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SA bans meat imports from Brazil

South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has suspended some meat imports from Brazil amid a scandal over adulterated meat in the Latin American country. Police launched a corruption probe into the meat industry earlier this week, alleging that industry members had bribed officials to turn a blind eye to shipments of contaminated meat. […]

Benin: MPs to amend new constitution this week

Members of Benin’s parliament will scrutinize a draft bill to amend the tiny West African nation’s 1990 constitution on Friday, local media reported. The new text, according to Justice Minister Joseph Djogbenou, will correct the shortcomings of the present constitution. “Changes to the constitution are calculated to inspire confidence in the country’s fundamental law, strengthen […]

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Ghana: Huge tree kills 18 students, many injured

About 18 people were crushed to death in Ghana last weekend when a huge tree run off the top of a water fall, descending on revellers who were swimming beneath the fall. The deceased are believed to be Geography students of Wenchi Methodist Senior High School, who were there on an excursion. Others are students […]

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Rwanda: green party leader to challenge Kagame in August polls

Rwanda’s opposition leader Frank Habineza this weekend said he would challenge incumbent President Paul Kagame in the August-scheduled presidential election. Rwandans have voted in a referendum on a constitutional amendment last year to allow President Paul Kagame to seek a third term in office this year. The leader of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda […]

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Saad Eddine El Othmani Replaces Benkirane as head of Government

President of the national council of the Party for Justice and Development, Saad Eddine El Othmani, has been picked by King Mohammed VI as Head of Government in replacement of Abdelilah Benkirane, discharged from the position last Wednesday. The King received Saad Eddine El Othmani, former Foreign Minister, at the Royal Palace in Casablanca on […]

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Ghana: appointment of 110 ministers sparks criticisms

Ghana President Akufo-Addo has come under severe criticism after new appointments announced on Wednesday brought the number of ministers and deputy ministers of the west-African nation to 110. The ministries of Information, Energy, Agriculture and Local Government will each have three deputy ministers, if the appointments are passed by Parliament. The number makes him the […]

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About 5,000 Boko Haram hostages rescued

Regional joint security forces have rescued over 5,000 Boko Haram hostages in a week-long operation, dubbed Thunder 2, in mountains along the Nigeria-Cameroon border, official said. “The hostages freed consisted mostly of women, children and elderly people,” Cameroon’s Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary told a news conference. According to him, 21 Boko Haram suspects had […]

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Mali: Health workers on strike over pay

Medical practitioners including Doctors, nurses in Mali have put down their tools, demanding bonuses and pending allowances. The protest comes weeks after teachers, magistrates, clerks and foreign affairs officials also went on strike. According to Youssouf Maiga, Deputy General Secretary of the national Union of Health, Social Action and Family Promotion,  there is no more […]

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South Sudan: UN expert denounces rights abuses, prevailing impunity

Chair of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, Yasmin Sooka, has vehemently decried the “massive” increase in gross human rights violations, as well as an escalation in fighting in South Sudan, where, she deplored, “impunity is the norm”. Yasmin Sooka made the statement while she was presenting her report to the UN Human […]

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Somalia: pirates hijacked Sri Lankan-flagged ship

A Sri Lankan-flagged fuel freighter has been hijacked in Somali waters after the vessel sent a distress call. The ship sent a distress call, turned off its tracking system and altered course for the Somali coast, a piracy expert told Reuters. According to Reuters, the Dubai-owned Aris 13 is believed to be carrying eight crew […]

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