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Multichoice condemns xenophobic attacks in South Africa

MultiChoice Africa, the continent's premier pay-TV company, has described as appalling the violence being visited…

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In Zambia, anti-corruption chief’s battle against fraud draws fierce reply

On Tuesday, a three-man tribunal headed by a former Chief Judge of Zambia arrived the…

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15 Nigerians, Ghanians killed in Mediterranean by Ivoriens, Malians, Senegalese

Italian police in the Sicilian capital Palermo said they have arrested 15 African men suspected…

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Xenophobia: Zambian radio station stops playing S/African music

A radio station in Zambia on Friday blacked out South African music in protest against xenophobic attacks on immigrants currently taking place in that country. Asan Nyama, QFM Radio station Managing Director, said the move to black out South African music indefinitely starting at 06:00 hours on Friday. He explained…

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Passengers forgot $675,000 “change” at U.S. airports in 2014

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Monday that forgetful passengers left behind 675,000 dollars in loose change at security checks in US airports in 2014. TSA said that the money, all in pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters, was left behind in the bottom of bins that pass through…

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Sudanese vote in presidential, legislative polls

Voters in Sudan started casting their votes on Monday to elect a president and members of the national and state parliaments amid boycott by most of the opposition parties. No fewer than 13.6 million registered voters in the country would cast their ballots at 7,000 polling stations. The polling process…

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Egypt to prosecute 379 Brotherhood members

Egypt's public prosecutor referred a further 379 alleged members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood to court on Thursday over sit-ins in August 2013. The protests were broken up by security forces that killed hundreds of the protesters. The 379 were accused of causing the deaths of two policemen at al-Nahda…

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​G​enocide experience ​now ​behind us​ –​ Rwandan Ambassado​r​

The Rwanda High Commissioner to Nigeria, Protogene Nsengumuremyi, said on Tuesday night that Rwandans have put the​tragedy​ of the 1994 massacre behind them and ready to build a prosperous country. Mr. Nsengumuremyi said this in Abuja at the commemoration of the 21st anniversary of the massacre of 1,074, 017 Rwandans…

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Syrian journalist, Mazen Darwish, wins UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize

Syrian journalist and human rights activist, Mazen Darwish, currently imprisoned, has been named winner of the 2015 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. The Prize will be awarded during the celebration of World Press Freedom Day, May 3, which will this year be hosted in Riga by Latvia. An independent…

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Ban Ki-Moon, Turkish PM, others congratulate Buhari

President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has been receiving telephone calls from world leaders calling to congratulate him on his victory. The leaders have also praised the peaceful nature of the election and its outcome. Latest among such callers were the United Nations Secretary General, Ban-Ki Moon; Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyep Erdogan;…

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5 arrested for alleged roles in Kenya university attack

Kenya's Interior Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Nkaissery, confirmed on Saturday that police have arrested 3 more suspects for the Garissa University attack, increasing the number of those in custody to 5. The three are said to be associates of the alleged terror mastermind, Gamadhere, and were nabbed at the Somalia border…

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Al-Shabaab renews threat of more bloodshed in Kenya

The Somali group, al-Shabaab, is threatening Kenya with more bloodshed. "Our message will be written to you not with words, but with the blood of your people," the group said in a new press release sent to media outlets at the weekend. The group has claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack…

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France moves to ban ultra-skinny models

The French parliament, Friday, adopted an amendment to a sweeping health law that would prohibit fashion models from having an abnormally low body mass index (BMI). The amendment, which leaves the determination of a healthy BMI to health authorities, imposes a fine of up to 75,000 euros, approximately 81,840 dollars…

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Death toll in Kenya University attack hits 147

A​l-Shabab militants killed at least 147 people in a university in Kenya, the country’s interior ministry has said. The militants stormed Garissa University College near Kenya's border with Somalia, early Thursday. Initial figure of casualties stood at 70. But the interior minister, Joseph Nkaissery, said by evening, 147 people had…

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Somali Congress Party writes APC, congratulates Buhari

The Somali Congress Party has written to the leadership of the All Progressives Congress to congratulate it on the election of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari in Saturday's presidential election. "On behalf of the members of Somali Congress Party please accept my sincerest congratulations to the Nigerian people and The All Progressives…

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Palestine becomes 123rd member of International Criminal Court

Palestine on Wednesday became the 123rd member of the International Criminal Court with a low-key ceremony at the court's headquarters in The Hague. The court handles war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. It could exercise jurisdiction over such crimes committed by anyone. “Accession to a treaty is, of course,…

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Court finds Nelson Mandela’s grandson guilty of assault

Nelson Mandela's eldest grandson and current Member of Parliament, Mandla Mandela, was convicted of assault by a regional court on Tuesday. Local media reported that this followed an alleged road-rage incident in 2013. Mr. Mandela, who is also a traditional chief in the Eastern Cape village of Mvezo where his…

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New Ebola vaccine safe–​ Researchers​

Chinese researchers in Beijing have said the result from an early trial of an Ebola vaccine developed in China indicated that the vaccine is safe. The vaccine was jointly developed by the biotechnology institute of the Academy of Military Medical Sciences and Tianjin CanSino Biotechnology.  A paper published in the…

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How corruption fought back against me – Zambia’s anti-corruption chief

By Mutembo Nchito As you know Zambia lost its fifth President 0n October 28, 2014. This is the President that requested me to join the public service as Director of Public Prosecutions. My mandate was to transform the Ministry of Justice's department of Public Prosecutions into an autonomous National Prosecution…

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Germanwings Co-Pilot Deliberately Crashed plane — Prosecutor

A co-pilot of the Germanwings plane which crashed Tuesday killing 150 people, deliberately flew the plane to its fatal ending on the mountaintops in the French Alps, a prosecutor heading the criminal investigation said Thursday. The revelation came after the prosecutor established from flight recording that one of the pilots…

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Al Jazeera demands release of its two detained Nigerian journalists

Al Jazeera demands the release of its two Nigerian journalists who have been detained in Maiduguri by Nigerian forces since Tuesday morning. Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris and producer Ali Mustafa were detained in their hotel room after they were returning from covering a story on the Nigerian forces fighting Boko…

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Angolan journalist slapped with 15 new criminal defamation charges

The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Angolan authorities to drop all charges against journalist Rafael Marques de Morais. Marques de Morais told CPJ today that when he arrived in court on Tuesday for his scheduled hearing on charges of criminal defamation, he was told 15 additional charges of criminal…

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Canada tasks Nigeria on non-violent elections

Canada on Wednesday appealed to Nigerians to ensure non-violence in the upcoming general elections. The Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rob Nicholson, said in a statement that the elections were critical to consolidation of democracy in Africa. “As Nigeria prepares to hold presidential, legislative and state elections, Canada urges Nigeria…

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Pakistan commends Nigeria military over success against Boko Haram

The Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ashraf Saleem, on Monday night commended the Nigerian Armed Forces over the recent achievements recorded against Boko Haram. Mr. Saleem made the commendation in Abuja during the celebration of the Pakistan 2015 National and Defence Day. He said Pakistan would remain steadfast in its…

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ISIS claims responsibility for Tunisia attack

Terrorist group, the Islamic State, has claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s Tunisian Museum attack that killed 19 people. ISIS, which is largely present in Iraq, Syria and Libya, made the claim in an audio recorded in Arabic language posted on You Tube by France 24. “We tell the apostates who sit…