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Rwanda:Kagame Pardons Over 2,000 Prisoners Including Opposition Leader

[New Times] President Paul Kagame on Friday exercised his prerogative of mercy to grant early release to over 2,000 inmates convicted for various crimes. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Kenya Left in the Lurch After IMF Deal Crumbles

[East African] Kenya has proposed to halve its value added tax on fuel and seeks to adopt austerity measures as it strikes a middle ground following its failure to renew a $1 billion standby facility with the International Monetary Fund. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Eliud Kipchoge Breaks World Record in Berlin

[Nation] Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge is the new marathon World record holder. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Presidency Wants Banking Giant, HSBC, to Return Nigeria's Stolen Assets

[Guardian] The Presidency has asked global banking giant, HSBC, to return all of Nigeria's looted resources stowed in their coffers. (AllAfrica)

Africa:EU Investment in Africa - Europe Racing to Catch Up

[Deutsche Welle] The EU plans to invest more in Africa and wants to intensify trade relations. Since the refugee crisis, Europe has been courting African governments and banking on increased cooperation. (AllAfrica)

Africa:African Union Launches Free Trade Campaign

[East African] The African Union has launched an advocacy campaign to encourage more countries to ratify the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), ahead of the January 2019 deadline to implement the agreement. (AllAfrica)

Western Sahara:AU Limits Its Role in Western Sahara Crisis

[ISS] The African Union (AU) will be limiting its peace efforts in the Western Sahara in order to support the United Nations' (UN) process in the region. The Western Sahara is a disputed area claimed by both Morocco and the Polisario Front, the representatives of the indigenous Sahrawi people. (AllAfrica)

Africa:Digital Gender Gap in Africa Widens

[IPS] Maputo -'Think Bigger', urge the colourful posters on the walls of Ideario, an innovation hub in Chamanculo, a modest neighbourhood in Maputo, Mozambique's capital. The message is right on target for the new female trainees, eager eyes glued to laptop screens as they learn internet and computer skills. (AllAfrica)

Eritrea:Why Change Abroad Doesn't Mean Change At Home

[African Arguments] Eritrea's recent foreign policy shifts have been driven by President Afwerki and his Red Sea allies. Neither has an interest in Eritrea democratising. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania:Tanzania Eyeing Compulsory Universal Healthcare Model

[East African] Tanzania is working on a model that will help ensure that every citizen enjoys health insurance. (AllAfrica)

South Sudan:Govt Must Bring Soldiers Under Control - UN

[UN News] A "lack of command and control" on the part of South Sudan's government, just days after signing a new peace agreement to end years of brutal civil conflict, is one of the factors which led to the shooting of a United Nations peacekeeper on Saturday, the UN mission chief in the country has said. (AllAfrica)

Somalia:Heavy Fighting Breaks Out in Afgoye Town, Outside Mogadishu

[Shabelle] More details are emerging from a heavy gunfight between Al-Shabaab militants and Somali national army which flared up on Saturday morning in Afgoye district of Lower Shabelle region, south of Somalia. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Health Officials Widen Polio Immunisation Drive

[Nation] The road leading to Hagadera in the Dadaab Refugee Complex is wide, straight and dusty. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:Kampala to Be Smart, Safe City in 9 Months - Museveni

[Monitor] Entebbe -President Yoweri Museveni has said that Kampala will be a safe city within nine months as government moves to implement the elements of a smart and safe city solution for Uganda. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Kipchoge Smashes Marathon World Record

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Eliud Kipchoge ran the race of his life on Sunday morning smashing Dennis Kimetto's four-year old World Record enroute to winning the Berlin Marathon running in a time of 2:01:39. (AllAfrica)

Malawi:Chilima Promises 'Lifestyle Audit' to Curb Wrongful Enrichment in Malawi

[Nyasa Times] Vice-President Saulos Klaus Chilima , who is leading United Transformation Movement (UTM) a breakaway from ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), has said he will introduce "lifestyle audit "-- an anti-graft initiative that, if implemented, would require all public servants including businesspersons to show how they earned enough to afford the mansions, ranches and luxury cars so many of them own. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Price of Bread to Go Up

[Guardian] From all indications, consumers of bread may have to pay more in weeks to come, as the price of the staple food is likely to rise. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:Why Museveni Returned From China Without SGR Deal

[East African] Opinion among experts is divided on how fruitful President Yoweri Museveni's recent trip to the China-Africa forum was after it emerged he failed to ink a deal on funding for the the standard gauge railway. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania:Tanzania Secures U.S.$1.46 Billion SGR Loan From Stanchart

[East African] Tanzania has secured a $1.46 billion concessional loan from the Standard Chartered Bank's Group to fund its standard gauge railway line between Morogoro and Dodoma. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania:Tanzania Manufacturers Protest E-Tax Stamp

[East African] The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has moved to implement the electronic tax stamp (ETS) on locally manufactured and imported goods even as local manufacturers protest the passing of the project costs to them. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Top Kenya Bank Bosses Face Arrest, Fines

[East African] Senior bank executives are facing arrest and arraignment in court for their alleged role in helping ship out more than $30 million of money stolen from Kenya's National Youth Service (NYS) two years ago. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Presidency Responds Says HSBC Out to Discredit Buhari

[This Day] Apparently, angered by the damning report of HSBC, which was followed by another report by The Economist, predicting defeat for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, and warning that should he win, the country would suffer further economic deterioration, the Presidency yesterday in Abuja asked HSBC, a global financial institution, to return the loot in its custody instead of predicting doomsday for Buhari in the presidential poll. Reacting to HSBC's prediction that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PD (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:The Road to 2019 - Flashpoints to Watch

[This Day] Next year's general election promises to be dynamic from state to state, writes Olawale Olaleye (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Former President Olusegun Obasanjo's Wife Robbed, Beaten

[This Day] When men of the underworld strike, they hardly take into consideration the status of their victims. In most cases when they do not leave a trail of blood, they leave behind an indelible scar of losses and psychological trauma. In fact, in some cases, the higher their victims' status, the likelier they are to pounce on them and wreak havoc. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Cholera Catches Up With Bulawayo, Cases Traced to Harare

[New Zimbabwe] THE city of Bulawayo, which has remained a relatively free spot for cholera and other waterborne diseases outbreak, has recorded four suspected cases of the deadly disease with authorities tracing the ailments to Harare. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda:Rwanda Releases 2,000 Prisoners, Including Opposition Leader Victoire Ingabire

[Deutsche Welle] In a surprise move, 2,140 prisoners including opposition leader Victoire Ingabire and musician Kizito Mihigo, have been released from jail. The motive for the move remains unclear. (AllAfrica)

East Africa:Rwanda Trade Deficit With EAC Partners Widens

[East African] Rwanda's trade deficit with its EAC peers widened by $16 million (Rwf14 billion) in the first half of 2018, as the country opted for food and cement imports from the bloc to plug domestic production gaps. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Former Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun Leaves Nigeria

[Premium Times] Nigeria's former finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, has left the country, a day after her resignation, sources close to her told PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:MDC Fumes Over Anniversary Ban, 'Fake' State of Emergency

[New Zimbabwe] MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume said Friday government was acting contrary to the country's laws through declaring the current cholera outbreak a state of emergency and abruptly banning public gatherings. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:Tears and Heartache At Miguel Louw Funeral

[News24Wire] It was tears and heartache in Sydenham on Saturday as slain 9-year-old boy Miguel Louw was laid to rest after being found in Phoenix last week. (AllAfrica)

Eliud Kipchoge sets new marathon world record

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge sets a new marathon world record with a time of two hours, one minute 39 seconds in Berlin. (BBC News)