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Nigeria launches app to fight human trafficking

Using the app, citizens can alert local authorities on human trafficking incidents, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) said in a statement.Nigeria is top among African countries where thousands of women and children are trafficked illegally to
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Grace Mugabe could stand trial for assault after immunity revoked

Former President Robert Mugabe's wife was accused of assault after an alleged attack on South African model Gabrielle Engels in a Johannesburg hotel room last August.However, she was granted diplomatic immunity by South Africa's former Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, allowing her to leave the country.Nkoana-Mashabane
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Nigeria recalls 2.4 million bottles of codeine-based cough syrup

The recall is based on recommendations from a recent committee report from anti-drug abuse agencies in the country, Christiana Adeyeye, Director- General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control told CNN Monday."We asked all pharmaceutical companies producing codeine-cough syrups to recall the drugs. It was painstaking process that took six weeks but
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…as Zimbabweans vote in first Mugabe-free election

The nation's electoral commission said about 70% of registered voters cast their ballot.The landmark vote has been touted as the first time the African nation held an election without the former strongman in almost four decades, but although Mugabe is not on the ballot, his influence continues to be felt.The now-disgraced 94-year-old could not resist stepping back
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Google’s free public Wi-Fi initiative expanded to Africa

The Google Station iniitiative is already live in five countries globally and will connect millions of users via 200 Wi-Fi hotspots spread across five cities in Nigeria within one year, the company said at its Google for Nigeria event Thursday. Google is not deploying its moonshot Project Loon to provide connectivity, instead, it is partnering with Nigerian fiber optic
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Cairo zoo accused of passing off donkey as zebra

A zoo in Cairo, Egypt, has been accused of trying to fool visitors by painting zebra stripes onto a donkey, but the zoo director insists the animal is the real thing.Mahmoud Sarhan, 18, said he was visiting a recently-opened animal sanctuary at the International Garden municipal park when he spotted a strange looking animal.Sarhan said several things about the animal stood
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Somalia to pursue first FGM prosecution after 10-year-old girl dies

Deeqa Dahir Nuur suffered complications two days after her mother took her to a local cutter in a remote village on July 17, according to media reports.Her case drew widespread condemnation and anti-FGM groups in Somalia have been calling for justice for Deeqa.Now the government has announced it will pursue its first FGM prosecution — even though there is not currently
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India strengthens ties in Africa with plans for 18 new embassies

"As with Uganda, we have deepened our partnership and engagement across the vast expanse of Africa," Modi said during an address to the Ugandan Parliament – the first ever by a serving Indian prime minister. "And we are also opening 18 new embassies in Africa."Modi also thanked Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni for encouraging Ugandans of south Asian origin to return
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Ebola outbreak in Congo declared over

The government of Congo declared an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in May, the country's ninth recorded outbreak.According to the Ministry of Health, 54 cases of Ebola virus were recorded during the outbreak, including 33 deaths.The organization provided guidance to the ministry to declare the outbreak over if no other cases were confirmed and two full incubation