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Facebook, Twitter tighten rules for political ads

Washington, United States | AFP | Twitter on Thursday announced new guidelines to clearly mark political ads on its platform as Facebook said it began implementing a policy requiring labeling and verification of identities of those paying for political messages. The moves by the two social media firms come in …

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China, Russia rise in C. Africa as Western influence shrinks

Libreville, Gabon | AFP | Russia and China are muscling their way into the Central African Republic as Western clout in the mineral-rich, strategically important nation seems to wane, analysts say. Ranked at the very bottom of the UN’s 188-nation Human Development Index, CAR is mired in poverty and strife. …

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Posters naming DRC’s Kabila as candidate appear in capital

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Posters published by supporters of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s ruling party show Joseph Kabila as a presidential candidate in controversial December elections meant to end his rule. “Our candidate Joseph Kabila,” reads one of the posters alongside his picture, signed by the Friends …

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Mozambique backs constitution reform to bolster peace

Maputo, Mozambique | AFP | Mozambique’s parliament Wednesday approved constitutional changes on how provinces are governed, meeting a key demand of rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama who died this month. Decentralisation of power was a central issue in peace talks between President Filipe Nyusi and Dhlakama, the head of the Renamo …

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No sign of Mugabe at Zimbabwe parliament hearing

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | A Zimbabwe parliamentary committee gathered Wednesday to hear evidence from former president Robert Mugabe, but there was no immediate sign that he would attend. Lawmakers want to question Mugabe over his 2016 claim that the country had lost $15 billion in revenue due to corruption …

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Households robbed of £900 since Brexit: central bank

London, United Kingdom | AFP | British household incomes have haemorrhaged £900 ($1,200) in real terms since the vote to leave the EU, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said Tuesday, warning businesses are “holding back” over Brexit uncertainty. Economic growth has sunk by “up to two percent” against the …

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Ramaphosa sweet-talks S.African trade unions

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South African President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed Tuesday to rebuild ties between the ruling ANC party and the influential Cosatu trade union federation ahead of next year’s election. The African National Congress (ANC) has held power since 1994, supported by an alliance with Cosatu and …

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