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Africa

Despite advances, democracy in Africa hobbled by 'rigging'

25 July 2016, 12:39

In Africa, military coups and election violence are becoming rarer but poll rigging and manipulation remain rife, hobbling the continent's democratic progress, experts say.

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Relief as Zim wildlife vets remove snare from elephant calf's leg

25 July 2016, 12:16

Wildlife veterinarians in Zimbabwe say they have finally managed to locate and treat a tiny elephant calf so badly injured by a snare that it was running on three legs.

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Zim minister blasts police brutality during protests

25 July 2016, 12:16

Zimbabwean War Veterans Minister Tshinga Dube has blasted recent police brutality, describing the cops involved as "overzealous", says a report.

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Malawian president under increasing pressure to fire 7 "cashgate" ministers

25 July 2016, 11:55

Malawian President Peter Mutharika has come under increasing pressure to sack the seven senior cabinet ministers involved in the K577 billion "cashgate" scandal.

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Parts of Namibia plunged into darkness

25 July 2016, 11:08

A power outage has plunged several parts on Namibia into darkness as the country's grid comes under mounting pressure.

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Ranking African universities: hypocrisy, impunity and complicity

25 July 2016, 12:09

Research has found that some African universities can’t answer basic questions about their own operations because they lack data. This data deficit poses a huge problem across sectors in Africa.

Despairing about elections? This is why your vote matters

25 July 2016, 12:09

It seems that no matter who you vote for, a politician gets elected. Given that outcome, how can we make sure that the person we elect has the character and abilities to do the job properly?

Tanzania bans lube in crackdown on gays

25 July 2016, 12:10

The Tanzanian government has banned imports and sales of sexual lubricants in its latest move targeting the gay community, officials say.

WATCH: HIV-positive man paid to rape Malawian girls

23 July 2016, 19:25

An HIV-positive Malawian man regularly has sex with underage girls - and their relatives pay him to carry out the deed.

South Sudan's Kiir urges rival to return to Juba

22 July 2016, 13:04

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has appealed to his rival, Riek Machar, to return to the capital and help rebuild the peace after a wave of deadly gun battles threatened to plunge the country back into civil war.

Human rights groups urge South Sudan arms embargo

22 July 2016, 13:04

Human rights groups are urging the United Nations Security Council to place an immediate arms embargo on South Sudan in order to reduce unlawful attacks on civilians

Mali opens terror inquiry after 17 soldiers killed

22 July 2016, 13:04

Mali's justice ministry says it has opened an investigation into the deaths of 17 soldiers killed in an attack on their base, as Malians observed the first of three days of mourning.

UK embassy rejects Zim journo's 'fabricated' assault claim

22 July 2016, 12:33

Britain's ambassador to Zimbabwe intends seeking legal advice after the main government daily published a “completely fabricated” story about embassy aides assaulting a freelance journalist

Zimbabwe leader's loyalists make surprise break with Mugabe

22 July 2016, 12:33

Veterans of Zimbabwe's independence war made a significant break with President Robert Mugabe for the first time Thursday, calling him dictatorial, manipulative and egocentric.

Tanzania’s refusal to sign EU trade pact gives East Africa time to rethink

22 July 2016, 12:33

Tanzania’s refusal to sign a new trade deal between the East African Community (EAC) and the European Union (EU) has generated anxious reactions. As much as Kenya may feel short-changed by Tanzania’s last-minute decision, it is probably an opportunity to get things right.

Kenyan schools reform is a unique chance to rethink life-skills teaching

22 July 2016, 12:33

Research has established that school-going children with a positive attitude are more likely to achieve better results in school and in life. Kenya’s ongoing review of its entire school curriculum provides a momentous opportunity to rethink how life skills are taught.

Kidnapping for ransom thrives in eastern DRC

21 July 2016, 14:38

Floribert Kambale Safari didn't spend long in the hands of his kidnappers, but he still feels he's a captive to the debt owed to those who paid his ransom.

Angolan activists likely to be released in prisoner amnesty

21 July 2016, 13:37

The Angolan parliament approved a prisoner amnesty expected to result in the release of 17 young activists - including a well-known rapper - under house arrest for an act of rebellion against President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

Why low-fee private schools are struggling to take root in rural Nigeria

21 July 2016, 13:33

Nigerians in cities have some choices about where to school their children. But what about their counterparts in the country’s expansive rural areas?

Studying Africa by numbers can be misleading. What can be done about it?

21 July 2016, 13:33

How do scholars and policymakers do good research with numbers? How can they shed light on what they’ve got to work with?

Churches, civil society and unions insist electoral team must resign

21 July 2016, 13:25

Churches, civil society groups and trade unions under the banner of Multi-Sectorial Forum (MSF) have maintained that the electoral team must resign in order to avert crisis ahead of the next general election.

Malawi First Lady apologises to US Second Lady over Zomba protests

21 July 2016, 13:06

Malawi’s First Lady, Gertrude Matharika, has apologised to US “second lady” Jill Biden for the protests that prevented her from visiting humanitarian projects, the Nyasa Times reports.

Zimbabwe's protest pastor gets his Bible back

21 July 2016, 13:04

A policeman has returned Zimbabwean protest pastor Evan Mawarire's Bible after he lost it in a packed courtroom last week, according to his group.

Zanu-PF Youth League warns protesters against attempts to destabilise govt

21 July 2016, 12:22

The Zanu-PF Youth League has warned protesters against attempts to "disturb" President Robert Mugabe from delivering election promises, according to reports in local media.

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