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Botswana votes in first real challenge to ruling party

GABORONE (Reuters) – Botswana holds an election on Wednesday that will present the first genuine challenge to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in its five decades of dominance over southern Africa’s wealthiest and most stable nation. Botswana’s President and leader of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), Mokgweetsi Masisi arrives at a rally in Thamaga […]
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Ethiopia to issue two telecoms licences by April, behind initial schedule

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia plans to award two telecoms licences to multinational mobile companies by April 2020, the new communications regulator said on Tuesday, an apparent delay in the timeline officials had previously set. Balcha Reba, director general of the Ethiopian Communications Authority, gave the date at a press conference. In June, Reuters reported […]
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PM Abiy says Ethiopia ready to hold elections in 2020

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia will face problems if it delays its general election beyond the scheduled date of May next year, the prime minister said on Tuesday, recalling past political violence. Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a session with the Members of the Parliament in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 22, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa […]
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Congo spy informant dies while on trial for U.N. experts’ killing

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – An informant for Congo’s intelligence agency who was on trial for alleged involvement in the murders of two U.N. investigators has died from a long-term illness, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Zaida Catalan, a Swede, and Michael Sharp, an American, were killed in March 2017 while investigating an […]
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Kenya launches first breast milk bank to help newborns

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The five mothers sat in a bright blue room in Kenya’s largest maternity hospital waiting to pump breast milk – but not for their own newborns. Sarah Wanjiku feeds her baby with human milk donated at the Human Milk Bank at the Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Njeri […]
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War creates new uncertainty for migrants in Libya

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – After three days at sea trying to reach Europe, Demba Dembele was intercepted by Libya’s EU-backed coastguard and returned to Tripoli – where, like dozens of other migrants, he got in a taxi and set off into the city. Migrants pose for a photograph on the street, after being rescued by the Libyan coast guard, in […]
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Guinea protest leaders sentenced to jail for organising against president

CONAKRY (Reuters) – Five opposition and civil society leaders in Guinea were convicted and sentenced to prison on Monday for organising protests against a possible change to the constitution that could let President Alpha Conde seek a third term. Abdourahmane Sanoh, a former government minister and an organiser of the demonstrations last week, which resulted […]
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Armed robbers attack DRDGOLD plant in S. Africa, kill security officer

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Armed men invaded a metallurgical plant owned by South Africa’s DRDGOLD on Monday night, killing the gold miner’s chief security officer and stealing an estimated 17 kg of gold, the company said. DRDGOLD’s chief security officer Bart Coetzee was fatally wounded in an exchange of gunfire during the attack at the Ergo […]
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Mozambique’s president victorious in election – observer group

MAPUTO (Reuters) – Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi is heading for a landslide victory in elections, according to a preliminary estimate by an observer group on Monday, in a contest the opposition claims has been tarnished by “mega fraud”. A local holds a card with a picture of Mozambique’s president and leader of the Frelimo Party, […]
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Tens of thousands rally against former ruling party in Sudan

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Sudanese demonstrated in Khartoum and other cities on Monday to call for the former ruling party to be dissolved and for ex-officials to be put on trial. Sudanese protesters chant slogans during a rally calling for the former ruling party to be dissolved and for ex-officials to be […]
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Opposition calls for Mozambicans to reject election count as Nyusi takes lead

MAPUTO (Reuters) – Mozambique’s former guerrilla movement Renamo on Monday urged citizens to join it in rejecting preliminary results of last week’s general election, citing fraud as incumbent President Filipe Nyusi took a strong lead. A local walks past a billboard with a picture of Mozambique’s president and leader of the Frelimo Party, Filipe Nyusi […]