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South Africa: Breaking News - Zuma Expected to Fire Up to Nine Ministers - [News24Wire] President Jacob Zuma has summoned the rest of the ANC's top six to an urgent meeting in Pretoria.
Ethiopia: Parliament Extends State of Emergency By Four More Months - [Addis Standard] Ethiopia extended the current State Of Emergency by four additional months. The SoE was first declared in Oct. 2016 and was due to end in April.
South Africa: Fight Over President Zuma's Future Bursts Into Open - [allAfrica] Cape Town -The fight within South Africa's ruling alliance over the future of the country's finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, and ultimately the survival in office of President Jacob Zuma, has burst into the open.
Liberia: Unclear U.S. Policy Toward Africa Has Implications On Upcoming Elections - [FrontPageAfrica] Washington -If US President Donald Trump has a plan for Africa, he and his aides are holding it pretty close to their chest.
Africa: Amnesty Condemns Racist Attack Against Africans in India - [This Day] Amnesty International India has condemned the racist attack against Africans in India and called on Uttar Pradesh authorities to bring to justice those responsible for recent racist attacks against black African students and ensure the students' safety.
Nigeria: Why We Won't Disclose Cost of Buhari's Medical Bill - Govt - [Daily Trust] The Federal Government said it will not succumb to pressure to disclose the amount expended on President Muhammadu Buhari's recent medical treatment in London.
Africa: What Next for Europe & Africa After #Brexit? - [The Conversation Africa] The signing of the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community (EEC) 60 years ago in March 1957, came at a tumultuous time in relations between Europe and Africa.
South Africa: Zuma Announces New Cabinet Ministers - [SA Govt] I have decided to make changes to the National Executive in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
Sierra Leone: Parliamentary Majority Leader Sacked - [Nation] Freetown -Sierra Leone's parliamentary majority leader has been sacked in the latest episode of a power struggle in the governing All People's Congress (APC).
South Africa: Govt Gives Green Light for Shale Gas Fracking in Karoo - [News24Wire] The government has given the go-ahead for shale gas development in the Karoo region, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Thursday.
Mauritius: Govt and Norway Discuss Ways to Expand Bilateral Cooperation - [Government of Mauritius] Mauritius and Norway will further collaborate to strengthen existing ties and expand bilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interest.
South Africa: Central Bank Keeps Interest Rate Steady - [News24Wire] South African Reserve Bank (SARB) governor Lesetja Kganyago announced on Thursday that the bank's monetary policy committee has decided to leave the interest rate unchanged at its second meeting this year.The repurchase rate, which is the interest rate at which the Sarb lends money to commercial banks, has been steady at 7%, while the prime lending rate, which is the rate at which banks lend money to consumers, has been at 10.5%.
Gambia: National Agiculture Platform Launched - [Daily Observer] The Department of Livestock Services under the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with AU-IBAR on Monday launched the National Apiculture Platform, at a ceremony held, at hotel in Bijilo.
South Africa: The Ruling Party Isn't Ready to Radically Transform the Economy - [The Conversation Africa] There's nothing radical about trying to fix what doesn't work by making it work better, which is why the economic transformation discussion document released by South Africa's governing party, the African National Congress (ANC), is not really radical.
Africa: Africa Needs Own Version of the Vertical Farm to Feed Growing Cities - [The Conversation Africa] The Netherlands is building its first large-scale commercial vertical indoor farm. It's expected to serve Europe's largest supermarket chains with high quality, pesticide-free fresh cut lettuce.
Nigeria: The Nation's Dwindling Wildlife - [This Day] Adebote Seyifunmi writes that the Ministry of Environment should take urgent steps to preserve Nigeria's disappearing wildlife.
Namibia: Plastic-Free Environment Campaign Launched - [Namibian] ALTHOUGH plastic is easily available in Namibia, its impact on the environment, agriculture, marine life, livestock and wildlife is hardly stressed with urgency.
Kenya: 400 Tanzanian Medics Apply for Jobs - [Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Tanzanian doctors who have applied to work in Kenya yesterday broke their silence, explaining their expectations of working in the neighbouring country.
Zimbabwe: Central Bank Urges Public to Use Rand 'More' - [News24Wire] The Zimbabwean central bank has reportedly urged the public to replace the US dollar with the rand as the country's main currency.
Zimbabwe: Homeless Person Found Dead in Mugabe Aide's Van - [New Zimbabwe] A VAGRANT was Tuesday evening found dead in a senior Media Information and Broadcasting Services ministry official, Collins Mungate's vehicle, his (vagrant) friends said.
South Africa: Govt to Face Hague Court Over Failure to Arrest Sudan's Al-Bashir - [News24Wire] South Africa is set to appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC) next week Friday to "account for failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he attended an African Union summit in the country in June 2015".
South Africa: Presidency COO Wants to School Reporters On How Cabinet Works - [News24Wire] In the absence of any official communication from the government to deny mounting speculation that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan might be replaced, the Presidency's chief operations officer posted a message on her personal Facebook page to school journalists on how the Cabinet works.
Africa: AU Envoy Advocates for Women Involvement in Peacemaking Efforts - [Daily News] AFRICAN Union Commission (AUC) Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security has appealed to Somalia government and the African Mission in Somali to engage women in all efforts to counter violent extremism.
Africa: CAF Chief Backs Morocco World Cup Bid - [Daily News] NEW African football chief Ahmad Ahmad gave his backing on Tuesday to a potential bid from Morocco to host the 2026 World Cup.
Tanzania: Stigma, Discrimination Against HIV Victims Condemned - [Daily News] STIGMA and Discrimination remains a serious challenge in communities and workplaces, impeding efforts to reduce new HIV infections and adherence to treatment in the country.
