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Rwanda:Rwanda Ranked Among Continent's 3 Least Corrupt Nations

[New Times] Rwanda has for the second year running ranked third least corrupt country in Africa, according to the latest Corruption Perception Index, 2017, released yesterday. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:One Killed, Two Injured in Harare Clashes

[The Herald] At least one person was killed, while two others were seriously injured yesterday evening in Harare when police clashed with commuters in the central business district (CBD). (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Parents Weep As Dapchi Schoolgirls 'Rescue' Turns Out to be Untrue

[Vanguard] Parents and guardians of the missing schoolgirls in Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state, broke into tears when Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam visited them without saying a word on the whereabouts of the girls. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Digital Transformation to Accelerate Business Growth and Skills Gap

[CIO] The Fourth Industrial Revolution is having a disruptive effect on economies and the development of digital skills is vital. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Army Denies Halting Operation to Aid Boko Haram Leader Shekau

[Vanguard] The Nigerian Army has flayed insinuations that troops movement under Operation DEEP PUNCH II was temporarily halted to aid Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau, escaped. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Former Mines Minister Mpofu Stalls U.S.$15 Billion Diamond Probe

[New Zimbabwe] Chaos reigned in Parliament Thursday after cabinet minister Obert Mpofu refused to answer questions regarding the claimed theft of $15 billion in revenues due to government from diamond mining at Marange. (AllAfrica)

Liberia:Weah Defends Speaking French, Pushes for Women's Literacy

[RFI] President George Weah met with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron this week to jointly launch a fund that would support sports projects on the African continent. Former international soccer star and first African winner of the Ballon d'Or for footballer of the year, Weah had lunch with Macron and sports stars at the Elysee Palace to hail the launch of this new project which will be created in cooperation with the African Develoment Bank. Weah reportedly spoke to Macron on funding some 1500 kilometers o (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:I'm in Charge, Opposition's Khupe Declares

[New Zimbabwe] Embattled MDC-T Vice President Thokozani Khuphe insists she is the legitimate acting president following the death of founding president Morgan Tsvangirai. (AllAfrica)

Zambia:2021 Ballot Papers Will Be Printed Locally - Lungu

[Zambia Reports] President Edgar Lungu says ballot papers for the 2021 general elections will be printed locally. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Fire Razes Tin Houses at Nairobi Central Police Station

[Nairobi News] A fire on Friday morning broke out at tin sheet police houses inside Central police Station. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:Fearing Tourist Drought, Cape Town Charts a New Relationship With Water

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -"Even if it rains tomorrow, we can never go back to the old way of consuming water" (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Diaspora Women Donate Sanitary Pads

[The Herald] Zimbabwean women in the Diaspora have pledged to supply sanitary wear for female students and other less-privileged women in Manicaland Province, Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs Cde Monica Mutsvangwa has said. (AllAfrica)

Africa:'Zambia Not a Permanent Home for Rwandan Refugees'

[East African] Zambia will not be a permanent home for Rwandan refugees, President Edgar Lungu declared on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Zambia:'Defiant' Lungu Travels to Rwanda

[East African] Zambia President Edgar Lungu has defied criticism against his numerous foreign trips and flown to Rwanda for a "reciprocal" two-day state visit. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania:Congolese Refugees Pour Into Tanzania

[East African] More than 2,000 refugees fleeing violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo have entered Tanzania through Kigoma since December. (AllAfrica)

East Africa:EAC Budgets U.S.$78 Billion for Infrastructure Projects

[Monitor] Kampala -The East African Community (EAC) needs $78b (about Shs282 trillion) in the next 10 years to fund more than 200 infrastructure projects in the five-member states. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:For Clean Drinking Water, Just Add Sunshine (And a Can)

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Emuchimi -"There is nothing that makes any woman happier" (AllAfrica)

Uganda:Beyond Donor Dollars for Health Care

[The Conversation Africa] Over the last 15 years, there's been a rapid increase in the number of patients receiving HIV treatment in sub-Saharan Africa. This has largely depended on foreign aid, particularly from global aid organisations such as the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and The Global Fund. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Senate Uncovers 'Unapproved' U.S.$100 Million Loan

[Guardian] Abuja -The Senate committee on Public Account yesterday announced the uncovering of $100 million allegedly spent on four airport terminals.The former Minister of Finance and Coordinator of the economy, Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala, was claimed to have obtained the loan. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:How Therapy Dogs Help Heal Survivors of Brutal War

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Gulu, Uganda -Francis Okello wanted to kill himself after he was blinded at the age of 12 by an unexploded bomb while digging in his family garden in northern Uganda - until he made friends with a dog. (AllAfrica)

Africa:People in Cities Are Taking Charge of Their Water Supplies - and It's Working

[The Conversation Africa] The world has made tremendous progress in bridging the gap between water supply and demand. But there's a long way still to go. In a 2017 joint monitoring report UNICEF and the World Health Organisation noted that more than 844 million people - many of them in sub-Saharan Africa - still don't have access to improved and safely managed drinking water sources. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Nigerian Govt Detains More Southern Cameroonian Separatists

[Premium Times] Five alleged members of the Ambazonia separatist movement, a Cameroonian group seeking independence from the Francophone country, are currently being detained at an Abuja Police station. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:Home Affairs Visits Offices of Embattled TV Station ANN7

[News24Wire] Home Affairs and immigration officials visited the offices of the embattled ANN7 channel on Thursday afternoon for a "routine inspection" (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Are Authorities Withholding Information On Missing Schoolgirls?

[Deutsche Welle] Dozens of girls are still missing several days after Boko Haram attacked their school in Dapchi, northeast Nigeria. Their disappearance sparked fears of a repeat of the 2014 kidnapping of more than 200 girls in Chibok. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:Western Cape Premier Boasts of Land Reform Success

[News24Wire] The Western Cape boasts a 62% success rate for "land reform farms", compared with a 92% failure rate in the rest of the country, Premier Helen Zille said in her State of the Province Address (SOPA) on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:MDC-T Secretary-General Promises Extraordinary Congress

[New Zimbabwe] ACTING MDC-T leader Nelson Chamisa has succumbed to pressure and agreed to hold an extraordinary congress that will choose a successor to founding president Morgan Tsvangirai. (AllAfrica)

Ghana:Teachers Banned From Using Mobile Phones In Class

[Ghanaian Times] Bolgatanga -Teachers will no longer be allowed to use their mobile phones during lesson hours, the Upper East Regional Director of Education, Ms Patricia Ayikor, has warned (AllAfrica)

Liberia:President George Weah Seeks Paris Aid to Jumpstart Government

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -It was in the French capital that George Manneh Weah shone and went on to conquer the world of football, but his return to Paris on Tuesday, February 20, as President of Liberia is a diplomatic move that looks to deepen Liberia's ties with the European economic powerhouse. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:Striking Gupta Mineworkers Demand Answers About Their Future

[News24Wire] Striking mineworkers at Gupta-owned Optimum Coal Mine have demanded to know the "truth of the sale" of the mine. (AllAfrica)

Malawi:Journalists Challenged to Clear Myths On Cholera

[Malawi News Agency] The Blantyre District Health Office has urged journalists to sensitize people and clear myths surrounding cholera. (AllAfrica)

Children 'forced to watch rape' in South Sudan

UN investigators say they have evidence that 40 senior officials could be responsible for war crimes. (BBC News)