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Southern Africa: Lift Zimbabwe Sanctions - New SADC Boss

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[Daily News] THE 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.

Sudan: Al-Burhan Receives Documents of Transitional Period for Commencement of New Era

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[SNA] Khartoum -Chairman of the Transitional Military Council(TMC), Lt. Gen. Abdul-Fattah Al-Burhan received Saturday at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum amid regional and international presence the transitional period documents which were finally signed.

Sudan: Coalition of Sudanese Youth Forces Lauds TMC and FFC Efforts

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[SNA] Khartoum -Chairman of the Coalition of Sudanese Youth Forces (CSYF), Engineer Ahmed Al-Zainو has commended the efforts being made by the Transitional Military Council(TMC) and the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) to establish a transitional government that is satisfactory to all, pointing out that the deal set be signed today would pave the way for peaceful transfer of power.

Nigeria: Kannywood Group Elects New Executives

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[Premium Times] The Arewa Film Makers Association of Nigeria has concluded election in to various offices of the Association.

Nigeria: Former Deputy Senate President Attacked In Germany

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[Premium Times] Nigeria's former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, was on Saturday physically attacked by a mob while attending a cultural event in Germany.

Nigeria: Boko Haram - 35,000 Killed So Far in Nigeria - UN

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[Premium Times] An estimated 35,000 persons have lost their lives in the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe States and other parts of Nigeria since the beginning of the conflict in 2009, the United Nations has said.

Ghana to offer automakers tax breaks to set up manufacturing plants

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Ghana will offer tax breaks of up to 10 years to automakers that set up local manufacturing plants, as the government seeks to attract international companies such as Volkswagen AG and Nissan Motor Co. Volkswagen and Nissan both agreed last year to set up auto-assembly plants if Ghana signed off on an official incentive plan, while Renault SA said in January it would consider a similar move. In March, Toyota Motor Corp. and Suzuki Motor Corp. announced a joint venture to produce vehicles in the nation. Ghana’s move to lure carmakers follows South Africa, which has attracted seven manufacturers including Renault, Nissan and Toyota with tax incentives. That’s produced one of the bright spots of an otherwise moribund economy, accounting for about 7% of GDP. The full 10-year tax break will only apply to companies building whole vehicles in Ghana, though a five year holiday will be available for partial manufacturing, Trade Minister Alan Kyerematen said in a presentation. Import duties on new and used vehicles will be increased to 35% from 5%-20% to encourage the purchase of locally built units, while bringing in cars, which are older than 10 years, will be banned, he said.

Sudan: Satie - Sudan's New History Started Today

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[SNA] Khartoum -The leading figure at Forces of Freedom and change (FFC), Satie Al-Haj affirmed that the country' Saturday celebration represents a new history for Sudan whose resources were looted by the defunct regime , indicating that the signature marks beginning of constituting a democratic state in which democracy, transparency and justice are achieved.

South Africa: Mthembeni Majola Named As IFP Councillor Killed in Apparent Hit

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[News24Wire] The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) councillor killed in an apparent hit in Estcourt in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) on Friday night has been named as Inkosi Langalibalele Municipality councillor, Mthembeni Majola.

Sudan: Transitional Period Documents Signed Finally

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[SNA] Khartoum -The final signing of the transitional period's documents took place Saturday at the Friendship Hall between the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change.

South Africa: 'Mayor or Not I'll Continue Fighting to Dislodge ANC' - Mashaba

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[News24Wire] A seemingly unfazed City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba says it is up to the parties that elected him into power to retain him as mayor.

South Africa: Cricket SA Wishes Domingo Well in Bangladesh Role

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[News24Wire] Cape Town -Cricket South Africa (CSA) has wished its South Africa A coach, Russell Domingo , well on his appointment as head coach of the Bangladesh national side.

South Africa: Man in Court After Hordes of Illegal Ammo and Explosives Found

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[News24Wire] A 53-year-old Free State man is expected back in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Monday after crates of ammunition and explosives were found on his property on Thursday.

Sudan: Sudanese Women Union Protests FFC Nominees

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[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum -The Sudanese Women Union does not agree with the candidates for the Cabinet proposed by the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC).

Sudan: Sudan Health Ministry - Rains Leave 46 People Dead

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[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum -According to the Sudanese Ministry of Health 46 people died in the country last week as a result of heavy rainfall and flash floods.

Former F.A.O. Director-General Jacques Diouf passes away

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Senegalese politician and diplomat Jacques Diouf, who was Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) from 1994 to the end of 2011, died at the age of 81. announced Senegalese President Macky Sall. “Senegal has lost one of its most valuable sons with the death of our countryman Jacques Diouf. He was an effective collaborator for me at the beginning of my first term, “the Senegalese president said on Twitter, offering his condolences. Senegal has lost one of its most valuable sons with the death of our compatriot Jacques Diouf. He was an effective collaborator at the beginning of my first term. I salute his memory and offer my heartfelt condolences to his grieving family. Born August 1, 1938 in Saint-Louis in northern Senegal, diplomat known for his pragmatism, Jacques Diouf died in France after a long illness, said his family, quoted by Senegalese media.Married with five children, he had a post-graduate education in France (agronomist degree, master’s degree in tropical agronomy, doctorate in social sciences) and a higher management diploma in New York. 16 years at the head of FAO Appointed Secretary of State for Scientific Research of Senegal by President Léopold Sédar Senghor in 1978, he was deputy for Saint-Louis from 1983 to 1984. He then left Senegal to work at the Research Center for International Development in Senegal. Ottawa, at the Central Bank of West Africa, before becoming, in 1991, ambassador of his country to the United Nations headquarters in New York. Elected to head FAO in 1993, he was to serve three six-year terms. Under his leadership, the UN organization sought the collaboration of the private sector and stars by launching spectacular operations to raise funds for World Food Day. We need to ” let humanity know that it is no longer possible to treat these vital resources as if they were infinite, ” he said about the degradation of land and water in one his most recent interventions as Director General of FAO in November 2011. That same year, while the famine raged in the Horn of Africa due to an exceptional drought, Jacques Diouf said he could not bear to ” see the image of a child who is at risk of starving “, adding: ” We would not wish that for our children, I do not see why we would accept it for the children of others “.

Sudan: Al Jazeera Media Network to Return to Sudan

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[Radio Dabanga] Doha -Al Jazeera has been allowed to reopen its office in Khartoum, the Qatar-based media network announced on Friday.

Sudan: Rights Defending Journalist Salih Defines What It Means to Be Courageous

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[SudaNow] For Journalist, human rights defender, Faisal Mohammed Salih it could be enough achievement to see his country toddling towards the rule of law after three decades of autocracy and repression.

Sudan: Journey to Hope

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[SudaNow] Gradually Sudanese people are making their first steps towards the much deserved, costly civilian-led rule. It took more time of intensive peaceful pressure and almost double casualties that were endured to oust former President Omar Al-Bashir from power.

Rwanda: Beach Volleyball - Rwanda Ready to Host 'Memorable' World Tour

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[New Times] The local volleyball governing body (FRVB) has emphasized that Rwanda is ready to host a memorable FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, which is due next week in Rubavu District.

Rwanda: National Agriculture Insurance Scheme to Go Countrywide - Official

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[New Times] The National Agriculture Insurance Scheme (NAIS) launched in April, as a pilot project, will be scaled up to the entire country during the upcoming agricultural season A, an official told The Sunday Times on Friday.

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