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Africa: Obama to Meet Buhari, Address U.S.-Africa Business Forum in New York

[allAfrica] Washington, DC -President Obama will meet Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday following the U.S. leader's last address to the United Nations General Assembly as president. (AllAfrica)

Niger: Dozens of Boko Haram Fighters Killed

[Vanguard] Thirty-eight Boko Haram Islamist fighters have been killed during military search operations carried out by Niger and Chad troops in the Diffa region of southeast Niger this week, an official said Friday. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Tsvangirai Denied Access to Visit Prisoners

[New Zimbabwe] OPPOSITION MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai was refused entry at Chikurubi Maximum Prison in Harare Friday with officials telling him he was "not an ordinary member of the public". (AllAfrica)

South Sudan: One Million Refugees Have Fled - UN

[Al Jazeera] The number of refugees from South Sudan has passed one million after renewed violence in July forced thousands to flee to neighbouring countries, creating one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters, according to the United Nations. (AllAfrica)

Zambia: 25 Killed in Bus Accident

[Zambia Reports] Acting President and Vice President of Zambia Mrs. Inonge Mutukwa Wina has expressed sadness at the loss of 25 lives in a traffic accident that occurred in Serenje on Thursday night. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Donors Pledge Billions to Battle Aids, TB and Malaria

[Deutsche Welle] International donors have begun a drive aimed at raising billions to fight the AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria worldwide. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hosting the Global Fund replenishment conference. (AllAfrica)

Africa: High Stakes for US-Africa Business Forum In New York

[Brookings] Washington, DC -Two years after the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and Business Forum brought together U.S. and African CEOs in addition to heads of state and government, the U.S. will convene a second U.S.-Africa Business Forum on September 21, 2016 in New York City. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Legal Analysis of EU-Morocco Trade Deal Leaves Western Sahara in Limbo

[RFI] The legal opinion by the EU advocate general this week was taken as a victory by both Western Sahara supporters and those who want to preserve the European Union-Morocco agricultural and fishery products trade deal. What is more important, however, are the questions it opens up on EU views of sovereignty and political versus economic agreements. (AllAfrica)

Mozambique: Govt Accepts International Audit, Says IMF

[AIM] Washington -The International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced on Thursday that the Mozambican government is willing to work with the IMF on the terms of reference for an international, independent audit of the companies funded by undisclosed government-guaranteed loans in 2013-14. (AllAfrica)

Southern Africa: Smarter Farming Could Cut Hunger in Drought-Hit Region

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Johannesburg -Innovations from crop insurance to swapping cattle for goats could help the region stand up to worsening drought, researchers say (AllAfrica)

South Africa: New Revelations in SA Nuclear Deal

[News24Wire] The department of energy was tight-lipped on Friday over the awarding of a tender for the controversial nuclear build programme to the son of a close friend of President Jacob Zuma. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Patience Jonathan Files Big Suit Against Corruption Busters

[Guardian] Former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Ibifaka Jonathan, yesterday instituted a $200 million suit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at a Federal High Court in Lagos. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: #OromoProtests - the 'Oromo Street' and Africa's Counter-Protest State

[Addis Standard] In the first part of this series, I explored in historic perspectives (particularly with developments in Oromia regional state) the Ethiopian government's road to becoming a counter-protest state and the systematic ways in which the regime further bolstered its role as a counter-protest state. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Obote Family Split Over Museveni Connections

[Observer] Lira municipality MP Jimmy Akena's friendship with President Museveni and the ruling NRM has deepened the political rift within the Obote family. (AllAfrica)

Namibia: Geingob Promises Officials Lifestyle Audit

[Namibian] PRESIDENT Hage Geingob said all government officials will be subjected to audits to assess whether their salaries match their lifestyles. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Magufuli Enjoys 96% Approval Rating - Survey

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -President John Magufuli enjoys a 96 per cent approval rating, according to a new study by the advocacy organisation Twaweza. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Mugabe Arrives in Venezuela

[The Herald] Isla Margarita -The Non-Aligned Movement must find common ground to tackle powerful nations that seek to undermine the economic sovereignty of developing countries, President Mugabe has said. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: University Suspends Classes as New Protests Spread

[News24Wire] The University of Cape Town suspended classes and lectures on Friday due to student protests. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: 300 Gold Panners Trapped

[The Herald] Bulawayo -More than 300 gold panners have been trapped in a 150 metre deep mine shaft at Durban Gold Mine in Bubi District, Matabeleland North, since Monday. Yesterday the makoroza were involved in a standoff with officials from Duration Gold that owns the mine as they were refusing to come out of the shaft, fearing arrest.The mine owners had brought rescue teams. The illegal panners are said to have invaded the mine last week after allegedly tampering with the local electricity system. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: Mushikiwabo to Rally for More Global Fund Support to Rwanda At Canada Conference

[News of Rwanda] Rwanda's Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo is in Montreal, Canada where she will lure Global Fund leaders to channel more funds to support the country's fight against Aids and other diseases. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Buhari to Sanction Aides Over President's Plagiarism of Obama's Speech

[Premium Times] The Presidency has issued the statement below admitting that the speech read by President Muhammadu Buhari contained insertions plagiarised from a 2008 speech by U.S. President, Barack Obama. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: To Free Chibok Girls, Buhari Approved Prisoner Swap With Boko Haram Two Months After Assuming Office

[Premium Times] Concerned about the fate of the kidnapped Chibok girls, President Muhammadu Buhari approved a prisoner swap with the Boko Haram, barely two months after he was sworn in, an official has said. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: How Is Zimbabwe Paying for Its New Bond Notes?

[RFI] Questions are being raised about the collateral behind the Zimbabwean government's issue of new US dollar denominated bond notes, an initiative which was announced by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe this week. There are fears that issuing bond notes could quickly lead to hyperinflation, a phenomenon that wrecked the economy before the Zimbabwean dollar was withdrawn in 2009. (AllAfrica)

Gabon: Security Forces Must Stop Using Excessive Force Amid Post-Election Tension

[AI London] "Security forces in Gabon must refrain from using excessive force against protesters in the wake of the country's disputed election result," said Alioune Tine, Amnesty International's West and Central Africa Director, amid reports that several anti-government demonstrators had been shot and injured on Wednesday afternoon. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Marius Fransman Resigns from Western Cape Legislature

[News24Wire] Cape Town -Marius Fransman has resigned as member of the Western Cape legislature. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: SARS 'Rogue Unit' Saga Is About to Get Interesting

[News24Wire] The saga around the Sars "rogue unit", which has led in part to the recent clash between Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks, is about to get a lot more interesting. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Prasa Deal's European 'BEE' Partner, Arms Deal Links

[News24Wire] A Swiss consulting firm, whose owner had been named in a corruption probe in Italy, may have received at least R4m thanks to its bizarre BEE stake in Prasa's R51bn tender for new passenger coaches. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Umhlanga Bridge Collapse a Planned Demolition - Paramedic Services

[News24Wire] The collapse of a bridge on the Umhlanga N2 interchange was a planned demolition, paramedic services said on Friday. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Govt to Use Local Textile for Military, Paramilitary Uniforms

[Daily Trust] Benin -The federal government says plans are underway for Nigerian military and para-military personnel to use made in Nigeria textile for their uniforms. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Understanding the Problem With Democracy

[Observer] Ahead of the new academic year here at Northwestern University, I have been rereading Francis Fukuyama's landmark two-volume study of the origins of political order. (AllAfrica)

South Sudan refugees reach one million mark

The number of people who have fled South Sudan because of the country's civil war has passed the one million mark, the UN refugee agency says. (BBC News)