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8 killed in stampede over food aid in Zambia

At least eight people were killed and 28 others injured in a stampede in Zambia's capital Lusaka on Monday as thousands of poor people struggled to claim food handouts, police said. Police have opened an inquiry into the deadly...

UN assesses human rights situation of the elderly in Namibia

United Nations human rights expert Rosa Kornfeld-Matte is currently on an official visit to assess the human rights situation of older persons in Namibia. A statement from the UN's Information Centre in Windhoek on Monday said the expert's visit...

Lesotho prime minister set to call election if he loses confidence vote

Lesotho's Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili, is likely to lose a confidence vote in parliament this week and stands ready to call a snap election, according to a senior advisor, as the South African kingdom's economy slows and security deteriorates....

Xenophobia tension remains high in Johannesburg

Police spokesperson for South Africa's Gauteng Province said Tuesday, five people were arrested in Johannesburg on Monday night for store breaking and public violence. The South African police escorted the foreigners out of Jeppestown, east of Johannesburg after they...

Public sector workers in Zimbabwe to protest over bonuses

Zimbabwean public sector workers will hold a demonstration on Monday calling on the government to pay bonuses for 2016, the civil service union said, setting them on a collision course with President Robert Mugabe's cash strapped administration. Without balance...

UNESCO calls for robust investment in education in Namibia

UNESCO Representative to Namibia Jean Pierre Ilboudo on Friday called for robust investment towards the education sector in Namibia. Ilboudo called on the Namibian government to foster investment towards the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), especially through...

Zuma condemns violence against foreigners living in South Africa

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has condemned acts of violence between citizens and non-nationals, his office said on Friday. Anti-immigrant violence has flared sporadically in South Africa against a background of near-record unemployment, with foreigners being accused of taking...

South African court rejects country’s withdrawal from ICC

South Africa's High Court blocked the government's attempt to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday, the latest blow to scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma from an assertive post-apartheid judicial system. Justice Minister Michael Masutha said the government...

Shops belonging to foreigners looted in renewed xenophobia attacks in S. Africa

At least 20 shops possibly belonging to immigrants were looted in South Africa's capital overnight, police said on Tuesday, but they could not confirm if the attacks had deliberately targeted foreigners. Anti-immigrant violence has flared sporadically in South Africa...

S. Africa Parliamentary committee says xenophobia attacks could be avoided

The South African Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police said Monday the xenophobic attacks on foreigners by South Africans in Rosettenville and Pretoria West could be avoided if the police responded timely to complaints by the community. At least 15...
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Condemnation trail Somalia new bill seeking to allow child and forced marriage

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Malians back on the street renew call for president to resign

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Three persons handed 30 years jail term for throwing stone at president’s convoy

Three people have been sentenced to 30 years in prison in Burundi after being accused of throwing stones at the president’s convoy. The sentence...