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Nigeria: three dead, many wounded in church collapse

At least three people, including two children, died on Tuesday night when a church collapsed on the outskirts of the southeastern Nigerian city of Asaba, while 18 others were rescued alive from the rubble, local police said Wednesday. The church collapsed on Tuesday night in Okpanam, a suburb of Asaba in Delta State, local police spokesman Bright Edafe said. He ...

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Eight soldiers in Burkina Faso arrested for alleged plot

Eight soldiers in Burkina Faso were arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of conspiring against the government, the military prosecutor’s office said. One of the alleged plotters tipped off the authorities on Saturday to an alleged “plan to destabilize the institutions of the republic”, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement. An investigation is underway and the soldiers have been questioned, ...

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South Africa’s court allows former President Zuma appeal return to jail

Former South African President Jacob Zuma will be allowed to appeal a court ruling that ordered him back to jail to serve the remainder of his sentence, a judge ruled Tuesday. Zuma, 80, had been released on medical parole earlier this year, but the Gauteng High Court in the capital, Pretoria, ruled last week that his parole had been illegal. ...

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Court orders SA ex-leader Zuma to return to jail

A South African court has ruled that the country’s former President Jacob Zuma should be returned to prison, saying his medical parole was “unlawful”. The time he has spent out of prison should not be counted in his 15-month sentence, the Pretoria court ruled. Mr Zuma was released on 5 September for an undisclosed medical condition. He had been jailed ...

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Nearly half of women, girls ‘do not own their bodies’, UN says

UNFPA says nearly half the women and girls in developing countries do not have decision-making power over their own bodies, including in whether or not to have sex with their partners. Nearly half the women and adolescent girls in developing countries are denied the right to decide whether or not to have sex with their partners, use contraception, or seek ...

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Magufuli rallies Tanzanians to feed world post-Covid

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has rallied farmers in the country to increase food production, predicting global food scarcity later in the year caused by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. He urged farmers to take advantage of the reduced production by the largest food-producing countries in the wake of health restrictions imposed across the world. “This year there is a ...

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Desert Locust ‘re-invasion’ threatens millions across Horn of Africa

New Desert Locust swarms are forming in the Horn of Africa, threatening agricultural livelihoods and the food security of millions of people, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Wednesday.  According to the agency, locust infestations increased over the past month in Ethiopia and Somalia as a result of extensive breeding, favourable weather and rainfall, with populations predicted ...

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EU halts aid to Ethiopia over Tigray conflict

The European Union has postponed almost 90 million euros in budget support payments to Ethiopia over the bloc’s concerns of the Tigray crisis, according to an EU document seen by various media organisations. The move highlights the EU’s wish for a cessation of hostilities and its concerns about restrictions on humanitarian and media access to the northern region, the document ...

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Hearings begin into killings of Nigerian protesters

A week after the killing of activists protesting police brutality in Nigeria’s largest city, a Lagos state government judicial panel began hearings into the violence on Tuesday. President Muhammadu Buhari tweeted on Sunday that the panel had his “full support”, but protesters say his administration has for years ignored their calls for reform. Demonstrators took part in daily protests across Nigeria for nearly two weeks ...

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Seychelles opposition wins power after 43 years

The opposition has taken power in the Seychelles for the first time since 1977, following its victory in the presidential election. Anglican priest Wavel Ramkalawan defeated President Danny Faure by 54.9% to 43.5%, official results show. Supporters of Mr Ramkalawan have been celebrating his victory in the capital, Victoria. In his victory speech, Mr Ramkalawan was conciliatory towards Mr Faure, ...

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