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  • S.Africa's ruling ANC offices torched in Marikana

    Unknown arsonists Thursday torched a small office of the ruling ANC in Marikana, where police killed 34 miners in 2012, as campaigning for the May 7 election hot up, police said. "Police are investigating a case of arson," police spokesman Sabata Mokgwabona told SAPA news agency. The ANC…

    AFP
  • 'One Heart' radio's rare voice for peace in C.Africa

    Bambari (Central African Republic) (AFP) - The premises of Be-Oko ("One Heart") radio in the town of Bambari are miserable but its mission immense: amid brutal sectarian violence, its call for peace hopes to stop this town in the Central African Republic from tearing itself apart. In December…

    AFP
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  • Mauritania president to stand for reelection at June 21 poll

    Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz handed in his papers on Thursday to stand for reelection in a vote on June 21 he is a strong favorite to win. The constitutional court said in a statement he was the first candidate to do so. Abdel Aziz came to power in an army coup in 2008, won an…

    Reuters
  • UN names 21 countries with rape in conflict

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new U.N. report names 21 countries where rape and other sexual violence has been committed in current and recent conflicts, from Afghanistan and Central African Republic to Myanmar and Syria.

    Associated Press
  • UN names 21 countries where rape in conflict

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new U.N. report names 21 countries where rape and other sexual violence has been committed in current and recent conflicts — from Afghanistan and Central African Republic to Myanmar and Syria.

    Associated Press
  • Wage talks fail to end S.Africa's platinum mining strike

    A new round of talks on a new wage offer between the world's top platinum producers and union leaders on Thursday failed to end a crippling 13-week strike, the companies said. "Unfortunately, no resolution has yet been achieved in resolving the three-month strike relating to wages and benefits,"…

    AFP
  • WWF condemns oil search in Africa's oldest national park

    Environmental campaigners WWF on Thursday condemned moves by British firm Soco International to start searching for oil in part of Africa's oldest national park. WWF said that Soco was on Saturday scheduled to start seismic testing in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga park, home to 3,000…

    AFP
  • South Africa's ombudsman listed on Time's top 100

    Time magazine named South Africa's hard-hitting ombudsman as one of the world's 100 most influential people Thursday, providing high-profile recognition of her work investigating President Jacob Zuma as he fights for re-election. Thuli Madonsela in March found that some of the $23 million of…

    AFP
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  • US protests Iran's election to UN NGO committee

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power protested the election of repressive regimes including Iran to the U.N. Committee on Non-governmental Organizations which deals with civil society groups accredited to the United Nations.

    Associated Press
  • Angry Muslims in Central African Republic call for partition

    By Emmanuel Braun BAMBARI, Central African Republic (Reuters) - In this dusty town at the heart of the Central African Republic, many angry Muslims advocate a simple solution to the threat of religious violence from Christian militias terrorizing the country's south: partition. Bambari lies near…

    Reuters
  • South Sudan to free prisoners as pressure mounts for peace deal

    By Carl Odera JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan will free four high-profile political prisoners facing treason charges, a presidential spokesman said on Thursday, meeting a demand by rebels in a faltering peace process. President Salva Kiir has come under mounting pressure as rebel fighters loyal to…

    Reuters
  • Morocco wind farm, Africa's biggest, starts generating power

    Tarfaya (Morocco) (AFP) - Africa's largest wind farm, at Tarfaya in southwestern Morocco, has started generating electricity and will be capable of meeting the electricity needs of several hundred thousand people, officials say. It has launched a plan to produce 4,000 MW from wind and solar power.…

    AFP
  • Sudan to host pre-Olympic football qualifiers tournament

    Sudan has been picked to host East and Central Africa's first ever pre-Olympic football qualifying competition this year in a bid to enhance its chances of reaching the 2016 games. Nicholas Musonye, the secretary of the East and Central Africa Football Federation (CECAFA) said the under-23…

    AFP
  • Embattled South Sudan president replaces army chief

    By Carl Odera JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has sacked his army chief, a military spokesman said, replacing him with a loyalist from his own ethnic group as the country's four-month conflict shows signs of being increasingly fought along tribal lines. Kiir also replaced his…

    Reuters
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  • Senegal ex-president's delayed homecoming set for Friday

    Senegal's exiled former president Abdoulaye Wade is to make his controversial homecoming two days later than planned, his party said, with supporters claiming he was deliberately held up en route. Wade, 87, who held power from 2000 to 2012, was expected in Dakar on Wednesday for his first trip…

    AFP
  • Wage talks resume as South Africa platinum strike marks 13th week

    By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Marathon talks aimed at ending a crippling three-month strike in South Africa's platinum sector were to resume on Thursday after the world's top producers and union AMCU spent two days haggling over an offer tabled last week by the companies. The strike is…

    Reuters
  • South Africa's institutions rot in post-apartheid world

    In the bowels of Africa's largest hospital, doctors carry out emergency surgery by the light of a cell phone while, on a nearby ward, seriously ill patients are sardined three-to-a-bed. Twenty years after South Africans jubilantly swept apartheid aside, Johannesburg's Chris Hani Baragwanath…

    AFP
  • All at sea: global shipping fleet exposed to hacking threat

    By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The next hacker playground: the open seas - and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 percent of the goods moved around the planet. Somali pirates help choose their targets by viewing navigational data online, prompting ships to either turn…

    Reuters
  • South Sudan sacks army chief after rebels seize oil hub

    South Sudan's President Salva Kiir sacked his army chief after rebels seized a major oil hub, unleashing two days of ethnic slaughter in which the UN says hundreds of civilians were massacred. Rebels loyal to sacked vice president Riek Machar seized Bentiu last week. The United Nations says they…

    AFP
  • 5 things to know about Super Rugby, round 11

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The 11th round of Super Rugby encompasses the ANZAC Day holiday which commemorates the contributions of Australian and New Zealand military personnel since the start of World War 1.

    Associated Press
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