Africa 8.12.2017 05:30 pm

S.Africa court orders prosecution chief to leave job

A South African court on Friday overturned President Jacob Zuma’s appointment of the head of public prosecutions, dealing a sharp reprimand to the scandal-tainted leader.

Shaun Abrahams, who was in 2015 named by Zuma as director of public prosecutions, has often been criticised for allegedly protecting Zuma and his associates.

S.Africa court orders prosecution chief to leave job
S.Africa court orders prosecution chief to leave job

S.Africa court orders prosecution chief to leave job

A South African court on Friday overturned President Jacob Zuma’s appointment of the head of public prosecutions, dealing a sharp reprimand to the scandal-tainted leader.

Seven dead in botched raid on Cameroon police post
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Seven dead in botched raid on Cameroon police post

Seven people died overnight during a botched raid by presumed separatists on a police station in a restive a restive English-speaking region of Cameroon, security sources said on Friday.
25 years for Tanzanian ostrich egg smugglers
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25 years for Tanzanian ostrich egg smugglers

Two Tanzanian men caught with 16 ostrich eggs were sentenced to 25 years in jail on Friday after being convicted of “economic sabotage”.
Cameroon’s anglophone crisis spills over into Nigeria
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Cameroon’s anglophone crisis spills over into Nigeria

Violence in English-speaking areas of Cameroon over the last year is having a knock-on effect in neighbouring Nigeria, where thousands of refugees are seeking sanctuary.
S.African VP says he believes Zuma guilty of rape
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S.African VP says he believes Zuma guilty of rape

South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has said he believes the woman who accused President Jacob Zuma of rape, triggered an immediate riposte from the presidential office.
Over 60 killed in South Sudan cattle battles: officials
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Over 60 killed in South Sudan cattle battles: officials

At least 60 people have been killed and dozens wounded in battles over livestock in South Sudan, local officials said Friday, the latest in a series of attacks between rival communities.
Militias, poachers wreak havoc on central Africa’s wildlife: monitor
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Militias, poachers wreak havoc on central Africa’s wildlife: monitor

Sudan’s Janjaweed, Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army and other notorious militias are wreaking havoc on wildlife in central Africa, poaching and trafficking elephants, hippopotamuses, buffaloes and other animals, a monitor said Friday.
Zim government freezes bank accounts of exiled ministers Moyo, Kasukuwere
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Zim government freezes bank accounts of exiled ministers Moyo, Kasukuwere

A statement released by the Reserve Bank did not disclose the reasons for the freeze.
Uganda Marburg virus outbreak is contained: WHO
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Uganda Marburg virus outbreak is contained: WHO

Uganda has contained an outbreak of the Ebola-like Marburg virus weeks after it emerged, the World Health Organization said Friday, praising improved response systems since the disastrous West African Ebola epidemic.
Mugabe-era finance minister out on bail in Zimbabwe
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Mugabe-era finance minister out on bail in Zimbabwe

A Zimbabwean court on Thursday freed a Mugabe-era finance minister on bail ahead of his trial on corruption charges, laid following his arrest at the height of last month’s military takeover.
Teachers in Guinea suspend strike after mediation offer
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Teachers in Guinea suspend strike after mediation offer

Teachers in Guinea said Thursday they have agreed to suspend their month-old strike following an offer by religious leaders to mediate talks with the government.
No single ‘out of Africa’ migration for humans: study
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No single ‘out of Africa’ migration for humans: study

No longer can the tale of one single human migration out of Africa 60,000 years ago be considered an accurate history of humankind, said a review of scientific literature Thursday.
Aid worker killed in C.Africa amid violence
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Aid worker killed in C.Africa amid violence

A Central African Republic aid worker was killed after gunman stormed his home, his family said Thursday, the latest death in a week of clashes in the country.
UN Security Council condemns Libya slave auctions
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UN Security Council condemns Libya slave auctions

The UN Security Council on Thursday said reports that migrants detained in Libyan camps were being sold into slavery could amount to “crimes against humanity” in a joint statement of condemnation.
One in two Africans don’t know HIV status: expert
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One in two Africans don’t know HIV status: expert

Thirty-five years after the start of the AIDS epidemic, one person in two in sub-Saharan Africa “does not know their HIV status,” according to a French expert.
Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe issues pro-investment budget
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Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe issues pro-investment budget

Zimbabwe’s Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa on Thursday presented the 2018 budget which included a raft of business- and investor-friendly proposals as well as plans to tackle corruption and waste.
Libya’s PM vows to help ease migrant suffering
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Libya’s PM vows to help ease migrant suffering

Libya’s prime minister vowed Thursday to take action to ease the suffering of tens of thousands of migrants stranded in his north African country, even though it is still battling instability.
Cameroon arrests author who criticised president
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Cameroon arrests author who criticised president

Cameroonian author Patrice Nganang was arrested at the airport as he tried to fly to Zimbabwe a day after publishing an opinion piece sharply critical of Cameroon’s president, a source said Thursday.
Liberia court authorises presidential runoff with conditions
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Liberia court authorises presidential runoff with conditions

Liberia’s Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the electoral commission to proceed with a presidential runoff delayed for a month by fraud complaints, but said the national voter register must be corrected of anomalies first.
Burundi refugees refuse ‘biometric’ registration in DR Congo
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Burundi refugees refuse ‘biometric’ registration in DR Congo

More than 2,000 Burundian refugees living in a transit camp in Democratic Republic of Congo are resisting plans to register them on a biometric database, claiming it would violate their religion.
Senegal economy hopes for takeoff as new airport opens
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Senegal economy hopes for takeoff as new airport opens

Senegal’s president opened a flagship new airport on Thursday seen as the central plank of government plans to boost the economy and create a west African regional hub.
Niger evacuates 500 of its nationals from Libya 
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Niger evacuates 500 of its nationals from Libya 

Niger has flown home more than 500 of its citizens from Libya as part of an urgent repatriation plan which will see up to 4,000 people evacuated, the foreign ministry has said.
Why the focus on China’s role in Mugabe’s fall missed the bigger picture
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Why the focus on China’s role in Mugabe’s fall missed the bigger picture

There are reasons to draw a direct parallel between China and the recent events in Zimbabwe.
Nigeria appoints new chief to head Boko Haram fight
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Nigeria appoints new chief to head Boko Haram fight

Nigeria has replaced the officer leading troops fighting Boko Haram, the army said on Thursday, after a recent surge in deadly attacks in the country’s remote northeast.
EU sues Czechs, Hungary, Poland over refugee quotas
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EU sues Czechs, Hungary, Poland over refugee quotas

The EU took the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to the bloc’s top court Thursday over their refusal to accept quotas for asylum-seekers, setting up a new clash between Brussels and key eastern states.
African Union to bring 20,000 migrants home from Libya
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African Union to bring 20,000 migrants home from Libya

The African Union has upped its goal to repatriate stranded migrants from Libya, saying in a statement that it aims to bring 20,000 Africans home in the next six weeks.

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