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Men made a mess of Somalia, now women want to fix it

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | Raped, abused and subjected to genital mutilation, many women suffer terribly in Somalia, an unrepentantly patriarchal country shown by successive surveys as one of the worst places to be female. A quota reserving 30 percent of parliamentary seats for women in current elections is supposed …

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Angola: 37 ex-opposition fighters face coup charges

Luanda, Angola | AFP |  Thirty-seven former fighters from Angola’s main UNITA opposition party go on trial Friday accused of attempting to stage a coup earlier this year, the state news agency Angop reported on Thursday. Members of the group face charges of planning an armed assault against the presidential …

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COSATU: It is Ramaphosa, not Zuma, for president

South Africa union federation backs Ramaphosa for power Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday won the support of Cosatu, the biggest union federation, to be the ANC party’s next leader, boosting his chances of taking national power. The African National Congress (ANC), …

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South African police nab Chinese man with 18 rhino horns

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South African police Thursday said they had arrested a Hong Kong-bound Chinese man found with 18 rhino horns hidden in his luggage. He was detained on Wednesday at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport after an anonymous tip-off. “The 28-year-old male, who was in transit …

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Egypt’s Sisi expresses support for Syrian military

Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said he supports the Syrian military, a position at odds with his country’s Gulf benefactors like Saudi Arabia. The former army chief, who has overseen a warming of ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s main backer Russia, made the …

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Morocco quits Africa-Arab summit over presence of Polisario

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea | AFP |  Morocco and several Arab countries walked out of an Africa-Arab nations summit in Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday to protest the presence of a delegation from the Polisario Front, media reports said. Morocco, which is a big investor in Africa, quit the fourth Africa-Arab World …

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