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Spice of life: Niger region lifts ban on red pepper

Small farmers in southeastern Niger are rejoicing after authorities lifted a two-year ban on the growing of red peppers, imposed in their fight against jihadists.

Boko Haram Islamist rebels from neighbouring Nigeria were suspected of extorting money from the red-pepper trade in the Diffa region to fund their activities, which prompted the government to ban the crop.

Spice of life: Niger region lifts ban on red pepper
Spice of life: Niger region lifts ban on red pepper

Spice of life: Niger region lifts ban on red pepper

Small farmers in southeastern Niger are rejoicing after authorities lifted a two-year ban on the growing of red peppers, imposed in their fight against jihadists.

Brilliant De Villiers blows away Bangladesh
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Brilliant De Villiers blows away Bangladesh

AB de Villiers blasted a career-best 176 to set up a series-clinching 104-run win for South Africa in the second one-day international against Bangladesh at Boland Park on Wednesday.
Mugabe’s wife sues over $1.35m diamond ring: report
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Mugabe’s wife sues over $1.35m diamond ring: report

The wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has sued a Lebanese businessman for failing to deliver a $1.35-million diamond ring she ordered for her wedding anniversary, state media reported Wednesday.
Four Britons kidnapped in southern Nigeria: police
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Four Britons kidnapped in southern Nigeria: police

Suspected militants have kidnapped four British nationals in southern Nigeria, police and community leaders said on Wednesday.
Uganda bans protests over presidential age limit bill
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Uganda bans protests over presidential age limit bill

Ugandan police on Wednesday banned what it termed illegal demonstrations over plans to remove presidential age limits, seen as paving the way for President Yoweri Museveni to serve a sixth term in office.
Sequel to Mandela’s ‘Long Walk’ autobiography launched
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Sequel to Mandela’s ‘Long Walk’ autobiography launched

The sequel to Nelson Mandela’s celebrated autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” will be published Thursday after his unfinished, hand-written draft was completed by a South African novelist.
Woman allegedly kills stepdaughter, burns body and buries remains
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Woman allegedly kills stepdaughter, burns body and buries remains

She has also been accused of pouring hot water on her husband after enquiring about the whereabouts of his daughter.
Madagascar plague death toll climbs to 74
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Madagascar plague death toll climbs to 74

An outbreak of highly contagious plague has claimed 74 lives in Madagascar over the past two months with the capital particularly affected, according to a new official toll published Tuesday.
Criminal justice a rare commodity in Central African Republic
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Criminal justice a rare commodity in Central African Republic

At Bouar appeal court, presiding judge Aime Pascal Delimo twiddles his thumbs, surveys his empty office and then, with a sigh, closes his door to leave early.
Mining giant Rio Tinto, two ex-chiefs charged with fraud
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Mining giant Rio Tinto, two ex-chiefs charged with fraud

Rio Tinto and two former top executives were charged with fraud by US authorities on Wednesday, accused of inflating the value of the company’s Mozambique coal assets and failing to disclose mounting losses.
Air attack may have caused UN chief’s plane crash: study
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Air attack may have caused UN chief’s plane crash: study

A new UN report on the mysterious 1961 plane crash that killed UN secretary-general Dag Hammarskjold in central Africa has concluded it appears “plausible” the aircraft came under attack.
Sierra Leone to sell 709-carat diamond in NY auction
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Sierra Leone to sell 709-carat diamond in NY auction

Sierra Leone said Tuesday it plans to auction off a massive 709-carat diamond at a December sale in New York, aiming to make a clean break with the “blood diamonds” of its past.
Airbnb rentals boom across Africa
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Airbnb rentals boom across Africa

Rent-a-room giant Airbnb said Tuesday that it had provided accommodation for 1.2 million visitors to Africa over the last year — double the previous year as tourism expands across the continent.
South Sudan’s government lukewarm about new peace push: UN
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South Sudan’s government lukewarm about new peace push: UN

South Sudan’s government has shown little interest in a new regional peace initiative that the United States has described as a final chance to end the war, the UN peacekeeping chief said Tuesday.
Wanted: Zimbabwe hangman — 50 people apply
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Wanted: Zimbabwe hangman — 50 people apply

At least 50 people want to become Zimbabwe’s hangman, a job that fell vacant over a decade ago, officials said Tuesday, stressing that applicants were “very interested” in the role.
Tunisia migrant boat tragedy death toll reaches 44
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Tunisia migrant boat tragedy death toll reaches 44

Tunisian rescuers pulled more bodies from the sea Tuesday a week after a migrant boat sank following a crash with a navy vessel, the defence ministry said, raising the death toll to 44.
Tanzanian opposition figure out of intensive care after attack
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Tanzanian opposition figure out of intensive care after attack

Tanzanian opposition figure Tundu Lissu, who was shot and critically injured at his home last month, is now out of intensive care, his party CHADEMA said Tuesday.
Zuma fires critic in S.Africa reshuffle
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Zuma fires critic in S.Africa reshuffle

South African President Jacob Zuma sacked a vocal critic from his cabinet on Tuesday, a move set to deepen tensions before the ANC chooses a new party leader in December.
UN-backed Libya talks hit new snag
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UN-backed Libya talks hit new snag

Talks between representatives of rival authorities in strife-torn Libya have hit a new snag after a parliamentary delegation suspended its participation in the UN-backed discussions hosted by Tunisia.
Kenya opposition suspends protest campaign after deaths
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Kenya opposition suspends protest campaign after deaths

Opposition leader Raila Odinga said Tuesday he was suspending a protest campaign after three people were shot dead in demonstrations against Kenya’s election body.
Medical aid rushed to stricken Somalia after bombing
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Medical aid rushed to stricken Somalia after bombing

Somalia’s allies sent planes carrying medical supplies and doctors Tuesday, while the diaspora rallied to donate blood to help the country cope with the crushing aftermath of its worst ever bombing.
Zimbabwe bans fruit, vegetable imports to save scarce forex
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Zimbabwe bans fruit, vegetable imports to save scarce forex

Zimbabwe has banned the importation of fruit and vegetables to save scarce foreign currency in the face of a worsening economic crisis, state media reported Tuesday.
Pro-Biafran leader absent as Nigeria treason trial resumes
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Pro-Biafran leader absent as Nigeria treason trial resumes

The leader of a pro-Biafran group that wants to break away from Nigeria failed to appear in court on Tuesday as his treason trial was scheduled to resume.
At least 29 killed in central Nigeria violence
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At least 29 killed in central Nigeria violence

At least 29 people were killed in a new flare-up of violence in central Nigeria targeting people sheltered in a primary school, prompting President Muhammadu Buhari to issue an appeal to “stop the madness”.
Pan-African parliament in grip of existential crisis
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Pan-African parliament in grip of existential crisis

Though its motto is “one Africa, one voice”, the reality of “Africa’s parliament” could not be more different.
New UN envoy in Morocco to restart talks on disputed WSahara
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New UN envoy in Morocco to restart talks on disputed WSahara

The new UN envoy for disputed Western Sahara, Horst Koehler, was visiting Morocco on Monday as part of a regional tour aimed at restarting stalled peace talks between Rabat and the pro-independence Polisario Front.

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