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Zimbabwe: What Now After a 2nd Internet Shutdown, and Treason Charges for Activists?

[allAfrica] Cape Town -Zimbabwe's government has again forced a "total Internet shutdown", Misa Zimbabwe says, after a violent crackdown by police when huge crowds protested against dramatic fuel price increases. (AllAfrica)

Botswana: 'Most Feared Man In Botswana' Arrested on Corruption Charges

[allAfrica] Johannesburg -Former Botswana director-general of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Isaac Kgosi has been arrested at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport on his arrival from Dubai. He is facing charges related to tax evasion and corruption. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Opposition Urges President to Dump Tour, Come and Deal With Unrest

[New Zimbabwe] OPPOSITION Build Zimbabwe Alliance (BAZ) leader, Noah Manyika says President Emmerson Mnangagwa should abandon his foreign tour and return home to personally deal with citizen unrest that has elicited a ruthless military reaction resulting in civilian deaths. (AllAfrica)

Morocco: Group Empowers Women to Fight Partner Abuse, Rape

[Deutsche Welle] Victims of domestic violence are often unaware of resources available to them and are too afraid to ask. In Morocco, a new initiative aims to change that by helping women take legal action against their violent husbands. (AllAfrica)

Senegal: The Silent Destruction of Senegal's Last Forests

[ISS] Senegal's Casamance region was once the breadbasket of this West African nation, known for its rich vegetation, biodiversity and expansive forests. But these woodlands are rapidly disappearing, forming a silent crisis that has now reached a critical level. In a region where climate change poses a serious threat, this loss spells long-term disaster. (AllAfrica)

Namibia: Lessons From Namibia On Curbing the Spread of Foot and Mouth Disease

[The Conversation Africa] South Africa is in the middle of a severe outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. Although it's not harmful to humans, it causes mouth ulcers and foot lesions in hoofed animals such as cattle, goats and camels, making them lame. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Revolt and Repression in Zimbabwe

[ICG] The Zimbabwean government's decision to hike fuel prices has sparked fierce opposition. In this Q&A, Crisis Group's Senior Consultant Piers Pigou explains how economic hardship is driving ordinary citizens to unprecedented acts of resistance. (AllAfrica)

Congo-Kinshasa: Constitutional Court to Rule On Electoral Challenge

[Deutsche Welle] Congo has rebuffed African Union calls for the Constitutional Court to delay announcing the final result of DRC's December election. The AU cited "serious doubts on the conformity of provisional results with votes cast." (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Why My Mission To the United States Matters

[Premium Times] ...I am certain that if I am successful in selling...Nigeria to the world, the world will come to Nigeria for business. That is why I am in America. Because I believe in JOBS -- Jobs, Opportunity, Being United and Security and it is time Nigeria and all Nigerians finally have the opportunity to realise their true potentials. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Atiku to Be Questioned When He Returns From U.S. - Lai Mohammed

[Premium Times] The Federal Government of Nigeria has said that the candidate of the opposition PDP in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, has questions to answer when he returns from his current trip to the United States. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: My U.S. Ban Was Disinformation – Atiku

[Vanguard] In an interview with VOA Hausa Service in Washington DC, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar said stories that he was banned from the United States was 'disinformation'. Atiku He spoke on Thursday, after his arrival to the US capital, where he lodged at Trump International  Hotel. Here is the transcript of the interview conducted by VOA's  Aliyu Mustapha Sokoto. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Why Tanasha Won't Convert to Islam to Marry Diamond

[Nairobi News] Diamond Platnumz's Kenyan girlfriend Tanasha Donna will not convert to Islam in order to marry the Tanzanian singer, as required by Islamic laws. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Ethiopia, Mali Report Zero Human Cases of Guinea Worm

[Carter Center] Atlanta -Just 28 human cases of Guinea worm disease were reported in 2018, down slightly from 30 cases reported in 2017. When The Carter Center assumed leadership of the Guinea Worm Eradication Program in 1986, there were an estimated 3.5 million human cases annually in 21 countries in Africa and Asia. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Christian & Muslim Leaders Issue Joint Call for Peaceful Elections

[KAICIID] Fears are growing in Nigeria that the upcoming presidential election that will be held on 16 February may be accompanied by violence, and that religious identities may be misused to stoke conflict. Muslim and Christian religious leaders from across Nigeria have come together and committed to calling for peace and interreligious solidarity among their communities. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Police Pursue Looters Countrywide

