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Iraq Kurds defy Baghdad in historic independence vote

Arbil, Iraq | AFP | Iraqi Kurds voted in an independence referendum Monday, defying warnings from Baghdad and their neighbours in a historic step towards a national dream. The non-binding vote, initiated by veteran leader Massud Barzani, has angered not only Iraq’s federal government but also neighbouring Turkey and Iran, who are concerned it could stoke […]

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Bobi Wine responds to critics

Apparently, not so many people are pleased with the fact that Bobi Wine decided to fly to the United States yet there was a very important issue back home that put the whole country on its toes. And among those people is Frank Gashumba, a businessman and father to socialite Shiella Gashumba. “The day you were sworn in, thousands […]

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Ernest Otim: Repping Jazz bass music

Jazz love: Ernest Otim is the only known Jazz bassist in Uganda who has recorded three albums so far. Looking to popularise the genre, he has created his own studio that only focuses on jazz music Who is Ernest Otim? I am 23 years old. I am a Ugandan jazz bassist, producer, music director, composer […]

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Africa: Will UN Reform Be Possible?

[New Times] Last week, during the ongoing UN General Assembly meeting, many world leaders, including President Trump and President Kagame, in their speeches, called for the UN reform so as to have a stronger, more effective and efficient, more just and greater driver for peace and harmony in the world. A reform plan is now […]

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Liberia: Don't Provoke Violence, Weah Warns

[NEWS] The Standard Bearer of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has cautioned CDCians to refrain from acts that could provoke political violence during the ongoing campaign period in the country.

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Liberia: Cummings Receives Massive Support in Lofa

[Observer] With 15 days to the October 10 elections, the standard bearer of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) Alexander B. Cummings continues to receive massive support from the county.

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Liberia: Presidential Transition Act Must Not Be Treated With Prejudice

[Observer] The Presidential Transition Act (PTA) submitted by President Ellen Johnson to the National Legislature has been welcomed with lashes and rejection.

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Lesotho: Corruption Investigator Abducted, Shot

[Lesotho Times] AN investigator in the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO) is recovering in hospital after being abducted and shot by two unknown assailants last Friday.

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Kenya police ordered to investigate election officials

The Electoral Commission tallying centre at Bomas. Top elections officials now face probe. Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Kenya’s chief prosecutor has ordered the police and anti-corruption agency to investigate the country’s election commission for alleged “irregularities and illegalities” in the conduct of August’s annulled presidential poll. Director of public prosecutions Keriako Tobiko said the […]

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ANALYSIS: Angela Merkel, Germany’s ‘eternal chancellor’

Chancellor Angela Merkel Berlin, Germany | AFP |  Angela Merkel has been derided as Europe’s “austerity queen”, cheered as a saviour by refugees and hailed as the new “leader of the free world”. But as the pastor’s daughter raised behind the Iron Curtain just won a fourth term at the helm of Europe’s biggest economy, […]

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