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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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GHANA BEGINS WATER RATIONING AS SHORTAGE GRIPS NATION

The state-owned Ghana Water Company Ltd (GWCL) has announced that due to severe dry winter winds (called ‘harmattan’) and the drying up of rivers, water deliveries will be rationed over the coming months while the country awaits the rain. “We are sorry to inform the consuming public that the situation has led to intermittent water supply in most cities and towns in the country,” said Stanley Martey, communi ...

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MALL DEVELOPERS STAKE OUT TURF AROUND PICTURESQUE VICTORY FALLS

A trip to one of Africa’s world class wonders doesn’t mean one needs to be deprived of the pleasures of shopping. At least that was the thinking of developers who obtained permits for a $13 million multi-purpose shopping mall not far from Zimbabwe’s renowned Victoria Falls. A groundbreaking ceremony took place last week on a 1,500 hectare piece of land with construction set to finish in January next year, a ...

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SENEGAL YET TO FULFILL PLEDGE OF FREE EDUCATION TO GIRLS – HRW

In a politely worded letter from Human Rights Watch, Senegalese President Macky Sall was highly commended for addressing abuses against street children including those exploited in the course of their education in the Koran. “We have conducted human rights research on children in Senegal since 2005,” the New York-based group wrote. “Our most recent report (July 2017) welcomes the important move by the Seneg ...

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