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Botswana to start auctions of elephant hunting licences

Gaborone, Botswana | AFP | Botswana on Friday will hold its first major auction for trophy elephant hunting quotas since controversially scrapping a hunting ban last year, a wildlife official said. President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s government in May revoked a moratorium, just a year after he succeeded Ian Khama, an avid environmentalist, …

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Kenya leader warns against US, China rivalry in Africa

Washington, United States | AFP | Kenya’s president said Wednesday that African nations should be free to cooperate with both the United States and China, warning that foreign powers were exacerbating the continent’s divisions. President Uhuru Kenyatta was speaking on a visit to Washington, where speculation has built that the United …

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Libya a ‘den of mercenaries’, say war-weary citizens

Tripoli, Libya | AFP |  After 10 months of fighting that has torn their country apart, exhausted Libyans voice deep fears and say their fate is no longer in their own hands. The oil-rich North African country has been mired in chaos since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising that killed longtime dictator …

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Sudan army agrees Burhan-Netanyahu meeting will boost security

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP |  Sudan’s military said Wednesday it backed a surprise meeting between the country’s leader and Israel’s prime minister in Uganda this week, saying the opening would help boost national security. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, chairman of Sudan’s ruling sovereign council, met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met …

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Malawi leader to appeal overturning of poll win

Lilongwe, Malawi | AFP | Malawian President Peter Mutharika plans to challenge a court decision overturning his 2019 poll victory, his spokesman said on Wednesday, in a move that could spark fresh opposition protests. After six months of hearings that gripped the southern African country, five top judges on Monday ruled …

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Malawi leader to appeal overturning of poll win

Lilongwe, Malawi | AFP | Malawian President Peter Mutharika plans to challenge a court decision overturning his election victory last year, his spokesman said on Wednesday, in a move that could spark fresh opposition protests. After six months of hearings that gripped the southern African country, five top judges on Monday …

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US, Nigeria hope to resolve visa row soon

  Washington, United States | AFP | The United States and Nigeria voiced hope Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s administration would soon lift onerous visa restrictions slapped on Africa’s most populous country, which said it was “blindsided” by its ally. On a previously scheduled visit to Washington, Nigerian Foreign Minister …

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Sudan’s Burhan says met Israel PM to ‘protect national security’

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Sudan’s leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said Tuesday his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the previous day was driven by his responsibility to protect the country’s national security. Burhan’s first remarks about the meeting in Uganda, talks that surprised even Sudan’s cabinet, came …

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Arrest warrant issued for S.Africa’s Zuma, suspended until May

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | A South African court on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for embattled former president Jacob Zuma after he failed to appear for a pre-trial hearing over corruption charges he faces related to a 1990s arms deal. But execution of the warrant will be deferred until May 6 when the …

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