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Rwanda:Diane Rwigara and Mother Denied Bail, Detained - [East African] Kigali -A court in Kigali Monday ruled against bail for government critic Diane Rwigara, who is charged with inciting public insurrection and forging of documents.
Nigeria:Does a Nigerian Lawmaker Earn More Than U.S. President Donald Trump? - [Africa Check] Terming it "strange, unthinkable and very disheartening", the leader of a Nigerian pro-reform group castigated the "monumental" pay of the country's lawmakers.
Kenya:20 Diplomats Send Danger Warning to Politicians - [Nation] Foreign envoys on Monday sent out a tough warning to politicians, saying they risk driving the country into a ditch.
Zimbabwe:Only 13% of Voters Registered So Far - [New Zimbabwe] The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says with only few days before the closing date of phase one of the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) only 13% of projected voter population have registered for next year's elections.
Zimbabwe:Diaspora Could Help Revive Ailing Economy - [IPS] Harare -At the dawn of the millennium, Sheila Mponda, 60, waved goodbye to her four children, who were leaving Zimbabwe for the United Kingdom in search of greener pastures. Mponda had just lost her husband and had been a housewife all her life.
Ethiopia:Why Can't Booming Ethiopia Handle This Year's Drought? - [IRIN] Addis Ababa -Ethiopia can't seem to escape the blight of drought, no matter how hard it tries. Despite impressive economic growth and decades of capacity building, it faces another humanitarian crisis as one of the worst droughts in living memory scorches the Horn of Africa.
Cameroon:Worsening Anglophone Crisis Calls for Strong Measures - [ICG] Against a backdrop of bomb blasts, sporadic violence and repressive state measures, Cameroon's Anglophone crisis has entered a new and intensified phase. In order to prevent the outbreak of an armed uprising, Cameroon's president must go beyond superficial measures by urgently implementing key reforms and pursuing inclusive, high-level dialogue mediated by the UN or African Union.
Africa:Not Only a Somali Tragedy - [AfricaFocus] "I think it's really quite tragic that a strategy run from Washington, D.C., and from the European headquarters in Brussels pays so little attention when over 300 people are killed, massacred, and another 500 people are struggling for their lives, and that very little support comes from the United States and the European Union to help the Somali government clean up this, help the people who have been injured or people who have lost their parents or their children." - Dr. Abdi Samatar
South Sudan:Army Officer Allegedly Behind Killing, Rapes Found Dead - [VOA] A South Sudanese army officer who oversaw soldiers accused of killing a journalist and raping at least five international aid workers last year has died in his jail cell, according to the army.
Uganda:Three-Year-Olds to Get Sexuality Education, Govt Says - [Monitor] Kampala -The government has agreed to have children as young as three years to be taught sexuality education as long as they are in the school system.
Zimbabwe:Stop Insulting Mugabe, Minister Mutinhiri Warns War Vets - [New Zimbabwe] While Zanu PF accepts that it has made many mistakes it will, however, never allow anyone to tell them that President Robert Mugabe is too old rule, says Mashonaland East resident minister, Ambrose Mutinhiri.
Africa:FIFA Moves to Prevent Bonus Strike By African Players - [Vanguard] World soccer ruling body FIFA is said to be considering paying World Cup bonuses to member associations that qualified for the FIFA World Cup tournament, a move geared towards preventing row over bonuses especially by African players.
Zimbabwe:Mugabe's Party Seeks to Raise U.S.$8 Million for Special Congress - [The Herald] Zanu-PF yesterday launched a massive resource mobilisation campaign to raise $8 million for its Extraordinary National People's Congress slated for December. A major highlight of the extraordinary congress is the reaffirmation of President Mugabe as the party's candidate for next year's harmonised elections and to rally party structures on the importance of winning the polls.
Uganda:Interpol Chief Questioned Over Extortion - [Monitor] Kampala -Police Professional Standards Unit (PSU) officers have recorded a statement from the deputy Director of International Police (Interpol) to establish his role in an incident in which a Ugandan doctor was fleeced of $82,000 (about Shs300m).
