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Cyclone Idai batters Zimbabwe, at least 24 people dead

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Zimbabwe has faced a severe drought this year that has damaged crops and a United Nations humanitarian agency says 5.3 million people will require food aid this year.

At least 24 people have died in south eastern Zimbabwe as homes and bridges were swept away by a tropical storm, the country’s information ministry said on Saturday.

New Congo President Felix Tshisekedi. File image

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Tshisekedi signed the decree Wednesday, fulfilling a promise he made earlier this month to do so during his first 100 days in office.

 New Congo President Felix Tshisekedi has pardoned about 700 political prisoners who were jailed under his predecessor.

FILE - Members of the Cameroonian Gendarmerie patrol during a rally in support of Cameroonian President Paul Biya, Oct. 3, 2018.

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At least two dozen former government officials have been arrested and imprisoned in Cameroon over the past 10 years, including a former prime minister, several ex-ministers, and heads of state-owned corporations.

 

The recent arrest of a former official in Cameroon for alleged corruption has sparked a debate over whether the government is actually trying to stamp out corruption, or is cracking down on anyone it sees as a challenger to longtime President Paul Biya.

People help a child after he was rescued from the scene of a building collapse in Lagos, Nigeria, March 13, 2019.

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 Nigerian emergency officials said at least eight people have died and nearly 40 others have been rescued from a collapsed building in Lagos.

Cameroon continues its troubling descent

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Biya’s main challenger in the October 2018 election, Maurice Kamto, has been subsequently charged by a military court with rebellion, insurrection and “hostility to the homeland,” after his political party staged peaceful protests in several of Cameroon’s major cities.

Political leaders in the U.S. have begun to speak up, while certain sectors of the U.S. government have also taken actions to hold Cameroonian leaders accountable

Algeria’s Bouteflika will not run for a fifth term

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A government reshuffle would take place soon, the presidency said in a statement.

Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will not run for a fifth term, the presidency said on Monday after weeks of protests calling for the ailing leader to step down.

The scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. March 10, 2019. Reuters photo/Tiksa

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Flight ET 302, registration number ET-AVJ, crashed near the town of Bishoftu, 62 kilometers southeast of the capital Addis Ababa, the airline said.

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet to Nairobi crashed early on Sunday, killing 149 passengers and eight crew, the airline said, the same model that crashed during a Lion Air flight in Indonesia in October.

Kenya's Cabinet Secretary of National Treasury Henry Rotich addresses delegates during the launch of the first mobile-phone-based government bond, called M-Akiba, at the Treasury building in Nairobi, Kenya March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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Some payments had already been made despite the dams not being built, it said.

Kenyan police have summoned Finance Minister Henry Rotich for questioning for a second time over a multi-million dollar scandal involving advance payments for two dam projects, the head of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said.

Anti-riot police have been deployed in Algiers

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The electoral commission has said candidates need to submit them in person, but the Constitutional Council ruled that he did not have to be physically present.

Algeria's veteran President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has defied protesters by confirming he will run again - but says he will not serve a full term.

President Akufo-Addo congratulates Senegal’s Macky Sall on his reelection

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The 57-year-old incumbent received 58.27 percent of Sunday's vote, which observers say had no major irregularities.

President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana has congratulated his Senegalese counterpart, President Macky Sall, on his reelection to a second five-year term.

President Macky Sall of Senegal.

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According to the provisional results, opposition candidate Seck took 20.50 percent of the vote while Ousmane Sonko had 15.67 percent.

Senegalese President Macky Sall has won re-election without the need for a second round of voting, giving him five more years in office.

A Liberian demonstrator holds a sign during a protest in Monrovia, Liberia September 24, 2018. REUTERS/James Giahyue/File Photo

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The scandal has saddled President George Weah with his biggest crisis since he took office a year ago with politicians and civil society groups across Liberia calling for reform and greater transparency.

The son of Liberia’s former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was one of two central bank officials detained on Thursday after the release of reports detailing widespread alleged malpractice at the regulator in a currency scandal that has gripped the nation.

FILE - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari gestures as he arrives to cast a vote in Nigeria's presidential election at a polling station in Daura, Katsina State, Nigeria, Feb. 23, 2019.

