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Kenya:President Kenyatta Says Gay Rights 'Of No Importance' in Kenya

[Nation] President Uhuru Kenyatta has said gay rights is not a burning issue for Kenya at the moment. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Another Nigerian Gets Top UN Appointment

[Premium Times] The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has confirmed the appointment of Bola Adesola of Nigeria to the Board of the United Nations Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative. (AllAfrica)

Africa:59 Million Children Stunted, 10 Million Overweight in Africa - WHO

[Vanguard] The World Health Organisation (WHO) says no fewer than 59 million children in Africa are stunted while another 10 million are overweight. (AllAfrica)

Sierra Leone:Rebuilding in a Sierra Leone Village, Three Years On

[RFI] In the small village of Rogbasha in Bombali district, Sierra Leone, life has almost returned to normal, three-and-half years after the end of the Ebola outbreak. Villagers sit around the big tree just off the main road that cuts their village in two, discussing the issues with the crops they usually plant: cassava and rice and groundnuts. Things are better since Ebola, but the people still face a number of challenges. (AllAfrica)

Cameroon:UNHCR Alarmed By Continuing Forced Returns of Nigerians By Cameroon

[UNHCR] UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is today expressing its alarm at continuing forced returns to Nigeria of refugees and asylum-seekers from Cameroon's Far North Region. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Woman Claiming to Be Uhuru's Unknown 'Daughter' Arrested

[Nairobi News] A woman who caused a stir on the streets of Nairobi on Friday by displaying a placard claiming that she is the unknown daughter of President Uhuru Kenyatta has been arrested. (AllAfrica)

Sudan:Sudan President Sacks Foreign Minister Ghandou

[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum -Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir fired his foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour following his criticism on the financial situation of the country's diplomatic corps on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:Ramaphosa Promises Speedy but Rational Decisions On Mahikeng Matters

[News24Wire] President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday evening assured residents of protest-stricken Mahikeng and the greater North West that government and ANC officials were working with urgency to resolve the issues that had been raised. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:Govt for Testing Ugandans With HIV Positive Relatives

[Observer] The government has revived its HIV testing guidelines of 2016 and started encouraging all family members with HIV positive patients to be screened. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:World Bank Lauds Uganda On Social Media Tax

[Observer] World Bank senior economist for Uganda Richard Ancrum Walker says he is impressed with the public debate around proposed new taxes, including that on social media usage. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Many Feared Killed As Armed Men Attack Zamfara Communities

[Premium Times] Armed bandits on Friday attacked Kabaro and two other villages in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:110 Years of Electricity in Uganda

[Monitor] This April marks 110 year of electricity in Uganda. In April 1908, electricity powered by diesel generator was introduced in Uganda. Hesketh Bell who replaced British Commissioner Lt Colonel Hayes Sadler in 1907 and became Uganda's first Governor the following year was the first person to bring to Uganda a generator to produce electricity. In April 1908, Bell brought to Uganda a generator to light his home at Entebbe which was then the administrative capital of Uganda. The following year, another diesel ge (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Liars - a Peculiar Headache for Foreign Poll Observers

[The Herald] Who should guarantee (or legitimise) a free and fair election in Zimbabwe? Put differently, who can ensure a free, fair and credible election? (AllAfrica)

Tanzania:Actress Agnes Masogange Passes Away After Short Illness

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Popular video queen Agnes Gerald, alias Masogange, is no more. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia:Efforts to Claim Teff Patent Right

[Ethiopian Herald] Ethiopia has been undertaking various efforts to claim the patent right, whether through negotiation, public campaign and the legal system. (AllAfrica)

South Sudan:Army Boss General James Ajongo Dies

[Nation] South Sudan's army chief General James Ajongo has died in a Cairo hospital where he was undergoing treatment. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:Former President Zuma a New Father at 76

