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AU Backs Call for Robust African Force in South Sudan


The African Union has backed a request for African troops with a robust mandate to reinforce U.N. peacekeepers in South Sudan. The AU summit meeting in Rwanda’s capital approved the request, which will go the U.N. Security Council. The African heads of state were responding to a communiqué on South Sudan put out after a […]

Pistorius Gets 6-Years Jail term for Murder of his Girl Friend


South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013. He was initially given a five-year term for manslaughter, but was found guilty of murder on appeal last December. He was taken immediately to jail. Both the prosecution and defence can […]

Swaziland King Mswati Set to Become SADC Chairman as Pro-democracy groups Kick


Swaziland’s King Mswati III is set to become the next chairman of the Southern African Development Community at the regional heads of state and government summit to be held in Swaziland’s capital, Mbabane, in August. But the kingdom’s pro-democracy groups say the country’s absolute monarch should not be allowed to lead the regional body. They […]

Zimbabwe Grants Amnesty to Thousands of Prisoners over Food Shortages

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe has freed 2,000 inmates as the country’s prison system struggles with massive overcrowding and food shortages. The notice of the pardon was announced earlier this week by President Robert Mugabe. It was extended to all male prisoners under the age of 18 and all female inmates, with the exception of two serving life sentences. […]

Uganda to Jail Parents Who Fail to Vaccinate their Children


Parents who fail to vaccinate their children in Uganda will face six months in jail, according to a new law signed by President Yoweri Museveni. It also requires children to have an immunisation card to allow them to go to school. The law will help the government reach its vaccination target, Health Minister Sarah Achieng […]

Anti-Corruption Group Wants to Accelerate President Zuma Probe

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa

South Africa’s anti-corruption watchdog may seek state funding to speed up its investigation into a growing scandal over President Jacob Zuma’s relationship with a wealthy family of businessmen, its spokesman said Tuesday. In an affair that has caused wild swings in the rand since erupting last week, Zuma has faced calls to resign since a […]

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