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Africa: Why Obama Launched Mandela Fellows to Lift Africa

[allAfrica]Washington, DC -When President Obama told young African leaders on Monday that their fellowship program was being renamed to honor Nelson Mandela, it was an emotional moment for Richard Stengel, one of a number of high-level administration officials in the audience. Two decades ago, Stengel worked with Mandela on his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom . In 2010, while serving as managing editor of Time magazine, he published Mandela's Way: L (AllAfrica)

Somalia: Mogadishu Mayor Survives Assassination Attempt

[Sabahi]Mayor of Mogadishu and Governor of Benadir region General Hassan Mohamed Hussein Mungab survived a landmine explosion in Mogadishu's Huriwa district on Sunday (July 27th), Somalia's RBC Radio reported. (AllAfrica)

South Sudan: Govt Rejects Call for Oil Contract Suspension

[Sudan Tribune]Juba -The South Sudanese government says it would not relent to recent demands for suspension of all new oil contracts, arguing that such a decision was not in the country's best interest. (AllAfrica)

Algeria: Air Algérie Crash Investigation to Take Time - French Minister

[RFI]The black boxes from the Air Algérie plane that crashed in the Malian desert on Thursday arrived in Paris on Monday. But ministers warned that the investigation would take a while. (AllAfrica)

Central African Republic: Will (re)constructing Security Sector Help?

[African Arguments]Amnesty International recently published a report calling for the investigation, prosecution and punishment of the perpetrators in the on-going violent conflict in CAR. The report identifies former officers of the Forces Armées Centrafricaine (FACA) currently in command of anti-balaka militias. The militias have committed serious crimes under international l (AllAfrica)

Uganda: 'We Have to Fight the Anti-Gay Law'

[ThinkAfricaPress]Despite legislative and societal hostility, Uganda's gay rights activists refuse to take a step back. (AllAfrica)

Chad: Hissène Habré Trial to Cost Millions

[Cameroon Tribune]A Special African Court sitting in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, is getting set to begin the trial of the former Chadian President, Hissène Habré, over alleged human rights abuses committed during his rule from 1982 to 1990. But the cost of the trial is expected to be enormous, worth at least FCFA 5.5 billion, according to a recent release from the court. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Police Ill-Equipped to Investigate Crimes, Pursue Convictions

[Sabahi]Nairobi -Kenyan lawyers and police officers have joined the public in calling for urgent reform of Kenya's police force, starting with an overhaul of the country's police stations. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Long Walk to Education

[GroundUp]Ambition without education is like a boat on dry land. Many young learners in Nqutu, KwaZulu Natal know this well. To make sure they realize their dreams everyday they walk for hours to receive an education that may help them have a brighter future. (AllAfrica)

Angola: Impulso - How Presidential Family Struck It Lucky From the Mining Survey

[Maka]The Angolan government last May embarked upon an aerial survey aimed at mapping mineral resources across the entire territory of Angola. Maka Angola here presents the first investigation into the three consortia that won the tenders for the National Geological Plan (PLANAGEO), with contracts valued at over US$300 million. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Flying Cars Pitched As Tools for Humanitarian Work

[SciDev.Net]Oxford -Designs for flying cars are being targeted at humanitarian organisations for use in a variety of missions, from delivering vaccines to transporting medics and patients. (AllAfrica)

Sudan: Govt 'Ready' to Resume Peace Talks

[Sudan Tribune]Juba -South Sudan on Monday expressed readiness to resume peace negotiations with the rebel faction of the SPLM under the leadership of the former vice-president, Riek Machar, downplaying the likely implications of recent military engagement in Upper Nile and Jonglei states. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Doctor Faces Ebola Stigma After Survival

[FrontPageAfrica]Suakoko -Dr. Melvin Korkor, a doctor of Phebe hospital, has beaten the odds and survived Ebola, but he still has one more problem: The stigma carried by the deadly disease. (AllAfrica)

Sudan: South Darfur Camp Without Water for More Than a Week

[Radio Dabanga]Otash Camp -The residents of the Otash camp for the displaced in Nyala locality, South Darfur, are suffering from an acute drinking water crisis for more than a week. (AllAfrica)

Africa: At the African Leaders Summit, Don't Miss the Stories

[allAfrica]Washington, DC -I have been working in Africa for decades – and they have been eventful ones. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: The Cost of Maternal Death in Kenya

[AlertNet]Nairobi -The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) deadline of 2015 is approaching but there are concerns that Kenya will fail to achieve some of them. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Rain Harvesting Saves 100km Water Trek

