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Liberia: Female aspirants get Sirleaf’s backing to win Liberia election

Liberia’s outgoing president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has pledged to fully support and campaign for all the female aspirants in the October 10 general elections. At a forum to promote Liberian women in politics, Sirleaf expressed regret at the uneven distribution of women aspiring for legislative seats, citing a district where …

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Most African migrants in Libya prey to abuse, torture, rape – Oxfam

Most African migrants suffer abuse, torture and rape as they cross lawless Libya in pursuit of a new life in Europe, Oxfam said on Wednesday as it urged Europe to offer safer routes. The voyage from Libya across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy – often on flimsy boats run by …

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South Africa, Seychelles among 80 are sole African beneficiaries of Qatar visa waiver

South Africa and Seychelles are the only African countries that stand to benefit from a huge visa waiver decision by embattled Gulf nation, Qatar. Qatari authorities on Wednesday announced that the country will allow visa-free entry for citizens from 80 countries with immediate effect. ‘‘Citizens of those countries wishing to …

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Zimbabwe: Criticism over Mugabe’s $1 billion university

Zimbabwe’s cash-strapped government plans to build a $1 billion university named after 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe, the higher education minister said on Wednesday, a move that was quickly criticised by the opposition as a waste of resources. Jonathan Moyo, Higher and Tertiary Education Minister, said the Robert Gabriel Mugabe University …

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Rwanda: Paul Kagame won poll with 98.8% in final vote results

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame won 98.8 percent of the vote in last week’s election, more than initially indicated, the central African country’s electoral body said on Wednesday. Giving final results at a news conference, electoral commission chairman Kalisa Mbanda said voter turnout had been 98.5 percent. Preliminary results announced late …

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Two shot dead as protests erupt over disputed Kenya poll

Two protesters were shot dead by police in the Kenyan capital on Wednesday as unrest broke out after opposition claims of massive rigging in an election that President Uhuru Kenyatta looked certain to win. A photographer saw one of the victims, a young man with a massive gunshot wound to …

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