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Obama delights sick children as Santa in Washington

Washington, United States | AFP |  Former US president Barack Obama took on a new high-profile role as Father Christmas on Wednesday for a surprise visit to sick children in Washington. Sporting a festive Santa hat and armed with a sack of gifts, he delighted young patients at Children’s National …

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Sudanese opposition leader returns from exile

Oumdourman, Sudan | AFP |  Sudan’s main opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi returned to the country on Wednesday after almost a year in exile, an AFP pgotographer at the scene said. Mahdi arrived in Omdurman, Khartoum’s twin city on the west bank of the Nile, where he was greeted by a …

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Brazil high court suspends order that could free Lula

  Brasília, Brazil | AFP | Brazil’s leftist former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva remained in prison Wednesday as two supreme court judges issued competing orders over whether he should be released while he tries to get his graft conviction overturned. Lula, 73, was given unexpected hope earlier in the …

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Tanzania opposition vows fight against Magufuli ‘dictatorship’

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Tanzania’s opposition parties on Wednesday declared they would join forces in a campaign against the “dictatorship” of President John Magufuli. “The government has launched a war against opposition parties,” six groups said in a joint statement issued after a four-day meeting. “We declare the year …

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S.Africa issues arrest warrant for Grace Mugabe: police

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South African police said Wednesday an arrest warrant had been issued for Grace Mugabe, wife of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, after she allegedly assaulted a model in Johannesburg in 2017. “The police investigated and we made an application to the courts and the …

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COMMENT: The feminization of African politics

Evidence shows that women’s political leadership strengthens governance capacity and cooperation with allies COMMENT | FATIMA AL ANSAR & SHONA BEZANSON | Last month, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed a new cabinet; ten of the 20 positions went to women. One week later, the country’s parliament unanimously elected Sahle-Work Zewde …

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