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Kenya: See You in Court, Raila Odinga Tells Uhuru Kenyatta - [Nation] National Super Alliance (Nasa) presidential candidate Raila Odinga says they are moving to the Supreme Court to contest President Uhuru Kenyatta win in August 8 poll.
South Sudan: Is Peace Possible Without Rebel Leader Machar? - [allAfrica] Cape Town -Four years into the South Sudan crisis, a solution is yet to be found. Gruesome crimes continue, with millions displaced and hundreds of thousands facing famine, according to numerous reports from Human Rights Watch. The group also points an accusing finger to both government and rebel leaders.
Uganda: Stepping Up Male Circumcision to Fight HIV - [Deutsche Welle] Male circumcision is said to reduce a man's risk of contracting HIV by 60 percent. Uganda is making an effort to revive these procedures, which recently went into decline. Frank Yiga reports from Kampala.
Africa: Minamata Convention, Curbing Mercury Use, Is Now Legally Binding - [IPS] Rome -The Minamata Convention - a legally-binding landmark treaty, described as the first new environmental agreement in over a decade - entered into force August 16.
Somalia: 'Neutral' Somalia Finds Itself Engulfed in Saudi Arabia-Qatar Dispute - [African Arguments] President Farmaajo withstood significant pressure in staying out of Saudi Arabia's feud with Qatar. But it may pay a cost for its neutrality.
South Africa: Why Zuma's Eventual Departure Won't Solve the Country's Woes - [African Arguments] President Zuma is uniquely bad, but he hasn't just enriched himself. Many people now have vested interests in the corrupt system he's established.
Kenya: Suspension Action Against NGOs Stopped - [Capital FM] Nairobi -Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has ordered suspension of the punitive action initiated by the Non-Governmental Coordination Board against two human rights lobbies, pending a probe into compliance concerns.
Africa: Supervolcano Minerals Discovery to Boost Green Cars - Study - [Thomson Reuters Foundation] Toronto -Scientists have found an unexpected new source for lithium, a key component in battery-powered electric cars and other renewable energy technologies: supervolcanoes.
Libya: Videos Capture Summary Executions - [HRW] Beirut -Forces loyal to the Libyan National Army (LNA) in eastern Libya appear to have executed captured fighters in Benghazi and desecrated corpses, Human Rights Watch said today. Video recordings posted online since January 2017 seem to show LNA fighters carrying out seven distinct unlawful executions of "extremists."
Zambia: Hichilema Released From Prison, Treason Charges Dropped - [Deutsche Welle] Hakainde Hichilema had been charged with treason for failing to give way to President Lungu's motorcade. Once a stable democracy, Zambia now risks becoming increasingly authoritarian.
South Africa: What the Lack of Accountability for Marikana Says About Zuma's Govt - [The Conversation Africa] Five years ago this week 44 people were killed in the course of an industrial dispute at a platinum mine in South Africa's North West Province owned by Lonmin. It became known as the Marikana massacre.
Zimbabwe: Media Emotionally Razed Me, Says HIV Activist Westerhof - [New Zimbabwe] Fashion model turned fashion model Tendayi Westerhof-Kateketa said 16 years ago she lost everything after she came out publicly about her HIV status with the media ganging up against her.
West Africa: Mali, Burkina Faso Attacks Boost Calls for G5 Anti-Jihadi Force At UN - [RFI] Jihadi attacks in Mali and Burkina Faso overshadowed Tuesday's UN Security Council meeting, which discussed efforts to establish peace in Africa. Delegates were mulling plans to roll out an all-African force in the Sahel to tackle the armed Islamist threat, but the plan has been beset by challenges.
South Africa: Heroin Trafficking Through South Africa - Why Here and Why Now? - [The Conversation Africa] A series of large heroin seizures have been made in South Africa since 2016, but the country is just one of the pitstops on Africa's heroin highway.
South Africa: Opposition Parties Have Found the ANC's Achilles Heel - Jacob Zuma - [The Conversation Africa] Just when many thought that President Jacob Zuma's fate was sealed, he emerged victorious against a motion of no confidence in him - for the eighth time. The fanfare associated with his expected loss was largely in sync with the increasing public discontent with his leadership.
Africa: Kenya's Election - the Good, the Bad and the Memorable Moments - [The Conversation Africa] A few hours after Kenya's polling stations closed on Tuesday August 8th, the country's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission began transmitting live results.
Zambia: President Declares Compulsory HIV Testing - [Times of Zambia] HIV/AIDS testing is now mandatory in public health institutions as the Government acts to prevent further loss of life from the disease which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives since the mid-80s, President Edgar Lungu has announced.
