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Africa: U.S. Private, Public Sectors Step Up to Power Challenge

[allAfrica]My grandmother spent her whole life in southern Ethiopia and passed away a few years ago without ever having switched on a light. I also spent much of my early life in Africa, where I saw at first hand the obstacles faced by a society without ready access to electricity. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Officials Say Military Lied about Rescuing Girls

[Premium Times]There is controversy over the rescue of abducted school girls in Borno with the state government and the school principal faulting the military's claim that most of the pupils have been freed. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Hundreds Deported in Terror Crackdown

[Capital FM]Nairobi -Some 225 illegal immigrants are set to be deported to various countries in the ongoing crackdown following increased terror threats. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Public Confidence in Judiciary Plummets

[IWPR]Recent dismissals further increase dissatisfaction with national justice system (AllAfrica)

Burundi: Looming Polls Increase Risks

[IRIN]Bujumbura -If high-level engagement by outside parties is a measure of political risk, Burundi is a country to keep a close eye on as it approaches elections next year. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Can the World Really End Poverty By 2030?

[IRIN]The slogan "make poverty history" has been used by development pundits and pop star philanthropists for years. Now, in a bid to turn words into deeds, it is being discussed as a universal global target to be met within a generation. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Defence Witness Contradicts Pistorius

[SAPA]Pretoria -A defence witness on Thursday contradicted the evidence of murder-accused Oscar Pistorius. (AllAfrica)

Cameroon: Govt Guidelines Seek to Avert Conflict Over Forest Carbon Scheme

[AlertNet]Mbalmayo -Cameroon's government has published a guide outlining good practice for initiatives to protect the African country's rich rainforests and reduce emissions from deforestation. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: Stop Arresting Journalists, Say World Editors, Publishers

[allAfrica]The text of a resolution of the General Assembly of the International Press Institute calling on the Ethiopian government to review its use of anti-terrorism laws against journalists: (AllAfrica)

Libya: Govt Takes On Major French Bank

[ThinkAfricaPress]Libya's sovereign wealth fund has filed a bribery case against French bank Société Générale, adding to its $1 billion lawsuit against Goldman Sachs. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Former Interim President Dies

[NEWS]Former transitional Chairman Charles Gyude Bryant has passed following a brief illness. He died Wednesday at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Murder Case After Girl Dies From Genital Cutting

[Capital FM]Nairobi -A couple has been remanded in custody for seven days after a 13-year-old girl under their care died after undergoing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). (AllAfrica)

Africa: 'Super Tax' On Remittances Hurts Development - Thinktank

[AlertNet]Africans face the highest remittance fees globally, regularly paying a "super tax" to send money home at a cost that hurts families and holds back development in the world's poorest continent, a leading thinktank said on Wednesday. (AllAfrica)

Congo-Kinshasa: Mountain Gorilla Park Chief Attacked

[UN News]A senior United Nations official today condemned the attack against the chief warden of Virunga National Park, and urged the international community to support the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in protecting not only its World Heritage sites but also those who safeguard them. (AllAfrica)

West Africa: New Ebola Strain Causing Outbreak

[VOA]Washington -The strain of Ebola virus that has killed 121 people in West Africa may have been circulating there undetected for some time, according to a new study. (AllAfrica)

Sudan: Bomb Maims Darfur Children

[Radio Dabanga]Anka -Three North Darfur children were severely injured on Sunday when a bomb they found at the roadside exploded. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Lawyers Accused of 'Fuelling Hatred' During Terror Crackdown

[Capital FM]Nairobi Kenya -The National Steering Committee on Media Monitoring has revealed that it has written to four prominent lawyers warning them against hate speech over the ongoing anti-terror crackdown. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Military Frees Most Abducted Students, Eight Missing

[Premium Times]The Nigerian military has confirmed that it has freed majority of the 129 female students of the Government Girls' Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State. (AllAfrica)

