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Nigeria: As Govt Loses Ground in North-East, a 15-Point Plan for Nigeria

[AfricaPlus]July 23 marks 100 days since the Chibok girls were abducted. The Boko Haram insurgency has brought to world attention the shortcomings of Nigeria's army, police, and other security services. President Goodluck Jonathan is seeking $1billion in external loans to enhance their capacity. His government has shifted from one bold declaration to another: a state of emergency, total war, and now adding more funds to the billions already poured into these services. There is an urgent need for a comprehensive st (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Jonathan Meets Chibok Parents, Escaped Girls

[Premium Times]President Goodluck Jonathan is meeting with 51 Chibok schoolgirls who escaped from their abductors days after the extremist Boko Haram sect stole them from their school dormitory and herded them into its Sambisa forest hideout. (AllAfrica)

Cote d'Ivoire: Avoiding Victors' Justice

[ISS]Senegal's Minister of Justice, Sidiki Kaba, calls the interplay between politics and justice an 'explosive relationship.' This turbulent liaison is one that has haunted many post-conflict processes. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Zuma to Send Delegation to Israel Over Gaza Invasion

[SA Info]President Jacob Zuma is to send a delegation, led by former Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad, to Israel to convey South Africa's concerns over the mounting loss of civilian lives through Israel's invasion of the Gaza strip, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said in Cape Town on Tuesday. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Govt Aims to Build Megacity That Works

[AlertNet]Dar es Salaam -Tanzania's largest commercial city - one of the fastest-growing in Africa - has redrawn its master plan to try to become a megacity prepared for climate change, and not a city of worsening urban sprawl and flooding. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Hunger and Suffering Worsen As Conflicts Rage in Sudans

[AlertNet]With war raging in separate conflicts on both sides the Sudan-South Sudan border, civilians have nowhere to run and hunger is approaching famine levels, the United Nations said. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Economic Freedom Fighters Storm Legislature

[SAPA]Economic Freedom Fighters' members stormed into the Gauteng legislature during their march in Johannesburg on Tuesday. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Defamation No Longer Criminal

[The Herald]The Constitutional Court has removed from the statutes Section 31 (a) (iii) of theCriminal Law (Codification and Reform Act), which criminalised defamation. This means defamation is no longer a criminal offence. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Sex-for-Food Scheme Expose Children to STIs

[CAJ News]Masvingo -HUNDREDS of people, among them monitors as young as 14, have contracted sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) since the beginning of the year as the situation at the Chingwizi transit camp turn dire by the day. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Call to Bring Refugee Innovation into Humanitarian Work

[SciDev.Net]The humanitarian sector must lift barriers to user-led innovation by refugee communities if it is to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world, says a report presented at the Humanitarian Innovation Conference at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, on Saturday (19 July). (AllAfrica)

Africa: British Police Target Airports in Anti-FGM Operation

[AlertNet]London -As British schools close for summer holidays, police will be trying to combat female genital mutilation by intercepting potential victims and offenders at airports. (AllAfrica)

Central African Republic: Targeting CAR's Predators

[IRIN]Bangui -The UN sanctions committee unveiled a report on 11 July detailing the alleged involvement of named individuals and armed groups in major human rights violations in the Central African Republic (CAR). The report by a panel of experts on CAR also presents evidence on the groups' sources of funding and weapons, and names individuals believed to be involved in trafficking natural resources, and funding, organizing and mani (AllAfrica)

Central African Republic: Why Inclusive Dialogue Matters in CAR

[African Arguments]Last June, when I first arrived in the Central African Republic (CAR), one of the resident ex-pats suggested I visit 'Cinq Kilo' - Bangui's largest market. 'It's rowdy, but fun.' He said. 'Take someone local with you; it's famous for pickpockets too.' I liked the market, and soon felt confident enough to take one of the shared yellow public taxis back there alone. Speaking Arabic helped me bargain, as the vast majority of traders in Cinq Kilo were Muslim. (AllAfrica)

South Sudan: Govt Draws Up 'War Budget', but Oil Production Targets Unlikely to Be Reached

[African Arguments]By the evidence of South Sudan's budget, presented to parliament in late June, the country's finance ministry has lost its mind. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Business and Humanitarian Action - Overcoming the Language Barrier