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The turnout, based on valid votes, was 33.2 percent. In the 2015 presidential election, turnout was 44 percent.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday won a second term at the helm of Africa's largest economy and top oil producer, a tally by Reuters based on electoral commission results showed.

Nigerian President Buhari looks on as his wife votes at a polling station in Daura, Katsina State, Nigeria February 23, 2019. Reuters image/Afolabi Sotunde

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President Muhammadu Buhari and his main challenger, businessman Atiku Abubakar, both said they were confident of victory when casting their ballots in an election which has already been delayed by a week.

Nigeria began counting votes in Saturday’s closely-fought presidential election although the electoral commission extended voting hours in some places where polling stations opened late or ballot machines malfunctioned.

A protester confronts police, who used tear gas to disperse crowds as people marched to protest against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's plan to seek a fifth term, in Algiers, Algeria, February 22, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

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The turnout was smaller than on Friday when thousands took to the streets of Algiers and other cities against the 81-year-old leader’s decision to stand in the April 18 presidential election.

Hundreds of Algerians protested for a second straight day on Saturday in the capital against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s plan to seek a fifth term.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. File image

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One central proposal would amend article 140 of the constitution to extend the presidential term to six years from four. It retains a two-term limit but includes a clause that would allow Sisi, whose second term expires in 2022, to seek two new six-year terms.

Egypt’s parliament is debating proposed constitutional changes that could allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in power until 2034 and tighten his control over the judiciary.

Chinese ‘Queen of Ivory’ jailed 15 years

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Yang Feng Glan, was sentenced along with her Tanzanian co-accused Salivius Francis Matembo and Manase Julius Philemon.

A Chinese woman, nicknamed the ‘Queen of Ivory’ and thought to be one of Africa’s most notorious traffickers, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, Tanzanian authorities told CNN.

Nigerian presidential poll postponed, opposition slams decision

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Buhari, in power since 2015, faces a tight election contest against Atiku of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy and its top oil producer.

Nigerian authorities postponed Saturday’s national election by a week, just hours before polls had been due to open, prompting the opposition candidate to accuse President Muhammadu Buhari of seeking to “disenfranchise” voters.

A rescue worker moves out from a shaft as retrieval efforts proceed for trapped artisanal gold miners near Kadoma, Zimbabwe, February 16, 2019, REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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The accident involving about 70 miners in Battlefields, 175 km (109 miles) west of the capital, happened on Tuesday night and has shone a light on the risks run by illegal gold miners,...

Zimbabwean rescuers pulled the bodies of at least 22 illegal gold miners out of shafts west of Harare that were flooded earlier in the week, and rescued eight more alive, officials and witnesses said on Saturday.

President Muhammadu Buhari (L) and opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar. Image credit - African Arguments

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He said the delay was needed to hold a free and fair election.

Nigeria’s presidential election, which was due to be held on Saturday, has been postponed to Feb. 23, the chairman of the country’s electoral commission said on Saturday.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

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The proposed amendments include an extension of the presidential term to six years from four in Article 140 of the constitution, and a “transitional” clause that would reset the clock, potentially allowing Sisi, 63, to stay in power until 2034.

 The Egyptian parliament on Thursday approved in principle draft constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in power until 2034 and tighten his control of the judiciary.

Legal battle for control of Djibouti Ports comes to Hong Kong

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China Merchants Port Holdings controls the controversial 1,150-hectare Port of Hambantota, which Sri Lanka handed over to China on a 99-year lease

One of the world’s largest port operators has sued a Chinese state enterprise in Hong Kong over infringement of its exclusive port agreement with a strategically located African nation, in the city’s first court case involving China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

File image: Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seen in Algiers

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His re-election would provide short-term stability for the FLN, the army and business tycoons, and postpone a potentially difficult succession.

Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said on Sunday he would seek a fifth term in a presidential election set for April 18, the state news agency APS reported on Sunday, putting an end to months of uncertainty caused by his poor health.

FILE- Victims of an explosion receive treatment at a ill-staffed health facility in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Sept. 21, 2015.

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But 18 years later, Nigeria’s highest-ever budget share for health care was just 7 percent. Last year, it dropped to less than 4 percent.

In 2001, the government of Nigeria, along with all African Union countries, pledged to spend 15 percent of its annual budget on health care. But the country has never come close to reaching that goal.

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