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Africa: Engaging Religious & Traditional Leaders Is Crucial If We Are To Achieve SDG5 By 2030

[allAfrica] More than half a century after most African states gained independence, and despite many becoming modern states, traditional religion and culture continue to play a critical role in daily life across the continent. Religious leaders and traditional chiefs enjoy the trust of people who respect them as protectors of local customs and traditions. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: I'm Walking Away Before I Die - Babes Wodumo

[allAfrica] Cape Town -Enough is enough - Bongekile Simelane, popularly known as Babes Wodumo, has revealed that she no longer wants to stay in an abusive relationship with Mampintsha. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: How Do Women in Newsrooms #BalanceforBetter?

[allAfrica] Sethi Ncube attended Google South Africa's Women in Media brunch, and walked away with these thoughts... (AllAfrica)

Namibia: US Judge Dismisses Genocide Claims Against Germany

[Deutsche Welle] A US court has dismissed a compensation lawsuit lodged against Germany by two Namibian tribes for genocide and property seizures in colonial times. New York lawyers for Herero and Nama will appeal the ruling. (AllAfrica)

Congo-Kinshasa: Ebola - Race Is On Between Research and the Virus

[The Conversation Africa] Since August last year the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been facing its 10th Ebola virus disease outbreak. As of early March this year, 907 cases and 569 deaths have been reported. (AllAfrica)

Swaziland: Queen Ladube Dies, After Unhappy Life At Royal Palace - Report

[Swazi Media] Inkhosikati LaDube, the 12th wife of King Mswati III, the absolute monarch of Swaziland / eSwatini, has died, aged 31. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Boosting Local Production of Essential Medicines

[35Nord] What: TheAfrica Pharma Conference 2019 (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Sexual Harassment Is Everywhere at ANC Headquarters - Deputy Secretary

[News24Wire] ANC deputy secretary general Jesse Duarte has exposed how sexual harassment is endemic at Luthuli House. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Manuel Chang Prefers to be Extradited to Mozambique - Lawyer

[News24Wire] Former Mozambique finance minister Manuel Chang is "shopping" for a more lenient country to be extradited to, and seems to have settled on his home country over the US. (AllAfrica)

South Sudan: New Government Likely Won't Be Formed by Deadline

[VOA] Officials in South Sudan say obstacles in setting up and training a unified army will likely delay formation of a planned transitional unity government. (AllAfrica)

Malawi: Malawi People With Albinism Set Up Protest Camp, Demand to Meet President

[VOA] About 300 people, most of them albinos, have braved steady rains this week - sometimes bringing traffic to a standstill - to protest near the residence of Malawi's president, Peter Mutharika. The demonstrators want a face-to-face meeting with the president to discuss the continued killings of albinos in the southern African country.Most of them wore black attire and sang songs usually heard during funeral services. They also carried banners and placards with messages like "No More Sleeping on Albino Attack (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Civil Society Mounts Pressure to Block Sale of Local Diamonds

[Zimbabwe Independent] An alliance of international civil society organisations affiliated to the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) has urged the grouping of diamond-trading nations to classify Zimbabwe's gemstones as conflict diamonds in order to prevent their sale on the formal market. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Facebook to Crack Down on Anti-Vaccine Content

[Facebook] We are working to tackle vaccine misinformation on Facebook by reducing its distribution and providing people with authoritative information on the topic. We are starting by taking a series of steps:We will reduce the ranking of groups and Pages that spread misinformation about vaccinations in News Feed and Search. These groups and Pages will not be included in recommendations or in predictions when you type into Search. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Teacher Loses Two Children in Pit Latrine Accident

[New Zimbabwe] TRAGEDY struck the family of a Chikombedzi teacher in Chiredzi when her two children aged three and five, drowned in a pit latrine. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Rwanda's Govt - Real Equality or Gender-Washing?

[Deutsche Welle] Few countries have more women in politics than Rwanda. They make up 60 percent of the lawmakers, 50 percent of the cabinet and half of the supreme court judges. But how much influence does this translate into. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: My Grandfather Mandela, Gender Equality and Me

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: U.S. Embassy Says Sanctions Do Not Target Country's Citizens

[New Zimbabwe] THE US embassy in Harare has reacted angrily to continued suggestions by government that President Donald Trump's sanctions of Zimbabwe are hurting ordinary citizens. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Seeks Ways to Counter U.S., EU Sanctions

[New Zimbabwe] President Emmerson Mnangagwa has vowed to use his industrialization agenda as a tool to counter sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the US and European Union (EU). (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Lowest Rains in 40 Years Leave Country Facing Devastating Drought

[New Zimbabwe] ZIMBABWE is facing its most devastating drought in four decades after recording its lowest rains in four decades regional hunger watchdog the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) has reported. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: 'Mugabe Losing His Mind Because of Gukurahundi' - War Veterans Leader

[New Zimbabwe] FORMER President Robert Mugabe is losing his mind because of the genocide he presided over in the early years of Zimbabwe's independence, war veterans leader Victor Matemadanda has said. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Opposition's Chamisa Hints Party Secretary-General's Job is Safe

[New Zimbabwe] MDC President Nelson Chamisa has inadvertently revealed what looks like an enticement for secretary general Douglas Mwonzora to abandon his bid to challenge him for president at a party elective congress May this year. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Ramaphosa Refuses to Disclose Value of Son's Bosasa Contract

[News24Wire] President Cyril Ramaphosa has refused to disclose what his son Andile's Bosasa contract is worth. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Ruto - I Fully Support War on Corruption

[Nation] Deputy President William Ruto, in a veiled response to critics questioning his commitment to the war on corruption, said he fully backs the campaign because it will foster Kenya's growth efforts. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Vote Buying Attracts 12 Years Jail - Anti-Graft Agency

[Leadership] The Kaduna zonal head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mailafia Yakubu, has said that vote buying is a crime that attracts 12 years in prison or an option of a fine of N500,000. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Which African Countries Are 'Not Free'?

[This is Africa] The annual Freedom in the World report, which ranks nations according to civil liberties and political rights, shows which countries are "free", "partly free" and "not free". We take a look at some of the African countries that have been classified as "partly free" and "not free". (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Violence Against Children Cost the Economy U.S.$6 Billion Annually

[Premium Times] The federal government on Thursday said the economic impact of violence against children in Nigeria was estimated at 6.1 billion dollars (N967 billion ) annually. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Lassa Fever Death Toll Hits 93

[Premium Times] The death toll from the Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has increased to 93, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Opposition Still Has Questions to Answer On 'Squandered Weatlh' - Buhari

[Premium Times] President Muhammadu Buhari has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) owes Nigerians explanations on how it expended the resources that accrued to the country from oil sales between 1999 and 2014. (AllAfrica)

Egypt: Actor Fears Arrest at Home Over Critical Remarks

[Deutsche Welle] Egyptian actor Amr Waked told DW he was convicted of spreading "fake news" and "insulting" the state. Despite the threats, Waked said he'll continue to be critical of the government: "I can't stay silent about this." (AllAfrica)

Cameroon: 'Grab Her By the Neck' - TV Show On How to Abuse Women Sparks Fury

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Yaounde -A television show that featured a demonstration of how to physically abuse your wife has sparked outrage in Cameroon and calls for an end to impunity in a country where violence against women runs high. (AllAfrica)

Algerians gather in largest ever protest against Bouteflika

The ailing president, who is rarely seen in public, is seeking re-election for a fifth term. (BBC News)