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Congo-Kinshasa: ICC Orders DRC Warlord to Compensate Victims

[RFI] In a first, the International Criminal Court has ordered the convicted warlord Germain Katanga to pay damages to his victims. The reparations are for 297 victims of an attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2003. An independent charity is expected to pay some of the money, as Katanga is penniless and without assets. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Blogger, Publisher Jailed On Defamation Charges

[CPJ] Abuja -Nigerian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release blogger Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo and newspaper publisher Samuel Welson, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. (AllAfrica)

Angola: Floods Kill 11, Cause Widespread Destruction

[Al Jazeera] Eleven people have died and several more are missing after torrential rain hit northern parts of Angola between Tuesday afternoon and Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: Rwanda Launches Electronic Cargo Tracking System

[East African] Rwanda has launched the East African joint electronic cargo tracking system. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Fresh Drive to Rid West Africa of Polio

[Deutsche Welle] Polio eradication teams are preparing to vaccinate 116 million children in western and central African nations, especially Nigeria. The virus, which can paralyze victims, was stamped out in India in 2014. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Three Times As Many Mobile Phones As Toilets in Africa

[IPS] Bulawayo -Though key to good health and economic wellbeing, water and sanitation remain less of a development priority in Africa, where high costs and poor policy implementation constrain getting clean water and flush toilets to millions. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: UN Appeals for Assistance As Refugees Overwhelm Uganda

[Observer] The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is appealing for financial assistance and support as thousands of South Sudanese refugees continue to pour into Uganda. (AllAfrica)

Africa: What Informal Transport Associations Tell Us About Political Trajectories

[Africa Research Institute] For a window onto a country's politics and political economy, look at how urban transport is organised. Britain's embrace of Uber, and the beleaguered company's exploitation of a legal loophole to allow its drivers to operate in places where they are not actually licensed, speaks volumes about our government's love of deregulation. (AllAfrica)

Cameroon: Eyes in Sky and On Ground Are Helping Forest Conservation

[The Conversation Africa] The highland rainforests of South West Cameroon are among the oldest forests on the continent. They comprise the richest flora and fauna in continental tropical Africa. The area is one of the world's most important biodiversity hotspots. The region encompasses high levels of unique, as well as endangered species. These include the Cross River gorilla, Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzees and forest elephants. (AllAfrica)

Africa: What 1960's African Poetry Tells Us About Colonialism

[This is Africa] In view of the recently commemorated World Poetry Day we look at how some of the poems written by African poets of the 1960s, which explore colonialism, and some of the atrocities committed on the continent. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Makerere Closure Case Adjourned to May

[Observer] Hearing of the case in which Makerere students are challenging the November 1, 2016 closure of the university has been adjourned to May. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Dangote Buys Largest Crane in Africa From China

[Leadership] Business mogul, Aliko Dangote is presently the owner of the largest crawler crane in Africa. The astute businessman bought the crane from China's number one construction company, XCMG Construction Machinery Co Ltd, a Company dealing in heavy machineries. (AllAfrica)

Egypt: Activists, NGO Trial A Travesty

[HRW] Beirut -A Cairo court's decision on March 23, 2017 to postpone issuing its verdict in the case of Aya Hijazi and the Belady Foundation for Street Children casts a further shadow on the ability of Egypt's judicial system to deliver justice in this bizarre case, Human Rights Watch said today. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Anglican Archbishop Calls for Water Activism

[News24Wire] People must become activists for the protection of water sources to prevent a future with no clean water, Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba said in Cape Town on Friday. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Alleged Mastermind Behind Chief Justice Burglary Arrested

[News24Wire] After waiting for more than two hours at the Boschkop police station, the alleged mastermind behind the Office of the Chief Justice burglary was arrested on Friday. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Angola, Morocco Discuss Bilateral Cooperation

[ANGOP] Luanda -The strengthening of bilateral cooperation in the defense field was high on agenda of Friday audience the Angolan Defence minister João Lourenço granted to Moroccan ambassador to Angola, Saadia el Alaqui in Luanda. (AllAfrica)

