AFRICA

Boko Haram attacks soldiers in northeast Nigeria

Boko Haram attacks soldiers in northeast Nigeria Boko Haram fighters attacked Nigerian soldiers early on Monday near the border with Niger in the jihadists’ northeast heartlands, the army said. The militants struck as the troops were on their way to the border town of Damasak, a military source said. The …

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ANC seen saving South Africa’s Zuma in impeachment vote

ANC seen saving South Africa’s Zuma in impeachment vote The African National Congress has given President Jacob Zuma the support he needs to survive an impeachment vote called after South Africa’s top court ruled he had breached the constitution. Parliament will later on Tuesday debate and vote on a motion …

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Econet Acquires Premier League Free-to-air Rights In Africa

Econet Acquires Premier League Free-to-air Rights In Africa The Premier League is pleased to announce that Econet Media has acquired the package of free-to-air broadcasting rights that it makes available in sub-Saharan Africa. The agreement is for the three seasons 2016/17–2018/19 and Econet, through its Kwese Sports platform, will make …

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EgyptAir hijacked: All passengers freed except for crew, non-Egyptians

EgyptAir hijacked: All passengers freed except for crew, non-Egyptians A hijacker seized an Egyptian airliner on Tuesday (Mar 29) and diverted it to Cyprus, triggering a hostage crisis at Larnaca airport on the south coast, Cypriot police said. Egyptian civil aviation said the hijacker had threatened to detonate an explosives …

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Newly-elected Benin president aims to reduce presidential terms

Newly-elected Benin president aims to reduce presidential terms COTONOU: Newly-elected Benin president Patrice Talon plans to reduce presidential mandates to just one five-year term, he said late on Friday, after the constitutional court confirmed his election victory over prime minister Lionel Zinsou. Talon took 65.4 percent of the vote in …

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Human rights on trial in Egypt as NGO funding case revived

Human rights on trial in Egypt as NGO funding case revived Egypt has launched a new crackdown on human rights groups, questioning staff and ordering asset freezes over accusations they took foreign funding to destabilise the country after the 2011 uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. Egyptian rights activists …

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Nigeria targets 300 army officers, firms, in widening corruption probe

Nigeria targets 300 army officers, firms, in widening corruption probe Nigeria has accused 300 firms and individuals, including army officers, of embezzling 48 billion naira ($241.45 million) through overpaid defense contracts or fraud, the presidency said on Thursday in a widening a crackdown on graft. President Muhammadu Buhari was elected …

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Nigeria’s first car maker takes to the skies in fighter jets

Nigeria’s first car maker takes to the skies in fighter jets (CNN)The grinding conflict between the Nigerian state and Boko Haram insurgents has exacted a devastating human and economic toll over the past six years. But for Nigeria’s first car manufacturer, the crisis may represent an opportunity. The Nigerian Air …

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Congo president Sassou Nguesso wins re-election

Congo president Sassou Nguesso wins re-election Congo Republic President Denis Sassou Nguesso has won a new five-year term with 60.39 percent of the vote, the interior minister said on Thursday, extending his long rule over the oil-producing nation that first began in 1979. Interior Minister Raymond Zephyrin Mboulou announced the …

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Gunmen attack EU military mission HQ in Mali

Gunmen attack EU military mission HQ in Mali Gunmen on Monday attacked a hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako, that had been converted into the headquarters of a European Union military training operation, but there no casualties among the mission’s personnel. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, …

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