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Magufuli ban on pregnant schoolgirls angers Tanzanians

23 Jun

Image copyright AFP Image caption John Magufuli said that young mothers would be distracted in class Many Tanzanians have condemned President John Magufuli’s comments that schoolgirls who give birth should not be allowed to return to school. An online petition has been set up to get the president to reverse his comments. Mr Magufuli warned […]

Botswana’s former President Ketumile Masire dies aged 91

23 Jun

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sir Ketumile Masire – the “architect” of Botswana’s stability Botswana has declared three days of national mourning after the death of former President Sir Ketumile Masire, aged 91. Sir Ketumile, who led the country from 1980 to 1998, is credited with being the architect of the country’s famed stability, reports […]

Mauritius wins UN vote on Chagos Islands

23 Jun

Image copyright Science Photo Library A dispute between the UK and Mauritius over disputed island territory in the Indian Ocean is to be referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The UN General Assembly voted by 94 countries to 15 that The Hague should examine the legal status of the Chagos Islands. The former […]

Watched chimps change their hunting habits

23 Jun

Media captionNew insight into development of chimp hunting habits Chimpanzees in Uganda may have changed their hunting strategy in response to being watched by scientists. While studying the animals, researchers documented very different hunting habits of two closely neighbouring chimp “tribes”. “Sonso” chimps hunt in small groups for colobus monkeys, while those from the “Waibira” […]

South Africa court allows secret Zuma no-confidence vote

22 Jun

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Zuma has been implicated in corruption scandals but has survived previous votes of no-confidence South Africa’s highest court has ruled that a vote of no-confidence against President Jacob Zuma can be held in secret. The constitutional court said that the Speaker of parliament had the right to order such a […]

Kenya’s schoolgirls to get free sanitary pads from government

22 Jun

Image copyright AFP Image caption All Kenyan schoolgirls are to get free sanitary pads (stock picture) All Kenyan schoolgirls are to get free sanitary pads, the government has said. It is hoped the move will improve access to education in a country where many cannot afford sanitary products like pads and tampons. The high cost […]

South Sudan no longer in famine

21 Jun

Image copyright ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN Image caption There has been an increase in humanitarian assistance since famine was declares in February South Sudan is no longer classified as being in famine following an increase in aid, a UN-backed report says. However, the report warns that the situation remains desperate as the number of people at […]

#SocialMediaBlackout: South Africans tweet despite boycott call

21 Jun

Image copyright Getty Images/Twitter A call for South Africans to boycott social media for a day to protest against high data costs has ironically seen #SocialMediaBlackout trend. Musician and activist Ntsiki Mazwai had urged South Africans to log off and not buy data to pressure mobile providers. Discontent over internet service charges in the country […]

DR Congo Kasai conflict: ‘Thousands dead’ in violence

21 Jun

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UN has called for an investigation into the violence, which has left millions displaced More than 3,300 people have been killed in the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region since last October, the Catholic Church says. The figure, reported by Reuters, is from Church sources […]

CAR violence: Deadly clashes in Bria despite ceasefire deal

21 Jun

Image copyright AFP Image caption UN peacekeepers run regular patrols in Bria At least 40 people have been killed in fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR), a day after a ceasefire was signed between rebels and the government. The mayor of the town of Bria, north-east of the capital, Bangui, spoke of bodies lying […]