[AlertNet]Mutomo -Until recent years, the rocky, drought-prone settlement of Mutomo in eastern Kenya had the unenviable reputation of being the only trading centre in the country where women and children were forced to trek over 100 km in search of water. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: 20 Million Infected With Hepatitis - Expert

[Independent]Benin -A medical expert and former Chairman of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Edo State chapter, Philip Ugbodaga, on Monday, declared that about 20 million (12 per cent) Nigerians are currently infected with hepatitis B and C. (AllAfrica)

Zambia: Citizens Await Sata's Appearance in Mangango - Saunders

[Zambia Reports]As campaigns heighten for the August 19th Mangango parliamentary by-election, Political Activist Dante Saunders says observers are waiting anxiously to see President Michael Sata in person during campaigns in the Western Province. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Child Abductors in Akwa Ibom State to Face Death Sentence

[This Day]Henceforth, any person who abducts a child in Akwa Ibom State will face death sentence like a kidnapper under the state child's rights and anti-terrorism law. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Ebola - Confusion On Status of Persons in Contact With Victim

[This Day]Confusion has been trailing the status of persons that had contact with the late Liberian government official, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, who died in Lagos after he was diagnosed of Ebola Virus last Friday. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Boko Haram Kills Eight, Blows Up Bridge in Yobe State

[This Day]Granting no breather, the outlawed Boko Haram terrorist group continued its onslaught on Monday with a seven-hour attack on Katarko village, in the outskirts of Damaturu, the Yobe State capital. At the end of the siege, eight persons were killed, just as an important bridge linking Yobe and Adamawa States was blown up. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Naked Woman 'Caresses' Mandela Statue

[SAPA]Johannesburg -A woman caused a commotion when she stripped naked and caressed the statue of former president Nelson Mandela in Sandton, The Star reported on Wednesday. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Headline Acts Announced for the Jameson Vic Falls Carnival

[Biz-Community]The Jameson Vic Falls Carnival returns to the spectacular town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, to ring in a uniquely African New Year. Jameson Irish Whiskey continues as title sponsor and headline acts are Goldfish Live, joined by Beatenberg, along with Zimbabwe's own legend, Oliver ''Tuku'' Mtukudzi and the infamous Hararian reggae-dance hall champion Winky D. (AllAfrica)

Guinea Bissau: Statement at the End of an IMF Staff Visit

[IMF]An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Mauricio Villafuerte visited Bissau during July 23-29, 2014 to discuss recent economic developments. The mission met with the authorities of the newly-elected government, including President Jose Mario Vaz, Prime Minister Simoes Pereira, and Minister of Economy and Finance Geraldo Martins. The mission also met with the National Director of the Banque Centrale des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (BCEAO) Joao Fadia and development partners. At the conclusion (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Nigerian Gold Medallist, Amalaha, Fails Drugs Test, Suspended

[Guardian]Glasgow -NIGERIAN gold medallist Chika Amalaha has been provisionally suspended from the Commonwealth Games for failing a drugs test. (AllAfrica)

Africa: USAID to Invest U.S.$38 Million in New Regional Leadership Centers

[State Department]Africa's future leaders will enjoy expanded opportunities thanks to a regional leadership program announced by President Obama July 28. (AllAfrica)

Congo-Brazzaville: Congo Brazzaville Deports 140,000 DRC Citizens

[Cameroon Tribune]The government of Congo Brazzaville is showing no signs of let-up in its efforts to rid the country of foreigners without the right papers. Radio France Internationale, RFI, reported yesterday, July 29, 2014, that a total of 140,000 citizens from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, have either been expelled or returned home voluntarily in the last three months as a result of the drive. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: CAA Blocks Five More Airlines

[Observer]Uganda's aviation reputation has been left in tatters, after it emerged that the present airline crisis cuts deeper than Air Uganda. It now turns out that what the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) initially touted as a problem affecting only three airlines has grounded every single airline registered in Uganda. (AllAfrica)

West Africa: Expert Analysis of West Africa's Response to Ebola Outbreak

[RFI]Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced the closure of most of the country's land borders as her government struggles to contain an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. Sirleaf said late on Sunday night that Monrovia's international airport, a provincial airport and three major border crossings will be exempt from the closure, but at these entry points testing centres will be established. There have been 127 deaths from Ebola in Liberia and at least 660 people across the region have died (AllAfrica)

Guinea concert stampede kills 24

At least 24 people have died after a stampede at a beach concert in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, with dozens reported injured. (BBC News)