Africa 19.4.2018 03:25 pm

King renames Swaziland as ‘eSwatini’

The king of Swaziland, one of the world’s few absolute monarchs, announced on Thursday that his country had changed its name to eSwatini to mark 50 years since independence from British rule.

Meaning "place of the Swazi", eSwatini is the Swazi language name for the tiny nation landlocked between South Africa and Mozambique.

King renames Swaziland as ‘eSwatini’
King renames Swaziland as ‘eSwatini’

King renames Swaziland as ‘eSwatini’

The king of Swaziland, one of the world’s few absolute monarchs, announced on Thursday that his country had changed its name to eSwatini to mark 50 years since independence from British rule.

GBissau parliament meets for the first time in two years
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GBissau parliament meets for the first time in two years

Guinea Bissau’s parliament met Thursday for the first time in nearly two years after the appointment of a consensus prime minister to end a dragging political crisis.
Ethiopia prime minister names new cabinet
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Ethiopia prime minister names new cabinet

Ethiopian new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reshuffled his cabinet Thursday in a bid to stem growing discontent with the long-ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) coalition.
Nigeria’s Buhari under fire for saying youths want everything free
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Nigeria’s Buhari under fire for saying youths want everything free

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari came under fire on Thursday for criticising youths who he said “do nothing” and want everything for “free” in the oil-rich country.
Senegal police fire tear gas to break up anti-government protest
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Senegal police fire tear gas to break up anti-government protest

Police fired tear gas to break up a protest in Senegal’s capital Dakar on Thursday and arrested several people, including a former premier, protesting against a move to raise the bar for presidential candidates.
Oil theft ‘costing Libya over $750 mn annually’
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Oil theft ‘costing Libya over $750 mn annually’

Fuel smuggling is costing Libya more than $750 million each year and harming its economy and society, the head of the National Oil Company in the conflict-riddled country said.
Zimbabwe warns strikes threaten economic recovery
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Zimbabwe warns strikes threaten economic recovery

Zimbabwe warned Thursday that a string of strikes threatened efforts to revive the economy after the ousting of Robert Mugabe, as a stand-off with striking nurses deepened.
Queen puts foward son as next head of Commonwealth
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Queen puts foward son as next head of Commonwealth

Queen Elizabeth II, the Head of the Commonwealth, opened the Commonwealth summit for what may be the last time on Thursday voicing hope that her son would be allowed to carry on her role.
S.African lobby group to privately prosecute Malema
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S.African lobby group to privately prosecute Malema

A South African lobby group said Thursday that it plans to privately prosecute opposition leader Julius Malema for alleged corruption linked to a multi-million-dollar government contract.
Nigeria police recover stolen Senate mace under flyover
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Nigeria police recover stolen Senate mace under flyover

Nigerian police said on Thursday they had recovered the ceremonial mace — the parliamentary symbol of authority — under a flyover after it was stolen from the Senate.
Crisis sparked by sex abuse grips UNAIDS chief
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Crisis sparked by sex abuse grips UNAIDS chief

It started with sexual assault allegations against a male UNAIDS executive and a heavily-criticised internal investigation that exonerated the accused.
Morocco’s child maids suffer like ‘slaves’
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Morocco’s child maids suffer like ‘slaves’

“Even a pet animal is better treated,” sobs 17-year-old Fatima, one of thousands of young girls exploited and too often abused while working as housemaids for unscrupulous employers in Morocco.
Economic growth picks up in sub-Saharan Africa: World Bank
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Economic growth picks up in sub-Saharan Africa: World Bank

Economic growth is set to pick up to 3.1 percent in sub-Saharan Africa in 2018, following a number of disappointing years, the World Bank wrote in a report published on Wednesday.
Keitany aiming for Radcliffe world record in London
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Keitany aiming for Radcliffe world record in London

Kenya’s Mary Keitany will look to achieve a “lifetime goal” when she tries to topple Paula Radcliffe as the quickest woman ever to run a marathon with a fourth victory in London on Sunday.
E.Guinea calls for African ‘human rights institutions’
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E.Guinea calls for African ‘human rights institutions’

Equatorial Guinea called Wednesday for national human rights institutions to replace international organisations across Africa, after facing accusations of a bloody crackdown following a failed coup bid last year.
US urges Nigeria to change tactics against Boko Haram
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US urges Nigeria to change tactics against Boko Haram

Nigerian forces battling Boko Haram jihadists need a change of mindset to overcome an evolving guerrilla threat, US military officials said this week on the sidelines of an African security summit.
Sudan diplomats unpaid for months: minister
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Sudan diplomats unpaid for months: minister

A cash shortfall has seen several Sudanese foreign diplomats go unpaid for months and they have been seeking to return home as a result, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said Wednesday.
Libya strongman’s chief of staff survives car bombing: military
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Libya strongman’s chief of staff survives car bombing: military

Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar’s chief of staff on Wednesday survived a car bombing in the eastern city of Benghazi, according to his self-styled Libyan National Army.
Sudan protests to UN over Egypt voting in disputed area
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Sudan protests to UN over Egypt voting in disputed area

Sudan said Wednesday it has protested to the UN Security Council against Egypt, accusing Cairo of organising voting in a disputed border area during last month’s Egyptian presidential election.
Zimbabwe marks first independence day without Mugabe
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Zimbabwe marks first independence day without Mugabe

Zimbabwe on Wednesday marked its first independence day without Robert Mugabe in power, with new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa vowing to hold “credible” elections and turn around the southern African country’s moribund economy.
Gates warns new fight needed against resurgent malaria
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Gates warns new fight needed against resurgent malaria

Bill Gates warned Wednesday that malaria was back on the rise again and would continue to claim more lives worldwide unless governments reinvigorated their push to eradicate the disease.
Zimbabwe sacks thousands of striking nurses
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Zimbabwe sacks thousands of striking nurses

Zimbabwe has fired all nurses who were on strike to demand higher salaries, in a hardline response to growing labour arrest by the country’s new leadership .
Trolleys bring relief for Moroccan ‘mule women’
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Trolleys bring relief for Moroccan ‘mule women’

It’s a form of hard labour that has provoked an outcry — Moroccan women bent double, overburdened by goods approaching or exceeding their own bodyweight.
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Families of Jammeh victims in Gambia demand ‘truth’

Families of the victims of ex-Gambia president Yahya Jammeh’s regime demonstrated on Tuesday to demand the “truth” about their deaths and disappearances.
Hundreds displaced by DRC violence return home
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Hundreds displaced by DRC violence return home

A first group of around 600 people who fled deadly violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo in early February returned to their homes in the northeast on Tuesday, authorities said.
Anti-gay laws are ‘wrong’, British PM tells ex-colonies
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Anti-gay laws are ‘wrong’, British PM tells ex-colonies

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday told former colonies anti-gay laws once imposed by her country “were wrong then, and they are wrong now”.
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