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Africa

Malawi's 'hyena' pleads guilty to sex crimes

29 July 2016, 20:45

A convicted sex offender from Malawi's Nsanje district has pleaded guilty to sex crimes perpetrated against scores of young girls and women in the area.

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A new male contraceptive could help men bear the family planning burden

29 July 2016, 19:31

A new method of male contraception that is as effective as a vasectomy but entirely reversible with little to no side-effects is being tested and is showing promising results.

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Zim pastor calls for massive but peaceful uprising

29 July 2016, 19:31

The Zimbabwe pastor who launched a social media campaign criticising the government and then left the country for his safety is calling for a massive but peaceful uprising.

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Ugandan pastor accused of sexual abuse

29 July 2016, 18:26

A Ugandan pastor allegedly sexually abused several women in his congregation in an effort to make them "fertile", the Daily Monitor reports.

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Namibian schoolboy invents cellphone that doesn't use airtime

29 July 2016, 17:12

A Grade 12 learner in Namibia's Ohagwena Region has invented a sim-less mobile phone that does not require airtime to make calls.

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Ghana jails radio presenter, panellists for hate speech

29 July 2016, 15:15

Ghana's Supreme Court has jailed a radio presenter and his two panellists for threatening to kill judges who ordered names to be removed from the voters' register ahead of the December general elections.

$1.2 billion needed for southern Africa drought

29 July 2016, 14:13

Humanitarian agencies say they need $1.2 billion in critical aid for seven drought-stricken countries in southern Africa, as the El Nino weather phenomenon continues to devastate crops across the region.

Malawi's 'hyena' pleads guilty to sex crimes

29 July 2016, 12:54

A convicted sex offender from Malawi's Nsanje district has pleaded guilty to sex crimes perpetrated against scores of young girls and women in the area.

Ugandan pastor accused of sexual abuse

29 July 2016, 11:26

A Ugandan pastor allegedly sexually abused several women in his congregation in an effort to make them "fertile", the Daily Monitor reports.

Japan to spend $120 million on counter-terrorism in Africa

29 July 2016, 10:01

Japan's foreign minister says his country will spend $120 million to strengthen counter-terrorism efforts in Africa.

Ghana jails radio presenter, panellists for hate speech

29 July 2016, 07:16

Ghana's Supreme Court has jailed a radio presenter and his two panellists for threatening to kill judges who ordered names to be removed from the voters' register ahead of the December general elections.

Zambia President Lungu threatens opposition

28 July 2016, 19:13

Zambian President Edgar Lunga has warned the opposition UPND not to cause trouble after the country’s elections next month, the Lusaka Times reported on Thursday.

War veterans insulted president's office - police

28 July 2016, 17:18

Police have arrested a leader of Zimbabwe's war veterans after they accused President Robert Mugabe of "dictatorial" behaviour in an exceptional show of dissent.

Malawi's Mutharika introduces new law in sex crimes crackdown

28 July 2016, 16:01

Malawian President Peter Mutharika has announced the introduction of tougher legislation against sex offenders, in a crackdown on sex crimes in the country.

UN: Over 100 sexual assault cases in South Sudan's Juba

28 July 2016, 14:54

The UN says there have been at least 120 cases of sexual violence and rape against civilians in South Sudan's capital Juba since fighting erupted three weeks ago between troops loyal to the country's rival leaders.

UN accuses Boko Haram of 'almost unimaginable' brutality

28 July 2016, 13:42

The UN humanitarian chief is accusing Boko Haram of "almost unimaginable" violence and brutality that has forced massive numbers of people to flee their homes and led to unprecedented number of people in need

Britain not bankrolling Mugabe's regime - ambassador

28 July 2016, 08:00

Britain’s ambassador to Zimbabwe has denied claims that her government is secretly supporting President Robert Mugabe’s regime, says a report.

MSF: UN must declare Nigeria 'top emergency'

28 July 2016, 07:03

Northeastern Nigeria is close to famine with hundreds of thousands trapped without help, and must be declared a "top emergency" by the UN, says medical charity Doctors Without Borders.

HRW: Burundi militia raped women with opposition links

27 July 2016, 20:07

Young supporters of Burundi's ruling party have raped women with perceived links to political opponents ever since unrest began to flare there in 2015, Human Rights Watch says.

SABC reinstates 7 dismissed employees

27 July 2016, 18:16

The SABC has reinstated seven dismissed journalists, the public broadcaster has announced.

Nigerian militants blow up state-run gas pipeline

27 July 2016, 17:15

The NDA militant group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a gas pipeline belonging to the state-run oil company in southern Nigeria.

Malawi's 'hyenas' flee into caves as police hunt 9 over sex crimes

27 July 2016, 16:10

Police in Malawi's Nsanje district are on the hunt for nine men notorious for raping young girls as part of an cultural cleansing tradition.

UN calls for reconciliation in Central African Republic

27 July 2016, 15:03

The U.N. Security Council is calling on the Central African Republic's president to urgently promote reconciliation between Muslims and Christians and reunify the country that has been plagued by sectarian violence

Nigeria lifts headscarf ban in Lagos schools

27 July 2016, 13:58

Nigerian groups welcome court ruling that lifts ban on girls wearing the headscarf in government schools in Lagos state.

Thousands of Mugabe supporters gather in Harare

27 July 2016, 12:38

Robert Mugabe has rallied thousands of supporters including veterans of the 1970s independence war in response to harsh criticism he received last week from a previously loyal group of veterans.

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