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Zambia: HIV testing now compulsory

The President of Zambia, Edgar Lungu has announced that testing for HIV is now compulsory in that country. According to Mr. Lungu, testing, counselling and treatment for HIV which used to be voluntary, are now a must for every citizen as the country struggles to address the high prevalence rate in Zambia. Zambia’s National HIV Council revealed that the country has one of the highest prevalence rates in sout ...

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Sierra Leone: Desperate dig for mudslide survivors

The desperate dig for survivors was due to resume at first light in Sierra Leone's capital, after mudslides and floods claimed the lives of more than 300 people. Their homes in Freetown were engulfed after part of Sugar Loaf mountain collapsed following heavy rain early on Monday morning. Many of the victims were still asleep in their beds when disaster struck. Vice-President Victor Foh has warned the final ...

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Burkina Faso terror attack kills 18

Eighteen people have been killed and about 20 have been wounded in a "terrorist attack" in the centre of the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, the government says. Gunmen opened fire on customers seated outside a restaurant, witnesses were quoted as saying. The attack is now over, authorities say, with at least two assailants killed by security forces. A jihadist attack on a nearby cafe killed 30 people ...

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Nigeria’s Buhari feels ready to go home

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has said he feels ready to return home after medical treatment in the UK, and is awaiting his doctor's permission. The African leader has recently faced questions at home over whether he is well enough to run the country. Since the start of 2017 he has spent more time in the UK than in Nigeria. His current period of sick leave is the second this year, after a stint from ...

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Kenya: Odinga discrediting results premature – Kpessa Whyte

Political Scientist Dr Kpessa Whyte has criticised the leader of the biggest opposition party in Kenya, Raila Odinga for his outright dismissal of provisional results in the August 8 polls. Mr Odinga argues the Electoral Commission's IT system had been hacked to manipulate the election results which points to a strong lead for the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta. Electoral officials have said with 91 per cent of r ...

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NUGS Russia to picket Ghana Mission over stipends

The Russia chapter of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has threatened to picket Ghana’s Mission in Moscow, if the Scholarship Secretariat, the Head of Mission; Ghana Embassy Moscow, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chief of Staff do not see to the immediate release of the stipends of continuing students in Russia. NUGS said the over 200 scholarship students have been in a “terrible situation” ...

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Annan’s jabs at African leaders apt – Lecturer

A political science lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) Osei Kwadwo, has applauded former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan for chastising African heads of state for their penchant to clinch to power through fraudulent elections. Mr Annan delivering his treatise during a lecture on leadership and public service dubbed ‘An afternoon with Kofi Annan’ organised by the alumni of ...

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N Korea promises Guam strike plan in days

North Korea says a plan that could see it fire four missiles near the US territory of Guam will be ready in a matter of days. State media said Hwasong-12 rockets would pass over Japan and land in the sea about 30km (17 miles) from Guam, if the plan was approved by Kim Jong-un. It denounced Donald Trump's warnings of "fire and fury" and said the US leader was "bereft of reason". The US has warned the North i ...

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Not easy losing an election: Mahama

Former President John Mahama has told Kenyans, from personal experience, that it is not easy losing an election. Mr Mahama who lost the 2016 presidential election in his home country Ghana is heading the Commonwealth Observer Mission in the East African country which held elections on 8 August. Speaking to Kenyans about the need to keep the peace of the country after the polls, Mr Mahama drew on his own exp ...

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Kenyatta takes lead in Kenya election

Kenya's incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken a strong lead as votes are counted after Tuesday's election. With 80% of results in he has 55% of the vote against 44% for his rival, Raila Odinga, figures show. However, the opposition coalition has rejected the partial results, saying election officials have not produced documents to prove their validity. "They are fictitious, they are fake," said Mr Od ...

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