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Congo-Kinshasa: Congo's Bad Year Is About to Get Worse - [IRIN] Kinshasa -For a country that has witnessed millions of deaths, brutal colonial rule, and devastating dictatorship, the past year in the Democratic Republic of Congo still stands out as a bleak one.
Nigeria: Nigeria, Others Hopeful As OPEC Meets to Extend Oil Output Deal - [Premium Times] The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, meets in Vienna today to deliberate on its plan to extend output cut, an agreement reached in 2016. PREMIUM TIMES' Oladeinde Olawoyin examines the issues.
South Africa: Plans to Oust Zuma at National Executive Committee a 'Fallacy' - [News24Wire] Supporters of President Jacob Zuma in the ANC's national executive committee (NEC) are planning to oppose any move for him to be recalled when they meet this weekend.
Nigeria: Senate Debates Power Sector Crisis - [Guardian] Abuja -Fresh but hard facts emerged yesterday on Nigeria's ailing power sector at the Senate as senators submitted that the sector is in a comatose situation and in dire need of emergency response.
Nigeria: Military Probes Officers, Politicians Over Coup Scare - [Guardian] Abuja and Kaduna -The military has begun an investigation into an alleged coup plot by its personnel and some politicians.
South Africa: United Nations Security Council Must Include Africa - Zuma - [News24Wire] President Jacob Zuma during his address on Africa Day at the presidential guest house called for the reform of the United Nations Security Council to include Africa.
Egypt: Govt Blocks More Than 21 Websites - [HRInfo] Cairo -The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) condemns the Egyptian government's blocking 21 websites Monday night, for allegedly "inciting extremism or supporting terrorism", charges that are deemed flimsy by all people knowing that they are being leveled in order to gloss over the Egyptian regime's hostility towards freedom of opinion and expression and its vicious pursuit to prosecute dissidents.
Nigeria: Govt Mulls State Pardon for Prisoners - [Daily Trust] The Federal Government said it is considering state pardon for inmates through prerogative of mercy, with a view to decongesting prisons.
South Africa: Government to Develop More Black Commercial Farmers - [SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -Government is set to fast-track the transformation of the agriculture sector by increasing the number of black commercial farmers.
Nigeria: Disappointment, Anger in Ogoniland Over Govt's Delay to Clean Up Oil Spills - [Premium Times] Lekol Bakpoh, a health worker at Biara, Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State, has lived in constant apprehension about the state of his health and those of his family members for several years.
South Africa: Young Africans, Colonise the World With Your Talents - Deputy President - [News24Wire] Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has encouraged young Africans to forge ahead and "colonise" the world.
Sudan: Cholera Spreads Amid Govt Denial - [Radio Dabanga] Eastern Sudan -Cholera continues to spread in Sudan's eastern states, with more fatalities and infections reported across White Nile state, North Kordofan and Sennar. The federal authorities are beginning to respond, however Khartoum continues to refer to the outbreak as 'acute watery diarrhoea'.
Africa: Where Independent Candidates Come From - [Citizen] One of the big stories of the forthcoming August Kenya elections is the number of candidates standing as independents across the board. In all, a record 4,000.
Zimbabwe: Under Fire Tax Collector Boss Pasi Resigns - [The Herald] Innocent Ruwende -Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) Commissioner-General Gershem Pasi has resigned from his post with immediate effect, citing irretrievably broken down relations with his employer who last year suspended him over a slew of misconduct allegations. It is not clear whether Comm-Gen Pasi will still answer to over 40 counts of misconduct, including vehicle importation scams and other charges dating back to 2009.
Uganda: Stella Nyanzi Goes to ConCourt to Stop Mental Status Test - [Monitor] Kampala -Controversial Makerere University Research Fellow, Dr Stella Nyanzi has run to the Constitutional Court to block to the government's move to have her subjected to a mental status test.
Zambia: South African Opposition Leader Maimane to Attend Hichilema Trial - [DA] Tomorrow, Friday 26 May 2017, Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader, Mmusi Maimane, will attend the treason trial of Mr. Hakainde Hichilema, the detained President of Zambia's largest opposition party - the United Party for National Development (UPND) - in Lusaka, Zambia.
