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Congo opposition leader sentenced to five years in prison

A court in Democratic Republic of Congo sentenced a political opposition leader to five years in prison on Wednesday, a human rights advocate said, a judgment that risks imperiling multi-party talks meant to organise a presidential election next year. The court found Franck Diongo, president of the opposition MLP party, guilty of illegally detaining three soldiers during violent protests last ...

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Africa in 2016: From long kisses to noise bans

Africa has contributed its fair share of captivating headlines this year, but submerged in the coverage of migrations and mass killings, Nigerian novelist and journalist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani picks out some of the quirkier stories you might just have missed. Longest kiss For Zimbabwean MP Joseph Chinotimba, a loyal supporter of President Robert Mugabe, 2016 began with romance. The 66-year-old ...

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Volkswagen to open plants in Kenya, Rwanda

Volkswagen on Wednesday inaugurated a vehicle production facility in Kenya and revealed plans to start assembling cars in Rwanda by end 2017. The Government of Rwanda signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Volkswagen Group for a new integrated mobility concept Wednesday evening. The signing took place at the Marriot Hotel. According to a statement on the Republic of Rwanda’s ...

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President Mahama joins ECOWAS leaders for mediation in The Gambia

President John Mahama will Tuesday join other West African leaders to mediate the current political situation in The Gambia. President Mahama will join Chair of ECOWAS, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to meet with and persuade President Yahya Jammeh to hand power over to Adama Barrow, the president-elect of the West African country. Jammeh conceded ...

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Switzerland returns to countries $2b worth of stolen money – Official

Switzerland has reportedly seized and repatriated almost $2 billion of the illicit money stashed in Swiss banks by foreign dictators, according to a report by the website Swissinfo, citing an official. According to the report, a new law in Switzerland made the seizure and repatriation of the funds held in the country’s banks by foreign dictators, mostly African leaders possible. ...

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African Court rejuvenated for the next 10 years

The African Court on Human and Peoples Rights (AfCHPR) has set out a rejuvenated agenda for the next 10 years judging from its achievements and challenges over the past decade. “African Court is neither a Court for the States nor a Court of the Judges, but rather a Court for all African citizens desirous to see an Africa, which adopts ...

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