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South African court orders review of decision to drop Zuma charges

South Africa’s High Court ruled on Friday that a decision seven years ago to drop 783 corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma was irrational and should be reviewed, another setback for the scandal-ridden leader who faces calls for his resignation. The decision in April 2009 to set aside the charges allowed Zuma to run for president in elections the same ...

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Norway helicopter crash: 11 killed near Bergen

Eleven people have been found dead and two are missing after a helicopter crashed west of the Norwegian city of Bergen carrying 13, rescuers say. Eleven of those on board were Norwegian, one was British and one Italian. Photos from the scene show thick smoke coming from an area of rocky islets. The helicopter was “totally destroyed”, reports said. It ...

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Equatorial Guinea’s President Obiang Nguema Extends 37 – Year Rule with 93.7 % of Vote

Observers said Sunday’s vote was peaceful despite some calls for a boycott by the opposition Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has been re-elected with 93.7% of the vote in Sunday’s election, according to official results. Observers said polling day was peaceful and without incident, but the opposition claimed at least 200 of its members were barred from voting. Mr ...

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Mohamed Abrini Admits to Being ‘Man in Hat’ in Brussels Airport Attack

The massive hunt for the “man in the hat” linked to the Brussels airport bombings appears to be over. Belgium’s federal prosecutor said that Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini had confessed to being at the scene of the blasts in Brussels on March 22. Speculation had been mounting since Abrini’s arrest on Friday that he was the suspect pictured in ...

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South Sudan forges unity government

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has named his transitional unity government sharing power with ex-rebels, a key step in a long-delayed peace process, a decree read out on Friday said. Under an August 2015 peace deal, the 30 posts of ministers are split between Kiir, former rebel chief turned first vice president Riek Machar, opposition and other parties. Kiir’s decree ...

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Zimbabwe ruling party threatens to unleash violence on opposition before 2018 polls

Top Zanu-PF officials have reportedly threatened to track down and kill all suspected Movement of the Democratic Change (MDC), who attended Morgan Tsvangira’s campaign rally in Gutu, Masvingo last weekend. According to NewsDay, traditional leaders as well as a  Zanu-PF official Joseph Musasiwa and youth leader Rabson Manzunzu threatened to unleash a terror campaign similar to the 2008 bloodbath which ...

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Patients share ward with dead bodies in Kenyan hospital

Patients at Msambweni sub-county hospital in Kwale County, Kenya, are reportedly sharing wards with dead bodies. Reports indicated that this was because the hospital took up to three days to remove bodies of patients who succumbed to illnesses. Speaking to People Daily, the hospital superintendent said the “practice” had been influenced by local culture that didn’t encourage preservation of bodies ...

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Protests at Trump California rally turn violent

Protests at a California rally for Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump reportedly turned violent Thursday, with 20 people arrested after a police car window was smashed and rocks were thrown. Hundreds of demonstrators clashed with police outside the Orange County amphitheater in Costa Mesa during a Trump campaign stopover, which drew a crowd of thousands ahead of the state’s June ...

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 ‘Decomposing bodies’ of Nigerian soldiers stuck in Boko Haram’s territory After April 18 Ambush

Bodies of Nigerian soldiers killed on April 18 in a Boko Haram ambush in Gubio, Borno state, are yet to be retrieved; a soldier on the war front has told TheCable. The soldier said Gubio, a local government, is the “nemesis” of Nigerian troops as the insurgents are still fully in control, despite the successes recorded since President Muhammadu Buhari ...

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Nigerian Government plans with EU to deport Nigerians ‘in exchange for aid’

The EU and Nigeria will discuss a deal to send migrants back to Africa’s most populous country in order to curb migration flows into the union. The readmission agreement was recently employed between the EU and Turkey, which has dramatically curbed migration flows from the Middle East. According to Financial Times, the “readmission agreement would probably involve migrants from Nigeria ...

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