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Nigeria: #BBNaija - Enkay, Joe Evicted From the House

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[Leadership] Joe Abdallah and Ede Nkechiyere aka Enkay have been evicted from the ongoing fourth season of the Big Brother Naija show.

Kenya: Did Huddah Monroe Fake 'Harper Bazaar' Cover Page?

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[Nairobi News] A picture shared by socialite-turned-businesswoman Huddah Monroe showing her as the cover model of a top US fashion and style Magazine Harper's Bazaar has raised eyebrows on social media.

Kenya: This Is the DCI Decision On DJ Moh Spice After Gun Probe

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[Nairobi News] Popular reggae deejay Nicholas Mugo Mwangi popularly known as DJ Moh Spice has been released after he was arrested on Wednesday night.

Kenya: Octopizzo's New Hairdo Sets Tongues Wagging

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[Nairobi News] Octopizzo has set tongues wagging on social media with a new hairdo with many declaring it a fail on the rapper's creativity on matters grooming.

Kenya: Why Baby Majesty Bahati Already Has Online 'Frenemies' Just Days After His Birth

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[Nairobi News] Gospel singer Bahati's newborn son maybe just a few days old, but he appears to have already acquired some online frenemies.

Sudan: Military, Protest Leaders Sign Transition Deal

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[VOA] Khartoum -Sudan's Transitional Military Council and protest leaders on Saturday signed a historic power-sharing agreement in Khartoum.

Libya: Coast Guard Rescues Over 270 Europe-Bound Migrants

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[Deutsche Welle] The Libyan coast guard says it has rescued 278 migrants on four different boats in recent days. The migrants, including 18 women and two children, had been trying to make their way to Europe.

Sudan: Military, Protest Leaders Sign Historic Transition Deal

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[Deutsche Welle] Eight months after mass protests erupted, the main opposition coalition and the ruling military council have signed a final deal for a transitional government. If it works, Sudan could return to civilian rule in 3 years.

Congo-Kinshasa: Ebola's Spread to New Area Shows Flawed Response - Aid Workers

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[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Ebola's spread to a new part of Democratic Republic of Congo is a disturbing sign that health workers are failing to keep track of high-risk people on the move, aid agencies said on Friday.

The man helping to save Senegal's mangroves

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Haidar el Ali has led a project to plant 152 million mangrove buds in Senegal's Casamance Delta.

Egypt giants Al Ahly sack coach Lasarte after Cup defeat

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Egyptian giants Al Ahly sack their coach Martin Lasarte, a day after being knocked out of the Egypt Cup.

Zimbabwe sanctions: Sadc calls on US and EU to drop policy

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Sixteen members of Southern African Development Community say the EU and US policy harms the region.

SADC urges US, EU to lift Zimbabwe sanctions

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New SADC Chairman, President John Magufuli, has appealed to the international community to scrap sanctions against Zimbabwe, saying the country has already opened a new page and is ready to move forward. Speaking during his maiden acceptance speech after assuming the SADC chairmanship, the Tanzanian Head of State said when you chop a hand from the body, the whole body gets affected. He said the problems that face Zimbabwe, literally face all countries in the region. “Zimbabwe has been under sanctions for years, but we need the world to understand that when you chop a hand, the whole body gets affected,” he said. He appealed to the international community to lift sanctions it imposed on Zimbabwe, and called for other SADC member states to stand together to make sure that sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the West are lifted. President Magufuli said the sanction have not only been hurting Zimbabweans, but people from the entire bloc. “We should unite to support Zimbabwe against sanctions imposed by western countries, because they (sanctions), are hurting Zimbabweans and people from across member states,” he said. European Union (EU), sanctions on Zimbabwe were first imposed in 2002, by Common Position 2002/145/CFSP. The sanctions comprised of arms embargo, as well as an asset freeze and travel ban on targeted people and entities. The current EU sanctions on Zimbabwe is imposed pursuant to Council Regulation (EC), No 314/2004 (as amended) and Council Decision 2011/101/CFSP (as amended), and likewise consists of an arms embargo and targeted asset freezes and travel bans.

Chad declares state of emergency in two eastern provinces after intercommunal clashes

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Chad President Idriss Deby declared a state of emergency in two eastern provinces on Sunday after violent intercommunal clashes left dozens dead earlier this month. The state of emergency will run for three months in Sila and Ouaddai regions where 50 people have died since August 9 in fighting between cattle herders and settled farmers, the president’s office said. “From now, we will deploy military forces who are going to ensure the security of the population in the region,“ Deby said while on a trip to Sila. “We must disarm all the civilians who have weapons in their hands,“ he said. Eastern Chad is in the grip of a cycle of violence between nomadic camel herders — many from the Zaghawa ethnic group from which Deby hails — and sedentary farmers from the Ouaddian community. Drought and population growth have aggravated the conflict.