[allAfrica] Cape Town -A 24-year-old woman apparently engaged to former president Jacob Zuma delivered a baby boy at the Busamed Hillcrest Private Hospital on the same day he turned 76, The Sowetan reported. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Odinga Talks With Former President Kibaki

[Nation] ODM leader Raila Odinga on Friday met and held talks with retired president and his former coalition partner Mwai Kibaki. (AllAfrica)

Africa:Millions of Urban Africans Still Don't Have Electricity - Here's What Can Be Done

[The Conversation Africa] At least 110 million of the 600 million people still living without access to electricity in Africa live in urban areas. Most are within a stone throw from existing power grid infrastructure. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Date Set For Mugabe, Mujuru Parliament Grilling

[New Zimbabwe] FORMER President Robert Mugabe will next month finally show up for grilling by Parliament's Mines and Mining Committee, which has pulled all the stops recently to get to the bottom of a complex diamond scandal involving gems from Marange in Manicaland. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Will New Legislation Turn Kenya Into a Tax Haven?

[ISS] A recently passed law could make it easier for companies to dodge tax in Kenya. This could increase the rate of illicit financial flows and, contrary to government's goals, undermine economic growth and development. (AllAfrica)

Africa:A History of Africa-Israel Relations

[Deutsche Welle] African-Israel relations have weathered ups and downs over the past decades. But recently, the Israeli government has shown renewed interest in the continent. (AllAfrica)

Sierra Leone:De Beers Gem Traders Launch APP to Source Clean Diamonds

[Deutsche Welle] De Beers has taken another step towards ridding the trade of its "blood diamond" tag with a mobile tracking app for miners in Sierra Leone. While Gemfair may be useful, more needs to be done to ensure safety. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:International Criminal Court President Visits Nigeria, Silent On Biafra

[This Day] The President of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Chile Eboe-Osuji, who concluded his official visit to Nigeria last week, has called for the federal government's support to fight against impunity "for the gravest crimes but was silent on the petitions of the Indigenous People of Biafra and the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project. (AllAfrica)

Malawi:Senior Chief Kaomba Brands Bushiri 'Papa of the Poor'

[Nyasa Times] Influential Chewa Senior Chief Kaomba of Kasungu says he is shocked with Prophet Shepherd Bushiri's apolitical, non-discriminatory and territorial wide way in which he is giving relief maize to Malawians. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Nigerian Govt Begins Ogoni Clean-Up in August

[Premium Times] The federal government is to begin the remediation phase of oil impacted sites in Ogoniland in August, Marvin Dekil, the Coordinator of the Hydrocarbon Pollution and Remediation Project (HYPREP), has said. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:'If You Scream, I Will Kill You,' Accused Serial Rapist Allegedly Told His Victim

[News24Wire] Two women told the Limpopo High Court how David Mamvura, the suspected Polokwane serial rapist, broke into their homes in the dead of night, armed with a knife and a screwdriver.Mamvura is standing trial for more than forty counts of rape and robbery. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Lion Mukanya Ready to Roar

[The Herald] HE's old, they've said. Can he last the distance? sceptics have asked. Can he belt them out like in the days of old? critiques have quizzed. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Meet Sibusiso B. Moyo... the Man Who Read Mugabe the Riot Act

[The Herald] November 15, 2017 is not an ordinary day in Zimbabwe's political history. The day was characterised by action-packed events that culminated in the resignation of former president Mr Robert Mugabe. (AllAfrica)

Africa:African Leaders Are More Constrained By Democratic Rules Than You Think

[The Conversation Africa] Africa is often imagined to be a place in which presidents can do whatever they want, unencumbered by constitutional or democratic constraints. A large body of literature has developed around the idea that the law can be flouted at will, leading to a situation in which what really matters is the personality of the president, not the rules of the game. (AllAfrica)

Liberia warlord 'Jungle Jabbah' jailed for 30 years in the US

One witness told the US court how he had ordered the heart of a captive to be cooked for his fighters. (BBC News)