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South African student kills herself after alleged rape

Khensani Maseko, a student at the Rhodes University in Grahamstown, said she was raped by another student in May, according to a statement by the university. On August 3, the day she took her own life, Maseko posted a cryptic message on social media. "No one deserves to be raped," she wrote and posted on Instagram with a picture showing what is believed to be her date of
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Kenya’s former 400m hurdles world champion dies after car crash

Local police commander Patrick Wambani reported that Bett, aged 28, was killed after his car struck a bump and veered off the road near Nandi County in Kenya's high-altitude North Rift region.Bett had only just returned home from the African Senior Championships in Nigeria on Monday.Following reports of the accident, Kenya's Athletics governing body confirmed
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Congo President Joseph Kabila will not seek election for third term

Kabila instead nominated his interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary as his successor. The announcement reported in local media brought an end to speculation that Kabila would bypass the country's two-term limit to stand in the December 23 elections. Kabila succeeded his father, Laurent, after his assassination in 2001 and has since maintained a strong grip over
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Zimbabwean security forces round up opposition leaders

It was just before 2 a.m., witnesses said, and the group had just one mission.They were searching for Happymore Chidziva, leader of the opposition party's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Youth Alliance. Jongwe Matanga, a tenant at the house, said the gunmen broke down the doors of other houses on the compound and beat several female tenants, holding a rifle to
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Nigeria’s intelligence chief fired over parliamentary blockade

The incident sparked widespread anger in what one Senator described as a "siege" on the country's democracy.Video of the incident shows Nigeria's lawmakers in angry confrontation with the masked men who blocked all gates leading to the parliament, denying senators and journalists access. Local media reported that the men were operatives of the State security
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How 2018 African Athletics Championships descended into chaos

Instead, it has descended into chaos and seen countries such as Tanzania pull out of the games over what they say is poor organization and a lack of communication from organizers. The games kicked off on Wednesday. However, many of the athletes were still hundreds of miles away from the venue, stranded at the Murtala Muhammad International airport in Lagos. The Kenyan team
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Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa ‘crocodile’ has a taste for power

Known for his political longevity and survival skills, Emmerson Mnangagwa has been biding his time, waiting in the wings to take over as leader of Zimbabwe. His revolutionary credentials, coupled with his support among key parts of Zimbabwe's elite — specifically within the military and security services — singled him out as a likely successor to Robert Mugabe.For 40
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33 reported dead in Congo Ebola outbreak

An additional 43 suspected cases of Ebola were reported, including 13 confirmed by lab testing, according to WHO.The outbreak is spreading through five health zones in North Kivu province and one health zone in Ituri province, which poses geographic and political challenges, the WHO said. North Kivu borders Rwanda and Uganda and trade activity fuels heavy movement across
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Zimbabwe president calls for calm after deadly violence mars vote

President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday called for an independent investigation into the violence.In a series of tweets, Mnangagwa confirmed that he was in talks with opposition leader Nelson Chamisa in an effort to "diffuse the situation.""We believe in transparency and accountability, and those responsible should be identified and brought to justice," he added.The