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TWO PARTIES DECLARE VICTORY IN ZIMBABWE’S PRESIDENTIAL POLLS

“Let us look forward with hope and love. Let bygones be bygones… Let us turn over a new leaf and renew ourselves.” Those were the hopeful words of Emmerson Mnangagwa as he settled into the chair of former president Robert Mugabe last December. Mr. Mugabe was not present, having been removed in a “soft coup” by members of his own party. Now, some six months later, Mr Mnangagwa has been elected to the top job ...

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CONSERVATIVE NOMINEE TAPPED FOR POST IN KENYA GETS GRILLING FROM DEMS

Democrats are challenging President Trump’s nominee from the Midwestern state of Illinois for the post of U.S. ambassador to Kenya. State Sen. Kyle McCarter’s conservative views run the gamut from opposition to gay rights, restrictions on immigration and locking up former Senator Hillary Clinton. A White House release said McCarter would be “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States ...

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ETHIOPIAN LEADER SPARKS EUPHORIA AMONG DIASPORA IN A 6 DAY U.S. TRIP

It’s been called “Abiy-mania” – an impulse to reach out and hug the young new Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, who called an end to his country’s bitter war with Eritrea among other sweeping changes in the Horn of Africa. This month, the 41 year old Ethiopian leader landed in the United States where he met with thousands of his countrymen and women and reiterated his message of love and unity. “He ur ...

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HUNDREDS OF POLLING STATIONS IN MALI SHUT DUE TO VIOLENCE

As Malians went to the polls on Sunday, over 700 polling stations were shuttered amid threats of violence and attacks including election officials beaten up, ballot boxes burned and election supervisors stopped by armed groups from entering polling stations. The affected polling stations are located in the country's central and northern regions, areas troubled by Islamic extremism and ethnic unrest. Fightin ...

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ATROCITY VIDEO OF EXECUTION BY SOLDIERS ALARMS U.N. RIGHTS CHIEF

International experts have confirmed that a widely seen video of Cameroonian soldiers executing two women and two young children is credible and not “fake news.” Evidence of the execution was gathered by Amnesty International in an investigation. Analysis of the weapons, dialogue and uniforms, paired with digital verification techniques and testimonies taken from the ground, all strongly suggest that the pe ...

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FRENCH LEADER PROMISES QUICK RETURN OF STOLEN AFRICAN RELICS

French President Emmanuel Macron has called the return of African relics to their origin “a top priority” of his administration. “I cannot accept that a large part of cultural heritage from several African countries is in France,” he said in a speech to university students in Burkina Faso last year. “African heritage can’t just be in European private collections and museums.” The main force behind this new ...

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BELGIANS NAME PUBLIC SQUARE FOR PATRICE LUMUMBA

A public square in Brussels will carry the name of Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo whose death at the hands of Belgium, the United States and others is now widely acknowledged. Toppled by western countries barely three months after his election in 1961, Lumumba died in horrific fashion. After he was kidnapped, arrested and tortured, his body was cut up with a ha ...

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ETHIOPIAN DAM THREATENS DESTRUCTION OF WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Lake Turkana, the reputed birthplace of mankind, has been designated an endangered environmental hotspot by a UNESCO panel. Currently designated a World Heritage Site, Kenya’s Lake Turkana stands among such treasures as the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China. It’s the world’s largest desert lake, a spectacular site whose fossil finds have contributed more to the understanding of human a ...

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COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS PLANNED FOR MANDELA’S CENTENARY

It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build. Those were the prophetic words of President Nelson Mandela whose role in the long struggle waged against the racist system of apartheid is recalled on the anniversary of his birth on July 18, 1918. This year, the theme of the birthday Centenary is world peace. Events will take place worldwide to commemorate the former leade ...

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