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Tunisians vote for new president in run-off poll

Tunisians started voting on Sunday for a new president in a second and final round of the country’s presidential election. Voters are choosing between a media mogul and a retired law professor to help sustain the country’s democracy. Law professor Kais Saied and detained media mogul Nabil Karoui emerged as outsiders in the first round of voting to head into the presidential run-off vote. Nabil Karoui, was only released from detention on Wednesday after spending most of the election campaign behind bars. He has been accused of corruption and is…

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The top 10 universities in Africa

Africa has for centuries had a culture of education, higher learning and research even before formal academic institutional systems. The continent also boasts of highly skilled and talented academics and many of them were trained in African institutions. More educational institutions continue to be set up, both public and private. We present to you our top 10 African universities per recent rankings of Universities globally. University of Cape Town The University of Cape Town is the leading university in Africa. It is South Africa’s oldest university. Globally it is ranked…

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Africa North Africa Sudan World 

Sudan appoints first female chief justice

Sudan’s Sovereign council has announced the appointment of the country’s first female chief justice. Supreme Court judge Neemat Abdulllah was picked to occupy the highest position in the Judiciary. She will be heading the country’s judicial system and overseeing the overhaul of the justice system. The appointment by the Sovereign Council, which is made up of civilian and military officials tells of the emerging reforms taking place in the north African nation. Many consider the move significant in dealing with issues of gender inequality in Sudan. The 11-member Sovereign Council…

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Tunisians vote in legislative elections amid economic crisis

Tunisians started voting on Sunday in legislative elections weeks after voting in the first round of presidential election. A second round of voting in the presidential election will take place on October 13 and will be contested by two political outsiders – independent academic Kais Saied and jailed media mogul Nabil Karoui. Sunday’s parliamentary elections could decide whether Tunisians are gradually breaking away from established political parties or otherwise. Some 15,000 candidates running on party lists or as independents are vying for seats in the 217-seat parliament. Registered voters are…

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The Moroccan journalist jailed for ‘having abortion’

A Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni has been jailed for a year by a court for allegedly having an “illegal” abortion. Raissouni, 28 was also accused of having sexual relations outside of her marriage, Al Jazeera reported. Her Sudanese fiance and gynaecologist have also been jailed one and two-years, respectively over the issue. But an anaesthetist and medical assistance who were allegedly involved in carrying out the abortion were given suspended sentences of a year and eight months, respectively. The journalist was arrested on August 31 this year while leaving a…

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Morocco: King Mohammed VI ill, suffers viral lung infection

The monarch of Morocco, King Mohammed VI has reportedly suffered a viral lung infection. His doctors have now asked him to take a long rest to recover. The illness forced him to miss a remembrance ceremony in Paris for France’s late president Jacques Chirac. An official statement from the palace said on Sunday the 56-year-old monarch, was unable to the commemoration event for Chirac, who died last week aged 86. Last year King Mohammed VI underwent heart surgery. He has been in power since 1999 when he took over from…

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Libya: Boat with over 50 passengers capsizes off shores

United Nations officials have said that a boat with more than 50 passengers capsized off the Libyan coast. The exact date of the boat accident was not given but UN officials said on Saturday that “some 70 persons have disembarked back in Libya by the coast guards, after days in distress at sea.” The UNHCR in Libya first broke the news on Saturday saying “A boat carrying over 50 persons capsized off Libyan shores. Rescuers on their way and UNHCR and partners ready to provide medical and humanitarian assistance upon…

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Rwanda welcomes first batch of migrants trapped in Libya

The first batch of African migrants stranded in Libya detention camps has arrived in the Rwandan capital of Kigali. The sixty-six migrants are part of the over 500 migrants Rwanda has agreed to take. The migrants are relocating to Rwanda following an agreement between the Rwandan government, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the African Union. There are 4,700 estimated number of refugees currently in custody in Libya, under a new transit mechanism. Many migrants from Africa continue to seek for greener pastures outside the continent. They have resorted to…

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American museum returns stolen ancient Egyptian coffin

Authorities in the United States of America on Wednesday returned a stolen ancient coffin to Egypt. This is happening two years after the coffin was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The 2,100-year-old coffin of a priest called Nedjemankh got featured in an exhibit housing artefacts from Egypt. The Museum bought the stolen antique from a global art trafficking network, which used fraudulent documents. Officials said the gold coffin was looted and smuggled out of Egypt in 2011. The stolen coffin dates back to the…

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Egypt: Over 1,000 people arrested after anti-Sisi protests

Right groups in Egypt say more than 1,000 people have been arrested over ongoing anti-government protests. Last Friday marked the start of street protests organized by Egyptians, signaling a major shift in how people feel about the al-Sisi government. Since 2014 when al-Sisi took over, there have been hardly any public out-pour of protests against his government. On Friday, tear gas was fired at protesters to disperse them when they gathered at Tahrir Square in Cairo. The square is a key site of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution with the protesters…

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