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Botswana opposition leader

Botswana opposition leader questions election results, want to challenge them in court

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Botswana opposition leader Duma Boko, who led the coalition Umbrella for Democratic Change, has vowed to overturn President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s election victory in court, alleging that he won the vote via “massive electoral discrepancies”....
Nancy Pelosi

US House formalises Trump impeachment process in landmark vote

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The process to impeach US President Donald Trump has passed the first stage. Democrats in the House of Representatives have secured enough votes to pass a law setting up next steps. The vote's the first formal...
Planes Grounded

Boeing says up to 50 planes grounded globally over cracks

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SYDNEY - Boeing announced on Thursday up to 50 of its popular 737NG planes had been grounded after cracks in them were detected, in another blow to the US aircraft maker following two deadly...
Mokgweetsi Masisi

Mokgweetsi Masisi must abolish the death penalty in Botswana, says Amnesty International

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Human Rights organisation Amnesty International has said that Botswana’s president-elect must prioritise abolishing the death penalty. Mr Masisi has a chance to immediately demonstrate strong leadership by abolishing the death penalty. Justice is not...
Zambia facing severe food insecurity due to drought and flooding

Two million Zambians face food insecurity in regional drought

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LUSAKA, Zambia - More than two million Zambians are facing "severe" food insecurity after drought and flooding reduced harvests, the Red Cross said on Tuesday. Southern Africa is grappling with one of the worst droughts...
Cameroon landslide

22 killed and dozens missing in Cameroon landslide

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Rescue teams in Cameroon were scouring the rubble of destroyed houses for survivors on Tuesday after a landslide caused by heavy rainfall killed at least 22 people, state television reported. The police were searching for...
Garden of Eden

These salt pans in Botswana were once the Garden of Eden – scientists

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A vast area of arid salt pans, it appears to be an unlikely Garden of Eden. But Lake Makgadikgadi in northern Botswana is the spot where modern humans first evolved 200 000 years ago,...
Chilean President

Chile president sacks entire cabinet after protests

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A state of emergency that lasted more than a week has now ended, but demonstrations continued nonetheless. Chilean President Sebastian Piñera announced on Sunday that he has dismissed his entire cabinet, so he can...
California wildfires rage

State of emergency declared as California wildfires rage

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In Los Angeles, the local fire department issued mandatory evacuation orders after a ‘very dynamic’ brush fire broke out west of a major highway. Thousands of firefighters battled into the early hours Monday, losing...
President Filipe Nyusi

Mozambique’s Nyusi re-elected in disputed presidential poll

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Incumbent President Filipe Nyusi won a five-year term in Mozambique's election this month, the electoral commission announced on Sunday, despite claims of widespread cheating. Nyusi of the ruling Frelimo party scored 73% of the vote,...
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Islamic State leader Baghdadi dies in US forces raid

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BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump announced on Sunday that fugitive Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died in a raid by US special forces in northwest Syria, in a major blow to the jihadist...
Pope Francis

Pope demands predators stop plundering the Earth

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Pope Francis said it was time for "predators" to stop plundering the Earth for financial gain, holding up the "scarred face of the Amazon" as a warning. The poor are "threatened by predatory models of...
Iraq protesters

Nearly 50 dead – Iraq protests take new violent turn

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Nearly 50 people have died in renewed anti-government protests across Iraq, officials said Saturday, with clashes breaking out as demonstrators turned their fury against the government and paramilitary officers. The death toll from protests this...

Botswana’s new president vows to reform the economy

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Unemployment is running at 20 percent and the HIV prevalence rate is the world’s third-highest. Botswana’s newly-elected president Mokgweetsi Masisi vowed Saturday to make the economy his top priority in the diamond-rich country which...
Zim Sanctions

Protest against economic sanctions on Zimbabwe

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Lobby group, the Coalition against Sanctions, says sanctions against Zimbabwe are hurting the people and not the politicians. The coalition, flanked by the ANC and PAC, have handed over memorandums of demand to the...
Kenya floods

29 killed and thousands displaced in Kenya floods

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Twenty-nine people have died in Kenya due to flooding, authorities said Thursday, as the country's meteorological department warned that more heavy rains are expected. The East African country is experiencing the second of its two...
polio case

First local polio case found in Zambia since 1995 – UN

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The World Health Organization says Zambia has reported its first local case of polio since 1995, in a 2-year-old boy paralyzed by a virus derived from the vaccine. In a report this week, WHO...

Medical workers in Libya released after two-week abduction

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Six medical workers were released in Libya after being abducted and held hostage for nearly two weeks by unknown armed men, a leading human rights group said Thursday. Human Rights Watch's statement said the...
Botswana Democratic Party

Botswana’s ruling party BDP wins the election: Chief Justice

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The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has won the general election after securing 29 national assembly seats, representing 51% of the vote, the chief justice announced on Friday. Botswana voted on Wednesday to elect 57...
39 bodies found in lorry container

39 found dead were Chinese nationals

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Chinese embassy staff are heading to an industrial park in Britain to verify reports that 39 Chinese nationals were found dead in a truck, the foreign ministry said on Thursday. "The staff of the Chinese...

Washington to help mediate a dispute over Nile mega-dam project

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The US is to help mediate the Nile River dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia as tensions between the two countries spike. The Egyptian government confirmed that it has accepted an invitation from the US...

Kenya orders civil servants to wear locally manufactured clothing on Fridays

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Kenyan civil servants have been ordered to wear locally tailored clothes to work on Fridays and during public holidays. The instruction was circulated to staffers at the Department of Justice. Solicitor General Kennedy Ogeto said...
39 bodies found in lorry container

39 bodies found in lorry container in England

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Police in south-eastern England said emergency services recovered 39 bodies early Wednesday from a lorry container believed to have been driven from Bulgaria. Essex Police said they investigated a report early Wednesday of "a...
Boko Haram militants

Nigerian military uses spiritual warfare to defeat Boko Haram

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In the ongoing fight against militant group Boko Haram the Nigerian army in addition to its military fights against the extremists is now also deploying spiritual warfare. The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant-General Tukur...
Ian Khama

Former Botswana president Ian Khama votes for opposition party

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Fierce and vocal in the criticism of his former party, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), former president Ian Khama voted on Wednesday but remained mum on who he voted for. This was contrary to...
court

Nine-year-old boy accused of five murders appears in court

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A 9-year-old boy accused of murder and arson in the deaths of five people appeared Monday morning in Woodford County juvenile court, as a judge tried to explain the charges brought against him. The...
UN Security Council

UN Security Council delegation visits South Sudan

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A Security Council delegation has just wrapped up a visit to South Sudan to support the peace process there, which is at a critical stage just three weeks before the deadline for the formation...
EU calls for Afghanistan to ceasefire

EU calls for Afghanistan to ceasefire

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Negotiations had been in the final stages for a deal that would have seen the US pull troops from Afghanistan after 18 years in return for various Taliban guarantees. European Union officials called Sunday for...
Ebola vaccine

European drug regulator gives approval for Ebola vaccine

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The European Medicines Agency (EMA) human medicines committee (CHMP) has given its stamp of approval for the Ebola vaccine. The experimental vaccine currently being used to prevent the spread of Ebola is manufactured by US...
Boko Haram

Risky abortions on the rise in Nigeria amid Boko Haram chaos

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Kellu became pregnant after a Nigerian soldier offered her food and shelter in exchange for s-e-x. But the destitute teenager - who lost her family when Boko Haram militants attacked her village two years...