CONGOLESE DIAMOND DEPORTEES ‘NEED HELP’

  The UN refugee agency has warned that Angola’s deportation of more than 300,000 nationals from the Democratic Republic of Congo this month has left them in an extremely precarious situation. The UNHCR said there were many allegations that migrants had been killed, reportedly by the Angolan security forces, with six deaths confirmed. It urged […]

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ETHIOPIA GETS FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT

Ethiopian members of parliament have elected Sahle-Work Zewde as the country’s first female president. Ms Sahle-Work is an experienced diplomat who has now become Africa’s only female head of state. Her election to the ceremonial position comes a week after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed a cabinet with half the posts taken up by women. […]

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ETHIOPIA’S ABIY GIVES HALF OF MINISTERIAL POSTS TO WOMEN

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has appointed women to half of his government’s ministerial posts, including the job of defence minister. Explaining his decision in a speech to Parliament, Mr Abiy said women were “less corrupt than men” and would help restore peace and stability. Ethiopia is now the only African state after Rwanda to […]

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BEMBA TO BE SENTENCED FOR BRIBING WITNESSES

The former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, is due to be sentenced later today by international judges for bribing witnesses during an earlier war crimes trial. The International Criminal Court in The Hague acquitted the one-time rebel leader three months ago for war crimes and crimes against humanity. But a second […]

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ZIMBABWE CHOLERA DEATH TOLL RISES

Officials in Zimbabwe have declared a health emergency in the capital, Harare, after the death toll of people infected with cholera rose to 20, news agency Reuters reports. At least 2,000 people have been infected after drinking contaminated water. It came about after burst sewers contaminated water in boreholes and open wells, which are used […]

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