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At the age of 13, Natasha Annie Tonthola was subjected to a ritual sexual initiation at the hands of an older man, but that was just the start of her troubles. Click here to read full story

South Africa's golden rhino of Mapungubwe travels to London

One of South Africa’s greatest historical artefacts is the star attraction of an exhibition of the country’s art opening at the British Museum in London on 27 October. Click here to read full story

Chinese teachers to train Ugandan teachers in Chinese language.

The government of Uganda is in the process of importing Chinese teachers to train Ugandan teachers in the Chinese language.   This effort is aimed at introducing the Chinese language into the country’s school curriculum.   The National Curriculum Development Centre has also approved the Chinese language as part of the school curriculum and “very soon” Secondary Read More

Chad votes with long time leader seeking fifth term.

Chadians have voted in a presidential election as the incumbent, Idriss Deby, sought a fifth term in office. President Deby, who took power in a military coup 26 years ago, faces 12 challengers but is widely expected to win another term. Witnesses says thousands of voters cast their ballots Sunday, in the first election the central Read More

Zimbabwean women take to the streets in protest of human trafficking

Dozens of women took to the streets of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, Wednesday to demonstrate against Kuwait’s government over alleged abuse of workers in the Gulf state.   In the past months, hundreds of young Zimbabwean women were lured to Kuwait with promises of jobs, but upon arrival were forced to work in brothels as sex Read More

World Health Organization says Ebola is no longer a threat

The World Health Organization, the WHO, has declared that Ebola is no longer an “extraordinary health event” and the risk of the virus spreading is low.   The declaration means the disease is no longer thought to be a public health threat to countries outside of those affected in West Africa. A small cluster of cases Read More

Illegal Marriages in Zimbabwe are on the rise

Since 2006, marrying a child below the age of 18 has been a crime, but law enforcement has seen the illegal unions continue, particularly in rural Zimbabwe.     According to UNICEF, 31 percent of Zimbabwean girls are married off before their eighteenth birthday. But there is now a renewed push to clamp down on Read More

US drone ‘kills 150 Somali militants’

A US drone strike has killed more than 150 al-Shabab militants in Somalia.   Spokesman Captain Jeff Davis says the strike hit a training camp where a large-scale attack was being planned and that it targeted a camp about 120 miles north of the capital, Mogadishu.   Davis says the camp had been under surveillance Read More

$6.8 billion of Nigerian public money stolen, says country’s information minister

Nigeria’s information minister claims that 55 people who were government ministers, state governors, public officials, bankers and businessmen stole 6.8 billion dollars from Nigeria’s public purse over a seven-year period. Lai Mohammed says endemic corruption has enriched a small elite but left many Nigerians mired in poverty, despite the country being Africa’s top oil producer Read More

Memorial held for Kenyan troops killed by al-Shabab in Somalia

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta says the country remains “unbowed and undeterred” in the fight against al-Shabab militants in Somalia. He made the speech this morning in Kenya’s Coastal region, saying Kenyans must stand with the families of the soldiers killed in a base in the southern Somali town of el-Adde on Friday. The flag-draped caskets Read More


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