Sierra Leone: President Koroma Launches National Land Policy

[Sierra Leone Government] By State House Communication Unit (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Nation to Spend U.S.$143 Billion On ICT Imports By 2019

[Daily Trust] If the trend of importation of ICT products is not stopped or at least reduced to a barest minimum, Nigeria would be spending $143.8bn on ICT imports in 2019, the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency [NITDA] Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim has said. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: How a Special Tax Could Protect From Systemic Risk

[The Conversation Africa] Is South Africa safe from systemic risk in its financial system? Systemic risk can lead to the collapse of financial markets as happened in the 2008/09 global financial crisis. In a new study Qobolwakhe Dube and Co-Pierre Georg provide new insights into the extent of risk the country's financial system faces. The Conversation Africa's Business and Economy Editor Sibonelo Radebe quizzed them about their findings. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Kenya Needs to Up Its Game to Get TB Under Control

[The Conversation Africa] Tuberculosis is a global health threat. Newer tools to test for the disease are already in use, changing the landscape to ensure the disease is caught earlier and that treatment begins promptly. The Conversation Africa's Health and Medicine Editor Joy Wanja Muraya spoke to Prof Gunturu Revathi on what's holding Kenya back in its efforts to manage the disease. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Latest Transmission Patterns for Drug Resistant TB Pose New Challenge

[The Conversation Africa] The emergence of drug resistant tuberculosis has resulted in scientists taking a more aggressive and urgent approach to research into the development of the disease. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Paarl Families Living in Apartheid Hostels

[GroundUp] Some residents have been waiting since the 1980s and 90s to convert their accommodation to family units (AllAfrica)

Egypt: Ousted Leader Mubarak Freed from Jail

[VOA] Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is a free man after being detained in prisons and hospitals for six years, following the Arab Spring uprising in 2011. He left a military hospital Friday. (AllAfrica)

Namibia: Grown Up After a Generation Into Independence, but Not Yet Mature

[The Conversation Africa] Visitors to "the land of wide open spaces", as Namibia is successfully promoted to tourists, will be impressed by what they see. Besides the beauty of the nature and abundant wildlife, the urban face of inner cities appeals to foreigners who treasure security and comfort amid the wilderness. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Fresh Produce Dealers 'Collude' to Muscle Out Emerging Black Farmers

[Daily Maverick] The Competition Commission is waging war on corporate collusion and on Thursday it conducted raids on nine fresh produce market agents. The implicated companies deny the allegations, but it could be another case of corporate collusion affecting the poor. By GREG NICOLSON. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Charges Against Airport Heist Suspects Withdrawn

[News24Wire] The State has provisionally withdrawn charges against two men allegedly involved in the multi-million-rand OR Tambo International Airport heist. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Minister Mandiwanzira Accused of Trading Wife for Money, Sues Colleague

[New Zimbabwe] TECHNOLOGY minister Supa Mandiwanzira has dragged businessman and fellow Zanu PF party cadre, Agrippa Musiyakurima, to the courts demanding $150 000 as compensation for defamation. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Delft Taxi War Calms Down

[GroundUp] The taxi conflict between the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (CATA) and Delft Taxi Association (DTA) has for two weeks left scores of commuters stranded and forced to use alternative transport modes such as buses and trains. Children have also struggled to get to schools. (AllAfrica)

Angola: A London Law Firm Won't Stop Us Exposing Those Who Swindle Angola

[Maka] My job is to investigate and expose human rights abuses and large-scale corruption in Angola. It's not just my job - I have dedicated my life to this fight for justice in my native land. Inevitably this makes me a target for harassment by the current regime and the judicial system it controls, such as the Criminal Investigation Service (Serviço de Investigação Criminal - SIC) and the Office of Attorney-General of the Republic (Procuradoria-Geral da República - PGR). These minor (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Probe Into Zille Tweet Saga Complete - Breytenbach

[News24Wire] Democratic Alliance MP Glynnis Breytenbach says her investigation into Helen Zille's latest tweet saga is done, but the final decision lies with the party's federal executive council. (AllAfrica)

ICC orders Congo warlord Germain Katanga to pay victims

Ex-Congolese militia leader ordered to pay $1m (£800,000), but he is broke. (BBC News)