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Churches face competition and a troubled legacy as they grow | JOSEPH HELLWEG | Pope Francis recently completed a seven-day tour of three African countries: Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. It was a significant trip for a number of reasons. During his visit, the pope spoke on issues of peace and …

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Gabon to be paid $150 million to fight deforestation

Gabon to be first African nation paid to fight deforestation Libreville, Gabon | AFP |  Gabon will become the first African country paid with international funds to preserve its forests in an effort to fight climate change, the United Nations said Sunday. Norway will provide Gabon, which is almost 90 …

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Obasanjo hails Museveni for showing initiative in Rwanda row

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Former Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo has praised President Yoweri Museveni for taking steps to remove hurdles that had created a row with Rwanda. Obasanjo said that he was in the country earlier in the year and talked to Museveni about ways to resolving …

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EGYPT: Anti-Sisi protests break out, several arrested

Cairo, Egypt | AFP |  Rare small protests broke out on Friday in Cairo and other Egyptian cities calling for the removal of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi but police quickly dispersed them, AFP journalists reported. Dozens of people joined night-time demonstrations around Tahrir Square — the epicentre of the 2011 …

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‘Our future is not guaranteed’: Ugandan climate warrior

Kampala, Uganda | AFP | When Ugandan Leah Namugerwa turned 15 last month, she decided to plant 200 trees rather than have a birthday party, in her latest effort to spotlight environmental damage in Uganda. Juggling school, protests, and giving speeches in regional capitals rallying for action to save the planet, …

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Rwanda Police warns over corporal punishment in schools

Kigali, Rwanda | THE INDEPENDENT | Rwanda Police has cautioned teachers against administering corporal punishments to students in form of disciplining, saying that such acts amounts to “criminal actions.” The warning follows separate cases where teachers have been arrested for severely beating and injuring pupils. Among those arrested is a teacher …

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