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Nigeria: Imo Police Warns Pro-Ihedioha Over Planned Protest

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[Vanguard] Imo State Police Command has warned those planning to publicly protest the sacking of Chief Emeka Ihedioha and installation of Senator Hope Uzodinma as Imo State Governor, by the Supreme Court, that it would not tolerate violence or hijacking of the process by hoodlums.

Nigeria: Fake Revenue Agents Infiltrate Warri, Council Boss Raises Alarm

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[Vanguard] The Warri South Local Government Area, Delta State, has raised the alarm over fake revenue agents issuing unauthorised 2020 demand notices to business and residents of Warri, warning that it was illegal.

Malawi: Child Rights Network Condemns Achalume Cartoon

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[Nyasa Times] A consortium of organizations fighting for children's rights in Malawi has condemned a cartoon in the Malawi News, which depicts an old man suggesting that he slept with a 16 year-old girl, saying 'it normalizes child rights violation'.

Africa criminalizes trafficking of fake drugs

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Africa has agreed to criminalize the trafficking of fake drugs on the continent. This was reached in Lome, Togo on Saturday where seven African leaders and their partners held a summit to tackle the menace. The trafficking of fake drugs affects over 100,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa. “This is the first time that we Africans have tackled the problem of fake medicines and their trafficking ourselves. A scourge of which our continent is the first victim and whose consequences are dramatic for our populations. Africa must take its destiny into its own hands and engage in the fight against this deadly traffic’‘, Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbé said. Our Serge Koffi who covered the summit reports that ‘‘the seven Heads of State made a solemn commitment at the summit to implement the Lomé initiative. Does this convention herald the end of impunity for traffickers of fake drugs? It is now up to governments to work towards the establishment of a framework agreement extended to other African countries with a roadmap to put an end to this deadly menace”, he said.

South African aims to break own world record

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It’s a world record that arguably nobody knows. But South African Vernon Kruger is ready to beat it, by spending more than two months perched in a barrel hoisted 25 metres above the ground. The 52-year-old professional scuba diver is trying to break his own record for the longest human stay perched in a barrel. In 1997, Kruger spent 67 days and 14 minutes on a barrel. 22 years later, Guinness asked him to beat his own record, which is still unbeaten. “Sleeping in this barrel is not very easy, I’ve had a lot of cramps and back pain since I’ve been here. It’s a very small place to curl up and I have to lie down in the fetal position. I wash myself, I have a little tub that I can fit in here, and then I wash myself, say, twice a week I go and take a bath”, Kruger said. So on November 14, Vernon Kruger was hoisted unto a 500-liter wine barrel on top of a 25-meter mast for a stay that he knew from experience was very challenging. “It’s getting a bit frustrating here, especially because I can’t do a lot of things on my own, I have to rely on the ground team. I need to rely on others for absolutely everything”, the Guinness World Record hopeful said. His ordeal is almost over. By Monday, he’ll have broken his own record. But he has not said what day he’s coming off the pole as yet. “Vernon won’t go down when he breaks his record, which is Monday. He won’t go down, he’ll stay a little longer. We haven’t been given a date, which worries us because we have to get him off”, co-organizer, Fiona Jones said. Kruger is planning to extend his ordeal by a few more days to support NGO’s for children relief and epilepsy, for which he raises funds. Plus, to keep his name in the Guinness Book of World Records. AFP

Chekhov's Three Sisters gets Nigerian reboot

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Inua Ellams gives Chekhov's classic play a radical new setting: 1960s Nigeria during the Biafran War.

Libya civil war: Rivals to join major powers in Germany

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The Berlin summit follows the collapse of efforts to secure a ceasefire between the warring factions.

