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PLEA DEAL FOR NAVY SEAL LINKED TO STRANGULATION DEATH OF U.S. ARMY SOLDIER IN MALI

A generous plea deal has been offered to the first of two Navy SEALS and two Marine Raiders charged in the strangulation death of a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier based in Bamako, Mali. Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar was found dead on June 4, 2017 in housing he shared with other special operations forces in Mali. Evidence of the murder was covered up by the four servicemen who led investigators on a wild goos ...

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EX-PRESIDENT OF SUDAN CHARGED WITH COMPLICITY IN PROTESTOR DEATHS

From the presidency to prisoner behind bars, former President Omar al-Bashir now faces formal charges of murder in the latest development to spring from a massive turnout of Sudanese people demanding civilian rule. "Omar al-Bashir and others have been charged for inciting and participating in the killing of demonstrators," the office of Sudan's acting prosecutor general, Al-Waleed Sayyed Ahmed, announced th ...

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IN A SQUEAKER, AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS WINS 57.5 PERCENT OF VOTE

Frustrated with the failures of the ruling African National Congress, South Africans gave the ANC its lowest turnout since 2004 when it took a record 69% of the vote. The ANC won a sixth straight term but with the worst ever electoral showing for the iconic party. Voter turnout was low. Thousands of youth did not even bother to register. After announcing the elections to be free and fair, President Cyril Ra ...

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ANC SEES VICTORY IN MAY 8 POLLS WHILE ACKNOWLEDGING MISTAKES

Three political parties are pulling out all the stops to win the last undecided voters going to the polls on May 8 to elect the nation’s leaders. The three are running in a field of 48. The long-ruling ANC (since 1994) is expected to vanquish the competition despite having let down much of the electorate with a slew of high-profile corruption scandals. At the party’s final rally at a stadium in Johannesburg ...

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WORLD BANK UPS ITS AID PACKAGE FOR COUNTRIES HIT BY RECORD-STRENGTH CYCLONES

The new head of the World Bank has approved emergency support for the three African countries slammed by record-strength cyclones in what has been called the worst weather catastrophe in decades. Tropical Cyclone Idai ripped through Mozambique with 110 mph winds and a storm surge topping 20 feet before moving inland into Zimbabwe and Malawi. Heavy rains accompanied the storm on March 15 affecting 1.7 millio ...

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EXPERIMENTAL VACCINES USED ON CONGOLESE AS EBOLA EPIDEMIC REACHES NEW PEAK

Deaths from Ebola in the Congo have passed 1,000, according to world health officials who see no quick end to the nine-month-old epidemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) said it expected the infection to continue spreading though the east of Democratic Republic of Congo. In an effort to control the “intense transmission” of the second-worst epidemic of the virus on record, the U.N. health agency has be ...

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KENYA LAUNCHES EARLY BID FOR PRIZED SEAT ON THE U.N.’s SECURITY COUNCIL

With a seat on the powerful Security Council at the United Nations, Kenya could help bring focus to climate change, sustainable development and the region’s security. “This government has been trying to do things that are exemplary to the world. Taking this leadership in the world is a very rare thing in the developing world,” principal secretary in the ministry of foreign affairs Macharia Kamau said in a p ...

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ON EARTH DAY, AFRICA BRACES FOR SEVERE DROUGHT

Water has no enemy. That’s the theme of a popular song by famed Nigerian singer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti who reminds us just how vital water is. If you’re going to wash, he sings, it’s water you’re going to use. If you want to cook soup, cool off in hot weather, give to your children - “na water you go use.” But what happens when Water has too many friends? What happens to the water? What happens to ...

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ZAMBIAN VILLAGERS WIN LANDMARK RULING IN WATER POISONING CASE

Zambian villagers whose livelihoods were turned upside down by a toxic spill from a copper mine will finally have their day in court. The villagers succeeded against the odds in a case pitting their claims against a worldwide mining company which denied responsibility for the spill caused by a local Zambian company it controlled. It wasn’t the first claim against the Vedanta company, based in the UK. In Jan ...

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AFRICAN PHILANTHROPIST CORRECTS MISLEADING MIGRATION REPORTS

Africans migrating from the continent make up a much smaller share of the global migrant population than is commonly reported and should be viewed as a positive phenomenon, not a threat. Those were the opening remarks of Sudanese philanthropist Mo Ibrahim, speaking at a weekend conference hosted by Ibrahim’s foundation in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Citing statistics, he rebutted anti-migration politicians who sa ...

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