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Tanzanian President Magufuli pardons child rapists

Tanzanian President Magufuli pardons child rapists

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Magufuli pardoned prisoners in his independence day speech Children’s rights activists have condemned the pardon of two child rapists by the Tanzanian president. Kate McAlpine, director of the Arusha-based Community for Children Rights, told the BBC she was “horrified but unsurprised”. John Magufuli made the pardon in his independence […]

Sudan women in trousers: No indecency charges

Sudan women in trousers: No indecency charges

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sudanese women risk arrest if their clothes are deemed provocative by police. File image Charges of indecency have been dropped against 24 women who were caught wearing trousers at a party near the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. The gathering was raided by morality police on Wednesday. If convicted, the women […]

DR Congo: UN peacekeepers killed in attack in North Kivu

DR Congo: UN peacekeepers killed in attack in North Kivu

Image copyright Reuters Image caption UN peacekeepers and Congolese troops face attacks from several militia groups in North Kivu At least 14 UN peacekeepers have been killed and 53 wounded in an attack in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The UN’s Monusco mission said the peacekeepers were attacked by suspected rebels of […]

Kenyan police in shoe purchase scam

Kenyan police in shoe purchase scam

Image copyright AFP Image caption Some police officers bought shoes from outside vendors contrary to regulations Kenya’s ministry in charge of policing may have lost at least $1.7m (£1.3m) following irregularities in the purchase of officers’ shoes, an official audit has found. The report described a “pathetic and unpleasant situation” with some officers wearing worn-out […]

Ramaphosa believes South Africa’s President Zuma rape accuser

Ramaphosa believes South Africa’s President Zuma rape accuser

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jacob Zuma became South Africa’s president three years after he was acquitted of rape A leading contender to replace President Jacob Zuma as head of South Africa’s governing ANC has said he believes the woman who accused Mr Zuma of rape over a decade ago was telling the truth. […]

Liberia election: Court gives go ahead for run-off poll

Liberia election: Court gives go ahead for run-off poll

Image copyright Reuters/ EPA Image caption George Weah (L) and Joseph Boakai will now go head-to-head in a presidential run-off Liberia’s Supreme Court has ruled that evidence of fraud during October’s first round of presidential elections was insufficient to merit a re-run. This means the final round of voting between the two leading candidates – […]

Zimbabwe budget woos foreign investors

Zimbabwe budget woos foreign investors

Image copyright Reuters Zimbabwe has taken steps towards ending its economic isolation in its first budget since the end of Robert Mugabe’s 37-year authoritarian rule. Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa announced a package of measures aimed at wooing international investors, including new curbs on laws that require firms to be 51% locally owned. He said privatisation […]

After IS, Libya yearns for normality

After IS, Libya yearns for normality

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Giza al-Bahriya area of Sirte, days after the entire city was captured from IS in December 2016 One year on from a military campaign that successfully expelled so-called Islamic State (IS) from its Libyan stronghold of Sirte, residents have complained of the scale of destruction that remains. Months […]

Nigeria’s anti-Boko Haram general Attahiru Ibrahim sacked

Nigeria’s anti-Boko Haram general Attahiru Ibrahim sacked

Image copyright AFP Image caption Maj Gen Attahiru Ibrahim was expected to make sure that his troops defeated militant Islamists Nigeria’s military has sacked the commander leading the fight against militant Islamist group Boko Haram. It follows a string of deadly attacks by the insurgents, including the killing of at least 50 people in a […]

DR Congo displacement crisis ‘worse than Middle East’

DR Congo displacement crisis ‘worse than Middle East’

Image copyright AFP Image caption More than seven million people are struggling to feed themselves, aid workers say Conflict has forced 1.7 million people to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year, causing “a mega-crisis”, aid agencies say. This means that for the second consecutive year, DR Congo is worst-affected by […]

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