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Nigeria: Religious Crisis Fuelled By Politicians - Sultan

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[Premium Times] The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar, on Sunday, blamed the political class for using their political ambitions to fuel religious suspicions and unrest in the country.

Rwanda: Former EU President Visits Vvob in Rwanda to Discuss Education, International Cooperation

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[New Times] From September 1 to 6, Herman Van Rompuy, former President of the European Council and former Prime Minister of Belgium, was in Rwanda in his capacity as Goodwill Ambassador for VVOB - education for development.

Nigeria: Rising Debts Fuelling Vulnerabilities in Nigeria, Others, Experts Warn

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[This Day] Rising debt levels are fuelling vulnerabilities in Nigeria and other African countries, especially as external debt is shifting from the public to the private sector, experts have warned.

Zimbabwe: President Sends Team to Singapore to Help With Return of Mugabe's Remains

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[The Herald] President Mnangagwa has assembled a delegation led by Vice President Kembo Mohadi, comprising former President Robert Mugabe's family, the family of the former First Lady -- the Marufus -- and Zanu-PF officials to facilitate the repatriation of the national hero's body from Singapore where he died last Friday.

Zimbabwe: Buhari Writes Mnagwagwa, Says Africa Owes Mugabe Debt of Gratitude

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[This Day] Abuja -President Muhammadu Buhari at the weekend wrote the President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnagwagwa, over the demise of former President Robert Mugabe, saying both Zimbabwe and Africa owe the deceased a debt of gratitude.

Nigeria: Venita Evicted From BBNaija Season Four

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[Vanguard] Venita Akpofure has become the 15th housemate to be evicted from the ongoing Big Brother Naija season four tagged 'Pepper Dem'.

Sudan: First Cabinet Since Al-Bashir Ouster Sworn In

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[Deutsche Welle] Sudan's military dashed initial hopes of democracy when it seized power following the ouster of autocratic ruler Omar al-Bashir in April. But a new Cabinet means representative rule remains within reach.

South Africa: One Dead, Several Injured in Fresh Anti-Migrant Clashes

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[Deutsche Welle] In a fresh outburst of xenophobic violence in Johannesburg, at least one person has been killed after police clashed with looters. The violence follows a week of attacks on migrant-owned businesses in South Africa.

Madagascar: Pope Francis Holds Mass for 1 Million People

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[Deutsche Welle] The pontiff has urged the crowd to build history "in complete respect for the earth and its gifts." Around 1 million people gathered to hear Francis say mass in the Malagasy capital.

Defeat malaria in a generation - here's how

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The world could be free of malaria by 2050, says a major report that sets out the road to eradication.

Letter from Africa: 'I gave up on catching the train in Ethiopia'

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Ethiopia is hugely proud of its new Chinese-built railway - but it is surprisingly difficult to buy a ticket.

2022 World Cup: Liberia through after dramatic penalty save from teenage keeper

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18-year-old goalkeeper Ashley Williams is Liberia's hero after he saves a stoppage-time penalty in Sierra Leone to help his country advance in World Cup qualifying.

2022 World Cup: Tanzania and Ethiopia advance to group phase of qualifiers

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Tanzania beat Burundi on penalties to reach the group phase of 2022 World Cup qualifying as Ethiopia advance with an away-goals win over Lesotho.

South African crowds walk out of anti-xenophobia speech

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An attempt to quell this week's anti-foreigner violence is met with heckles followed by a mass walkout.

