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Zimbabwe: Big Changes Needed to Normalize Ties - UK Ambassador Catriona Laing

[allAfrica] Harare -"It always seems impossible until it's done" said Nelson Mandela. He wasn't, but he could have been talking about the road to reform and recovery in Zimbabwe. As a foreigner here, you can truly feel the potential of Zimbabwe: its location, its natural assets, its climate and, above all, its smart, hard-working, and endlessly resilient people. (AllAfrica)

Mozambique: 15 Things You Need to Know About #SamoraMachel

[allAfrica] Cape Town -1. Samora Machel was born on September 29, 1933 (AllAfrica)

Africa: Bechtel Offering 'Fast Track' Solutions for Large-Scale Projects Across the Continent

[allAfrica] New York -As an indication of rising interest in Africa by the U.S. engineering and construction giant Bechtel, the company's president for Africa is relocating from London to Nairobi. Bechtel is the ninth largest privately-owned American corporation, according to Forbes. Andrew Patterson took up the Africa post in 2015 after serving with the firm in Kosovo, Panama and Iceland. During last month's U.S. Africa Business Summit in New York, Patterson joined President Obama's Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (AllAfrica)

Africa: Mixed Fortunes for Gambians in Europe

[CAF] Gambian footballers Modou Barrow and Ousman Manneh experienced mixed fortunes in Europe at the weekend. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: #FeesMustFall Leader Might Flee to Swaziland, Court Hears

[News24Wire] The State is opposing bail for former Wits University SRC president and #FeesMustFall leader Mcebo Dlamini, saying he might flee to Swaziland. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Besigye Lauds Idi Amin, Criticises Museveni

[Monitor] The former Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye, on Sunday lauded former Ugandan president Idi Amin, saying his eight-year leadership was more developmental than President Museveni's 30-year reign. The late Idi Amin ruled Uganda from 1972 to 1979. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Africa Cup of Nations in Numbers

[CAF] Ahead of the draw of the final tournament of the TOTAL Africa Cup of Nations Gabon 2017 on Wednesday, 19 October 2016 in Libreville, here are some numerical highlights of the history of the qualifiers and the Africa Cup of Nations. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Students Complain Over Unclear Fine Art Exams

[Monitor] Moroto -Student of Moroto high school offering fine Arts subjects complained over unclear instructions in the examination paper. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Aflatoxins Affect Food Exports - Experts

[Citizen] Nairobi -Aflatoxin, a poisonous and cancer-causing chemicals produced by certain molds which grow in grains, is a barrier to food exports from Africa and threat to human health, according to a senior East African Community (EAC) official. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Govt Targets 13% Economic Growth

[Citizen] Dodoma -Tanzania is required to boost its economy by more than 13 per cent annually in order to attain a middle income status by 2025. For the past years the country's economy has been growing by 7 per cent only. (AllAfrica)

Somalia: Five Kenyans Being Held by Pirates - UN

[Nation] Pirate gangs in Somalia are believed to be holding five Kenyans for ransom, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report issued on Monday. (AllAfrica)

East Africa: Comesa Backs Kenya Foreign Minister's Bid for Top AU Seat

[East African] The candidature of Amina Mohamed for the chairperson of the African Union Commission has received a major boost after a regional bloc supported her bid for the top job. (AllAfrica)

Congo-Kinshasa: Constitutional Court Okays Postponement of General Elections

[Deutsche Welle] Congo's constitutional court has approved a request by the electoral commission to postpone the November election to update voter lists. The controversial move means President Kabila could stay in office until 2018. (AllAfrica)

Malawi: Speculation Grows on President Mutharika's State of Health

[VOA] Malawi President Peter Mutharika has returned home after an extended stay in the United States following the United Nations General Assembly. Mutharika's prolonged absence was shrouded in secrecy, prompting rumors he was hospitalized and perhaps even had died. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Leaders Call For Transparency in Fertiliser Industry

[Daily News] Transparency, open doors needed in fertiliser business LAST week, the second Africa fertiliser agribusiness conference was conducted in Dar es Salaam. (AllAfrica)