Southern Africa: Botswana Boycotts Regional Polls

[SW Radio]Botswana's President Ian Khama has reiterated that his country will no longer take part in regional election observer teams, because of the flawed polls in Zimbabwe last year. (AllAfrica)

South Sudan: Bad News for Beijing As Rebels Attack Oil Fields

[African Arguments]The current conflict in South Sudan has now lasted nearly half a year, killing thousands and displacing hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese. Oil, South Sudan's only major source of revenue, has neither been the reason for nor the focus of the conflict up to this point. But this is rapidly changing as the flow and whereabouts of the oil revenue, as well as the security of the oil fields themselves, moves to the very centre of the conflict. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: Kagame Running Out of Credit

[]Kigali -Sitting in the Amahoro national stadium, it was impossible not to be deeply moved by the sight of the performers lying face down in the grass, chillingly representing the dead. From the speakers the words were projected, "Don't worry, the U.N. will come to save us." Then white actors crowded into a white Land Cruiser wearing blue berets and drove away, symbolically abandoning the country to its fate. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Vote No

[SACSIS]In recent days Ronnie Kasrils has been referred to as 'a rebel, a Judas, a scoundrel', as 'Satan', and as a 'disruptive, reckless and counter-revolutionary' figure spitting on 'the long struggles and the sacrifices of our people'. (AllAfrica)

South Sudan: Number of Civilians Protected At UN Peacekeeping Bases Is 'Swelling'

[UN News]Spiraling violence has forced an increasing number of civilians in South Sudan's oil-rich Unity state are seeking refuge with the United Nations peacekeeping mission, it was confirmed today. (AllAfrica)

Congo-Kinshasa: Urgent Investigation Into Shooting of Virunga Park Chief Warden Needed

[Global Witness]The shooting of Emmanuel de Merode, the head of Virunga National Park must be urgently investigated, said Global Witness today. De Merode was shot at least twice in an ambush in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday and is in a serious but stable condition. (AllAfrica)

Somalia: Barclays and Remittance Group Reach Deal On Somalia Services

[Dalsan Radio]Barclays has diffused a legal row with Africa's biggest remittances provider by agreeing to keep its account open for a period of time that allows the company to find a replacement bank. Dahabshiil, which remits hundreds of millions of dollars back to Somalia each year, said it had agreed a settlement to its injunction against (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Kenya Police Intensify Security Crackdown

[VOA]Nairobi -Kenyan police say they have screened more than 1,000 people and are deporting 225 others in ongoing security sweeps targeting illegal immigrants. Rghts groups and ethnic Somalis in Kenya have complained of police harassment, bribe-taking and ethnic targeting during the crackdown. (AllAfrica)

Congo-Kinshasa: DRC Concerned With CAR Continued Violence

[VOA]Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) information minister has expressed concern that the conflict in neighboring Central African Republic (C.A.R) could threaten security of the entire region. (AllAfrica)

Central African Republic: UN Seeks Millions to Help Car Refugees

[VOA]Geneva -Fifteen United Nations and private humanitarian agencies are appealing for $274 million to fund emergency aid for people fleeing violence in the Central African Republic. Nearly 200,000 people have fled the C.A.R. since December, but the U.N. says it expects that number to grow to more than 360,000 by the end of the year. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Race to Find 200 Abducted Girls

[Daily Trust]Nigerians were still in a daze following the blast at a motor park on Abuja city outskirts that claimed dozens of lives when news filtered in yesterday about yet another outrage committed by suspected Boko Haram insurgents. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Boko Haram Kills Borno Monarch, 19 Others in Fresh Attacks

[Premium Times]About 20 villagers including a monarch were killed after gunmen, suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists, attacked two villages in different parts of Borno state on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, security sources and witnesses said. (AllAfrica)

Pistorius forensic tests challenged

The tests carried out by a forensic expert for Oscar Pistorius' murder trial are being rigorously challenged by the state prosecutor in South Africa. (BBC News)