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5 Jan 2016
ZAMBIA has fixed its general elections for Monday, August 11, this year. On this date the country will hold both the presidential and parliamentary elections. Incumbent President Edgar Lungu is expected to stand in for the poll. Also yesterday, President Lungu reversed a sharp increase in electricity tariffs, saying the hike had ended up hurting…
5 Jan 2016
The U.S. government has shut down its drone operation base in southern Ethiopia, an embassy official announced. The spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Addis Ababa David Kennedy told AP that a decision had been reached that the base in Arba Minch, 450 kilometers of the capital south of Addis Ababa, was no longer necessary.…
5 Jan 2016
FORMER Prime Minister Faustin Archange Touadera has on Sunday took a commanding lead in the Central African Republic’s (CAR) presidential race, garnering more than 23 percent of the vote with a quarter of the ballots counted. Touadera, a 58-year-old a Professor of Mathematics professor who was prime minister under longtime leader Francois Bozize from 2008…
30 Dec 2015
Voting got off to a slow start Wednesday in key presidential and parliamentary elections in the Central African Republic, which people hope will usher in stability after years of sectarian bloodshed. Snaking queues had formed outside polling stations in the capital Bangui by 0600 GMT, when voting was due to start, but many of them…
30 Dec 2015
A German court has sentenced a former Rwandan mayor to life imprisonment, convicting him after a second trial of participating in genocide of some 400 members of the Tutsi minority in 1994. Fifty-eight years old Onesphore Rwabukombe, was convicted in 2014 of being an accessory to genocide and sentenced to 14 years in prison. Both…
30 Dec 2015
A new president has been sworn-in in Burkina Faso. He is Roch Marc Kabore who was sworn-in yesterday by the country’s Constututional Court, making the former prime minister the country’s first new leader in decades following his election last month. According to Reuters, the ceremony which was conducted in a stadium in the capital marked…
Ebola-Virus
30 Dec 2015
THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that Guinea is now free from the transmission of Ebola, marking a milestone for the country where the original Ebola chain of transmission began two years ago leading to the largest epidemic in history. The U.N. organization held a ceremony yesterday in the Guinean capital Conakry, to mark…
30 Dec 2015
ELECTORATES in the Central African Republic go to the poll today to elect a new president in which all the leading candidates have vowed to work for a united, peaceful and safe country. Postponed several times due to violence and logistical problems, the first round of the polls was again delayed by three days from…
Ebola-Virus
29 Dec 2015
Guinea, the west African country where the worst ever Ebola outbreak began two years ago, is free of the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday. "Today the World Health Organization declares the end of Ebola virus transmission in the Republic of Guinea," the UN agency said in a statement. WHO said that Guinea…
28 Dec 2015
The leading education not for profit, Aim Higher Africa is spearheading the transformation of the traditional classroom into a digital learning environment. In its effort to bring inclusive learning to every child in deprived communities, the organization whose trademark IGNITE toolkit for life class has set the standard in entrepreneurial training for young students took…
25 Dec 2015
Rwanda's amended constitution allowing President Paul Kagame to potentially rule until 2034 has come into force, the justice minister said Friday. The amendments allow Kagame, 58, to run for an exceptional third seven-year term in 2017, at the end of which the new rules take effect and he will be eligible to run for a…
24 Dec 2015
There are hopes that Sunday's election can bring an end to brutal sectarian unrest in the Central African Republic -- but many voters are also looking for a president who can improve their precarious daily lives. Central Africa has been rocked by violence since a mainly Muslim rebellion overthrew longtime Christian leader Francois Bozize in…

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