Kenya: A Way of Life Under Threat as Lake Turkana Shrinks - [IRIN] Layen -The last native speaker of the Elmolo language reportedly died sometime in the 1970s. By then, only a few hundred Elmolo remained, eking out a living on Kenya's southern waters of Lake Turkana as they always had, drinking its brackish waters and fishing for catfish, tilapia, and Nile perch.
Malawi: Ruling Party Members Defect to Opposition Over 'Insulting' Remarks - [Nyasa Times] Over 150 members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Karonga, led by deputy director for the youths in Karonga North West constituency Petros Mtonga, on Wednesday defected to Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) over what they call "insulting remarks" against them by Jeffrey wa Jeffrey - DPP's secretary general.
Ethiopia: Court Jails Former Opposition Exec for Facebook Posts - [Addis Standard] Addis Ababa -The Federal High court fourth criminal bench has today sentenced Yonatan Tesfaye, social media activist and former public relations head of the opposition Blue Party to six years and three months in jail.
Uganda: Boda Boda Makes Its Way to Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary - [Monitor] Boda boda is among the more than 900 latest words that producers of venerable Oxford English Dictionary have added to the 9th edition of the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary.
Liberia: Judge-Designate Endorses Female Genital Cutting - [New Republic] Amidst all the sensitization and awareness campaign against the practice of female genital mutilation, Criminal Court E judge-designate, Cllr. Serena Garlawolu says FGM is in no way a violation in the country.
Tanzania: Magufuli's Team Unearths Massive Thievery in Mineral Sand Exports - [Daily News] Tanzania has been losing trillions of shillings in revenue; a committee formed by President John Magufuli to investigate the amount of copper and gold contained in mineral sand and its value has revealed.
Tanzania: Acacia Says It Has Nothing to Hide Amid Damning Report - [Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Tanzania's leading gold miner, Acacia Mining, has maintained that it declares everything it mines in the country even as a presidential committee reported that it discovered discrepancies in ratios of gold, copper and other minerals in mineral sand held at Dar es Salaam Port.
Nigeria: Were Poor Igbos Forgotten in Lagos' 50-day Birthday Party? - [African Arguments] Where were the poor, Igbos and other minorities in the state's 50-day birthday party?
Nigeria: How France Armed Biafra's Bid to Break From Nigeria - [RFI] France secretly armed Biafra in the self-proclaimed republic's attempt to break away from Nigeria in a bid to weaken British and US influence in Africa, documents seen by RFI reveal 50 years after the beginning of a war that cost up to two million lives.
Gambia: Talking Human Rights in the New Gambia - [HRW] "This is the new Gambia," Jobe, a Gambian taxi driver told me, as I arrived in the country for the first time since the inauguration of President Adama Barrow. Three months after erstwhile strongman Yahya Jammeh left Gambian soil, the capital, Banjul, is buzzing and Gambia, known as the "smiling coast of Africa," is still celebrating the end of more than two decades of dictatorial rule.
Africa: AU Member States Urged to Sell Agenda 2063 - [Malawi News Agency] Blantyre -The African Union Commission has urged all its member states, Regional Economic Communities, United Nations Agencies and Africans all over the world to use the day to promote the theme of the year as well as agenda 2063 all over Africa and the Diaspora.
Africa: Africa is Not Poor, We Are Stealing Its Wealth - [Al Jazeera] Africa is poor, but we can try to help its people.
Eritrea: Remembering the Eritrean Dream On Independence Day - [Al Jazeera] Twenty-six years ago today, Eritrea's 30-year war of independence against Ethiopia ended with Eritrean freedom fighters marching to the capital, Asmara. Unfortunately, it took less than a decade for the grand hopes and ideals that Eritreans initially had for the future of their country to evaporate into thin air.
Kenya: Why President's Invitation to G7 Summit Puts Kenya On Top of the World - [Capital FM] Nairobi -President Uhuru Kenyatta's invitation to the G7 Summit in Italy gives Kenya and the region a unique opportunity to convince the world of the need to unite in the war on terror, which remains a real threat.
BBC News - Africa

BBC News - Africa

Five Kenyan police killed in roadside bomb attack - At least 14 policemen have been killed in roadside bomb attacks in the past two days.
Migrant crisis: Mediterranean rescue as 34 drown - Rescuers tell of a frantic mission to save about 200 people who fell from a packed boat off Libya.
