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Burundi: Protesters Face Increasing Danger As Parliamentary Polls Held

[African Arguments] Burundi's parliamentary elections took place on June 29th (despite efforts to delay them) and were boycotted by most opposition parties following claims of fraud, irregularities and violence during the election process. (AllAfrica)

Somalia: Nation's Football Revival Lures Foreign Players

[Al Jazeera] Mogadishu -Mustapha Izekor left his home in Nigeria's Kano State to pursue his childhood dream of playing football in a professional league. This dream of playing in a big stadium in front of thousands of cheering fans brought him to the opposite side of the continent to Somalia, at the Horn of Africa. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Fighting the Many-Headed Hydra of Corruption

[SciDev.Net] London -What do zombies, halitosis and dams have in common? (AllAfrica)

Africa: Hague Court Prosecutor Bensouda Criticises AU Over Failure to Arrest Bashir

[Nation] The African Union has been criticised for being hypocritical regarding the charges facing Sudan President Omar al-Bashir at the International Criminal Court. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Thousands of Children Rescued From Dangerous Work in Gold Mines

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dar es Salaam -More than 12,000 children have been rescued in the past three years from gold mines in northern Tanzania, according to children's rights groups who fear thousands more youngsters are being forced to work in hazardous conditions for a pittance. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Army Hospital Keeps Drugs On Floor

[Monitor] Luwero -Bombo Military Hospital (BMH) has resorted to keeping drugs on the floor due to lack of proper storage facilities. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Govt Investigates New Ebola Source

[New Dawn] Liberian authorities are investigating the source of a new Ebola victim, a 17 years old boy, who tested positive and subsequently died on June 24th in Margibi County. (AllAfrica)

Africa: China Looking to Learn From France About Africa

[RFI] Trade is the focus of a three-day visit to France that Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang started on Tuesday. Beyond deals with French companies, China and France are expected to sign an agreement on joint infrastructure projects in Asia and Africa. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Court Clears Fani-Kayode of Corruption Charges

[Premium Times] A Federal High Court in Lagos has discharged and acquitted a former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, of corruption charges. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Why President Zuma Needs More Security - Police Minister

[News24Wire] The ongoing scrutiny of President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home has made him even more vulnerable to further security risks, prompting Police Minister Nathi Nhleko to re-evaluate the security upgrades. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Competition Heats Up in International Phone Calls

[Balancing Act] London -This week international MVNO operator Lycamobile announced that it has got a licence in Cameroon where it has set up a subsidiary. Others are in the wings and this could bring a new wave of competition on international calling. Russell Southwood looks at what might develop. (AllAfrica)

Egypt: Sinai Checkpoint Attack Leaves 30 Dead

[Aswat Masriya] The number of casualties of attacks on security checkpoints in North Sinai on Wednesday rose to 30 security personnel, a military source said. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Govt Sells Vodacom Stake to Fund Eskom

[News24Wire] The government has sold its 13.91% stake in Vodacom to the Public Investment Corporation to help fund the R23bn allocation to Eskom, National Treasury said in a statement on Wednesday. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Oil Sector Reforms - Buhari May Scrap Some Govt Agencies

[Leadership] There are indications that some agencies under the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) may be scrapped as part of the reforms being initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Women, Girls Trained as Suicide Bombers in 'Rehabilitation'

[Leadership] The office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) yesterday told President Muhammadu Buhari, that no fewer than 22 women and girls, recruited as suicide bombers by the Boko Haram sect and another 47 former sect members were now undergoing rehabilitation after voluntarily embracing a de-radicalization programme of the office under the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programme. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Kano Govt Backs Death Judgment for Blasphemy

[This Day] Kano -Kano State Government has expressed satisfaction that the rule of law was allowed to triumph in the last week's judgment by an upper Shari'a Court in the state, which sentenced on nine persons to death for blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: What Book Thieves Tell Us About Reading Culture

[The Conversation Africa] The catalogue of the Johannesburg Public Library in South Africa contains a poignant entry - "Biko, Steve. Long 0verdue". (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Can Changing the Electoral System Increase Political Accountability?

[ISS] In South Africa, it's becoming a matter of routine for presidential question time to be disrupted. Recent scenes in the National Assembly left little room for doubt - as if there was any after the chaos of the state of the nation address in February - that Parliament is fast losing the public's trust. (AllAfrica)

Africa: UN Research Push to Protect Journalists

[SciDev.Net] The UN has highlighted ten themes for research on journalists' safety in a drive to better understand the threats media staff face around the world, and to try and reduce them. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Career Guidance Can Keep Disabled Kids From Slipping Through the Cracks

[The Conversation Africa] More than two million South African children who are disabled risk slipping between the cracks of education and employment without real guidance and support. (AllAfrica)

Egypt: Caretaker Prosecutor General Appointed in Egypt - Prosecution Official

[Aswat Masriya] Cairo -A caretaker prosecutor general was appointed in Egypt on Wednesday, two days after the assassination of Egypt's top prosecutor, a prosecution official said. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Frans Matlala Appointed As New SABC CEO

[News24Wire] Frans Matlala has been appointed as the SABC's new chief executive officer, saying "I need to acknowledge the honour I've been given". (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Sliding Shilling Tops List of Worries for Businesses - Stanchart

[Nation] A depreciating shilling topped business leaders list of worries in June 2015, deepening an already difficult operating environment in Kenya. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Disturbing Court Judgment Ignores Our Rights

[GroundUp] On 23 June the Pretoria High Court struck from the roll an application by Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) that tried to put an urgent end to Operation Fiela. Lara Wallis explains why this is deeply concerning. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Besigye Nominated to Contest As FDC Presidential Flag Bearer

[Observer] Former FDC president Dr Kiiza Besigye has been nominated to contest for the position of the party's flag bearer ahead of the 2016 general elections. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Is Sepp Blatter Robert Mugabe's Double?

[Waza] Is former FIFA president Sepp Blatter the doppelganger for Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe? Waza blogger Jera thinks that there is a remarkable similarity between the two men. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Efficient Stove Technology Eases Kenya's Medical Waste Problem

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Wamba, Kenya -Poor weather, security threats and bad roads have made disposing of the Wamba district hospital's medical waste a challenge. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: 'Constitutional Contempt' - Lower House Summons President

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Majority members of the House of Representatives, 45 out of the 47 lawmakers present in Tuesday's session voted in favor of a motion to summon President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to appear before the plenary of that august body in open session to according to the lawmakers show reason (s) why she has shown disrespect to the legislature over the years. (AllAfrica)

Gambia: Police Prosecutor Gone Missing for 29 Days

[Foroyaa] Eliman Njie, a Police Prosecutor attached to the Major Crimes Unit (MCU) at Police headquarters in Banjul, has gone missing since Sunday, 31 May 2015, after leaving his house, according to his wife. (AllAfrica)

Sierra Leone: In Port Loko - Two Jailed for Fleeing Quarantine

[Concord] Two people have been detained at the Correctional Centre in the northern town of Port Loko for having breached health emergency regulations in a district that has recently seen a surge in new Ebola cases. (AllAfrica)

Egypt's Sinai hit by deadly attacks

A wave of attacks by Islamic State militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula has left at least 50 people dead, security and medical sources say. (BBC News)