Zambia: Opposition MPs to Snub President Lungu Again - [Zambia Reports] The Second Session of the Twelfth National Assembly will open on Friday 15th September, 2017 with President Edgar Lungu expected to grace the ceremony.
South Africa: President Zuma Receives Report On Abuse of Religion - [SAnews.gov.za] President Jacob Zuma says he will study the report on the abuse of religion by certain churches.
South Africa: Striking Taxi Drivers On the Rampage in Pretoria - [News24Wire] Striking taxi drivers have turned on motorists in Tshwane, smashing cars and attacking pedestrians.
Zimbabwe: Army General Chiwenga's PhD Is Genuine - Mugabe - [New Zimbabwe] President Robert Mugabe Tuesday appeared to rebuff Jonathan Moyo's sensational claims of academic fraud by Defence Forces Commander, General Constantino Chiwenga, in a speech which was full of praise for the military boss for obtaining a doctorate.
Sierra Leone: 400 Dead - 'Entire Communities Have Been Wiped Out' - [Deutsche Welle] Sierra Leone's president has appealed for urgent help after torrential rain triggered massive mudslides in the capital, Freetown. Rescue workers have uncovered nearly 400 bodies.
Tanzania: Local Govt Leaders Banned From Demarcating Villages - [Citizen] Kilombero -A ban has been slapped on local government leaders from demarcating villages, which have certificates for it affects governments efforts of ensuring proper land use.
South Africa: The Withdrawal of the Mandela Book Was Nothing Short of Censorship - [The Conversation Africa] "Mandela's Last Years", written by retired military doctor Vejay Ramlakan, has become a sought after commodity since the publisher, Penguin SA, withdrew it from the shelves in July. Ramlakan was the head of the medical team that looked after Nelson Mandela until his death in 2013.
Uganda: Two Camps Emerge in Main Opposition Party - [Observer] Two distinctive camps have emerged in Uganda's biggest opposition party, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), ahead of its November 21 presidential polls.
Kenya: Elections Official Roselyn Akombe 'Removed' from US Flight - [Nation] An Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) official was being held at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Wednesday morning after being removed from a flight and her luggage offloaded.
Kenya: Raila Odinga to Spell Out Position On Poll Results Row - [Nation] National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga put off to Wednesday an announcement on his next course of action after he rejected the presidential results of last week's General Election.
Uganda: Land Amendment Bill - Residents Say Minister is a Traitor - [Monitor] Lira -Relatives and in-laws have threatened to disown Lands minister Betty Amongi for marketing the controversial Land Amendment Bill. The Bill seeks to give government powers to acquire one's land without first adequately compensating them as it carries out its projects on it.
Nigeria: 100 Days - Controversy Follows Buhari's Continued Absence From Nigeria - [Premium Times] Exactly 100 days since he left Nigeria on Sunday, May 7 for London to attend to his ailing health, controversy has continued to trail President Muhammadu Buhari's continued absence from the country.
Nigeria: Firm Accused of Illegal Mining Speaks - Blames Nigerian Govt - [Premium Times] The company whose owner the Nigerian government declared wanted on Monday for alleged illegal mining in Wase local government area of Plateau State has denied that its activities are against the law.
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Grace Mugabe asks for diplomatic immunity in S Africa case - South African police say they still want her in court to answer allegations of assault on a model.
Sierra Leone mudslide: At least 600 still missing in Freetown - Nearly 400 are dead and 600 are still unaccounted for as rescue efforts continue in Freetown.
Kenya election: Raila Odinga to challenge result in court - The opposition leader had previously refused to take legal action over the result.
Maasai displaced after huts burned in Tanzania - More than 100 Maasai huts are reportedly burned by game reserve authorities amid an ongoing dispute.
Zambia opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema released - Hakainde Hichilema is free after 100 days in jail following allegations he endangered the president.
Libyans 'threatened' Med migrant aid boat Golfo Azzurro - One of the last rescue groups working off Libya considers whether to carry on over security risks.
Nigeria violence: Suicide bombers kill 27 near Maiduguri - Scores more are injured when three women detonate explosives outside a refugee camp in Borno state.
Idi Amin’s orders banished my family - In August 1972, Ugandan dictator Idi Amin announced his plans to expel the country's Asian population
Rescue operation after mudslides - A rescue and recovery operation continues in Sierra Leone’s capital after mudslides kill more than 300.
