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Senegal to offer free breast cancer treatment

Senegal’s government says that women suffering from breast or cervical cancer will be offered free chemotherapy in public hospitals from the beginning of October. “We are relieved because these are the most common types of cancers affecting women here,” Dr Fatma Guenoun, president of the

Investigators say Burundi’s president violated human rights

A committee looking into abuses in Burundi has concluded that President Pierre Nkurunziza is personally accountable for serious violations. They have presented their final report before the international human rights council in Geneva. Investigators found that opposition members, their families and people who have not co-operated with the ruling party ahead of the next

Botswana begins deporting 800 Namibian refugees

Botswana has deported the first group of more than 800 Namibian refugees who have been living in the country for two decades. On Tuesday, 94 refugees were transported back to their home country from a camp in the village of Dukwi. The group fled Namibia in 1999 following a failed secessionist uprising. Many of the […]

NIGERIA:Women protest against hotel serial killings

Women have been marching through Port Harcourt calling for more protection in the wake of serial killings in Nigeria’s oil city. At least eight women have been found strangled in a similar way in different hotel rooms in the capital of Nigeria’s southern Rivers state since July. The police have arrested two suspects in connection […]

Egypt, Ethiopia disagree as talks over Nile dam project resume

Talks between Egypt and Ethiopia over the latter’s dam project on the River Nile, have hit yet another deadlock, even as ministers from the two countries met with Sudan on Monday. The meeting, which was the first in over a year, produced no agreements or disagreements, according to the spokesperson at Ethiopia’s foreign ministry, Nebiat […]

DRC: President Tshisekedi visit to Belgium

After several years of tensions between Belgium and the Democratic Republic of Congo, current president Felix Tshisekedi hopes to bridge the gap and normalise relations with its former colonial power. He arrived in the country late Monday with a tight schedule for his four day trip. On Tuesday, he was received with military honours by […]

COTE D’IVOIRE: Anger over ICC appeal against Gbagbo

The appeal against the acquittal of former Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo at the International Criminal Court is sparking mixed reactions in the country. For Gbagbo’s Ivorian Popular Front party, the appeal is disappointing, a judicial delaying tactic to keep Gbagbo and his deputy Charles Ble Goude as far away from the country as possible […]

Death toll revised in DR Congo crash

Fifteen people were killed when a freight train derailed in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, officials say. Earlier, a government minister said at least 50 people were killed in the accident. But Humanitarian Affairs Minister Steve Mbikayi later clarified that officials had mistakenly combined the number of dead with the number of injured. […]

Ugandan MPs warned to ‘eat slowly’

The speaker of Uganda’s parliament has issued a stern warning to MPs to be on their “best behaviour” during a forthcoming conference that will attract delegates from across the world. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) takes place between 22-29 September in the capital, Kampala, and more than 1,000 people are expected to attend. Speaker Rebecca […]
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