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Zimbabwe is battling to clear a backlog of more than 400,000 passports dating as far back as 2018 due to shortage of foreign currency to import required consumables, Registrar-General Clemence Masango said Thursday.

Zimbabwe battles to clear huge passport backlog

Zimbabwe is battling to clear a backlog of more than 400,000 passports dating as far back as 2018 due to shortage of foreign currency to import required consumables, Registrar-General Clemence Masango said Thursday.
FILE PHOTO - South Sudan President Salva Kiir attends talks in Khartoum on an end to his country's civil war, June 25, 2018. REUTERS-Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah-File Photo

S. Sudan ‘unity’ army not ready for peace as deadline looms

At a remote and spartan bush barracks in South Sudan, a motley collection of government soldiers and their rebel enemies chanted in unison, raising their mock wooden guns to the sky.
This aerial photograph shows the damaged communities in Macomia district, Mozambique, on April 27, 2019 following the destruction by Cyclone Kenneth. AFP

Mozambique on recovery path after devastation by cyclones

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is expressing optimism that Mozambique’s economic recovery is on course, a year after the southern Africa country was beaten down by tropical cyclones Idai and Kenneth.
Forces affiliated with the UN-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) launched a new attack on the Libyan National Army (LNA) south of Tripoli.

New clashes in Libya despite UN ceasefire call

Rival forces clashed in the Libyan capital Thursday, witnesses and pro-Government of National Accord (GNA) forces said, a day after a UN Security Council resolution called for a "lasting ceasefire".
Sudan's cabinet said Thursday that the country's leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan had made no promise to Israel's prime minister of normalising ties between the two countries.

Sudan says deal signed with families of victims of USS Cole bombing

Sudan said Thursday it has signed a deal with the families of the victims of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen, meeting a key condition for removing the country from Washington's terrorism blacklist.
Lesotho’s prime minister, Thomas Thabane, and his wife, Maesiah, in Maseru in 2017. Photograph- Samson Motikoe-AFP

Lesotho’s First Lady charged with murdering husband’s first wife

Murder, mystery, suspense and political drama -- the cocktail of events playing out in Lesotho belong in a best-selling thriller.

WHO: Ebola outbreak remains global threat

The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo remains a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organisation has said.
[file] Former South African president Jacob Zuma appears at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on April 6, 2018, during for a brief preliminary hearing on corruption charges linked to a multi-billion dollar 1990s arms deal./ AFP PHOTO / POOL / Nic BOTHMA

Jacob Zuma receiving treatment in foreign country – lawyers

Lawyers for South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma have dismissed reports that he will be in parliament on Thursday for his successor Cyril Ramaphosa’s annual state of the nation address, saying he is still receiving medical treatment abroad.
Angola's chief prosecutor on Friday said funds that Isabel dos Santos - who is accused of stealing millions of dollars from state companies - invested in Portugal had been embezzled from her home country.

Portugal freezes bank accounts of Angola’s Isabel dos Santos

Portugal, in a sensational show of action, has ordered a freeze on bank accounts held in the country by Angola's billionaire former first daughter Isabel dos Santos, as the fraud case against her catches steam.
Unknown gunmen have attacked six communities and torched a teacher-training college in Quissanga district, in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, in the space of less than a week

How gunmen burned down college in Mozambique

Unknown gunmen have attacked six communities and torched a teacher-training college in Quissanga district, in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, in the space of less than a week, a development that marks an escalation in attacks on the gas-rich province.
In the court papers, the Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Jane Ansah sought an order suspending the enforcement of the judgement of the Constitutional Court pending the hearing and determination of an appeal.

Malawi elections chief defends use of correction fluid in disputed vote

Malawi’s electoral commission chief Wednesday defended the use of results sheets that had been altered with correctional fluid in last year’s disputed presidential elections.
A crowded street in Khan El Khalili Bazaar in Cairo, the Egyptian capital where about a fifth of its people live. Alamy

Egypt’s population hits 100 million

Egypt’s population has reached 100 million, the statistics agency said Tuesday, highlighting the threat of overpopulation in a poverty-stricken country where many live in crowded megacities.
Sudan’s former president Omar al-Bashir is due to go on trial today for corruption allegations, which brought down his 30-year rule.

Sudan to hand ex-president Omar al-Bashir to ICC

Sudan is handing over ousted leader Omar al-Bashir to the International Court Court (ICC) over charges against humanity, war crimes and genocide, Transitional Sovereign Council announced on Tuesday.
The United States and Kenya have set up a Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the U.S Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said on Monday in a press statement.

US, Kenya set up joint terrorism task force

The United States and Kenya have set up a Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the U.S Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said on Monday in a press statement.

‘Overlooked’ African Union leadership vow Libya, Sudan support

African Union leaders on Monday vowed to push peace efforts in Libya, a sign of the bloc's desire to play a bigger role in resolving the continent's conflicts.
Police in Bamako, Mali

Malian policeman killed in overnight attack

A policeman was killed Monday in an overnight attack in western Mali, the country’s security minister said, in fresh violence to hit the war-torn Sahel state.

Seven Egyptian soldiers, 10 militants killed in Sinai attack

Militants killed seven Egyptian soldiers in restive North Sinai on Sunday, Egypt's military said.

Suicide attack kills Algerian soldier near Mali border

An Algerian soldier was killed Sunday in a suicide car bomb attack near the Mali border, the Algerian defence ministry said in a statement.

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141 hospital staff investigated for giving free medicals to friends

Some 141 doctors and paramedics at a public hospital in Rome have been charged with fraud for giving free medical tests to friends and family evading regional taxes, police said on Friday.

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Kwara State Governor Abdulraham Abdulrazaq

Kwara state-owned newspaper gets acting general manager

A new acting General Manager has been appointed for the Kwara State Printing and Publishing Corporation (The Herald Newspapers).

Imo renames college after late Senator Uwajumogu

The Imo State government has renamed the Imo State College of Education, Ihitte Uboma after the late Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu as a way to mortalizing him for his service to the state.