethiopian airline crash at JKIA to…

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Africa Featured Mozambique Southern Africa World 

Mozambique: Campaigns end ahead of Tuesday’s elections

Campaigning has ended in Mozambique ahead of crucial presidential, legislative and provincial elections on Tuesday. Four candidates are contesting the presidency but 26 parties and other coalitions are seeking control in legislative and provincial elections. Six opposition parties have also signed a cooperation pact to prevent electoral fraud. These parties are Renamo, MDM, New Democracy, Amusi, Podemos, and the Ecologists. Candidates for presidency Filipe Nyusi who is 60 years is the incumbent President seeking a second term to prolong his Frelimo party rule in Mozambique since independence in 1975. He…

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