Libya: Pro-Haftar forces block oil exports

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On the eve of the international summit in Berlin to relaunch peace process in Libya, supporters of Khalifa Haftar, the eastern Libyan commander have hit hard. On Saturday morning, his forces blocked the country’s main oil terminals in order to economically cripple the UN-backed Government of National Unity in Tripoli. In a press release, the National Oil Company reported a halt of exports in the ports known as “oil crescent”. It stated that this blockade will cause the country’s production to fall from 1.3 million barrels per day to 500,000 barrels. The shortfall will cost $55 million per day, the company added. Pro-Haftar forces justified their action of blocking the ports of Brega, Ras Lanouf, Al-Sedra and Al-Hariga. They said it was a sign of protest against the Turkish intervention in Libya. According to them, the oil revenues distributed by the Government of National Unity were being used to pay fighters from outside the country, particularly from Ankara. AFP

First woman appointed to top Vatican post

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Pope Francis has appointed Francesca Di Giovanni to be the new undersecretary for multilateral affairs in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State. It is a first at the Vatican for a woman. Di Giovanni said she did not expect the appointment, but was looking forward to advance a “feminine point of view” in her new role. The Pope “surprised us, as he often does, with this decision”, Di Giovanni said. Speaking to local media on Wednesday, she said she had not yet had the chance to speak with the Pope since her appointment, but that she intents to write to him. AP

South African rugby: Meet the female players changing the game

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Meet the young female rugby players changing the game and Springbok captain Siya Kolisi.

Harry, Meghan will no longer receive public funds, drop titles

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Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle will no longer use the titles ‘‘royal highness’‘ or receive public funds, the Buckingham palace said Saturday. The news comes after a deal was struck for them to step aside as senior royals as they had requested. “This is an abdication, in a sense, from the Royal Family, by Harry. And he and his wife are now free to a certain extent to go and follow the dreams that they have to pursue very good works it would seem, in the widest possible sense. But no longer part of the royal business”, royal commentator, Alastair Bruce said. The palace also said, the couple will repay 2.4 million pounds, almost 3.1 million dollars of public funds used in renovating their home near Windsor Castle. In a statement, Queen Elizabeth II of England, said she was pleased that ‘‘together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family’‘. AP

South Africa: Kidnapper Flees With Baby Boy From Taxi in Cape Town

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[News24Wire] Western Cape police are looking for a woman who gained a mother's trust before kidnapping one of her twin boys in Cape Town this week.

Nigeria: Two Killed, Others Injured in Another Gun Attack On Kaduna Village

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[Daily Trust] Kafanchan -Two people have been killed while another two were injured following an attack on Gora-Gan community in Zango Kataf Local Government Area on Friday evening.

Africa: Malawi Investment Forum Expected to Showcase At the UK-Africa Summit

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[Nyasa Times] About 14 companies under the Malawi Investment Forum are expected to showcase their trading activities to investors at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London.

Uganda: Bobi Wine Changes Tactics

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[Monitor] Kyadondo East Member of Parliament (MP) Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, has changed approaches, opting for more innovative ways for his presidential consultation meetings.

Africa: Joyce Banda Among Leaders to Launch Initiative to Fight Counterfeit Drugs

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[Nyasa Times] Former Malawi president Joyce Banda is among seven African heads of state in Lome, capital of Togo, participating in aasummit against fake drugs which is under the aegis of the Brazzaville Foundation an independent NGO based in London which Banda belongs.

Mozambique: More Than 50,000 At Risk of Flooding

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[AIM] Maputo -More than 50,000 people are at risk of flooding in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, and the central province of Zambezia, where four rivers have now surpassed flood alert levels.

Mozambique: Nyusi Announces New Govt

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[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi announced his new government on Friday evening, and reappointed Carlos Agostinho do Rosario as Prime Minister.

Kenya: 'The Handshake' Has Won International Acclaim - Odinga

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[Capital FM] Mary Thuo -Orange Democratic Movement Leader Raila Odinga says 'the handshake' is symbolic of Kenya's political unity and it has even attracted international attention.

Nigeria: Gunmen Kill Two in Kaduna Community

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[This Day] Kaduna -Two people were reportedly killed in an attack in Gora village, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna state Friday.

Tanzania: Bring in Minerals, China Tells Dealers

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[Daily News] China has invited mineral dealers from Tanzania to sell minerals and gemstones in the Far East country, with top traders expressing their gratitude to the Chinese government for opportunities it has unveiled for them.

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