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Laurent Gbagbo: from the top, down and a likely glorious return

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President from 2000 to 2011 Laurent Gbagbo is due to return to Ivory Coast on Thursday after a ten-year absence, buoyed by his acquittal at the end of March by the International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity committed during the post-election crisis of 2010.

South Africa rejects 2 million J&J vaccines due to USFDA decision

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South Africa’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been hit by further delays after authorities decided to discard at least 2 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Zambia says ex-President Kaunda ill with pneumonia

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The 97-year-old was admitted to a military hospital in Lusaka, on Monday

Sudan: Sudan's First Turbine to Harness Wind Energy in Northern State

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[Radio Dabanga] Dongola -- A 63m-tall wind turbine has completed an epic 19-day journey from the Netherlands to Dongola in Sudan's Northern State, via Port Sudan, marking the inaugural milestone towards the country's first commercial-scale wind energy plant. Construction will begin shortly and is estimated to take two to three weeks.

US-led war games underway in Morocco near disputed W.Sahara

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Rabat promotes the idea that the war games near the disputed region of Western Sahara shows US support for its claim to authority over the disputed territory

Kenya: Return-to-School Policy Not Benefitting Poor Teen Mothers

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[Nation] Poverty thwarts teen mothers from benefiting from return-to-school policy, a government official said last week.

East Africa: Burundi Reopens Borders With Tanzania, Suspends Mandatory Quarantine

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[Nation] Burundi on Monday reopened its Kobero-Kabanga and Mugina borders with Tanzania, which were closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Kenya: Revealed - the Italian Conditional Grant Holding Up Sh2bn Dam Project in Baringo

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[Nation] Labour Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui has blamed the stalling of the Sh2 billion Kirandich dam in Baringo on an inefficient contractor, whom he said the government could not sack because of a conditional grant clause in the contract.

Kenya to hold elephant-naming festival in August

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People who wish to adopt an elephant will pay to the conservation fund. They will then get a chance to name an elephant

Namibia: Covid-19 Patients 'Left to Die'

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[Namibian] SHELLEYGAN PETERSEN, CHARMAINE NGATJIHEUE, HILENI NEMBWAYA and SHINOVENE IMMANUEL

Libyan weighlifter Ahmed Abu Zeriba hungry for more

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3 times African Weightlifting Champion Ahmed Abu Zeriba hopes to perform at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.

South Africa: 'South Africa Has an Opportunity to Reset Its Israel-Palestine Bias'

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[Daily Maverick] When it comes to Israel, there has been no space for dialogue or for balanced discussion in public spaces in South Africa. With a fragile new government formed in Israel this week, South Africa has an opportunity to reset and re-establish its influence, connections and relationships in the region.

Burkina Faso: At least 10 jihadists killed in military crackdown

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These operations have also allowed the destruction of logistical plots. "Rolling stock (vehicles and motorcycles), fuel and various other materials were seized,". "An improvised explosive device was also discovered ... " the army said in a statement.

South Africa: TB Still SA's Leading Cause of Death

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[SAnews.gov.za] A Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) report has revealed that Tuberculosis remained the main leading cause of death in South Africa between 2016 and 2018.

Morocco: Angola Calls for Re-Launch of Peace Process in Western Sahara

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[ANGOP] New York -- Angola urged on Monday in New York the UN Special Committee on Decolonisation to "actively" support the efforts of the UN secretary-general to relaunch the peace process in Western Sahara.

Zimbabwe: Nakamba Postpones His Junior Tournament

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[The Herald] The Marvelous Nakamba Under-17 football tournament, which was scheduled for this weekend in Bulawayo, has been postponed.

Zimbabwe: Musa Taj Abdul Gang Convicted for Spate of Armed Robberies

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[The Herald] Nine notorious armed robbers responsible for a spate of robberies around the country have been convicted of illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition.

Diego Maradona's nurse had orders "not to wake him up"

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Ricardo Almiron, 37, spent more than seven hours in the office of the prosecutor of San Isidro, in the suburbs of Buenos Aires: he is suspected of having lied in claiming that the football idol was sleeping and breathing normally hours before death, while the autopsy revealed that he was in agony.

South Africa: Covid-19 - a Frontline View of Vaccination Efforts in the Rural Eastern Cape

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[spotlight] Mthuthuzeli Mhlana from Qwidlana village in the Eastern Cape is excited as he enters the vaccination centre. Mhlana who tells Spotlight he has not registered on the electronic vaccination data system (EVDS), is surprised when he gets his jab anyway.

Kenya: Dairy Farmers Adopt Biogas to Cut Costs

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[Nation] The well-lit milking house parlour allows Thomas Kamau's 10 cows to feed even at night. The more the animals feed, Mr Kamau says, the higher the milk production.

Tanzania: Diamond Platnumz Responds to Petition on BET Award Removal

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[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -- Bongo Flava star Diamond Platnumz has responded to a recent petition by a section activists calling for his removal from the BET Awards, saying it is their opinion and he respects it.

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