Highlights of Mugabe's love-hate affair with the West

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Zimbabwe’s former president, Robert Mugabe has been declared a national hero at home, even as many in the West highlight the failings that tarnished his legacy. At one time a darling of Western countries like the United Kingdom, Mugabe came to power as a Mao-jacketed revolutionary, charmed the West with his policy of racial reconciliation, adopted stylish Saville Row suits and was knighted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. Having died aged 95, he however ended his life stripped of his honorary knighthood and barred from many Western countries. Mugabe had became one of the world’s most bitter critics of Western “imperialism” and of “bloody whites”. The honeymoon Mugabe won 1980 elections at the end of a black nationalist guerrilla war against white-minority rule in the rebel British colony of Rhodesia, and immediately called for an end to enmity between the races. “In the early years he was something of a darling of the West because the West was so surprised that he was pursuing, at that point in time, what seemed like a policy of reconciliation,” said Stephen Chan of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. Even as thousands of suspected black dissidents were massacred in a military crackdown starting in 1982, the West turned a blind eye, said David Moore, a professor of development studies at the University of Johannesburg. But by the late 1990s disenchantment with Mugabe’s increasingly autocratic style began to grow. Things fall apart In 2000 his supporters violently took over white-owned farms, a watershed moment in relations between the West and their protege. The land reforms were widely condemned worldwide, with Britain’s then prime minister Tony Blair describing the attacks on white farmers as “barbaric”. Mugabe hit back, calling Blair a “liar” and an “arrogant little fellow”. The insults didn’t end there. He called then US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice “that girl born out of the slave ancestry” echoing “her master’s voice”. Divorce proceedings As an early sign of protest, British military instructors who had been posted to the country for 22 years were pulled out in 2001. “This was an African Cold War politician who was… left to hang out to dry when crises hit,” said Moore. Tension between Mugabe and the West escalated in 2002 when the veteran leader kicked out European Union election observers ahead of a presidential vote, which was marred by violence and condemned by the US as “fundamentally flawed”. The EU and the US imposed sanctions, including travel bans on Mugabe and his henchmen for violence, electoral fraud and undermining democracy. Mugabe responded by telling Blair: “Keep your England and let me keep my Zimbabwe.” But there is little doubt that being prevented from making his usual shopping forays to London hurt a man who loved cricket and was something of a closet Anglophile. “Cricket civilises people and creates good gentlemen. I want everyone to play cricket in Zimbabwe,” he reportedly said. The hatred between Mugabe and Blair became a “personal symbol of Mugabe’s antagonism towards the West”, suggested Chan. After the land invasions, Zimbabwe’s economy entered a downwards spiral, with inflation reaching billions of percent before the local currency was scrapped in favour of the US dollar. Mugabe blamed Western sanctions for the economic collapse, although they were targeted at him and his cronies personally, not at the economy. “Why are our people being punished? It is because the imperialists want our heritage,” he said. The Commonwealth tried mediating to resolve Zimbabwe’s problems in 2003 but Mugabe would have none of it, deciding to pull out of the grouping of former British colonies. The West declares war on Mugabe In 2008 Mugabe lost the first round of the presidential vote against his long-time rival Morgan Tsvangirai. But Tsvangirai dropped out of the second round after a campaign of violence against his supporters and Mugabe was back in power. After that election, the West mobilised against him, with former French president Nicholas Sarkozy saying point blank: “President Mugabe must go.” The then EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said “the moment has arrived to put all the pressure for Mugabe to step down.” “It is well past time for Robert Mugabe to leave,” said the US, through secretary of state Rice. But Mugabe had a typical riposte: “Who said the British and the Americans should rule over others? These bloody whites. They want to poke their nose into our own affairs.” Making up Towards the end of his era, however, a rapprochement of sorts was detected by some observers. Mugabe in 2015 told the UN general assembly: “We invite other countries with which we may have differences of whatever nature to eschew threats, pressures and punitive actions, in favour of reconciliation, friendship and dialogue.” In turn, the EU eased some sanctions, but kept in place those imposed on Mugabe and members of his inner circle. “Zimbabwe’s broader relations with the West have also been driven by the relations between Mugabe and the UK,” said Chatham House Zimbabwe analyst Knox Chitiyo. “These have veered between confrontation, relative cordiality and pragmatic, albeit spiky, accommodation,” he said. RAED MORE: Zimbabwe officially applies to rejoin Commonwealth AFP

Claudio Ranieri in race to take over as new Guinea coach

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Former Chelsea and Leicester City coach Claudio Ranieri is shortlisted for the vacant position of Guinea national coach.

Zimbabwe's ex-president Mugabe to be buried next Sunday (Presidency)

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Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe who died Friday in Singapore at the age of 95, is scheduled to be buried on Sunday, September 15, in a location yet to be determined, the presidency announced Sunday. “His remains are expected on Wednesday afternoon (in Zimbabwe). The official funeral is scheduled for Saturday, his funeral will take place on Sunday (next),” President George Charamba told AFP, adding that the place of his funeral would be determined by his family.

Sudan: UN Secretary General Congratulates Sudan

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[SNA] Khartoum -The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on Saturday, congratulated the Prime Minister, Dr. Abdullah Hamdok and the Sudanese people on the of the formation of the civilian-led government and vowed the UN support to Sudan.

Kenyan Brigid Kosgei sets half marathon record

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Mo Farah wins a record sixth consecutive Great North Run, while Brigid Kosgei sets a new half marathon world record to win the women's race.

2022 World Cup: Botswana held 0-0 by Malawi at home in first leg of qualifier

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Botswana are held 0-0 by Malawi on Saturday as home sides continue to struggle in 2022 World Cup first round first leg qualifiers across Africa.

Nigeria: APC, PDP Candidates Lose At Election Tribunal

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[Premium Times] The National Assembly election petition tribunal in Oyo State on Saturday dismissed petitions against three members of the House of Representatives from two different parties.

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