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Drivers queue for hours as Kenya reels from fuel shortage

Kenyan motorists endured another day of major fuel shortages on Monday, with hours-long queues and strict rationing at petrol stations as pumps across the country ran dry. The government blamed hoarding and panic buying for the snaking lines at bowsers that worsened over the weekend, but oil dealers said they were owed outstanding subsidy payments from the state. “If you ...

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African nations condemn reports of racism against students at Ukrainian border

Representatives from the three African nations on the UN Security Council — Kenya, Ghana, and Gabon — all condemned reports of discrimination against African citizens at the Ukrainian border during a meeting at the UN HQ in New York City Monday. There have been widespread reports from African students fleeing the country that they faced segregation, racism and abuse. “In the unfolding ...

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Five Turkish journalists to be jailed over Libya coverage after failed appeal

 Five Turkish journalists were beginning jail sentences on Tuesday after a court rejected their appeal against a conviction related to their coverage of the deaths of Turkish intelligence officers in Libya in 2020, a lawyer in the case said. The five were convicted in September 2020 of revealing information and documents connected to intelligence activities. They were variously held in ...

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Burkina Faso junta tells ousted ministers not to leave country

Burkina Faso’s ousted president, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, “is physically well” and is being held by the army in a villa, a source in his party said on Wednesday. Kabore’s state and whereabouts have been a key issue since he was overthrown by mutineering soldiers on Monday. “President Kabore is physically well, but I cannot say anything about his state ...

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Malawi president fires cabinet amid corruption concerns

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera has sacked his entire cabinet over corruption concerns. In a televised address to the nation on Monday, the president vowed to “confront all forms of lawless conduct by public officials”. He said a new cabinet would be announced in two days. Three ministers are facing charges including the minister of lands who was arrested last month in a ...

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S.African corruption probe flags COVID contracts worth $137 million

 South African investigators have flagged COVID-19 contracts worth around 2.1 billion rand ($137.12 million) for possible corruption and fraud, a report into corruption linked to the pandemic showed on Tuesday. President Cyril Ramaphosa authorised the investigation into his government’s coronavirus spending in 2020 following a spate of scandals that caused public outrage. Anger over corruption was one reason why the ...

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Guterres calls on Burkina Faso coup leaders to ‘lay down their arms’

Following Sunday’s coup in Burkina Faso carried out by sections of the armed forces, the United Nations’ Secretary-General is following the developments in the landlocked West African nation with deep concern. In a statement released by his Spokesperson, António Guterres says he is particularly worried about the whereabouts and safety of President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, who hasn’t been seen since the crisis began ...

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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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