Over 330 migrants rescued off Libyan coast

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The Libyan navy announced on Sunday that it had rescued 335 migrants and rescued the body of a person in separate operations north of the capital Tripoli as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean. “A coast guard patrol rescued 57 illegal migrants on Saturday on a wooden boat 40 nautical miles north of Zouara, including 17 women and nine children,” General Ayoub Kacem, the Navy’s spokesman, told AFP. They come from Ethiopia and Egypt, he said. On Tuesday, Libyan Navy patrols “rescued 278 migrants in four inflatable boats northwest and northeast of Tripoli,” General Kacem added. According to the Libyan navy, they included 128 Sudanese, Chadians, Egyptians, Nigerians, Beninese and Eritreans, including 35 women and 11 children. Only one body was recovered by the Coast Guard. Since the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been plunged into chaos, with a multitude of armed groups and rival political forces. Migrants rescued at sea by the navy are first welcomed by local NGOs, which provide them with care and food, before being taken care of by agents of the anti-immigration body of the Ministry of the Interior of the Government of National Unity (GNA), recognized by the United Nations. The Libyan navy accused the authorities on 9 August of failure and slowness in taking care of migrants rescued at sea, claiming that it could be forced to let them go free once they were brought back to land. Despite the risks that a crossing represents for Europe, migrants take to the sea, preferring to try their luck rather than stay in Libya, where they are subjected to abuse, extortion and torture, conditions frequently denounced by NGOs.

Malawi: The Country Is In Need of a Decisive Leader

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[Nyasa Times] Whenever a Head of State has been sworn into power, he/she becomes the most powerful citizen in the country.Among other things, he is expected to have policies that give equal opportunities for progress. Since no one is above the law, the Head of State, too, has to follow the country's Constitution, which is the highest law of the land.

U.S.-China trade war, Brexit uncertainty pose risks to Africa’s economic prospects-AfDB boss

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The U.S.-China trade war and uncertainty over Brexit pose risks to Africa’s economic prospects that are “increasing by the day,” the head of the African Development Bank (AfDB) told Reuters. The trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies has roiled global markets and unnerved investors as it stretches into its second year with no end in sight. Britain, meanwhile, appears to be on course to leave the European Union on October 31 without a transition deal, which economists fear could severely disrupt trade flows. Akinwumi Adesina, president of the AfDB, said the bank could review its economic growth projection for Africa of 4% in 2019 and 4.1% in 2020 – if global external shocks accelerate. “We normally revise this depending on global external shocks that could slowdown global growth and these issues are increasing by the day,” Adesina told Reuters late on Saturday on the sidelines of the Southern African Development Community meeting in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam. “You have Brexit, you also have the recent challenges between Pakistan and India that have flared off there, plus you have the trade war between the United States and China. All these things can combine to slow global growth, with implications for African countries.” The bank chief said African nations need to boost trade with each other and add value to agricultural produce to cushion the impact of external shocks. “I think the trade war has significantly impacted economic growth prospects in China and therefore import demand from China has fallen significantly and so demand for products and raw materials from Africa will only fall even further,” he said. “It will also have another effect with regard to China’s own outward-bound investments on the continent,” he added, saying these could also affect official development assistance. Adesina said a continental free-trade zone launched last month, the African Continental Free Trade Area, could help speed up economic growth and development, but African nations needed to remove non-tariff barriers to boost trade. “The countries that have always been facing lower volatilities have always been the ones that do a lot more in terms of regional trade and do not rely on exports of raw materials,” Adesina said. “The challenges cannot be solved unless all the barriers come down. Free mobility of labour, free mobility of capital and free mobility of people.”

Mozambique's Renamo alleges member attacked days after peace deal

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Mozambique’s former rebel group-turned-opposition party Renamo on Friday said its members came under attack just days after the signing of a historic peace deal aimed at ending years of conflict. Renamo spokesperson Jose Manteigas said dozens of party members have been assaulted by police and members of the ruling Frelimo party across the country, adding that the attacks could threaten the landmark peace agreement. He said Renamo members have been beaten and their houses and other properties torched in the provinces of Tete, Zambezia, Inhambane and Gaza, mainly in night-time attacks since August 8. That was just two days after the much-hailed and long-awaited peace deal was signed by President Filipe Nyusi and Renamo leader Ossufo Momade on August 6. “Unfortunately, contrary to the common desire for peace, national reconciliation, acceptance of different thinking and peaceful political cohabitation, two days after the signing of the Maputo Peace and Reconciliation Agreement, acts of violence and political intolerance were perpetrated by members of the Frelimo party, (and) police… in various parts of the country,” Manteigas said. “These macabre acts are politically motivated” and bring into “question the effectiveness of the agreement,” he told reporters at the party headquarters in the capital Maputo. He added that said senior Frelimo officials, particularly in the northwest of the country, have consistently prevented Renamo from carrying out political activities. The allegations come just two weeks before campaigning begins for general elections on October 15 that Frelimo, the East African country’s dominant political force for more than four decades, is expected to win. After the country gained independence from Portugal in 1975, Renamo fought a brutal civil war against the Frelimo government that left one million people dead before fighting stopped in 1992. Despite the end of the civil war – and the group transforming into a political party – Renamo retained an armed wing. Fresh clashes then erupted again between government forces and Renamo fighters between 2013 and 2016. However Renamo started disarming its armed wing late last month as part of the peace deal.

Tanzania: Look for Communication Investors, TCRA Urges TZ Foreign Envoys

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[Daily News] THE Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA), have asked ambassadors representing the country abroad to help find investors in the communication sector, especially in the construction of a mobile phone factory.

Southern Africa: SADC Declares Kiswahili Its Fourth Official Language

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[Daily News] THE Southern African Development Community (SADC) yesterday declared Kiswahili its fourth official language after English, French and Portuguese.

Southern Africa: Tanzania's Economy Seen As Role Model

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[Daily News] TANZANIA'S economic performance has been described as a role model that other Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states should embrace after recording over 7 per cent growth last year.

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