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Mozambique: Looking to its past for lasting peace

– – The government of Mozambique has taken many approaches to end conflict and encourage economic development in the past fifty years. Colonial independence, nationalization, villagization, and Marxism were all tried, with accompanying political upheavals, civil war, and massacres. Peace and economic stability was finally reached in the 1990’s, under the newly elected democratic government. Former Mozambique President Alberto Joachim Chissano credited the sustained peace and resulting economic development to the implementation of Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) under the Mozambique military and police. IDT is a brain based technology which…

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Ghanaian actor convicted for posting her nudes online

– – A popular Ghanaian actor Rosemond Brown known as Akuapem Poloo has been convicted by a court for posting her nudes online. State prosecutors say the actor on June 30, 2020, celebrated her son’s seventh birthday by taking her nude pictures together with him. Akuapem Poloo took the pictures with her son who was also half-naked and posted them on her Instagram page. The said post went viral on social media and after several complaints she removed the post and apologized. – – Akuapem Poloo, admitted when she was…

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Niger: Fire kills 20 school children trapped in classrooms

– – At least 20 children have died after fire gutted their classrooms in Niger. The fire started around the entrance of the school, which has a population of 800 students. It spread to 21 classrooms built with straw and trapped the children inside, as they did not have an alternative escape route. The cause of the fire in the school, located in the Pays Bas area of the capital Niamey, has not yet been established. “Without an emergency exit, many were trapped and students were forced to scale the wall to escape.…

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Africa 

Supporters of re-elected Benin president Patrice Talon celebrate

Patrice Talon’s supporters celebrate with singing and dancing outside his headquarters over the victory of their candidate in the first round of the presidential elections in Cotonou, Benin. A few hours earlier, the president of the Autonomous National Electoral Commission had announced his victory with 86% of the votes cast in the first round of the presidential election Talon, 62, a cotton tycoon first elected to lead the West African state in 2016, faced two little-known rivals in Sunday’s vote with most of his key opponents in exile or disqualified…

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At least 20 people killed, 3 injured in road carnage in Southern Egypt

At least 20 people have been killed and three others injured in a road accident in southern Egypt Tuesday. Authorities said a bus overturned while trying to overtake a truck on a highway causing a collision that lead to the casualties. The bus was travelling from Cairo when it turned over. It was hit by the truck on a road in the southern province of Assiut, some 320 kilometers south of Cairo. In a statement, Assiut Governor Essam Saad said both vehicles caught fire. Photos released by the governor’s office…

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Burkina Faso: Ex-leader Compaoré to stand trial for Sankara murder

– – The former president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré is to face charges of murder of Thomas Sankara. Compaoré ousted Thomas Sankara in 1987 and has since been suspected of playing a role in the death of the former military leader. A military tribunal in Burkina Faso on Tuesday indicted the former president for “attack on state security, complicity in murder and concealment of corpse”. Thirteen other people were among those charged along with the former president. The warrants “to bring defendants not yet detained” were issued early Tuesday,…

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Benin’s President Talon wins re-election to serve 5 more years

– – Benin’s President Patrice Talon has been re-elected with 86% of the votes, provisional results released by the national electoral commission shows. His closest rival, Allasane Soumanou secured about 11.3% while Corentin Kohou came in third with 2.3%, with a voter turnout of 50%. The final results would have to be announced by the Beninese Constitutional Court. The election could not be held in 13 of the country’s 546 districts, because of security problems in some areas in the country’s northern and central regions. President Patrice Talon had previously…

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Sierra Leonean author projects African words with English alphabet

– – Vickie Remoe is a Sierra Leonean, journalist and activist who recently decided to launch a project to project African words with the English Alphabet. Inspired by her son, she launched a book this year called ‘Adama Loves Akara’. Remoe explained recently that she “bought my son’s first reader the same day I bought his first pair of pampers. It wasn’t until we started to actively focus on developing his phoneme awareness that I noticed the absence of African culture in the early readers.” She added that “Everything from…

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Burkina Faso: Ex-president Compaoré to be tried in Sankara murder case

Burkina Faso’s former president Blaise Compaoré, now in exile in Ivory Coast, will stand trial for the assassination of his predecessor Thomas Sankara, a pan-African icon, during the 1987 coup in which he took power, lawyers told AFP on Tuesday. The case was referred Tuesday to the military court in Ouagadougou, after the confirmation of charges against the main defendants, including Blaise Compaoré, 34 years after the death of the “father of the revolution” Burkinabé, according to defence lawyers and civil parties. After Gilbert Diendere — his former right-hand man…

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Spanish hotel shelters migrants amid virus crisis

A hotel in the Canary Islands has opened its doors to migrants seeking a new life. When hotel director Calvin Lucock and restaurant owner Unn Tove Saetran said goodbye to one of the last groups of migrants staying in one of the seaside resorts they manage in Spain’s Canary Islands, the British-Norwegian couple didn’t know when they would have guests again. They had initially lost their tourism clientele to the coronavirus pandemic, but then things took an unexpected turn. A humanitarian crisis was unfolding on the archipelago where tens of…

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