Kenya elections: Women and young people break new ground - Kenya's historic elections saw the country elect its first female governors and its youngest MP.
Corpses 'piling up' in Sierra Leone - Corpses are "piled up" at the main mortuary in the capital Freetown, reports the BBC's Umaru Fofana.
Burkina Faso attack: 18 killed in 'terrorist attack' - At least 18 people have been killed and eight wounded in a "terrorist attack" in the centre of the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, the government says.
'Eighteen dead' in Burkina Faso attack - Gunmen opened fire on customers seated outside a hotel and restaurant in the capital, Ouagadougou.
Nigeria's Ogenyi Onazi denied work permit to join Birmingham - Nigeria midfielder Ogenyi Onazi is denied a work permit by the Football Association to allow him to join English Championship side Birmingham City.
Ghana's Kevin-Prince Boateng ends contract with Las Palmas - Former Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng ends his contract with Spanish side Las Palmas by mutual agreement.
Fifa tells Sierra Leone Sports Ministry to 'abstain' from congress decisions - Fifa tells Sierra Leone's Sports Ministry to "abstain from taking decisions" related to the timing of the Sierra Leone FA's next ordinary congress.
Piers Edwards: How Nigeria trips up its own athletes - Triple jumper Tosin Oke outlines his frustrations as an athlete battling the Nigerian and international federations that govern the sport.
Damian Zane: Africa's 'medical tourist' presidents - The impact on the health service at home of the presidents who go overseas for medical treatment.
Milton Nkosi: Zuma 'on his ninth life' - President Zuma is relishing winning his eighth no-confidence vote. But the celebrations could be short-lived, says the BBC's Milton Nkosi.
Dickens Olewe: Kenya's mixed couples feel election strain - The BBC's Dickens Olewe reports on how election tensions can make life difficult for couples from different ethnic backgrounds.
Martin Bashir: Unity and division as Welby visits East Africa - The archbishop's visit aims to recognise the plight of refugees and hold together the Church of England.
Hunger in first 1,000 days - How child malnutrition affects communities across Ghana.
Eritrea capital Asmara makes World Heritage list - Architecture from the colonial era left an "exceptional example" of modernism, judges say.
Portraits of a migrant - Portraits of Libyan migrants taken on board the vessel that rescued them.
Style in the slum - His neighbours, in what is probably the world's most famous slum, stare but he doesn't care.
Rumble in the jungle - Visiting the boxers of Kinshasa, 43 years after Ali and Foreman fought in the Rumble in the Jungle.
New faces of Africa - The photographers trying to change perceptions of Africa.
Nairobi's new railway - A peek at Africa's newest railway, running from Kenya's capital, Nairobi, to the port city of Mombasa.
The gospel train - For 20 years, a Christian group has held prayers on a train carriage during their one hour commute.
Tradesmen of Kumasi - Documenting the workplaces of a generation of Ghanaians.
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Boko Haram love - In our series of letters from African journalists, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani considers why women abducted by Boko Haram and then released would choose to return to their captors.
Yousra Elbagir: Big and beautiful in Sudan - In our series of letters from African journalists, Yousra Elbagir explores Sudanese women's appetite for weight gain pills.
Elizabeth Ohene: Satellites and science - In our series of letters from African journalists, veteran Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene reflects on whether people are being inspired by science.
Joseph Warungu: Free in Freetown - In our series of letters from African journalists, Kenyan Joseph Warungu makes his maiden visit to Sierra Leone.
Distress calls - Italian prosecutors are investigating him and others for aiding and abetting illegal immigration.
Freetown floods - How geography, climate change and politics contributed to Sierra Leone's latest disaster.
Mission impossible - In our series of letters from African journalists, veteran Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene reflects on her lack of passion for dogs.
Against the clock - A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans this week.
Kenyans love #GitheriMan - Kenyan social media digests the results of the election while saluting a voter queuing with a bag of beans.
Converted in captivity - Stephen McGown and Johan Gustafsson were captured in Mali in November 2011, and released this year.
No more mining - Thousands of Ugandans have in recent years sought their fortune in the country's gold fields, but authorities have now clamped down hard on the unregistered miners.
A vote for peace - Ten years after a contested election led to 1,500 deaths in Kenya, two perpetrators of that violence are trying to prevent a repetition.
Toxic ties - President Jacob Zuma wins another confidence vote, even with fellow ANC members condemning him and the Gupta family.
Soap, milk and sugar - Many Kenyans fear that Tuesday's fiercely contested general election will trigger ethnic violence between supporters of rival parties, writes the BBC's Dickens Olewe.