[IRIN]London -A cloud of mistrust hangs over relations between business and the humanitarian community, the result of decades of mutual suspicion. Aid workers stereotype the private sector as profiteering and unscrupulous; business people write off international agencies as bloated and inefficient. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Child Marriage - 20 Most Affected Countries

[Girls Not Brides]Child marriage is a truly global problem that cuts across countries, cultures, religions and ethnicities. Child brides can be found in every region in the world, from the Middle East to Latin America, South Asia to Europe. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Chibok Parents, Escaped Girls Arrive for Meeting with President

[This Day]Almost 100 days after the over 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their hostel at Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, some 160 parents of the abducted girls as well as 57 of the students who escaped from their captors, will meet with President Goodluck Jonathan today at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Boko Haram - Gombe Worried By Influx of Displaced Persons

[This Day]The daily influx of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) into Gombe State has become a source of worry to the authorities of the state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) due to their overwhelming numbers. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Jonathan - We Are Determined to Bring Back Our Girls, Rout Boko Haram

[This Day]President Goodluck Jonathan has re-assured the parents of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls of the federal government's determination and his own personal resolve to ensure that the girls that are still in captivity are brought out alive. He also vowed to do everything possible to rout the Boko Haram terrorist group. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Marketers Decry Non-Payment of N120 Billion Subsidy Claims

[This Day]Marketers of petroleum products have decried the non-payment of N120 billion arrears of subsidy to its members, stressing that under the Petroleum Support Fund (PSF) approved guidelines as amended, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) is obligated to pay marketers the differential between the landed cost of the products and government-approved pump price within 45 days. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Ketan Somaia Jailed Eight Years for Fraud By a British Court

[The Star]Controversial businessman Ketan Somaia has been sentenced to an eight-year jail term by a British court for nine counts of obtaining money by deception. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Report Pins Police On Child Abuse

[Observer]A new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) reveals that children on Ugandan streets face unspeakable, physical and sexual violence. Most of this violence is meted out on children mainly by police, the report says. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: EFCC Declares Nyako Wanted

[Leadership]The Economic and Financial Crime Commission has declared the former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako wanted. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Pressed By Malala To Act, Jonathan Meets Chibok Girls, Parents, 100 Days After

[Premium Times]President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday finally met with the Chibok school girls who escaped from their Boko Haram abductors and reassured them that his administration was doing everything humanly possible to rescue their colleagues and return them safely to their parents. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: 100 Days After - Why I Have Not Visited Chibok - President

[Vanguard]ABUJA--ONE hundred days after the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, by Boko Haram terrorists, President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, met with parents of the girls. At the closed-door meeting were 53 of the girls, who had earlier escaped from their abductors as well as representatives of Chibok community and other stakeholders. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: 100 Days of Chibok Girls in Captivity

[Leadership]Sounds of gunshots broke the silence of the night, forcing the students out of their beds. Shaking like one possessed by demons, Patience Bulus, one of the students in the hostel, jumped out of her bed, scampering from one part of the room to the other. This is just as her colleagues, other female students in the hostel also in panic state, scrambled to the entrance of the hostel. And just then, armed gunmen dressed in military camouflage broke into the hostel, ordering them out of the hostel. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Budget Bothers

[Vanguard]ANY things are instructive about the way our country runs. The most recent concerns about the Federal Government's intention to borrow $1 billion for its war against insurgents, is the pedestal for calls to probe the expenditure on security. Some want the probes to range as far as 1999. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: President Jonathan Meets Boko Haram Victims

[Deutsche Welle]Nigeria's president has met with parents of kidnapped schoolgirls and their classmates who managed to escape their captors. On April 14, 276 girls aged 12 to 17 were seized in Chibok, a remote corner of Borno state. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Experts Fault Govt On 'Dirty' Money Laws

[Daily News]LOCAL banking experts have warned the government over the country's weak money laundering laws, something that expose the economy to syndicates of international criminals. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Amid Multiple Crises, UN Agency Massively Scales Up Humanitarian Aid Delivery By Air

[UN News]The escalation of international conflicts in the first half of 2014 prompted a 50-fold surge in the amount of humanitarian cargo transported by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), compared to the same period last year. (AllAfrica)

Nigerian leader vows to free girls

Nigeria's president tells parents of the girls abducted by militant Islamists that the government is doing everything to secure their release. (BBC News)