Congo-Kinshasa: 'Dialogue' Aims to Set Elections for April 2018

[VOA] In the Democratic Republic of Congo, participants in an African Union-mediated dialogue are expected to unveil a controversial deal to hold elections in April 2018. The country's main opposition coalition has boycotted the talks and called for a general strike Wednesday. (AllAfrica)

South Sudan: More Than 50 Rebels Killed in Weekend Clashes

[VOA] The South Sudan army says it killed more than 50 rebels and members of militia groups and wounded several others during clashes Sunday west of the town of Malakal. (AllAfrica)

Equatorial Guinea: Calls for End to French Case Against VP

[VOA] Equatorial Guinea on Monday called on the United Nations' highest court to urgently order France to halt a criminal case against the son of the African nation's leader on charges of misspending millions of euros of public funds, arguing that he is immune from prosecution. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Senate Demands Report On Bailout to States

[Daily Trust] The Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions yesterday demanded the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to provide a full report on the implementation of over N250 billion extended to states to offset salary arrears. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: O-Level Exams Begins

[Observer] More than 300,000 senior four candidates begin their final examinations this morning from 3,453 exam centres across the country. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: New Technical Institute Fails to Attract Students

[Monitor] Lyantonde -A multi-billion government technical institute constructed in Lyantonde District early this year has failed to attract students, Daily Monitor has established. (AllAfrica)

Africa: The Elusive Woman UN Secretary-General

[IPS] New York -United Nations' apex forum, the General Assembly elected the next Secretary-General yesterday by acclamation rubber-stamping the recommendation of the Security Council (SC). I am appalled by the choice of 15 members of the Security Council of another man following eight others in 70 plus years of UN's existence as if only men are destined to lead this global organization. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: 80,000 Children Hit By Severe Hunger

[New Zimbabwe] AT least 80,000 school-going children in three drought-hit provinces risk losing out on education because of hunger which has reached alarming levels, the World Food Programme (WFP) has announced. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Govt to Extend Food Storage Facilities to Farmers

[Monitor] Lira -Government will partner with World Food Programme (WFP) to extend proper food storage facilities to at least 2.5 million families countrywide, the agriculture minister Ssempijja Bamulangaki, has said. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: 'Obote's Party Can Do Without Leader Akena'

[Monitor] Gulu -Uganda People's Congress (UPC) acting president Mr Joseph Bossa has said the party has no ambition to persuade the president of UPC party faction, Mr Jimmy Akena, into any dialogue. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: 22-Year Army Recruit Dies During Drills

[Monitor] Kampala -A prospective UPDF recruit in Kamuli District yesterday collapsed and died after rigorous drills dazed him, casting a gloom on the first of a nine-day nationwide enlistment. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Leaders Vow to Tackle Climate Change

[Monitor] Entebbe -Climate change negotiators from eastern Africa and Senegal have gathered in Entebbe to scrutinise the Paris Agreement before the global treaty enters into force on November 4, this year. (AllAfrica)

Congo-Kinshasa: Congo's South Sudan Rebel Problem

[IRIN] Butembo/North Kivu -The last thing eastern Congo needs is more armed groups, so the arrival of hundreds of South Sudanese rebels in the violence-prone region is cause for concern. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Lands Minister Cancels MP's 2500 Hectares Land Title

[Monitor] Kween -Lands, Housing and Urban Development minister, Betty Amongi has ordered the cancellation of a land title on plot 139 of Block 2 in Ngenge Sub-County, Kween District saying it was fraudulently acquired. (AllAfrica)

Mozambique: Peace Talks Resume

[Mozambique News Reports & Clippings] Following a further postponement after the killing of Renamo negotiator Jeremiah Pondeca, talks between Renamo and the government are now planed to resume today, Tuesday 18 October. Renamo has said it will continue to participate in the talks. (AllAfrica)

Joseph Kabila party in deal to delay DR Congo presidential vote

The ruling party in DR Congo and one opposition faction propose delaying the presidential election until April 2018. (BBC News)