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The Story of An Uncle Who Wrote A Book for His Niece

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When Dominic Onyekachi set out to read his 6-year-old niece a story, he did not...

Libyans Come Out in Numbers to Celebrate Ceasefire

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When shots were heard in Tripoli’s Martyr’s Square Sunday evening, a few protesters scattered. Others cheered, arms aloft,...

A Victory for Ugandan Mothers

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Health rights activists in Uganda have welcomed a landmark court ruling that the government should...

Harare Court Denies Prominent Journo Bail Again

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Prominent Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono has been denied bail for the third time since his...

Roadmap for Mali’s Future

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The military junta that seized power in Mali in a coup last week has said...

Steve McQueen’s ‘Mangrove’ to Open BFI London Film Festival

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"Mangrove,” directed by Steve McQueen will open the 64th edition of the British Film Institute London Film Festival. The film tells the true story of the Mangrove 9, the group of Black activists who clashed with London police during a protest march in 1970 and their highly publicized trial that followed. "Mangrove" will have its European premiere on 7 October, playing to audiences at the BFI Southbank for free. The movie was co-written by the Oscar-winning "12 Years a Slave" filmmaker, with Alastair Siddons Festival audiences will also be invited to book free seats at venues around the U.K, for the same day, to preview the film ahead of its television debut in the autumn The 12 day Festival will unfold in cities around the U.K, with many of this year's participating films also offered as virtual premieres at home. The BFI London Film Festival runs 7-18 October 2020. ****AP****

Mozambican paper burnt down after state documents leaked

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The headquarters of an investigative newspaper was set ablaze on Monday by unidentified assailants. The media oulet was said to have previously angered the government by leaking confidential documents earlier this year, The privately-owned Canal de Mocambique hhas been openly critical of the regime Mozambican police have not yet commented on the incident, which has been denounced by journalists and rights groups. "This attack represents a serious blow to the freedom of the press, one of the foundations of democracy," the Maputo -based Center for Democracy and Development said in a statement. Government officials have accused the media outlet of undermining state security through his work. ****AFP****

Mali coup: No deal on transitional government

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A regional delegation failed to convince the military leaders to reinstate the deposed president.

Ouattara file his candidacy for the IEC

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President Alassane Ouattara filed his candidacy on Monday for the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). The announcement to run for a controversial third term has led to violence that left eight people dead. "I have said on many occasions that democracy means respecting the deadlines and procedures related to the preparation of elections. I am therefore pleased to have taken this step for the presidential election of October 31, 2020," declared Alassane Ouattara. Over the weekend, there were new inter-ethnic violence in the wake of his party's inauguration led to at least two death s in Divo,northwest of Abidjan). Outtara's change of heart has heightened tensions before October 31 vote, which takes place in the shadow cast by violence following 2010's election that killed around 3,000 people. The constitution limits presidents to two terms, but 78-year-old Ouattara -- who has served two five-year terms since 2010 -- and his supporters argue that a 2016 constitutional tweak reset the clock. ******AFP******

Mali’s junta denied three-year blueprint

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Mali’s military junta denied it had decided on a three-year blueprint for restoring civilian rule.  Discussions with regional mediators on the make-up and goals with the junta resumed on Monday. "I would like to make it clear that at this stage of the discussions with the ECOWAS mediation team, nothing has been decided. At no time has there been any talk of a government with a military majority and so on."  "Any decision regarding the size of the transition, the transitional president, the formation of the government, will be made among Malians, with political parties, socio-political groups, trade unions, signatory groups, civil society, in accordance with our first declaration," said Colonel Ismaël Wagué, spokesman for Mali military junta. The bloc's leaders are to confer in a virtual summit on Wednesday as to how to proceed, mindful of Mali's last coup in 2012, which led to a regional revolt. Mali's borders were closed upon their decision and issued threats to impose sanctions against the coup leaders. The borders were later reopened by the Junta. *****AFP*****

Sudan's Jabal Maragha: Illegal gold diggers destroy ancient site

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The 2,000-year-old Jabal Maragha site was thought to have been a small settlement or a checkpoint.

Mozambique: ISIS Is Not Driving the Cabo Delgado War

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[New Frame] Can Frelimo and its backers continue to profit from a failing state while an armed insurgency rages in northern Mozambique? And will South Africa help prop them up?

Get a fix on these design interventions

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Is design having a Duct Tape moment? We think so. This week’s newsletter looks at design projects that apply a creative band-aid to everyday problems.

BET Pulls Episode of 'Behind the Story with Pearl Thusi’ Amid Controversy

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Following outrage at the scheduled interview of rape-accused comedian Tol Ass Mo on 'Behind the Story with Pearl Thusi', BET Africa has decided to pull the episode entirely.

Watch Beyoncé's Video For 'Brown Skin Girl' Featuring Wizkid, Lupita Nyong'o & More

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​The beautiful visual from Black Is King features appearances from Naomi Campbell, Kelly Rowland, Blue Ivy and more.

Amnesty: 1100 killed in northern in Nigeria

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The International Crisis Group (ICG) say communal violence has caused the death of some 8,000 people and has displaced more than 200,000 civilians since 2011 in Nigeria. According to Amnesty International, central and northwestern Nigerian states have been the scene of a "worrying escalation of attacks and kidnappings" since January where more than 1,100 villagers have been killed. These attacks are often provoked by armed groups of cattle thieves or by settling of scores between herders or farmers for access to land. The incidents have been recurrent for several years Residents of the states of Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba and Zamfara, are reported living in constant fear of attacks and abductions, Human rights Organizations have condemned the inability of the governments and security forces to take appropriate actions to secure the population. In 2015, Muhammadu Buhari was elected on the commitment of eradicating the Boko Haram insurgency , however he is faced by the proliferation of violence since he came to power.

South Africa: Dire Clinic Conditions Made Worse By Pandemic

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[GroundUp] "In the fight against Covid-19, we have neglected primary health care" says Human Rights Commission official

South Africa: Companies Cash in On Covid-19

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[New Frame] As South Africa's hard lockdown restrictions begin to ease, it is becoming clear that many companies used the pandemic as an opportunity to profiteer. The Competition Commission received over 800 complaints about pricing during the lockdown period. So far, these complaints have resulted in almost 30 convictions and settlements, with millions of rands in fines levied.

Interview: Ghanaian Rapper Kofi Mole Is Up Next

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​Kofi Mole is a clear front runner within a new generation of hip-hop artists that have Ghana's streets buzzing.

Southern Africa: Covid-19 Worsening the Threat of Xenophobia

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[CAJ News] Luanda, Angola -- THE global refugee agency is alert to the threat of xenophobia caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Southern Africa.

South Africa: Ramaphosa Reprimands Finance Minister Over Comments on Zambia

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[SAnews.gov.za] President Cyril Ramaphosa has strongly reprimanded Finance Minister Tito Mboweni following comments made by the Minister on social media regarding the removal of Zambia's Central Bank Governor by President Edgar Lungu.

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