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Kenya: Kenyatta Defense Asks The Hague to Dismiss Case

[Deutsche Welle]Uhuru Kenyatta's lawyers have urged The Hague to acquit the Kenyan president. If the trial proceeds, the 52-year-old would be the first sitting head of state to come before the International Criminal Court. (AllAfrica)

Botswana: Maintaining the Ecological Integrity of the Okavango Delta

[SAIIA]In June 2014 Botswana's Okavango Delta was enlisted as the 1000th UNESCO World Heritage Site - a status that underscores the Delta's global ecological significance and highlights the need to protect and manage this important biosphere. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Dewani Killer Unable to Explain Discrepancies

[SAPA]Cape Town -Convicted killer Mziwamadoda Qwabe could on Thursday not explain discrepancies in his plea agreement and various affidavits regarding the murder of honeymooner Anni Dewani. (AllAfrica)

South Sudan: Parliament Passes Security Bill Amid Protests

[Sudan Tribune]Juba -South Sudan's parliament have passed a new national security bill in its fourth and final reading on Wednesday despite a walk-out by opposition members and a section of ruling party lawmakers. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: President Jonathan Reacts to Rich Presidents List

[This Day]President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said the inclusion of his name on the list of African richest presidents, was baseless and libelous. (AllAfrica)

Libya: UN Ramping Up Aid Efforts Amid Deepening Crisis

[UN News]The United Nations humanitarian wing said today it will need an estimated $35 million in additional funding to continue helping hundreds of thousands of people affected by the ongoing crisis in Libya. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Parties Move to Form Coalition Without Tsvangirai

[New Zimbabwe]FORMER MDC secretaries general Tendai Biti and Welshman Ncube have started talks aimed uniting their two political formations amid ongoing broader consultations for a grand opposition alliance against the ruling Zanu PF party. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Pretoria-China Ties - Relationship of Paradoxes

[SAIIA]South Africa, a leading economy on the African continent, and China, the largest developing country in the world, have forged a unique partnership. Operating at bilateral, continental and multilateral levels, the governments are actively striving to realise the comprehensive strategic partnership envisaged in 2010. (AllAfrica)

Central African Republic: Land Can Knit the CAR Together

[Africa In Fact]The problem with land, or rather "space", in the Central African Republic (CAR) becomes apparent immediately upon leaving the airport. On the apron side, where shiny planes with acronyms emblazoned on their tails wait for take-off, all is tended planters and graded asphalt. On the far side of the terminal building, Bangui begins: tens of thousands of men, women and children--all belonging to a cohort that human rights organisations term "internally displaced persons", or IDPs. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Death of Thomas Eric Duncan, Liberian Ebola patient in the U.S.

[allAfrica]The first person diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil, Thomas Eric Duncan, has died, according to CNN. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Proposed Constitution Empowers Women to Own Land

[Thomson Reuters Foundation]Dar es Salaam -Sakina Mzava was still mourning the loss of her husband when her father-in-law kicked her out of her marital home in Vikindu village in Tanzania's Coast Region. He also told her to hand over a piece of land she had been using to grow crops. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: Ingabire's Husband May Lose Dutch Citizenship, Faces Genocide Charges

[African Arguments]Lin Muyizere is a Dutchman. At least for the time being. On September 27th 2014 he received a letter from the State Secretary for Security and Justice communicating his intention to strip Muyizere of his Dutch citizenship because he had withheld essential information that should have been disclosed during his naturalisation. Lin was born fifty years ago in Rwanda, but shortly after the genocide he left with his two children to join his wife who was studying in the Netherlands. A few years later, their thir (AllAfrica)

Malawi: Govt Official Convicted for Money Laundering

[Malawi News Agency]Lilongwe -After long hours of anxious waiting Judge Ivy Kamanga finally appeared in the Lilongwe Magistrate Court at 10:40 a.m on Tuesday morning to deliver the first sentence in a chain of cases connected to the plunder of public money at Capital Hill in what has come to be called the Cash-gate scandal. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Ebola Patient Dies in U.S Hospital

[Deutsche Welle]A patient being treated for Ebola has died in the hospital in the US state of Texas. Liberian national Thomas Duncan had been diagnosed with the deadly disease last month. (AllAfrica)

West Africa: Shortage of Engineers, Sanitation Experts May Slow Fight Against Ebola- IMC

[Thomson Reuters Foundation]London -A shortage of engineers and sanitation experts could undermine efforts to halt the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a medical aid organisation said on Tuesday. (AllAfrica)

West Africa: World Bank Study Forecasts Billions in Economic Loss Over Ebola

[World Bank]Washington -With the latest death toll from Ebola now at 3,439 in the three worst-affected countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, a new economic impact assessment from the World Bank Group says that if the epidemic was to significantly infect people in neighboring countries, some of which have much larger economies, the two-year regional financial impact could reach US$32.6 billion by the end of 2015. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Greenwashing Our Troubles Away?