Uganda:Why Youth Are Up in Arms Over Jobs in Refugee Camps - [Monitor] Mr Juma Anguidipi is a jobless youth with a busy schedule. For years, he has been on the streets, looking for job opportunities advertised on notice boards at district offices or those pinned on trees in refugee camps in West Nile. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
Rwanda:Govt Seeks to Raise Savings to 20% - [New Times] The government has once again reiterated its commitment to raise the savings rate from the current 10.2 per cent to 20 per cent of the Growth Domestic Product by 2020 in order to trigger investment of 30 per cent of GDP.
Zimbabwe:At Least 100 Tourists Robbed in Victoria Falls - Report - [News24Wire] A Zimbabwean lawmaker has reportedly urged government to tighten security around the southern African country's resort towns after at least 100 tourists were allegedly robbed in the last 4 months in Victoria Falls.
Nigeria:Buhari Replies Jonathan - Our Achievements Are Real, Not Propaganda - [Premium Times] President Muhammadu Buhari said his administration has recorded concrete achievements which are there for all to see, contrary to the assertion by immediate past president Goodluck Jonathan that the administration is running on propaganda and lies.
Tanzania:Govt Repossesses 10 Hotels Over Owners' Breach of Contract - [Citizen] Dodoma -Natural Resources and Tourism minister Hamisi Kigwangalla has announced termination of hunting licences effective Sunday, October 22.
Tanzania:Mind Your Tongues When Quoting Statistics - President - [Daily News] Individuals who distort government statistics risk court action to justify their explanations after President John Magufuli yesterday ordered the security organs to charge them.
Uganda:Elders Storm Equal Opportunities Commission Over Non-Payment of Grants - [Monitor] A group of 44 elderly people from different parts of the country on Monday stormed the Equal Opportunities Commission offices in Bugolobi in Kampala demanding to know why they are not being paid the monthly grants for the elderly.
Africa:Why Africa Lags Behind in Global Education Goals - Unesco - [Guardian] The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has said Nigeria and other African countries were lagging behind in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs).
Uganda:MPs to Get U.S.$8,000 Each to Fund Consultations on Age Limit Change - [Monitor] Shs13 billion have been released to members of Parliaments to facilitate their consultation with constituents on Constitution Amendment Bill 2017, which seeks to scrap the lower and upper age limit for presidential candidates.
Nigeria:Buhari Orders Immediate Sack of Maina, Demands Probe of Recall - [Premium Times] President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday directed the immediate dismissal of Abdulrasheed Maina, a civil servant who went missing for years after being declared wanted for corruption, but was recently reinstated to a higher post.
Nigeria:Southern Nigerian Governors Call for Devolution of Powers - [Premium Times] The governors of the 17 states of Southern Nigeria on Monday demanded devolution of powers to states from the federal government.
South Africa:High Court to Hear President's Application to Review State Capture Report - [News24Wire] The North Gauteng High Court is on Tuesday expected to hear President Jacob Zuma's application to review the remedial action contained in former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's State of Capture report.
Kenya:Lake Nakuru Chopper Crash - Two Bodies Recovered - [Nation] Two of the five bodies of victims of the Lake Nakuru helicopter crash have been recovered.
Kenya:Opposition Leader Asks Voters to Stay Home - [Nation] Nasa politicians on Monday took their "no reforms, no election" campaign to Gusiiland, asking voters to stay at home on Thursday -- the day of the presidential repeat election.
Kenya:President Ends Campaign With Warning to Opposition - [Nation] President Uhuru Kenyatta wound up his two-month re-election campaign with a tough warning to those intending to disrupt Thursday's poll.
Nigeria:Tobacco Company Denies Targeting Children - [Premium Times] The British American Tobacco has denied that its marketing strategies target the younger generation by deliberately situating tobacco products near primary and secondary schools in Nigeria.
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Ivory seizures hit record levels last year, report says - While poaching killed thousands of elephants over the last decade, it is diminishing, a report says.
Togo star Francis Kone honoured for life-saving move - Togolese striker Francis Kone honoured by Fifa after saving the life of goalkeeper Martin Berkovec, who was knocked out during a Czech league match.
Kenya election re-run marred by insecurity - diplomats - Inflammatory rhetoric and attacks on officials make it hard to hold a credible poll, diplomats say.
Nigerian university hires snake charmers after student death - An economics student in her final year died after being bitten by a serpent last week.
