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Tanzania launches anti-gay witch-hunt

Tanzania’s government has established a committee to investigate and deal with people who are involved in homosexual activities. According to local media, the 17-member committee was announced on Wednesday by the Dar es Salaam regional commissioner, Paul Makonda. The committee includes police officers, psychologists, and members of the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority. Addressing a press […]

Africa: Air pollution kills hundreds children – WHO warns

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday said air pollution kills 7 million people each year including 600,000 children mostly in Africa and Asia. It also said 9 out of 10 people on the planet breathe in toxic air. According to the UN health body, every day, 93 percent of children under the age of […]

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DRC: Surgeon Denis Mukwege wins 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

Surgeon Denis Mukwege from the Democratic Republic of Congo has won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, jointly with Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad. The Congolese doctor, known as the rape surgeon, is a crusading gynecologist who has spent more than two decades treating appalling injuries inflicted on women, victim of sexual violence, in DRC, while Ms […]

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Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia, Eritrea celebrate discovery of Christ’s Cross

Thousands of Ethiopians and Eritreans had flocked to Meskel Square in Addis Ababa on Wednesday to commemorate the Meskel festival, also known as the Finding of the True Cross on which Jesus was crucified. Ethiopians from across the country — and visitors from around the world — carried yellow daises, wooden crosses and wax candles […]

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Senegalese capital Dakar to host 2018 CAF awards gala night

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed on Wednesday Senegal will host this year’s ceremony for the 2018 CAF Awards. Nigeria and Ghana had been hosting the prestigious banquet between them in recent years. The continental football body has broken tradition, awarding Senegalese capital, Dakar the hosting rights of the 2018 African Footballer of the […]

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Morocco & India to boost cooperation in tourism

India and Morocco have agreed to give a new momentum to their cooperation ties in the field of tourism industry with a view to increasing tourist arrivals between the two countries. The agreement was sealed during a visit Moroccan tourism minister Mohamed Sajid paid Monday to New Delhi where he met with his Indian peer […]

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Violence against women: Moroccan new law bans forced marriage, other abuses

A new law criminalizing violence against women came into effect in Morocco on Wednesday. Named after Bassima Hakkaoui who heads the Ministry of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development and has been a driving force behind the legislation, the law aims to fight violence against women. The law adopted in parliament in March includes a […]

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Uganda: Pop star & MP Bobi Wine in US for treatment

Prominent Ugandan opposition lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi arrived in the United States over the weekend for medical treatment following accusations he was tortured while in military custody in the East African nation. Kyagulanyi, a popular musician known by his stage name Bobi Wine, was initially prevented from leaving the country. He was cleared to fly out […]

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Egypt increases gas prices by 75%, part of austerity measures

The Egyptian government on Saturday raised gas prices for households and businesses by between 33.3 and 75 percent, the latest move in an IMF-backed austerity program signed in 2016 to revamp the North African nation’s ailing economy. The tough austerity measures have won praise from economists and business leaders but have come as a heavy […]

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Sudan: appeals court overturns death sentence of Noura Hussein

A Sudanese court on Tuesday overturned a death sentence on a teenager who killed her husband who, she alleged, had tried to rape her. Noura Hussein, 19, was instead sentenced to five years in jail, lawyer Abdelaha Mohamad said. Sudanese teenager Noura was sentenced to death by hanging by an Islamic religious court for killing […]

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