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Sudanese teen fights for freedom despite threats

The legal team representing Sudanese teenager Noura Hussein, who killed her 35-year-old husband as he tried to rape her in what she says was self-defense, filed an appeal to Sudan's Supreme Court onThursday to have her sentence overturned.Hussein was on death row for fatally stabbing Abdulrahman Mohamed Hammad until two weeks ago, when an appeals court in Sudan
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Uganda to review social media tax after protests

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda in a statement Wednesday said the bill would be amended "taking into consideration the concerns of the public," and presented to the country's parliament on July 19.Uganda passed a new set of laws taxing online services and mobile money transactions in the country in May.Police fired teargas to disperse a crowd of demonstrators led by
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Uganda’s government to review social media tax after protests

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda in a statement Wednesday said the bill would be amended "taking into consideration the concerns of the public," and presented to the country's parliament on July 19.Uganda passed a new set of laws taxing online services and mobile money transactions in the country in May.Police fired teargas to disperse a crowd of demonstrators led by
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South Africa ex-president’s son charged with corruption

Duduzane Zuma is alleged to be part of a group who tried to bribe a former deputy finance minister, Mcebisi Jonas, to take on a senior government role.Zuma, 34, appeared before the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes court Monday and was granted bail of 100,000 rand ($7500), his lawyer Rudi Krause told CNN. Krause said: "My client, of course, pleads not guilty in this matter
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Nigerian army hands over 183 child soldiers to UN

The children aged between seven and 18 years old were released to the Borno State government and UNICEF in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, which has borne the brunt of Boko Haram's decade-long insurgency. Army spokesman John Agim told CNN the children were being used as "foot soldiers" by the militants."Boko Haram militants send them for different kinds of operations,
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Scientists cautiously optimistic about HIV vaccine candidate

A new vaccine appears to be safe and induced an immune response in humans and rhesus monkeys in an early stage trial, according to new research published Friday in the journal The Lancet. That means it's safe enough to go into the next phase of testing, which involvesa larger number of humans. It's one of only five experimental HIV-1 vaccine concepts that have
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Ethiopia and Eritrea have declared end of war

Yemane Meskel tweeted that the "state of war that existed between the two countries has come to an end."The minister added in the post that "a new era of peace and friendship has been ushered. Both countries will work to promote close cooperation in political, economic, social, cultural and security areas." The declaration was signed Monday during an unprecedented summit