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Ghana lawmakers denied visa privileges by United States government

Former presidents, lawmakers and senior government officials in Ghana will no longer have special privileges for private travel to the United States, Washington’s envoy has said.   Until now, such individuals were able to take advantage of “protocol services” where they did not have to physically appear at the US embassy to obtain a visa.   But on Thursday, US ...

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South Africa: WhatsApp group admins will go to jail for defamatory chats!

  WhatsApp group admins in South Africa could face jail-time for defamatory content in chats, after an administrator was arrested in India last month.   WhatsApp recently came under the spotlight after a group administrator was arrested because a defamatory image of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was shared by another member in the group, according to a report in ...

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Mugabe could run as a corpse in election and still win votes! – Deputy President

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe will be 94 in the election year of 2018 and, should he win another term in office, would stay in power until he is 99 years old, providing he survives the whole term. The president’s wife, Grace Mugabe—widely seen along with Emmerson Mnangagwa as one of the main candidates to succeed her husband—recently stoked controversy by ...

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Sudan: 4 killed in military helicopter crash

A Sudanese military helicopter has crashed in northern Sudan, killing all four crew members, the Sudanese army said on Wednesday. The Mi-17 helicopter crashed on Tuesday after taking-off on an official mission from Dongola town to Al-Daba town in northern Sudan, Sudanese Army Spokesman, Ahmed Khalifa Al-Shami said in a statement. There were no survivors from the crash, the statement ...

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Mass graves in DR Congo: 3,300 people killed in atrocities between army and rebels

More than 3,300 people have been killed in the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region since last October, the Catholic Church says. The figure, reported by Reuters, is from Church sources in the country. The deaths are the result of clashes between the army and a rebel group, but civilians have also been caught up in the ...

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Accused of 60,000 deaths, Congolese warlord says Rwanda genocide shaped him

A former Congolese rebel commander told war crimes judges Wednesday the “horrific events” he saw during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide shaped him to vow to do everything he could to prevent “it happening again”.   Almost two years after his trial opened, Bosco Ntaganda took the stand for the first time expected to talk about events in 2002 and 2003, when ...

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Somalia: 9 killed in suicide bomb attack at Mogadishu restaurant

Suicide bombing hits popular restaurant in Somalia’s capital   Police say the death toll has risen to nine in an attack on a popular restaurant in Somalia’s capital.   Police say a hostage situation is unfolding inside the Pizza House in Mogadishu as gunmen are holed up inside and security forces try to secure the scene.   Capt. Mohamed Hussein ...

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Kenya: 15 feared dead as 7 storey building collapses

Rescue workers said that 15 people had been reported missing after a seven-storey building collapsed in a residential area of the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Tuesday. Reuters photographers on the scene, in the eastern Nairobi suburb known as Pipeline, saw a pile of broken concrete blocks and bent metal. An excavator was moving rubble. Officials said the building’s occupants had ...

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Libya: Ghadaffi’s jailed son, Seif al-Islam released under amnesty law

An armed group in Libya said on Facebook Saturday it has freed C, the son of i. Late Libyan leader, Muammar Ghadaff Seif al-Islam has been in custody since November 2011.   The Abu Bakr al-Sadiq Brigade, a militia of former rebels that controls the town of Zintan in western Libya, said Seif al-Islam was freed Friday evening, “the 14th ...

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Like Nigeria, South Africa falls into recession! Currency value drops by 1%

South Africa has fallen into recession for the first time in eight years after economic growth shrank by 0.7% between January and March. The downturn, due to weak manufacturing and trade, follows a 0.3% fall in GDP in the final quarter last year. It is the first time that economic has slowed for two consecutive quarters – the technical definition ...

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