[SACSIS]The road to hell is paved by complacency. (AllAfrica)

Cote d'Ivoire: Cultivating Harmony

[Africa In Fact]On a recent humid July afternoon Affoussy Bamba discussed Côte d'Ivoire's amazing turnaround. A former spokeswoman for the rebel side during two civil wars, she sat on her terrace in Abidjan, the commercial capital. While sipping mango juice, she reflected on this country's transformation from a poster child for successful African development into a two-time warzone. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Patient Justice Minister Prepares for Power

[African Arguments]On the 9th December, delegates to the ZANU-PF's elective congress will start to arrive in Harare. The congress, as usual, will be a tightly scripted event, with the inevitable endorsement of President Mugabe as the leader of the party for another five years. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Expanding Media Freedom - Navigating the Digital World

[The Journalist]When the newsrooms of the 70s changed from heavy Olivetti typewriters to whirring electric golf ball varieties, I was overjoyed and my fingers flew to greet the change. When the first Atex computer systems arrived I thought it could not get better and actually switched jobs in pursuit of the black screens with flickering green words. No pictures mind. And so the 21st Century is sheer heaven. (AllAfrica)

West Africa: Ebola - Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria Opposes Ban on Incoming Flights From West Africa

[Leadership]The Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Alfonso Barnuevo, on Wednesday in Abuja opposed temporary ban on flights to Spain from the Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Lawyer Who Wanted Ruto Sworn in as President Skips Court

[The Star]THE city lawyer who filed a case seeking Deputy President William Ruto's swearing in as the fifth President of Kenya did not turn up in court on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Sierra Leone: President Koroma Welcomes Cuban Medics

[Sierra Leone Government]President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma on Wednesday 8th October received the Cuban delegation of One Hundred and Sixty-Five medical (165) staff including doctors and nurses at State House. The delegation was led by the Cuban Ambassador to Sierra Leone resident in Accra, Ghana, Mr. Jorge F. Lefebre Nicolas. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Challenges of Job-Rich and Inclusive Growth

[IMF]Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Two Journalists Lost to Ebola

[New Republic]The Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Liberia's media umbrella structure, has revealed the passing of two more journalists from the insidious Ebola virus disease. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Real Rural Riches - Values of Cow Dung and Fairy Stories

[The Journalist]When I am far away from home, especially in the freezing winters of the Free State, I often yearn for a time when we would sit around in our traditional rondavel in Qumbu with a fire and lintsomi to warm us. I used to think we were poor, people sometimes looked down on us, but I know now that our lintsomi (stories) made us rich. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Non-Essential Staff to Be Dismissed? - Civil Servants Agency Tight-Lipped

[New Republic]There are plans on the part of the Liberian government, according to report filtering into office of The New Republic (TNR), to layoff all civil servantssent home due to the plague of the Ebola virus for a 30-day period under the appellation of non-essential staff. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Museveni Tells Africa to Rethink Relations With ICC After 'The Big Boys' Summoned Kenyatta

[The Star]Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni has said Africa should review its relationship with the International Criminal Court after it summoned President Uhuru Kenyatta to appear before it. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: Gatete to Address World Bank Summit in Washington

[New Times]Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Claver Gatete is expected to address the World Bank annual summit in Washington DC this afternoon. His 3pm speech will focus on the challenges Rwanda faces in sharing economic growth more broadly. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Why Is It That Nothing Shifts? Looking in the Wrong Places for Change

[OSISA]This is a question I asked a colleague as we sat and listened to speech after speech at the Equator Prize Ceremony in New York at the Lincoln Centre. The ceremony was held on the 22nd September to recognise and honour community led conservation and poverty reduction initiative. After sitting there quietly for a while my colleague's response was, 'Do you really think that nothing has changed?' (AllAfrica)

Ebola challenge 'biggest since Aids'

The public health challenge posed by West Africa's Ebola outbreak is unlike anything since the emergence of HIV/Aids, a top US medical official says. (BBC News)