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Drought ravages Lesotho as water is exported to S.Africa

Sephareng, Lesotho | AFP |    For farmer Mohlakoane Molise, the view of the enormous Katse dam from his smallholding high in the mountains of Lesotho taunts him daily. His country is suffering through its worst drought in 35 years, but the vast and vital water reserves remain out of …

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Sudan issues flood warning as Nile rises

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Sudanese authorities on Wednesday warned people living near the banks of the Nile to be wary of flooding, after two weeks of heavy rainfall killed dozens across the country. Authorities said water levels were rising on the Blue Nile along border with Ethiopia after continuous …

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Lungu vs Hichilema: Zambia’s presidential battle

Lusaka, Zambia | AFP | The front-runners in Zambia’s presidential election on Thursday are incumbent Edgar Lungu and rags-to-riches businessman Hakainde Hichilema — two adversaries who battled it out only last year. Lungu won that election by fewer than 28,000 votes, securing the right to complete the final months of …

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Cameroon bank workers accused of massive theft

Douala, CAMEROON | AFP |  Four employees of a Cameroon bank have been detained on suspicion of stealing millions of euros, sources told AFP on Tuesday. The four staff members of BICEC, a local subsidiary of French bank BPCE, have been placed in detention in the economic capital Douala after …

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Clashes heighten concerns ahead of Zambia election

Lusaka, ZAMBIA | AFP | Election officials and candidates in Zambia’s presidential vote on Tuesday condemned fresh outbreaks of violence between rival supporters, as concerns grow that the relatively stable country could face worsening unrest. Just 18 months after President Edgar Lungu narrowly won a snap election, he and the …

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US asks UN to back South Sudan regional force

The United States has asked the UN Security Council to send a 4,000-strong regional force to South Sudan’s capital of Juba and to impose an arms embargo if the government blocks the deployment. A draft resolution presented to the council would establish the regional protection force and authorize it to …

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Tensions in Chad as Deby sworn in for fifth term

N’Djamena, Chad | AFP | Chad’s President Idriss Deby took the oath of office Monday for a fifth term in power, facing dogged resistance from an opposition that alleges his re-election was a “political hold-up”. With tensions high a day after the death of a protester during an opposition march, …

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