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Ethiopia:Why Addis Ababa Shouldn't Criminalise Children Who Beg On Its Streets

[The Conversation Africa] Over half of Ethiopia's 100 million inhabitants are Orthodox Christians and a third practice Islam. Begging, in the form of almsgiving, is supported by the religious teachings of Christianity and Islam and is very common in the capital, Addis Ababa. (AllAfrica)

Africa:Cities Pledge to Cut Climate Emissions to Zero By 2050

[Premium Times] Lagos state, among other states in Africa, has pledged to deliver its share of emission cuts in order to meet the climate change targets in the Paris Agreement by 2050. (AllAfrica)

Congo-Kinshasa:WHO Convenes Emergency Meeting As Ebola Spreads

[Premium Times] The World Health Organisation (WHO) is convening an emergency meeting on Friday over the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). (AllAfrica)

Burundi:Who is President Pierre Nkurunziza?

[Deutsche Welle] Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza was named "eternal supreme guide" by his CNDD-FDD party on the eve of the constitutional referendum. A 'yes' vote could keep him in office until 2034. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Odinga Urges Films Board to Let People Watch Gay Film 'Rafiki'

[Nairobi News] Nasa leader Raila Odinga has urged the Kenya Films Classification Board (KFCB) to allow Kenyans to watch whatever they, like including banned gay film Rafiki. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Narrow Escape for Governor Mutua as Bridge Collapses

[Nation] Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua and Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi had a narrow escape when a bridge they were standing on collapsed on Friday morning. (AllAfrica)

Africa:Presidential Term Limits - Slippery Slope Back to Authoritarianism in Africa

[The Conversation Africa] There is mounting concern in Africa about a lack of leadership as well as an increasing trend of hard-won democratic rights being reversed. One way this is being done is through presidential term limits being abandoned, or extended. This in turn is leading to a reemergence of authoritarian politics, and political violence. (AllAfrica)

Sudan:Woman Flogged for 'Unauthorised Marriage'

[Radio Dabanga] Omdurman -A sentence of flogging was carried out by Omdurman Criminal Court on Tuesday against a woman who married without the consent of her father and brothers, even though her marriage was authorised and witnessed. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Fitch Affirms Nigeria's 'B+' Rating, Negative Outlook

[This Day] Fitch Ratings has affirmed Nigeria's long-term foreign-currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'B+' with a negative outlook. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:Former Ministers, Ex-MPs Plead Poverty, Seek Govt Jobs

[Monitor] Parliament -Poverty-stricken former ministers and Members of Parliament have requested the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to use her "influence" and convince President Yoweri Museveni to heal their financial infirmities. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Rubbish Piles Up in Harare

[GroundUp] Ivory Park residents complain of poor city services (AllAfrica)

East Africa:Museveni Arrives in Mozambique for 3-Day State Visit

[Monitor] Maputo -President Yoweri Museveni has arrived in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, for a three-day state visit on the invitation of his counterpart, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Shock as 14 Counties Spend Zero on Projects

[Nation] Fourteen counties spent nothing on development in the six months to December, hurting job creation and infrastructure projects in the devolved units. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania:Magufuli Gives Defaulters 30 Days to Pay Up

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -President John Magufuli yesterday issued a 30-day ultimatum to public and private institutions to pay Suma JKT debts amounting to Sh38.3 billion. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Court Ends Traditional Leaders' Illegal Role in Politics

[CAJ News] Harare -The Zimbabwean High Court has ruled against the decades-long dabbling in partisan politics by traditional leaders. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:Suspect in Cash-In-Transit Heist Allegedly a Cop

[News24Wire] News24 has reliably learnt that one of the seven men arrested after the cash-in-transit in Boksburg, in the East Rand is a police officer. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:40 Women Rescued in Thailand

[Observer] Over 40 Ugandan women have been rescued from a human trafficking racket in a Wednesday sweep in Thailand by Thai authorities. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Meet the Women Bikers Saving Lives

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Abuja -Whenever the all-female Nigerian biker group D'Angels hit the streets, people would stare in amazement at the sight of women on motorbikes. So they made up their minds to use the attention for a good cause. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Lecturers Call Off Strike

[Nation] Lecturers have called off their strike, which had paralysed learning in public universities for 76 days. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:Day Zero Injuries Have Many Capetonians in Hot Water

[News24Wire] There is a new phrase in Cape Town's lexicon: Day Zero injuries. (AllAfrica)

Somalia:Anti Al-Shabaab War Enters Critical Stage

[Nation] Nearly seven years after Kenyan troops crossed the border to fight the Al-Shabaab in Somalia, the war has entered a crucial phase which could see the soldiers return home in 2020. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Firms That Gained From U.S.$ 90 Million National Youth Service Scandal

[Nation] Some of the companies that are under investigation over the possible loss of Sh9 billion at the National Youth Service (NYS) have had previous controversial dealings with the outfit -- and have no Internet footprint. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:'Why Did We Tolerate Zuma's Misrule for So Long?'

[News24Wire] Former Cabinet minister Trevor Manuel has often contemplated why Jacob Zuma's presidency was allowed to last for as long as it did - and he thinks Parliament may be partly to blame. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:Listeriosis Cases On the Decline

[News24Wire] While the number of listeriosis cases has declined since the source was discovered, production at implicated factories is still on pause as an extensive revision of production processes and safety procedures is conducted. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:Man Who Called Colleague 'Swart Man' Living in Apartheid Past - Concourt

[News24Wire] A man who called a colleague "swart man [black man]" over parking space at work has shown that he has not made a break with the country's apartheid past, the Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Southern Africa:Govt, South African Firm Seal U.S.$5,2 Billion Fuels Deal

[The Herald] Government yesterday signed $5,2 billion deal with a South African company -- Nkosikhona Holdings -- that will see the country produce over 8 million litres of liquid fuels per day from coal in Lisulu, Hwangwe. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Coca-Cola Pledges to Invest U.S.$65 Million

[The Herald] The world's largest beverage company, Coca-Cola Company has promised to invest $65 million in the country over the next three years as Government's "Zimbabwe is Open for Business" mantra continues to yield results. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Zanu-PF Primaries Row - Vice-President's Mother-in-Law Sues Ruling Party

[New Zimbabwe] Vice President Constantino Chiwenga's mother-in-law Helga Mubaiwa has taken Zanu PF party to court over the ruling party's chaotic candidate selection process. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Deputy Finance Minister Says Corruption Can Be Good

[New Zimbabwe] DEPUTY Finance Minister Terrence Mukupe surprised guests to a roundtable discussion in Harare Tuesday after he said corruption could be positive for the country. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Academic Predicts Zanu-PF Defeat in Election

[New Zimbabwe] SENIOR academic and publisher Ibbo Mandaza says continuous internal rifts have weakened Zanu PF and placed it at the most probable danger of defeat by the opposition in elections due this year. (AllAfrica)

DR Congo Ebola outbreak: WHO holds crisis talk as cases spread

The World Health Organization will decide whether the disease is likely to spread internationally. (BBC News)