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China donates machinery to aid South Sudan's agricultural development | US ends financial assistance to South Sudan, warns of consequences | Gbudue government and SPLA-IO celebrates Peace in Yambio | Deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo puts South Sudan on high alert: U.N | How the United States Kept Arms Flowing into South Sudan |

Central African Republic demonstrators lay corpses in front of U.N. mission

Hundreds of angry demonstrators on Wednesday laid the bodies of at least nine people killed in clashes in Central African Republic’s capital Bangui in front of the headquarters of the United Nation’s mission, a Reuters witness said. The demonstration coincides with a visit to the country, which has been mired in a cycle of ethnic and religious violence since 2013, by Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the U.N.’s head of peacekeeping operations.  The peacekeeping mission, MINUSCA, said late on Tuesday that one…

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Israel’s Netanyahu scraps African migrant relocation deal with U.N.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he was cancelling an agreement with the U.N. refugee agency to relocate thousands of African migrants, bowing to right-wing pressure to scrap the deal. Hours after announcing on Monday the arrangement, which also would have given thousands of other migrants the right to stay in Israel, Netanyahu posted on his Facebook page that he was putting its implementation on hold until a further review. He then declared the agreement dead at…

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Official of Ghana’s main opposition party faces treason charges over ‘civilian coup’ comment

The Deputy General Secretary of Ghana’s main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has been slapped with a treason charge, following his comments on a local radio station. Koku Anyidoho was arrested at a press conference in Accra on Tuesday which was organized by a group of opposition parties protesting a Ghana-US defence cooperation agreement. His arrest drew large crowds of party supporters and sympathizers who thronged the Police Headquarters in Accra on Tuesday, demanding his release. Mr….

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High Court convicts Kenyan minister, heads of police and immigration over Miguna deportation

  A Kenyan high court judge found the Interior Minister and the police chief guilty of contempt on Wednesday and told them to appear for sentencing because they failed to obey a court order to release a detained opposition politician. Late on Wednesday evening, Kenyan authorities deported opposition politician Miguna Miguna on an Emirates flight, his lawyer Cliff Ombeta said, two days after police detained him on his return to the country. This is the second time the vocal…

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Egypt 2018 polls: Sisi on course for big election win, vote counting underway

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is on course for a landslide election victory although there was little sign he had achieved the high turnout he sought, according to early estimates after polls closed in a three-day election. Some voters said they had received payments and other inducements to cast their ballots. But with some private television stations reporting that he could achieve a vote share of 95 percent or more, Sisi issued a defiant statement expressing pride at the…

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Zambia bans cabinet minister from parliament for slapping lawmaker

Zambia’s parliament suspended a cabinet minister on Tuesday from its proceedings for one month for slapping a fellow lawmaker within parliament grounds.  Verbal abuse is common among members of parliament in Zambia but physical assault is rare. Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini said Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo was suspended for slapping outspoken lawmaker Chishimba Kambwili last October. Kambwili has repeatedly accused government officials of corruption since his dismissal as information and broadcasting minister in November 2016…

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Hillary Clinton fractures wrist after slipping in India resort bathtub, report says

  Hillary Clinton’s visit to India suffered another setback this week as the former secretary of state fractured her wrist after slipping in the bathtub at the five-star resort where she was staying, according to a report by DNA India. The website reported that Clinton was taken to a hospital in the city of Jodphur at around 5 a.m. local time Wednesday. Clinton underwent an X-ray and a CT scan that confirmed a hairline fracture of her right wrist….

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Sierra Leone votes for new leader in hope of ending economic crisis

 Sierra Leone voters queued for hours in steamy humidity on Wednesday to elect a new leader they hope will end years of the economic crisis caused by twin shocks of a commodities slump and an Ebola epidemic. President Ernest Bai Koroma is stepping aside, having completed his maximum two terms in office, and sixteen candidates are vying to replace him, of whom four are seen as having a realistic chance. Adama Sesay, a widow with six children, was so…

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Rwanda cuts ties with Human Rights Watch

Rwanda has decided not to renew a cooperation agreement with Human Rights Watch, a representative of the country’s Ministry of Justice told the news website New Times. Providence Umurungi said the organisation has been violating its agreements with Rwanda, including publishing “reports that tarnish the image of the country”. Under the agreement signed with Human Rights Watch, Rwanda is entitled to know of reports before they are published and offer an explanation. Ms Umurungi told New Times this oversight wasn’t…

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Zimbabwe: Youths to Decide 2018 Elections

The disclosure by Zimbabwe Election Commission (Zec) chairperson Priscilla Chigumba that 60% of the registered 5,3 million voters for this years’ polls are aged between 18 to 40 means that this year’s elections to be held by July will be largely influenced by the youth. Chigumba said this when she appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs this week. She, however, did not reveal whether the registered youth are mostly based in the urban…

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