Egypt disputes reported death toll from desert shootout - Authorities say reports which said that 50 policemen had died in an ambush were "absolutely wrong".
WHO cancels Robert Mugabe goodwill ambassador role - The appointment of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe prompted a global outcry and wide-ranging condemnation.
Derartu Tulu: Africa's first black female Olympic champion - How Derartu Tulu made African history with her spectacular 10,000m win at the Barcelona 1992 Games.
Ivory Coast's hair sculptor Laetitia Ky - Laetitia Ky uses coat hangers, wires and pins to make "hair sculptures" for her Instagram fans.
The battle against deadly snakebites in Nigeria - More than 10,000 people are bitten by snakes in Nigeria every year.
The app helping people navigating Ghana's nameless streets - A lack of postal addresses in Ghana has prompted authorities to introduce a digital solution.
Remittances are a 'lifesaver' for many Liberians - Liberia's economy relies heavily on money sent home by family members living abroad.
Why Somalis are wearing red bandanas - A red bandana has become the new symbol of protest in Mogadishu as anger over the city's most destructive bomb attack is boiling over on to the streets.
Al Ahly want more fans at the Champions League final - Al Ahly ask Egypt's interior ministry to allow more fans to attend Saturday's African Champions League final against Moroccans Wydad Casablanca.
Nigeria's Francisca Ordega explains Atletico Madrid move - Nigeria forward Francisca Ordega says a desire to compete at the highest level explains her loan move to Spanish club Atletico de Madrid Femenino.
Al Ahly thrash Etoile du Sahel to reach Champions League final - Egyptians Al Ahly will play Moroccans Wydad Casablanca in the African Champions League final after thrashing Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel 7-4 on aggregate.
SuperSport United will meet holders TP Mazembe in Confederation Cup final - South Africans SuperSport United will meet holders TP Mazembe of DR Congo in November's Confederation Cup final.
Shingai Nyoka: Zimbabwe's 'Minister of WhatsApp' - The creation of a cyber security ministry has both amused and alarmed Zimbabweans.
Tomi Oladipo: How did US soldiers die in Niger? - What we know about the death of La David Johnson, one of four US soldiers killed in Niger this month.
Pumza Fihlani: Millions caught in SA's 'worst data breach' - Could the accidental publication of millions of South Africans' personal details open a new door for criminals?
Photo of butchered rhino wins top award - A shocking image of a dehorned black rhino makes Brent Stirton Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Wrecked lives of Kasai - Violent clashes between government and rebel forces has led to huge civilian displacement.
Food security - Helping communities feed themselves during political and environmental instability.
One month after the mudslide - One month ago, a mudslide devastated parts of Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Where 'spirits' come to life - Egungun - the festival where "spirits" come to life. Photographs by Charlie Northcott & Joshua Akinyemi.
Surviving Sierra Leone's mudslide - Five survivors of Sierra Leone mudslide give harrowing accounts of their loss and how they escaped death.
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.
Mannir Dan Ali: Why Nigeria is struggling to educate its children - Why is Africa's most populous country struggling to educate its children?
Joseph Warungu: Bible-bashing in Kenya's election - Joseph Warungu reflects on how the Bible has taken centre stage in the battle for the Kenyan an presidency.
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Will Nigeria avoid repeating past mistakes? - Many of the hopes Nigerians had at independence have been dashed, writes Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani.
Elizabeth Ohene: London’s coconut fad - Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene reflects on how London has changed and how it compares to Accra.
Is that you? - How a woman's commitment to her childhood friend inspired thousands in Kenya.
Kidnap diaries - One of the Chibok girls freed in May tells how a diary was kept of some of their three years in captivity in Nigeria.
Naturally stylish - A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans this week.
Red bandana protests - A red bandana becomes the symbol of protest in Mogadishu as Somalis protest at Saturday's bombing.
Algeria's Said Chitour - spy or journalist? - The family of an Algerian journalist arrested on espionage charges is desperately trying to secure his release.
Somali bomb victims - A Facebook page is helping to identify those killed or missing in Somalia's deadliest terror attack in a decade.
'Remarkable' pioneer - The University of Oxford pays tribute to its first black student Christian Cole.