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NEW ANC PRESIDENT ENDORSES TRANSFER OF LANDS FROM WHITES TO BLACKS

Barely a month into his presidency, Cyril Ramaphosa has taken sides on a hot button issue whose resolution had eluded previous leaders. He vowed to speed up the seizure of land from white owners and turn the properties over to blacks. “This original sin that was committed when our country was colonized must be resolved in a way that will take South Africa forward,” he declared. The resolution calling for ex ...

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2019 Volvo XC40

By Frank S. Washington AUSTIN, TX, — It has taken eight years and $12 billion and some good old fashioned Scandinavian patience. But Volvo has finally righted the ship and is ready to reassert itself in the premium luxury market. What’s more, those big bucks don’t include the additional billions spent to build assembly plants in China and South Carolina. Volvo has developed three-cylinder and four-cylinder ...

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2017 Kia Forte SX 5 DR

By Frank S. Washington DETROIT – The Kia Forte5 SX was a sharp looking five-door hatchback. It was a head turner; more than once did I notice people taking a second look at it. It had a wider version of Kia’s tiger nose grille. The headlights were swept back around the front fender. The daytime running lights as well as the redesigned taillights were LEDs. I had the SX trim line. It came with 18-inch alloy ...

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OBIANG REVIVES DEATH PENALTY IN BID TO SAVE UNPOPULAR REGIME

Equatorial Guinea, under President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, is reviving the odious death penalty against 147 opposition activists accused of “rebellion, attacks on authority and public disorder” – a sign of deepening desperation under President Obiang. The activists include leaders of Citizens for Innovation (CI), many of whom were rounded up after a purported coup plot discovered near the country’s b ...

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FORMER ZIMBABWE LEADER TO RECEIVE STATE-ASSISTED BURIAL IN HOME VILLAGE OF BUHERA

The mortal remains of veteran opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai were returned to Zimbabwe from South Africa where he died last week of colon cancer at a Johannesburg hospital. A memorial attended by thousands of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters all clad in red, the party’s colors, thronged Robert Mugabe Square in Harare, prior to the late prime minister’s departure for Buhera, his home vill ...

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ETHIOPIAN RESIGNATION MET WITH WORRY, ANGER AND STATE OF EMERGENCY

The Ethiopian government has given itself sweeping new powers - from restrictions on freedom of assembly and free expression to the deployment of combat-ready troops in civilian centers. The newly-imposed state of emergency is expected to last six months. The harsh new limits on democratic expression may have blindsided those in the international community who were expecting an opening for reforms with the ...

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OPPOSITION FORCES PLAN SHOW OF FORCE TO DEMAND RESIGNATION OF DRC PREZ

Time is running out for the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo as a united front of the Catholic Church and members of the main opposition party plan a massive march to demand President Joseph Kabila’s resignation. “All activists are urged to respond,” read a statement from the Union for Democracy and Social Progress. A Party congress scheduled for Feb. 26-27 has been postponed to support the Feb ...

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UK AID GROUPS KNEW OF SEX ORGIES BY STAFFERS IN POOR COUNTRIES – REPORT

Revelations that the renowned emergency aid group, Oxfam International, failed to catch rogue aid workers who admitted to hiring prostitutes for wild sex parties in Haiti and Chad, have shaken the aid community worldwide. According to a blistering new report in the Times of London, Oxfam knew of concerns about the conduct of two of the men caught up in the Haiti sex scandal before they were appointed to sen ...

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ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF, FORMER LIBERIAN PRESIDENT, WINS COVETED LEADERSHIP PRIZE

Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has captured the Mo Ibrahim prize for distinguished African leadership. She is the fifth recipient of the prize since it was first presented in 2007. Mrs Sirleaf, who stepped down last month, was praised for her work rebuilding the nation after civil war and leading a process of reconciliation. She served two six-year terms after becoming president in 2005. The committee awar ...

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CAPE TOWN IN SURVIVAL MODE AS WATER SUPPLIES ARE NEAR ZERO

Only days remain in Cape Town, South Africa, before a jewel of natural beauty and one of the wealthiest destinations in Africa becomes the first major city in the world to run out of water. Rationing has already begun with some 200 collection points around the city. Security guards stand watch as anxious residents fill up plastic jugs. Cape Town is in the middle of an unprecedented drought, with some resear ...

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