Nigerian tutoring app Tuteria wins UK engineering award - The app links qualified tutors to students in their area and within their budget.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: Ethiopian wins top WHO job - Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus chosen as new boss of the World Health Organization
Convicted Nigerian fraudster James Ibori wins £1 from UK - Ex-state governor James Ibori was illegally held in immigration detention, a UK court rules.
Five things you might not know about Africa - Africa Day is 25 May, it marks the creation of the Organisation of African Unity, now called the African Union.
The women saving Somalia's animals from drought - Somali women vets have been deployed across the country to keep animals alive amid a devastating drought.
Migrant rescued from ship's rudder by Italy coastguard - Italy's coastguard pull a man to safety after he was left clinging to a ship's rudder in the Mediterranean.
Chibok girls reunited with families - Eighty-two of the Chibok girls captured by Boko Haram in 2014 have been returned to their families. The whereabouts of more than 100 girls is still unknown.
Atsu, Wakaso, left out of Ghana squad - Christian Atsu and Mubarak Wakaso are left out of Ghana's squad for next month's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia.
Baxter wants 'warriors' for Nigeria tie - New South Africa coach Stuart Baxter says he is looking for "warriors" for next month's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Nigeria.
Senegal hopes take a knock with US loss - Senegal's hopes of qualifying for the second round of the Fifa Under-20 World Cup take a knock after 1-0 defeat to the US.
Catherine Byaruhanga: Has Joseph Kony been defeated? - The US and Uganda are stopping the hunt for notorious rebel leader Joseph Kony but he is still a threat.
Nomsa Maseko: SA women ask 'Will I be next?' - Feelings are heightened in South Africa over the safety of women, writes the BBC's Nomsa Maseko following a series of violent attacks against women.
Mohanad Hashim: The Qatari princess, Angelina Jolie and the hashtag war - Why a bitter row has broken out between Egyptians and Sudanese on social media.
Tradesmen of Kumasi - Documenting the workplaces of a generation of Ghanaians.
River of life - Solving the water crisis for South Sudanese refugees.
Living with volcanoes - The archipelago where the landscape is idyllic but life tough.
World's vainest people? - How the men of Chad's Wodaabe culture go about finding their brides at a desert festival where the stress is on make-up and clothes.
Nigeria's soot city - A mysterious case of pollution has turned Port Harcourt, known as "The Garden City", into a city covered in soot.
Saving Zanzibar - A group of local artisans is trying to preserve their island's buildings.
Drought battle - Kenyan herders are giving their own food to animals to keep them alive during the severe drought.
Africa's 2016 in pictures - A selection of the most striking news images from the African continent this year.
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: The Chibok deal maker - The lawyer behind the release of 82 women captured by Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram.
Mannir Dan Ali: Buhari's health - In our series of letters from African journalists, Mannir Dan Ali writes that President Muhamadu Buhari has been accused of being as secretive about his health as his US counterpart Donald Trump has been about his tax returns.
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: Price of sinning - In our series of letters from African journalists, Nigerian writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani looks into the culture of blind belief in destiny.
Elizabeth Ohene: Remembering Kathy - Elizabeth Ohene reminisces about meeting the late South African anti-apartheid hero Ahmed Kathrada.
Yousra Elbagir: Sudan's uncensored poets - In our series of letters from African journalists Yousra Elbagir looks at Sudan's rich history of lyrical resistance at a time of state censorship and control.
Sexual slavery - Last year Salama Ali uncovered a secret - that the al-Shabab militant group was seizing Kenyan woman and turning them into sex slaves.
Waiting for take-off - Flying between the West African capitals of Freetown and Banjul should take about an hour. But as the BBC's Umaru Fofana found out, it can be quicker and easier to fly via Morocco or even Belgium.
Democracy on trial? - The BBC's Karen Allen asks whether the treason charges faced by Zambia's opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema are a sign that Zambia's reputation as a bastion of democracy is under threat.
Ethnic vote? - Ethnicity, corruption, social media and more of your questions on Kenya's election.
Africa's week in pictures: 12 - 18 May 2017 - A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.
Wearing the trousers - Pili Hussein wanted to make her fortune mining for gemstones in Tanzania, and wasn't put off by the fact that women weren't allowed in the mines