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Zambians asked to stop spying on phones of their spouses

Zambia’s President Hakainde Hichilema has asked citizens to stop spying on the phones of their spouses. The country recorded over 22,000 divorce cases last year alone, statistics that President Hichilema is unhappy with. Statistics from the last 12 months showed the shortest marriage in the country lasted for 30 days while the longest was 65 years. Leading the reasons for… Read More
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Nigeria: Court rules against barring unmarried pregnant police officers

A Nigerian court has struck out a police regulation that bars unmarried female officers from getting pregnant. A judge ruled that the regulation, which calls for the dismissal of any unmarried officer who gets pregnant, was “discriminatory, illegal, null and void”. Last year a federal high court upheld the police force’s decision to sack an unmarried officer who fell pregnant… Read More
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Former Pope Benedict XVI dies at 95

Former Pope Benedict XVI has died at his Vatican residence, aged 95. The death occurred almost a decade after he stood down because of ailing health. He led the Catholic Church for less than eight years until, in 2013, he became the first Pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415. Benedict spent his final years at the Mater Ecclesiae… Read More
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Former Pope Benedict XVI very ill

Pope Francis has said former Pope Benedict XVI is very ill and he has asked pilgrims at the Vatican to pray for him. Benedict, 95, became the first leader of the Catholic Church to stand down in 600 years in 2013, citing advanced age. At the end of the Pope’s final audience of the year, he asked people to “pray a… Read More
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Germany returns over 20 looted Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

Germany has returned over 20 Benin Bronzes stolen from Nigeria to the West African nation. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock confirmed this on Tuesday as Germany joins other European countries to return stolen cultural artefacts to where they belong. British soldiers seized thousands of metal castings and sculptures during a raid on the then-separate Kingdom of Benin in 1897. The… Read More
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South Africa bans religious preaching on trains

– – South Africa’s passenger rail agency (Prasa) has banned religious preaching, gambling and informal trading in its new trains. Local media outlets reported that rail agency said the move will enhance passenger safety and onboard cleanliness. The agency’s spokesperson Lilian Mofokeng is quoted as saying that the move is part of measures to ensure that “one particular behavioural system of… Read More
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Nigeria to abolish English as language of teaching in schools

– – The Nigerian government is rolling out a policy aimed at promoting the teaching of primary school pupils in their local languages. That policy means pupils won’t have to be taught in the English language, a practice that has lasted for decades. Education Minister Adamu Adamu told journalists on Wednesday that the new framework known as the National Language… Read More
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WITNESS: A masculinity project for 2022 International Men Day

– – Fifty men from across Ghana’s Greater Accra and Takoradi in the Western Region have shared, revealed and highlighted what violence they had witnessed by men towards women, and how what they witnessed shaped and impacted them as men. The findings from these moving exchanges are for WITNESS, a masculinity project for 2022’s International Men Day, a global annual… Read More
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South Africans sign petition against unisex toilets in schools

Photo: Getty Images Some South Africans have started a petition against plans by the department of basic education to introduce unisex or gender-neutral toilets in schools. The online petition has been signed by over 60,000 people so far. “Toilets are private and suggesting that girls and boys share toilets will bring about many social ills,” the petition said. The plan… Read More
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Nigeria: Sisters freed after family pays ransom

File Photo Five teenage sisters abducted by gunmen in June in the northern Nigerian state of Zamfara have been freed. There was outrage over the extraordinary kidnap and long stay in captivity especially after the kidnappers released a video of them last month. The sister were visibly frightened and bewildered when they were shown with the captives carrying guns and … Read More