Africa: Morocco Reaps Rewards of Major Changes in Diplomatic Strategy - [The Conversation Africa] At a time when the European Union is bemoaning the loss of the United Kingdom, Morocco has rejoined the African Union, ensuring that every African country is again a member.
South Africa: Communist Party Rubbishes Zuma's Claims About Finance Minister's Road Show - [News24Wire] The SACP has rubbished President Jacob Zuma's claims that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas were using an international investment roadshow to push for regime change.
Somalia: A Solution to Somali Piracy Is in Sight - Local Communities Hold the Key - [The Conversation Africa] The recent hijacking of an oil tanker by alleged Somali pirates raises a number of important questions. The MT Aris 13 was the first commercial vessel to be hijacked since 2012. For the international community, the question is whether this represents a new spectre of piracy on the horizon.
South Africa: Time to See TB Patients As True Champions in Fight Against Disease - [The Conversation Africa] Nearly 70 years ago, a range of antibiotics that could treat tuberculosis were first identified. But today almost two million people still die every year from one of the deadliest infectious diseases. That's about 5000 people every day. In the face of this tragedy, the ever increasing rise in drug resistant tuberculosis adds to the concern of clinicians and scientists at the front line of TB care and prevention worldwide.
Tanzania: Japan Offers Millions For Education, Health Projects - [Daily News] JAPAN through its scheme of Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects has dished out 408,446 US dollar (over 860m/-) to carry out four projects to improve education and health services in three municipalities.
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South Africa's President Zuma sacks finance minister - The departure of Pravin Gordhan comes after speculation that has hit South Africa's markets.
US beefs up muscle in Somalia fight - The Pentagon said the White House had approved its request for "additional precision fired".
Kuki Gallmann's Kenya safari lodge burned down - The attack comes after police reportedly shot cattle that had invaded Kuki Gallmann's land.
Kenyan takes gun-threat case to Fifa - Kenya international Clifton Miheso complains to Fifa over his claim he was forced at gunpoint to end his Golden Arrows contract.
Ahmed Kathrada funeral: South Africa's Zuma asked to stay away - Mourners cheer calls for South Africa's president to resign.
Kasai unrest: UN experts found dead in DR Congo - The bodies of a US man and a Swedish woman are found two weeks after they were abducted.
3,600 guests at Ghana's record-breaking dinner table - A food seasoning manufacturer in Ghana has built a table which has been recognised by Guinness World Records as the longest in the world.
"Like rolling down a hill in a trash can": Meet the Nigerian bobsleigh team - Why did three Nigerian women with no experience in snow sports decide to form a bobsleigh team?
What's Up Africa: How to report a stabbing in Kenya - BBC What's up Africa satirist Ikenna Azuike puts Kenyan police in the dock this week, and shares some tips on how to tackle their slow response to crime.
Was Delhi attack racially motivated? - Video footage shows Endurance Amalawa being attacked by a mob in India.
Kathrada: Colleagues didn't live to see democracy - Ahmed Kathrada, one of the big names of South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle has died at the age of 87.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Kathrada: 'Same pain as Mandela' - Nelson Mandela's ex-wife has paid tribute to the South African anti-apartheid activist, Ahmed Kathrada, who has died aged 87.
Fifa propose nine African World Cup spots - Fifa proposes Africa gets nine automatic places at the World Cup from 2026 when it expands from 32 to 48 teams.
Egyptian club Al Masry train at home after five years - Egyptian club Al Masry train at their home stadium for the first time since more than 70 Al Ahly fans died in a riot in 2012
Mo Allie: SA gangland school top of the class - An area infamous for its high crime rate is now being associated with academic excellence.
Thomas Fessy: What is behind Congo police beheadings? - Up to 400 people have reportedly been killed in the central DR Congo province of Kasai - what is going on?
Ijeoma Ndukwe: Is Nigerian Fanta and Sprite safe to drink? - A recent court case in Nigeria highlights concerns that locally made drinks may be considered unsafe for human consumption.
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.
Preserving rural Mali - Photographer Boukary Konate is documenting scenes from rural life in his native Mali for the "internet generation", and before this way of life disappears entirely.
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani: US state of mind - How Nigerians obsess about life in the US
Sola Odunfa: Do Nigerians go on holiday? - In our series of letters from African journalists, Sola Odunfa examines the attitude of Nigerians to holidaying, at a time when President Muhammadu Buhari has spent more than a month on "medical vacation" in the UK.
Elizabeth Ohene: 'Joining the desperadoes' - Elizabeth Ohene considers Ghanaians' wanderlust as her compatriots join those taking risks to claim asylum abroad.
Yousra Elbagir: Global pariah - In our series of letters from African journalists, Sudanese columnist Yousra Elbagir explains what it is like to live in a country subject to US sanctions.
Racing towards history - The first bobsleigh team from Africa are on the verge of qualifying for the 2018 Olympics.
Shutting up shop - China begins closing down its legal ivory trade, but will consumer attitudes to prized artwork change?
Africa's top shots: 24-30 March 2017 - A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.
Credentials, please - In our series of letters from African journalists, Joseph Warungu looks at why Kenya insists that its senior political leaders must hold a university degree.
Banned from school - Photographs of the young girls banned from attending school
Africa's top shots: 17-24 March 2017 - A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.
Off the handle - Spare a thought for those who are given troublesome names. In Zambia, Chris Haslam came across some very surprising choices.
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.
‘Vegetable ivory’ - A look at how the seed of a South American tree is increasingly being used as an alternative to ivory.
The face of hunger - Family portraits from the heart of the hunger crisis in Somaliland.
Reality Check - Kenya's civil servants receive more tax revenue than those in other sub-Saharan African countries.