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Lubuto Library Partners: Helping vulnerable children in Africa

Issued on: 24/01/2020 – 11:54Modified: 24/01/2020 – 11:54 In Africa's Bemba language, the word Lubuto means "knowledge, enlightenment and light". It's perhaps, then, the perfect name for a string of public libraries helping street children, orphans and disadvantaged youths in Zambia. In Perspective, we spoke to the president and founder of Lubuto LibraRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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Libya’s neighbours meet in Algiers in bid to diffuse crisis

Issued on: 23/01/2020 – 18:05Modified: 23/01/2020 – 18:05 Libya's neighbours came together Thursday in Algiers as part of international efforts to find a political settlement to a crisis that threatens regional stability. Advertising Read more The meeting, organised at Algeria's initiative, began mid-morning with statements from each of the participants and continued behind closed doors, an AFP journalist said. It brought together foreign ministers from Tunisia, Egypt and Chad, as well as diplomats from Sudan and Niger. Mali sent a representative while Morocco was absent from the talks. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who was set to brief the meeting on the results of Sunday's international summit in Berlin, is also attending. Several African countries had complained of being left out of the so-called Berlin process, during which world leaders committed to ending all foreign meddling in Libya and upholding a weapons embargo. But the outcome of the efforts..

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Ivorian Voters Hope for Peaceful 2020 Election

[unable to retrieve full-text content] With fewer than 10 months to go until Ivory Coast's presidential election voters are hoping that, this time around, the exercise will go smoothly. Recent elections have led to crises and and even civil war. Also Senegal finally criminalises rape meaning that abusers will face Read More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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Zimbabwean billionaire pays striking doctors to return to work

Junior doctors in the country's public hospitals downed tools in September to protest poor wages which had been worsened by the Zimbabwe's economic crisis.Two months later, the Senior Hospital Doctors Association (SHDA) joined their colleagues, saying they could no longer cope with the poor working conditions and the dire state of health facilities in the country. Monthly allowances Masiyiwa's fellowship through his family's HigherLife Foundation has brought an end the wage impasse between the striking unions and the government, at least for now. The HigherLife Foundation Medical Doctors Fellowship will give monthly allowances to doctors working in the nation's public hospitals for the next six months, the foundation said in a statement released to CNN. It also includes free transport vouchers for beneficiaries during working days and on-call duties.Masimba Ndoro from the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association, which represents 600 doctors working at 1,600 gove..

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Police in Lesotho want to question Prime Minister Thabane in ex-wife’s killing

In a letter addressed to Thabane on Monday, Lesotho's Deputy Police Commissioner Paseke Mokete urged the Prime Minister to attend an interview with police Wednesday to "cast a light" on the ongoing probe.Investigations into the 2017 shooting death of Lipolelo Thabane have also prompted authorities to issue an arrest warrant for Thabane's current wife, Maesaiah Thabane.The warrant was issued by the court earlier this month after Maesaiah Thabane failed to appear for questioning at a police station, according to court documents seen by CNN. Police had been looking for the first lady since earlier in January. They now believe she has left the country, Lesotho Police Commissioner Holomo Molibeli told CNN. CNN reached out to Maesaiah Thabane's lawyer for comment but did not immediately receive a response. Pressure to step down Thabane's estranged wife was shot dead by gunmen in June 2017 on the outskirts of the capital city of Maseru. The killing took place shortly befo..

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Billionaire Isabel dos Santos, daughter of Angola’s ex-president, charged with fraud

Issued on: 23/01/2020 – 10:16Modified: 23/01/2020 – 10:19 Angola's billionaire former first daughter Isabel dos Santos has been charged in the southern African country with money laundering and mismanagement during her stewardship of state-owned oil firm Sonangol, the Angolan prosecutor general announced on Wednesday. Advertising Read more Hundreds of thousands of files about dos Santos were obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and released by several news organisations on Sunday, dubbed the “Luanda Leaks”. They allege the daughter of ex-president José Eduardo dos Santos plundered state coffers to build her fortune, estimated at $2.1 billion (€1.82 billion). "Isabel dos Santos is accused of mismanagement and embezzlement of funds during her tenure at Sonangol and is thus charged in the first instance with the crimes of money laundering, influence peddling, harmful management…forgery of documents, among other economic crimes," prosec..

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Malian army says six soldiers killed, several wounded in overnight attack

Issued on: 23/01/2020 – 13:32Modified: 23/01/2020 – 13:35 Six soldiers were killed and several were wounded in an overnight attack in central Mali, the army said Thursday, in fresh violence in the war-torn West African state. Advertising Read more The troops came under fire late Wednesday from "unidentified armed men" in Dioungani, an area in central Mali's volatile Mopti region near the border with Burkina Faso, the army said on Twitter. Local authorities and inhabitants have blamed the attack on jihadists. The army gave a "provisional toll" of six dead and several wounded, without giving further details. Mali has been struggling to contain an Islamist insurgency that erupted in the north in 2012 and has claimed thousands of military and civilian lives since. Read More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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Lesothos PM questioned over ex-wifes murder

Issued on: 22/01/2020 – 23:12Modified: 22/01/2020 – 23:12 In tonight's edition: Lesothos Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been questioned by police over the killing of his ex-wife three years ago. In Burkina Faso 36 civilians were killed this week. The country is faced with repeated jihadist attacks. Parliament has voted a new law providing funding and new training for local vigilantes. And finally private money is solving public problems in Zimbabwe. A billionaire stepped in to Read More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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