[The Herald] Police have set up security checkpoints across the country to account for all hooligans who looted groceries and destroyed property during three-day violent protests orchestrated by the opposition MDC-Alliance and its civil society partners in pursuit of regime change. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Zim NGOs Claim 12 Dead During Army Clampdown On Protesters

[New Zimbabwe] ZIMBABWEAN NGOs say 12 people have died as a result of a police, army crackdown on anti-government protesters early this week, contradicting official claims only three people who include a police officer had died. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: ZCTU Boss Goes Into Hiding As CIOs Raid Home, Beat Up Brother

[New Zimbabwe] ZIMBABWE Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) president, Peter Mutasa has gone into hiding after being linked to week's violent anti-government protests that left three dead and a trail of destruction countrywide. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Two More MDC MPs Arrested Over Anti-Government Protests

[New Zimbabwe] POLICE have arrested two more Kwekwe MDC legislators they accuse of inciting this week's angry citizen protests over recent fuel price increases by government. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Why We Should Care About Vulnerable Coastal Communities

[IPS] Rome -According to UN statistics, approximately 40 per cent of the world's population lives within 100 kilometers of the coast, and overall the world's coastal population is increasing faster than the total global population. At the same time, global warming is causing sea levels to rise and increasing extreme weather incidents on coastlines. (AllAfrica)

Africa: The AU Should Challenge Election Bodies Over Questionable Results

[Deutsche Welle] It is unusual for the AU to speak out against official election results in member states but it has now cast doubt on the preliminary results announced in DR Congo. It is high time for this, says DW's Mohammed Khelef. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Hugh Lewin - South African Journalist, Author, Militant and Prisoner

[The Conversation Africa] Hugh Lewin, who provided a unique voice on the South African story over many decades as militant, prisoner, journalist, author and much else, has died in Johannesburg at the age of 79. (AllAfrica)

Mozambique: Nyusi Greets Renamo Leader's Commitment to Peace

[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Friday welcomed the election of Ossufo Momade as President of the country's main opposition party, the former rebel movement Renamo, and particularly his stated commitment to achieving an effective peace. (AllAfrica)

Mozambique: Court Claims Hanekom Free On Bail - Wife Denies

[AIM] Maputo -The provincial court in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado had claimed that the South African businessman Andre Hanekom, accused of financing the terrorist attacks in the province, has been released on bail - but his wife, Frances, says he is still being held by the military. (AllAfrica)

Mozambique: Renamo Will Continue to Pursue Peace, Says Momade

[AIM] Maputo -The newly elected President of Mozambique's main opposition party, the former rebel movement Renamo, Ossufo Momade, declared on Thursday that Renamo is committed to peace and will lay down its weapons in order to join the national development agenda. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Chang Extradition Hearing Delayed Again

[AIM] Maputo -The Kempton Park Magistrates Court in Johannesburg has delayed the hearing on the possible extradition to the United States of former Mozambican Finance Minister Manuel Chang until 5 February. (AllAfrica)

Mozambique: Journalist Expected to Appear in Court

[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican journalist Amade Abubacar, who was illegally detained by the military for 11 days in the town of Mueda, in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, will hear the charges against him on Friday, in the court of his home district of Macomia, according to his lawyer. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Law Firm 'Appalled' That Former Partner Implicated in State Capture Testimony

[News24Wire] Hogan Lovells South Africa said it was appalled and shocked by allegations made by former Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi at the Zondo commission of inquiry on Thursday which linked one of the firm's former partners to Bosasa's corrupt payments to government officials. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Zondo Commission Secretary On 'Special Leave' While Bosasa Bribery Allegations Are Investigated

[News24Wire] The secretary to the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture, Dr Khotso de Wee, has been placed on special leave pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations that he was paid bribes by Bosasa. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Parliament Orders Assessment on Impact of Social Media Tax

[Monitor] Parliament's committee on Information and Communication Technology has ordered the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) ministry to conduct an assessment on the impact of the social media tax that was introduced by government at the beginning of the 2018/19 financial year. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Human Rights Report Pins Uganda On Torture

[Monitor] Kampala -Government has failed to provide accountability for torture and extrajudicial killings in the country, Human Rights Watch (HRW), has said in latest report. (AllAfrica)

Burkina Faso: Prime Minister and cabinet resign from office

Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba and his cabinet step down, as pressure mounts over kidnappings. (BBC News)