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Africa

Namibian schoolboy invents cellphone that doesn't use airtime

29 July 2016, 13:32

A Grade 12 learner in Namibia's Ohagwena Region has invented a sim-less mobile phone that does not require airtime to make calls.

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Malawian boy dies after circumcision at initiation camp

29 July 2016, 12:12

Malawi has been caught up in another cultural malpractice scandal after a 13-year-old boy died, following a circumcision at an initiation camp in Kasungu.

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Kenya overtakes SA as biggest investor in African countries

29 July 2016, 12:12

Kenya has overtaken South Africa as the biggest investor in African countries, after investing in 36 projects in other parts of the continent last year, compared to South Africa’s 33.

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Malawi's 'hyena' pleads guilty to sex crimes

29 July 2016, 12:12

A convicted sex offender from Malawi's Nsanje district has pleaded guilty to sex crimes perpetrated against scores of young girls and women in the area.

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A new male contraceptive could help men bear the family planning burden

29 July 2016, 09:47

A new method of male contraception that is as effective as a vasectomy but entirely reversible with little to no side-effects is being tested and is showing promising results.

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Malawian students continue fee hike protests

29 July 2016, 07:01

Malawian nursing students have given President Peter Mutharika five days to reverse a proposed fee increase, the Nyasa Times reports.

Ugandan pastor accused of sexual abuse

29 July 2016, 07:01

A Ugandan pastor allegedly sexually abused several women in his congregation in an effort to make them "fertile", the Daily Monitor reports.

Zambia President Lungu threatens opposition

29 July 2016, 07:01

Zambian President Edgar Lunga has warned the opposition UPND not to cause trouble after the country’s elections next month, the Lusaka Times reported on Thursday.

Pea the Mozambican pangolin strikes out on his own

29 July 2016, 07:01

A young pangolin rescued from poachers in northern Mozambique last year has purposefully struck out on his own, and his carers couldn't be more delighted.

Mozambican poachers target SA rhinos

28 July 2016, 14:30

The depletion of elephants and rhinos in Mozambique has prompted poachers there to target rhinos in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, a report has revealed.

UN: Over 100 sexual assault cases in South Sudan's Juba

28 July 2016, 13:44

The UN says there have been at least 120 cases of sexual violence and rape against civilians in South Sudan's capital Juba since fighting erupted three weeks ago between troops loyal to the country's rival leaders.

Second war vets leader seized in Zim - lawyers

28 July 2016, 13:41

Rights lawyers in Zimbabwe say a second war veteran has been taken in by the authorities.

Zim war veterans' spokesperson arrested

28 July 2016, 12:54

The national spokesperson of Zimbabwe’s former freedom fighters has been arrested as President Robert Mugabe tightens his grip on power, a report says.

Malawi's Mutharika introduces new law in sex crimes crackdown

28 July 2016, 12:09

Malawian President Peter Mutharika has announced the introduction of tougher legislation against sex offenders, in a crackdown on sex crimes in the country.

Lessons to be learnt from Zimbabwe’s blunt use of an import ban

28 July 2016, 10:52

The control of imported goods will not resolve the fundamental problems of the Zimbabwean economy. What the country needs is a long-term strategy and not quick fixes.

What we can learn from communities in Nigeria on how to improve security

28 July 2016, 10:47

It may at first sound ridiculous to suggest that the world could learn how to better promote community safety from Africa, which has its fair share of security problems. But who is better placed to teach than someone who has lived through an experience?

Mugabe fights back after Zimbabwe protests

28 July 2016, 08:34

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday launched a blistering attack on anti-government activists, foreign embassies and disaffected war veterans as he sought to assert his grip on power following recent protests.

Britain not bankrolling Mugabe's regime - ambassador

28 July 2016, 08:22

Britain’s ambassador to Zimbabwe has denied claims that her government is secretly supporting President Robert Mugabe’s regime, says a report.

Mugabe to meet ex-freedom fighters after scathing attack

28 July 2016, 07:43

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is set to meet the country’s ex-freedom fighters a week after some of them rebuked him, state-owned newspapers reported on Wednesday.

Malawi's 'hyenas' flee into caves as police hunt 9 over sex crimes

27 July 2016, 14:01

Police in Malawi's Nsanje district are on the hunt for nine men notorious for raping young girls as part of an cultural cleansing tradition.

Thousands of Mugabe supporters gather in Harare

27 July 2016, 11:58

Robert Mugabe has rallied thousands of supporters including veterans of the 1970s independence war in response to harsh criticism he received last week from a previously loyal group of veterans.

Mali arrests senior jihadist blamed for military base attack

27 July 2016, 11:59

Malian special forces arrested a senior figure from the Ansar Dine jihadist group on Tuesday close to a central military base where he is accused of planning an attack that killed 17 soldiers.

Libya unity government demands explanation over French troops

27 July 2016, 11:59

The head of Libya's unity government has asked for an official explanation from Paris about the presence of French troops in the conflict-ridden country.

More than 37,000 flee South Sudan for Uganda: UN

27 July 2016, 11:56

More than 37,000 people have fled South Sudan for neighbouring Uganda in the last three weeks following intense fighting between rival troops that left hundreds dead, the UN's refugee body said Tuesday.

Meet the ‘Yahoo boys’ – Nigeria’s undergraduate conmen

27 July 2016, 11:56

Many undergraduates in Nigerian universities dabble in internet fraud. Nicknamed “yahoo-yahoo” after the international web portal and search engine, this perfidy has become a way of life for the young con-artists.

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