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Egypt education system under spotlight as exams leaked

Cairo, Egypt | AFP | High school finals are always a terrifying prospect for Egyptian students. After cheat sheets were leaked this year, the exams turned into a nightmare for Mariam Khaled. She had gone home to sleep after finishing an exam. When she woke up, she discovered she would …

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UN vote on Burundi police force expected Friday

United Nations, United States | AFP | The UN Security Council is expected to vote on Friday on deploying a UN police force to Burundi to monitor human rights and help quell violence in the African country. France requested a vote on a draft resolution presented two weeks ago to …

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Mugabe fights back after Zimbabwe protests

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday launched a blistering attack on anti-government activists, foreign embassies and disaffected war veterans as he sought to assert his grip on power following recent protests. Mugabe addressed thousands of supporters outside the headquarters of the ruling ZANU-PF party, issuing …

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Congo opposition chief comes home as crisis looms

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Congo’s veteran opposition chief Etienne Tshisekedi returned home after a two-year absence to a warm welcome from large crowds Wednesday as the mineral-rich African nation heads into fresh turbulence. Thousands of supporters sporting Tshisekedi T-shirts and waving party flags who had gathered at the …

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No hawking. No trading. Lagos bans street selling

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP | Every morning, Mama Biliki prepares small bags of popcorn outside her ramshackle house in Ajegunle, one of Lagos’ poorest neighbourhoods, to sell by the roadside for 50 naira each. On a good day, she reckons she can earn about 5,000 naira ($16, 15 euros) hawking …

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I’m voting Trump, says Obama’s Kenyan half-brother

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | US President Barack Obama’s half-brother said Tuesday he was going to vote for Republican candidate Donald Trump in this year’s American election, saying he felt let down his sibling’s neglect of his Kenyan family. Obama was born in Hawaii to an American mother and a …

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Kiir announces Deng as new South Sudan vice-president

Riek Machar replaced as South Sudan vice-president Juba, South Sudan | AFP | South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir announced on Monday that former rebel leader Riek Machar had been replaced as vice president, confirming signs of serious divisions within the opposition. Kiir said he had appointed Taban Deng Gai to …

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DR Congo vows to jail opposition leader if he returns

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s justice minister on Monday vowed to jail opposition leader Moise Katumbi if he returned home after leaving the country for medical treatment. Katumbi was seen as the leading challenger to President Joseph Kabila in elections due to be held this year, but left the country …

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